Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands

Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands

Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Kirklands; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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Challenge Deets:

Kirklands challenge was to buy four items under $100 to refresh a space in my home!

Challenge Accepted: Shopping Time

When I arrived at my local Kirklands, I made a quick loop around the store then decided to do a refreshed space in my kitchen!

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Ceramic Script Cookie Jar:

Since our kitchen is a Farmhouse style with whites and woods, I knew that the Ceramic Script Cookie Jar would be perfect in my kitchen! Plus, it was only $19.99!! If your kids are like mine, from the adults to littles, our family loves homemade cookies! What a  perfect way to savor that freshness with this cookie jar!

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Ceramic Vinegar and Oil Dispensers:

As soon as I saw the  Ceramic Vinegar and Oil Dispensers for $19.99. I knew they would be perfect us! We love vinegar and oil on our salads, as we eat them almost every day! The dispensers match the cookie jar with perfection!

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Sansevieria Snake Plant: Farmhouse Black Checked Kitchen Towel:

I think my favorite find is the  Sansevieria Snake Plant for $29.99.  I love that it looks so real!! It has a silk finish on the leaves and it’s planted in a ceramic planter! This would look beautiful anywhere in your home, from the bathroom to a bedroom or the kitchen!

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Farmhouse Black Checked Kitchen Towel:

The latest item I picked up for the challenge was the Farmhouse Black Checked Kitchen Towel  for $8.99. It is so cute and farmhouse shabby chic! You could hang it over the handle of your stove like I have or over your farmhouse sink!

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Challenge Complete:

I enjoyed this Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands! All of my items were under $100!! Which item is your favorite? Let me know in comments! I hope you enjoyed stopping by!

❤️-Shae

 

Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Budget Friendly Kitchen Renovation

Hey y’all! Have you ever wanted to update your kitchen on a budget with products that don’t break the bank? The hubs and I have recently updated out kitchen with Ardex concrete countertops, a white subway back splash, a white farmhouse sink and chalk painted cabinets. It took about three weeks for all of the renovations.

We started off by replacing our kitchen sink with a white farmhouse sink from Sinkology called the Josephine .

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I have had visions of white farmhouse sinks dancing in my head since we purchased our home, 5 years! Isn’t she a stunning sight!!

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Next, my husband cut off the backsplash of the existing countertops because we were adding tile.

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For the countertops, I used Ardex Feather Finish . Ardex is a self drying cement based finish that you mix with water and has a cake icing-like consistency.

First things first, it is best to remove everything from your cabinets, then apply a clear plastic cover and tape all the edges. Trust me, you will appreciate this later! All of the countertops will need a light sanding to help the Ardex adhere. I used a orbital sander and I also hand sanded in corners where the orbital sanded would not fit. Wipe down with a dampened cloth all your countertops.

To mix the Ardex, I used a plastic 1 gallon bucket and a paddle mixer. The directions for the Ardex is a 2:1 ratio with water. I found that was a little to thick for me and added just a bit more water. I liked it to be about the consistency of icing. I used a 12 in joint knife and a puffy knife for the smaller areas. In some areas like behind the kitchen sink, it was easiest to use my fingers with gloves on to smooth the Ardex out.

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After the first coat of Ardex is applied, it will need to dry for about 24 hours before sanding. Once dry, let the sanding commence! I’m not going to lie, it’s super messy but I promise it is well worth it!! Check out the layer of dust on my arm!

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I used an orbital sander because I felt like the finish it gave was smoother than a palm sander.

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I can not stress enough to use plastic coverings on everything because if not, you will have a huge mess to clean up like I did! Learn from my mistake!

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I sanded all the edges, corners and tight spots with a 60 grit sand paper. Next is to use a shop vac to vacuum all the dust form sanding. I also used a dampened cloth to remove any remaining dust from the countertop. I repeated these steps until I had three layers of Ardex on my countertop. After the countertop has dried for 24 hours, I applied 3 coats of Behr Low Luster Sealer with a paint brush.

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I didn’t want a super shiny finish, so I made sure to purchase one that had very little shine.

Next up was the subway tile. We purchase our tile from a local tile company called Floor & Decor  . They had the absolute best prices on tile! The tile was 15 cents each!!

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The tile went pretty quickly in comparison to the countertops! Next up was the grout! We decided to Pearl Gray for the grout color.

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The grout and mortar were also purchased from Floor & Decor.

Last but certainly not least was the painting of the kitchen cabinets. This is the 3rd time our cabinets have been painted. I used Ibis White from Sherwin Williams, previously. The interior of our cabinets had never been painted and I had dreams of painting the inside of the cabinets white. I decided to go ahead and tackle the painting of the inside and outside of the cabinets! I decided to use my DIY chalk paint recipe and use the same color Ibis White. I chose chalk paint because of its hardiness and durability!

