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Mimi’s Kitchen Remodel Part Four: What a Difference!

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WOW! What a difference a week makes. All the flooring is installed. All the wall and island cabinets are in place. This picture is misleading. The wall cabinets are all the same color, Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray.

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I’ve received a lot of compliments on the flooring. It’s Cortec’s “Sherwood Rustic Pine.” It’s a laminate approved for installation in wet areas and is guaranteed not to swell if wet. It is beautiful! Here’s more info from the US Floors website about Cortec Plus HD™ Collection:

This collection employs Embossed In Register (E.I.R.) technology along with a 4 side painted micro bevel edge for a realistic visual unlike any other LVP or WPC product available today. The COREtec Plus HD™ Collection represents the latest innovation in WPC flooring as a superior alternative to glue-down LVP, locking LVP and Laminate flooring.  The patented construction features an innovative extruded core made from recycled wood and bamboo dust, limestone and virgin PVC. COREtec Plus HD™ is 100% waterproof, can be installed in wet areas and will never swell when exposed to water. The product does not require acclimation and can be floated over most any existing floor surfaces or substrates without telegraphing that you see from other locking or glue-down LVP products. COREtec Plus HD is GREENGUARD GOLD Certified for Indoor Air Quality to help keep your home healthy and happy.

Yes, it is a beautiful floor! Not too dark. Not too light. This laminate is advertised as pet and kid friendly – theoretically no scratches. It has a gorgeous texture and simulates real wood flooring with an even distribution of color and contrast. I chose “Sherwood Rustic Pine” because it has a hint of rust. The color not only matches up well with my cabinet/island/wall color but will compliment my dining room furniture. (Ethan Allen Country French in Fruitwood finish #236.)

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The flooring continues through the kitchen/dining room/living room area including a small under the steps closet, powder room and a small hallway to my laundry room threshold and door entry into the garage.

I also had the Cortec flooring installed over a set of steps that leads to the upstairs stairwell. Previously white carpet was placed in this area and up the stairway, not a clean look or happy transition. These small stairs, a passway between the kitchen and family rooms, are heavily trafficked, not only by humans but the four-legged kind as well. (I have a dog. You know what I mean.) The threshold was ugly. Even after carpet cleaning, it was only days before the threshold looked as awful as it did before. Look at the lovely step threshold! Another WOW! And much easier to keep clean.

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To add some interest, I selected Sherwin Williams “Sandy Ridge” for the island cabinet color. I wanted some contrast from the wall cabinet. “Sandy Ridge” completes the look. Trash and recycle bins are in the cabinet on the far left. Next are cabinets for cutlery and frequently used dishes in drawers. Next, the dishwasher that will have a front panel matching the island cabinets. The 36″ standard sink cabinet and then a 24″ storage unit with rollout drawers in the bottom third. The island is 126 inches. The room allows for plenty of movement from the left and right of the island.

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Here’s a look at the beaded board kitchen island from the dining room area.

Most of all, this entire area is bright. I have a southern exposure through the living room. There’s a window bank with a northern exposure through the kitchen window overlooking the backyard and golf course. The natural lighting, I believe, will be much welcomed. This space has become so open and big and compliments the really high vaulted ceilings in our home.

No, I won’t store my ironing board in front of the kitchen window. Ha, ha!

Closer and closer. Stay tuned for Mimi’s Kitchen Remodel Part 5.

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Disclaimer: My opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with any sponsors or suppliers mentioned in this post.


Mimi’s Kitchen Remodel Part One

Mimi’s Kitchen Remodel Part Two

Mimi’s Kitchen Remodel Part Three

Mimi’s Kitchen Remodel Part Four

Quick and Cozy Crocheted Family Room Throw

I don’t crochet, knit or sew as much as I used to, but there’s something comforting sitting on the chaise of my big yellow family room sectional with some project in my hands.

When we bought our condo in Noblesville, I had no idea what color to paint the rooms, and all the rooms were going to be transfixed from garish bright gold wall paint already on the walls to a civilized taupe, and taupe green. (Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter and Sherwin Williams Chat Room). I figured they’d be easy colors to work around because they popular neutrals.

Now, two years before I bought the condo, my sister and I were shopping fabric outlet stores in Pennsylvania when I discovered this great drapery fabric at a Calico Corners outlet. I fell in love with the eclectic spatter pattern, and the colors. Kinda reminded me of Jackson Pollack – I had to buy it. Peach and turquoise, rusty-brown and yellow, I couldn’t resist. There was only a little over a yard of the fabric in the store.  Ever the optimist, I searched online fabric outlets and was able to find an ample supply Fabric Guru, where they sell all types of high-end drapery fabric at good prices, and shipping is reasonable.

So, now I have my lovely drapery fabric, and get stalled when I can’t decide on a suitable window covering style. My family room is very long with a gas fireplace between a bank of windows.  I have wooden blinds covering the windows now, but I still need padded cornices or full-length draperies. The room is transitional, not too modern and not too traditional. I know the fabric will bring the room together once I make a decision and get my act together. My sis found a perfect striped accent fabric to make pillows. Awesome!

Last year I was strolling through a yarn shop in Noblesville, and came across the colors I wanted for the family room throw. Cream, lemon yellow, dark turquoise, light turquoise, peachy orange, medium gray, and a rich dark brown.

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The pattern for the throw is real simple:

  • Using one color, crochet two rows of double crochet.
  • The third row you begin a simple 3-double crochet shell stitch.
  • Begin the third row with one double crochet. Skip the next two stitches. In the third stitch, make 3-double crochets in the same single crochet. *Skip two single crochets, make 3-double crochets in the single crochet, skip two single crochets* and continue the pattern all the way across.
  • 4th row, double crochet in the first stitch, *skip two double crochets, make 3-double crochets in the same stitch, skip 2 single crochets, and make 3-double crochets in the same stitch* across until you reach the end of the row.

Now, it’s time to switch colors. Choose color combinations are pleasing to you. I used seven different colors and used 3-100 gram balls of each color in Cascade Superwash DK weight, so the throw wouldn’t be too heavy, and it would wash beautifully

My throw is roughly 60″ long x 42″ wide. Probably too big to be called a throw, but it’s going to look great on my big yellow couch.

As a little extra something, something, I came across the Hopeful Honey website recently. Olivia is an avid knitter and crocheter. She has lots of great tips. What I really like best are her YTube tutorials on how to work specialty stitches. And she has some great free patterns for women, men, and children. Check her out!

Working on an infinity scarf next!

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Master Bedroom Curtains

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Master Bedroom Fabric

One of many fun things about visiting my sister is that we do shopping neither of us have time to do.  Well, of course we shop, but there is so much variety as compared to what is available to me in Billings, that I jump at the chance for a shopping adventure.  Carol is my willing partner in crime, and we were in the mood to shop for fabric.

Off we went to a couple of stores that had great selections, and the prices were unbelievable.  I picked out a couple of remnants as samples for my master bedroom.  I wanted to bring them home for my husband’s approval, before I bought more to finish my master bedroom project.  We have very different tastes – he was not looking forward to pink, blue, green floral patterns, the girly stuff that I love.


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