Of all the rooms in the house that I was itching to redesign when we moved in, the kitchen was actually at the bottom of the list. Although it shared the same outdated, questionable style as the rest of the house, I didn’t mind it as much as other rooms. Not only that, but kitchens are really expensive to renovate, so I wanted time to consider my options and what would work in the space before making any remodelling decisions.
But it’s been about two years now and I’ve slowly started to make small, budget-friendly updates to the kitchen, starting with the backsplash. Like many things in the house, the backsplash was stuck in the past, which wouldn’t be so bad except it wasn’t even well done….The floral pattern looks like someone stretched an image poorly in photoshop and stamped it on some tiles. Not cute.
Now, re-tiling the backsplash would have been my ideal fix, but unlike the bathroom (which required a complete teardown), the kitchen was not in bad shape at all. My approach to remodelling the kitchen is really gonna be polishing surface imperfections, ie. working on a real budget.
With that in mind, I made the risky decision to repaint the existing backsplash tiles. I say risky because I had no idea if the paint would even stick or look good. Thankfully, it turned out better than I expected!
Here’s how I repainted our kitchen backsplash for under $20:
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So funny story….Kyler was in charge of planning our honeymoon and I wanted it to be a secret until we arrived at the airport. He accidentally told someone at a party that he was planning on taking us to Spain without telling her it was a secret. Of course, she immediately came over to me to say goodbye and tell me to have fun in Spain.
That’s how we ended up in New Zealand actually! Kyler was so upset and adamant that it had to be a secret that he changed his whole plan. But lucky for us, we managed to make our way over to Spain this year after visiting Morocco and had a grand old time.
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I’ve been dreaming about travelling to Morocco since I was around 15 or 16, around the time when I discovered my two favourite books of all time: The English Patient and Le petit prince. They just painted this picture for me of the vast beauty and solitude of the desert. I became fixated.
Granted, I know very little about northern Africa. And I know the Sahara is huge and spans several countries, and The English Patient was set in Egypt, not Morocco, but there always seemed to me to be something about the spirit of Morocco that echoed the reflective, lyrical spirit of these books I love.
And I think you can see the Moroccan influences creep into certain aspects of my design and decor sensibilities. The colours, the patterns, the metals…There’s just something about Morocco that speaks to me.
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As promised, here is part two of my recent beauty haul adventures! I had been counting down the days to the Sephora VIB sale since basically the last time it happened in November. Surprisingly, I held back and the damage wasn’t too great. Continue reading “Sephora VIB Sale Haul”
Before you lay into me, I have been on a new makeup fast since the last sale season in November. I didn’t buy any new products for four months! I started easing up on my diet around March with some drugstore purchases and went to Sephora a few times to swatch up a storm, but I never made any purchases.
I think having a “sale season” in cosmetics helps me a lot when I go on makeup diets. It gives me a clear goal/end-date which helps me maintain the diet. I know I’ll get rewarded for my patience eventually. Ulta and Tarte had a sale recently and I’ve been waiting patiently for the Sephora VIB sale since last fall. That being said…let’s get into part of the damage I did this sale season! Continue reading “Ulta / Tarte Sale Haul”
I can’t believe it’s taken me over a year to think of this, but I thought I’d make a post about how I get my hair pink. I get the occasional question about it and while I was trying to figure out how to do it on my own, I found myself doing a lot of Googling, with few helpful recommendations, so hopefully, you find this somewhat insightful. Continue reading “DIY Bleaching & Dyeing Your Hair Pink”
I always find the transitional period between seasons to be so reenergizing. You might be changing your wardrobe, updating your house, working on your garden…I feel like I’ve fully shed the heaviness of winter and I’m embracing the airiness and joy of spring! It’s inspired me to discover some new products and re-discover some old favourites.
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