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I am am not going to lie, it was a ton of work and I could not have done it without my two oldest daughters helping me! It took us about 10 days to do it all but I still think it was so worth it! The painted 3 coats on the inside of all the oak cabinets and drawers, since they had never been painted before! In between each coat, I did a light sanding, by hand, so that it would cut down on brush strokes. After each sanding, you will needed to wipe out all the soot with a dampened cloth. Everything that we sanded was by hand only.

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I also lightly distressed all of my cabinets on the inside and outside. When I distress, I like to distress where the item would naturally receive wear.

I also decided to replace the drawer pulls with brushed nickel pulls that I found on Amazon for cheap!

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Ok, so I know y’all are wondering what the total cost was on our budget friendly renovation?

Here is a break down of costs:

-Drawer Pulls-$18

-Ardex-$60 (I used 2.5 bags @ $30 each. One bag was leftover from our upstairs bathroom.)

-Tile, Mortar & Grout-$90 (15 cents per tile)

-Paint, Baking Soda-$162 (Sherwin Williams paint plus 12 boxes of baking soda to make chalk paint.)

-White Farmhouse Sink-$399

Total Cost-$730

We are enjoying our kitchen and all of our hard work! You can find many of our projects saved under “highlights” on my IG page or our You Tube account. Follow along with me on IG in stories everyday, as I usually always have some sort of diy going on!

❤️-Shae

Kitchen Essentials with Rod Works

Kitchen Essentials with Rod Works

Hey friends! I always like to have total transparency! This blog post includes an affiliate link and we collaborated with Rod Works on both of these canister sets. My opinions are always my own and I would never share anything with y’all that I don’t truly love. Thank you for your support friends!

Hey y’all!! My name is Shae. My husband and I like to say we are a powerhouse when it comes to our DIY’S for our home and in between raising our four daughters, being an Instagram Influencer, I brought in my blog this past January! We share anything from home décor styling, DIY budget friendly renovations, recipes, and more!

Have you wanted to update your kitchen on a budget with products that don’t break the bank? The hubs and I recently updated our kitchen with concrete countertops, a white subway back splash, a white farmhouse sink and white chalk painted cabinets.

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After the renovations were completed, (it took about 3 weeks) I began searching for décor to complete our kitchen renovation. I knew I wanted a whites and woods type of pallet. My husband made the wood cutting boards that you can find in this post from a large 75 year old tree that had fallen onto our property. I found various baskets from thrift shops and a few that I had in my décor closet. I also added touches of greenery and a couple signs that we had previously made. I felt like this one counter space was missing something and couldn’t quite place my finger on it. When I found these canister sets from Rod Works , I knew it was the perfect kitchen essential for my countertop! The Coffee/Tea canister set can be found here and the Flour/Sugar canister set can be found here .

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The canisters are ceramic with a slight gloss finish and a seal to insure freshness! I have had them in my kitchen for the past couple of weeks now and I love how all of the items I use on a daily basis are right at my fingertips! They are practical, convenient, free up space in your pantry and are budget friendly! Please check out my friends over at Rod Works for all of your home décor needs!

Thank you for stopping by today!

❤️-Shae

Handmade with Love

Today I am teaming up with six of my blogging pals for a blog hop! We were challenged to find something from a Thrift Store, Estate Sale, Yard Sale, Family Heirloom, ect. I had the idea to ask the hubs if he would be willing to make me a few wood cutting boards and a riser for our newly renovated kitchen! Let me tell you how it all began! Last December, we had a large tree fall on our property.

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We took our youngest two girls to the top of the hill, where it had fallen, and counted all the rings in the tree to find out how old it was- It was 77 years old!

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My husband had the idea to mill the wood, so that we could have this beautiful tree as lumber!

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As soon as our blog hop came about, I knew I wanted to see if he would make those wood cutting boards and a riser for our kitchen!

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My husband was able to mill several beautiful pieces of this red oak tree. I just love an item that is sort of repurposed in its own way. From this 77 year old red oak tree, we were able to get a couple years worth of firewood and many beautiful furniture pieces to come! The picture below is my husband doing what he does best! Making something beautiful for his wife 😉

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He definitely makes my heart skip a beat to see him making something for our home. We did not spend any money to make the riser or the wood cutting boards. It was just our time.

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I also used olive oil to condition the wood and added twine to the cutting boards.

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Please check out all of my buddies to see their finds for this month! Never a disappointment for sure! Love, love, love working with all of these wonderfully, talented friends of mine!

❤️~Shae

Vintage Brass Candlesticks – August Thrift Store Challenge

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Thrift Store Challenge – August 2019

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DIY PUMPKIN FRAMED ART

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Thrift Store Challenge: Drab To Fab Side Table

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Corbel Update

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Thrifted Treasure ~ August

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