Hi I’m Kristin.
 I live in San Diego with three crazy but amazing boys, two wild dogs
and a fabulous handy husband.
We have a huge love for DIY!

We enjoy turning our little slice of suburbia into our dream home while remaining functional and practical. We hope to show you  it is possible to create  stylish and beautiful spaces fit for busy families on a small budget.


 Most importantly, I try my best to live a happy and beautiful life, inspire and be inspired,  a place to share my passions and my dreams.Thanks for stopping by!
You can contact me via e-mail
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Recent Posts

Painted Kitchen Island

Can I tell you how excited I am to have the task of painting the kitchen island behind us!  If you have been following along on Facebook you know it has been somewhat of a nightmare trying to find the perfect color!

Kitchen Island Painted

Kitchen Island Close up DIY Painted

The old island was perfectly fine but the black was just a little too stark for the space. I decided to paint it a light grey that seemed like it had a warmth to it, oh was I wrong, it looked awful once painted. I used the 4th one in from the left, looks pretty right?

island 2 WRONG island

Thank goodness for my awesome readers for all the support and helping me find the perfect color!  I went with the Benjamin Moore Iron Mountain, it is the one right in the middle in-between all those neutral and warm colors, exactly what I needed!

Iron Mountain Benjamin Moore

My husband and I painted the island just like we did when we painted all of our old kitchen cabinets.

How to paint a kitchen island

Remove all the hardware and hinges.

If your cabinets have gaps or dings fill them with wood filler.

Degrease all the doors, draws and frames. Tsp is a great degreaser as is vinegar and hot water.

Sand everything I used an electric sander with medium grit (80 or 100).

Prime with an oil based primer. Foam rollers will give you the look as though your cabinets have been sprayed.

Lightly sand

Paint your desired color using a foam roller and a really good brush

Replace your doors and add your hardware.  We went with a flat black contemporary pull from D Lawless Hardware, my favorite place for knobs and pulls!

Kitchen Island D Lawless Hardware

So much better, right?

If you missed my hubby’s handy work, you can see how he installed a DIY pull out trashcan.

Kitchen Island DIY Pull Out Trashcan Kitchen Island how to paint

I’m loving how it all came together, next project is to install the backsplash behind the stove.  Thank you again for all your help and suggestions!

Oh and if you missed our project a few years ago, you can find out how we turned our island into a custom piece.

How to make a kitchen island custom

~Thanks so much for stopping in today~

If you are new here, you can find out why we had to gut our old kitchen under the project gallery under Kitchen Renovation.

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