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I am still behind posting sessions! Here is a session from earlier this Spring (May) that we did at Jack’s Pond and Park. Adorable kids!

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We made the big switch two weeks ago! Makayla did the dreaded climb out of the crib trick and that was enough to make me realize it was time for the crib to go bye bye.

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Here are the last few pictures of her in her crib! It feels like yesterday I just posted her nursery reveal!

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But, alas she loves her big girl room, and it has been a very easy transition so far!

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After posting our Ikea Kitchen Remodel Reveal earlier this week, I am happy to share all of the details in this post! Our kitchen consists of off-white Ikea Adel Cabinets, stainless steel appliances (Frigidaire Professional Series), teal subway tile backsplash, mason jar canned lighting, and dark wood engineered flooring!

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I was searching the internet for Ikea Kitchen Remodel Ideas for months leading up to our remodel, and I loved finding inspirational kitchens! I hope that this post will inspire someone!

Our Ikea Kitchen Remodel Source List

Main Kitchen

CABINETRY:  Ikea AKURUM/RATIONELL SYSTEM with Ikea Adel Off-White Cabinets

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HARDWARE:  Ikea FINTORP black handles, Ikea FINTORP back knobs, and IKEA FAGLEBODA Black Handles.

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LIGHTING: Canning Jar Teal Pendant lights from Conant Metal & Lighting

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FAUCET: Kingston Single Handle Faucet with Pull Down Sprayer in Oil Rubbed Bronze from Amazon

Kingston Brass GS8875CTL Continental Lead Free Single Handle Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Sprayer, Oil Rubbed Bronze

APPLIANCES:

We purchased ALL of our appliances off the internet without physically viewing them! This caused a lot of anxiety on our part but everything turned out perfectly! I came across AJ Madison.com while searching for online Frigidaire retailers. AJ Madison is located in NY, which couldn’t be further from our Southern CA home. Everything was delivered in perfect condition, even after being hauled across the country! Shipping definitely took a while, I want to say it was approximately 3-4 weeks from the time we ordered.

We ordered our wine/beverage fridge from LivingDirect.com, and they offer very fast shipping. This was to our door in a few days! However, once we opened the box to install it, there was a huge dent on the upper back right hand corner. Living Direct did offer a small percentage refund due to the damage, and we kept it anyway since it is not visible under our countertops.

Beverage/Wine Refrigerator: Edgestar 148 can Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler from Living Direct

EdgeStar 148 Can Stainless Steel Beverage Cooler - Black/Stainless Steel

Refrigerator: Frigidaire Professional Series Counter Depth Side by Side from AJ Madison

Dishwasher: Frigidaire Professional Series from AJ Madison

Oven:  Frigidaire Professional Series 30″ electric wall oven from AJ Madison

Cook top: Frigidaire Professional Series 30″ 5-burner gas cook top from AJ Madison

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Range Hood: Frigidaire Glass Canopy Wall Mount Hood from AJ Madison

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Microwave: Frigidaire Professional Series 30″ Microwave from AJ Madison

SINK: Blanco Diamond Metallic Gray Super Single Bowl Silgranit Drop In Kitchen Sink from HomeClick.com. I originally purchased this sink from FaucetDepot.com and it was delivered completely shattered. To their credit, they did have UPS come pick it back up from our doorstep and provided a full refund.

Blanco 440193 Diamond Metallic Gray Super Single Bowl Silgranit Drop In Kitchen Sink

COUNTER TOPS: Crystal White Quartz (pre-fabricated) from Kitchens By Design LA

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BACKSPLASH: Arctic Ice Subway 12 in. x 12 in. x 8 mm Glass Mesh-Mounted Mosaic Tile from Home Depot

HARDWOOD FLOORS: Capistrano Series Mission Collection Friar Maple engineered hardwood flooring from West Coast Flooring

UNDER CABINET LIGHTING: Ikea INREDA LED lighting

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CABINETRY, COUNTERTOP & BACKSPLASH, and APPLIANCE INSTALLATION: Matt Hamel/Kitchens by Design LA. These guys were awesome! I came across them as a total fluke. The first Ikea Kitchen Designer we hired (online) turned out to be a complete failure in so many different levels. However, to our advantage she did refer us to Matt. They are out of the LA area, however, they do work all over California. They work super fast and average 2-3 kitchens per week. And they KNOW Ikea products. After we were completely screwed over by the designer we hired, Matt offered to meet us at Ikea to order our kitchen to make sure everything was good to go. We are so glad he did, because he basically had to redo our entire design. He is so knowledgeable with Ikea Kitchens, he made it looks super easy!

