Week in Review

The grass is getting green just in time for us to get some flurries. What? Yup, that’s April in Illinois.  It was a fun week around here and you know I am happy to be back on my schedule. Here’s the weekly recap and a Kitchen Possible! Update.

DIY Monday.

DIY Desk Makeover

On Monday, I revealed my DIY Desk Makeover for our Project in Progress this month. I am so happy with the way it turned out. I have a couple more projects to work on for it this weekend, one of which includes a trip to the fabric store.

Great Reads.


On Tuesday, we featured Shavonda and her blog  A Home Full of Color. You can check out her great featured project and DIY craft here.

Little Things.

Pottery Barn Clock

Wednesday I shared my new guest room clock thanks to Pottery Barn. I think it works perfect in this space and has a classic look.

What I’m Loving Right Now.

Happy Chic/Jonathon Adler & JCP

I get to go see the Happy Chic collection by Jonathan Adler today at JCP. Thursday, I shared a few of the items I have spotted online that I’m a little obsessed with.


I’m just looking forward to not having a jam-packed Saturday and Sunday. We are going to do a little more kitchen work. I filled all the nail holes in the baseboards and now we just need to paint over them.

Here is a shot of the progress via my phone and Instagram:

kitchen progress

We are right in the middle of this kitchen renovation now. The cabinets are done, the hardwoods are installed, we’ve painted all the walls, and are almost done installing the baseboards– It’s getting serious. The big money items are coming up. Countertops, backsplash, appliances, some new lighting fixtures…$$$$’s as far as the eye can see.  Of course,  we have been patient and saving and are hopeful to have it all finished by September/October.

Kitchen Possible! Update.

Kitchen Possible!

Time to pull out the good old list again…

So, here is “The List”:

Phase One

Refinish cabinets and add new hardware

Prime & paint walls and trim

Add crown molding & chair rail

Refinish china cabinet

Hang new chandelier

Rip out floor

Lay down hardwoods

****Break for Busy Season/Holiday Time****

Phase Two

Install new baseboards

Install new quality countertops–quartz, marble, or granite….leaning towards marble or white granite that looks like marble

Tile backsplash

New faucet fixture

Add new kitchen lighting

New stainless steel appliances

Install garbage disposal

Add wainscotting, window moldings, door moldings, molding above cabinets

…make another list for all the finishing touches, hahaha!

It feels good to be in Phase 2 and knowing that in less than 6 months we will be enjoying our new kitchen. It is already a night and day difference and feels like a happier space even if it is a little bit of a mess right now.

So, I guess I need to make a decision on that countertop really soon! Time to get my booty in gear!

Have a fantastic weekend!!


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    • BLISS AT HOME says

      I’m going to go price some options. I am so excited to get new countertops!! We have had these counters since I was here growing up. Whether it’s in the counter or the backsplash I’m getting some marble in here somehow. I love your Quartz. I may just have to price that up too 😉 xo Kristin

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      My fear with the marble countertop is it is going to be hard to clean and keep looking nice. Do you have issues with that, or any tips? xo Kristin

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      Thanks, Jennifer 🙂 Luckily we are pretty laid back about it. I’m not a ‘have to have it now’ kind of girl. I am soooo excited to have nice countertops in here. It will definitely be the house highlight of the year. Have a great weekend! xo Kristin

  1. says

    Wow! You are getting things done girl!!! Loving your desk…I’m on the way to the fabric store, too!!! 😀 Wish we could go together! Dying to see your kitchen reveal! Eeek! So much fun at Bliss at Home! XO, Aimee

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      I know, I wish I could grab all my bloggin’ buddies and make a day of it. I would love to go to the fabric store with you too. Thanks, Aimee 🙂 xo Kristin

  2. says

    going through a kitchen reno is exciting and exhausting but at least your new floor is installed and walls painted now the fun part of choosing the big items is exciting but can also be long because there are so many choices out there! 😉 hope you will have a beautiful weekend!

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      I hope you have a great weekend too! I am so excited about Phase 2. It has all the good stuff xoxo Kristin

  3. Terry says

    Just curious… Where do you live in Illinois? I live in Illinois, too, and am really wondering if spring will ever really come this year! I enjoy your blog :-).

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      I agree 😉 The good stuff is coming up. Today’s weather is weird. It feels like winter again or as my oldest says sprinter. It’s spring and winter…haha Napoleon. Just a couple more weeks for you, right? Yay for babytime! xo Kristin

    • BLISS AT HOME says

      Hi, Stephanie 🙂 I am excited to see Phase 2 also as you can imagine. We made some design decisions this weekend that I will share soon and oh yes, the JA is fab. I am doing a post and review on it this week. Have a great Monday! xo Kristin

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