Hey guys! I’m finally back with Part 2 of our Southern Spring Show adventure, and by adventure I mainly mean chasing a toddler around while squeezing in some “oohs” and “ahhs” in between the hide and seek games. But we were beyond inspired by all of the spectacular displays and I have a feeling it will prove to be dangerous to our wallets.
Since we have a bajillion projects to tackle before even thinking about upgrading our kitchen, this was more of the fairyland in-my-dreams section but it’s all fun to look at nonetheless.
After seeing some of these kitchens, here’s what we have been inspired to do with our own:
- Cutting out two of our cabinet doors and adding in glass fronts with display lighting on some of our colorful serving dishes
- Removing a door from one of our butler’s pantry cabinets to make a built-in wine rack
- Adding under cabinet lighting. (No joke, I nearly sliced my finger off the other day because the lighting on our countertops is so terrible.)
- Installing either granite or butcher block- the jury is out on that one
- Upgrading our backsplash- subway tiles or beadboard maybe?
These displays were more like the drool-worthy if we won the lottery type of future projects, but it’s still nice to dream. Right now we have the standard builder-grade steel front door without so much as even a peep hole. If someone ever rings our door bell, I have to peer out of our front dining room window creeper-style. But I’m pretty sure even when the day comes for an upgrade, THIS mack daddy won’t be in the picture:
I would looooove to have a grill as legit as this one (and really Robert will probably dream of this one on a nightly basis now). Since coming across Air Stone, maybe it will be a future DIY? Maybe we’ll even have leftovers after we tackle the master bedroom focal wall. It could happen. 🙂
After seeing this bathroom, some definite projects are in our future. I don’t think we’ll be tiling our shower since it is made of fiberglass, but its crazy how some small fixes can do so much for that little space.
Here’s what we’re inspired to do in the loo:
- Frame the builder-grade mirrors with molding and paint
- Install board and batten and add towel hooks
- Paint cabinets white (do I dare?)
- Upgrade countertop (or at least a DIY faux-granite)
- Spiff up the flooring. We saw a tile that looked like hardwood!
One of these days, we will need to revisit our issue of lack of furniture. For now we at least have the necessary basics. As things warm up around here, we are going to install a faux fireplace, but when that happens, our media storage might be limited. Ashley Furniture had a display (where we have had the best luck with our furniture buying), and they had the perfect media dresser that coordinated perfectly with our living room set. I want! The drawers are the perfect size for DVDs and I’m thinking I might even figure out a system so each of the drawers are categorized by genre. (And add on child-proofed drawer locks so Miss Olivia doesn’t decide to rearrange them like she already does everything else in our drawers.)
After seeing this bed, I’m a tad jealous. I had been searching high and low for a grey washed finish panel bed, but all of the ones I liked were way out of our price range. Then of course, Ashley Furniture came out with this one. I still love our bed though. I just had a brief moment of furniture envy here.
The rest of this section was totally miscellaneous or didn’t apply to our little cookie cutter, but we had a good time…maybe a little too much of a good time really. My mom and I found the wine-tasting section.
And THIS was the best Moscato I’ve ever ever ever had! If it weren’t $30 a bottle, it would have been mine.
After Robert found a toy…
…and Olivia found a Goliath of a playhouse… (Don’t you just see the look on her face that says, “Please can I have it!?”)
we decided it was time to leave before we were tempted to get anymore crazy ideas in our heads.