WOOD FLOORING INSTALLATION: An awesome guy, named John Verzella (hardwoodflooring@usa.com), contracted through West Coast Flooring

DRYWALL & PAINT: JC of Premier Paint. He is awesome! He is out of Vista, CA and is one of the most affordable and genuinely hard working guys we found. He has repainted all of our downstairs and we plan on contacting him later this year to do our exterior paint.

We absolutely love the final product. I can truly say that my home is turning in to my dream home. Please feel free to contact me if you have ANY questions, need any recommendations, I would be more than happy to help!

I’ll leave you with this Video that Matt of Kitchens By Design LA put together!

   

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I am so excited to publish this post! After weeks of hard work, chaos, and our house being turned completely upside down, I am so so so happy with the final results. I was searching the internet for Ikea Adel Kitchen Ideas for months leading up to our remodel, and I loved finding inspirational kitchens! I hope that this post will inspire someone! Be sure to check out the Complete Source List Shopping Guide Post! Let’s start by taking a look at the before photos: 2014-05-26_0001 2014-05-26_0002 DSC_3530 DSC_3533 DSC_3534 DSC_3543 DSC_3546 DSC_3549 DSC_3555 DSC_3557 DSC_3559 DSC_3561 DSC_3562 DSC_3563 DSC_3564 DSC_3566 DSC_3571 DSC_3577 2014-05-26_0004 2014-05-26_0003 DSC_3581 DSC_3584 DSC_3586 DSC_3590 DSC_3592 DSC_3594 DSC_3600

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When we were planning on our kitchen remodel, we made the decision that our dining room will no longer be a ‘play room’. We wanted a nice place to enjoy meals with our family & friends. We have been searching for a ‘rustic’ farmhouse wooden dining room table for quite some time. After endless hours of searching online & in stores, I decided that spending $1,000+ on a table was not an option.

I consider myself pretty creative. My grandfather was a carpenter and loved building furniture. He was also a photographer. My parents say I take after him. I agree that I must have the creative genes from him!

While searching online for DIY wooden table plans, I came across Ana White’s website. Holy Moly! This chic can build anything and EVERYTHING! She has a ton of dining room table plans. I finally decided on the rustic Fancy X Farmhouse Table, and I was immediately in love. When I showed my husband the plan, he laughed out loud. Literally. He said “Good luck with that”. My parents and my sisters also looked at me with cross-eyes like I was insane.

I was kind of discouraged and very intimidated at first. But, once our kitchen was finished, I had a vision and I ran with it. Ana’s plan is designed for an 8 foot long table, and while I wish we could have that long of a table we just don’t have enough space, so we had to revised the plans to make it a 6 foot table.

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I asked for a Kreg Jig for Mother’s Day, and I invested in a 10″ miter saw, and an 2″ nail Air Gun. By the way, this place is great for cheap power tools!

Another new favorite DIY blog, Shanty 2 Chic, built the same Fancy X Farmhosue Table from Ana White’s Plan. These girls are also amazing and SO inspiring! I have since build 3 pieces of furniture from their website and can’t wait to do more!

A few weeks later, I realized how popular this DIY table really is, as another one of my favorite DIY home bloggers, Jenna Sue, built the exact Fancy X Farmhouse Table from Ana-White’s plans. She actually modified the plan to make it a huge 9 foot table! It turned out gorgeous!

So, we got started. I went to Lowes with my sisters to buy the lumber. At first, the plan was very confusing and intimidating. It took us awhile to figure out my new tools. We messed up. A lot. Angle cuts are tricky. We got frustrated. I almost threw in the towel several times. The bottom part is totally modified because we screwed up. But, you know what? That’s what makes it unique.

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This is probably one of the hardest projects a beginner could try. But, we did it. My husband jumped in and got super into it. We built this together. M helped us build it. She would bring us pieces of wood, or screws when we asked.

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It took us 3 weekends to get it done. We couldn’t be happier with the result.

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I have more pictures to post, but I don’t want to spoil the dining room, as it will be part of the Kitchen Reveal Post, coming very soon, I promise!

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  • Donna Maukonen - Beautiful table! I found the plans on ana-white.com and was looking for someone who made a 6 foot version. I actually like the look of the table better with the 4 smaller supports that you use. Thanks for posting and giving me the inspiration I need!

Hey friends! Hope you had a fabulous weekend. I am behind on posting, and will do a father’s day post later this week, but first wanted to share some pictures from last weekend.

Summer has arrived her in San Diego. That means long weekend days at the beach & the pool with papa & grandma, skipping nap time, and going to bed late. It’s all worth it to see the smile on her face!

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