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Then and Now: The Kitchen

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Then and Now: The Kitchen via Life on Shady Lane blog

The other day I started a fun new series here on the blog called “Then and Now.” I started with our living room [here] and it was so fun to look back at the changes that we’ve made and all of the work that we have put in. Today we’re moving to the next room as you walk through the house: our kitchen. Side note: I’ve mentioned before that this room is so dang hard to photograph because it doesn’t…

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The Best Farmhouse Range Hoods

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The Best Farmhouse Rangehoods via Life on Shady Lane blog

I was thinking earlier this morning about how we’re coming up on ONE WHOLE YEAR without a microwave. We took ours out on Easter day last year, threw it away (it was ancient), and have never looked back. I remember before I took it out and was considering not purchasing a new one, a couple people told me that I’d want “need” a microwave. But I was determined not to buy a new one. And guess what? I don’t even…

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Traditional Farmhouse Christmas Kitchen

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Christmas Kitchen via Life on Shady Lane

I started decorating our home for Christmas about two weeks before Thanksgiving. Some might say that’s too early, but my thinking is that it’s so much work, and if you wait until December 1st, you don’t really get to enjoy your hard work (and pretty decorations) for very long! I wanted to incorporate a little bit of Christmas into our kitchen, and when I realized that I hadn’t ever shared our whole kitchen on the blog, I knew this would be a great…

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Antique Ladder and Pendant Lights

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Antique Ladder and Pendant Lights

Yesterday I posted my IKEA pendant makeover…but today, you get to see the WHOLE thing, antique ladder and all! I mentioned when we were having hardwoods installed, we took down the ceiling fan in our kitchen. I’m talking like, one week before the hardwood guys were supposed to arrive, I realized that we needed to re-texture and paint the ceiling. And while we were at it, we might as well take down that old fan because we knew we wanted…

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IKEA Ottava Pendant Makeover

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IKEA Ottava Pendant Makeover

You may remember that before we had new hardwoods installed, we took down the 1970’s ceiling fan that was in our kitchen. We knew that we wanted to replace it, but we weren’t sure what exactly we wanted to replace it with. So we took it down, had the ceilings painted and hardwoods installed….and lived without light in half of our room for entirely too long. I wanted to make sure I picked the right lights though, so I wasn’t really…

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Layered Fall Tablescape

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Layered Fall Tablescape via Life on Shady Lane blog

Now that we have the first floor of our home in working order, it’s fun to have people over for dinner. I love entertaining during all four seasons, but Fall feels especially cozy and fun. I put together a table centerpiece for my “Fall Dining + Hearth Room” post earlier this week, and was feeling inspired to finish the rest of the table. I actually changed that centerpiece around (and added a lot more to it) for this tablescape and…

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Fall Dining + Hearth Room

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Fall Dining + Hearth Room via Life on Shady Lane blog

Ever since we moved into our house, I have been looking forward to decorating for Fall. Last year, though, we were super busy renovating nonstop before baby Henry was born, and I didn’t have a chance to decorate at all. But this year, our first floor is almost finished and I’ve been having fun adding some cozy touches for Fall. Plus, Henry’s birthday is on Halloween so I feel like I have a bit of an excuse to get a little festive!…

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Kitchen + Dining Room Progress

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If you have been reading my blog for awhile, you probably remember my 2016 Home Goals. One of the things on our list was to install hardwood floors in our kitchen and dining room areas, and another was to paint the bookshelf in the dining room. I’m so, so, SO happy to say that we have just about finished both of those things! The bookshelf has been painted, and we are just a few days away from hardwood being installed. I thought…

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Raised Upper Kitchen Cabinets

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How to paint kitchen cabinets

When we moved into our home, our kitchen looked a whole lot different than it does now. I knew I wanted to paint the oak cabinets…and as soon as we finished that, I knew I wanted to raise the upper cabinets up. We finally got around to doing that this weekend – I was really nervous beforehand about what it would look like, but now that it’s done, I am so excited about it! We still need to replace the trim…

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How to Repair a Stained Butcher Block Island

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A few weeks ago, I somehow managed to convince Brandon that we needed to go to IKEA. That was a win in and of itself…but the planets must have been perfectly aligned that day, because I also managed to convince him that we needed to take home the Stenstorp kitchen island. I’d had my eye on it for several weeks and knew it would be the perfect addition to our kitchen. We have a pretty small kitchen, and that means we…

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Kitchen Pantry Reveal

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Last week I shared our kitchen cabinet makeover…and I mentioned that we still had not painted our pantry because we weren’t sure which color to paint it. I asked for advice, and by far and away, the biggest suggestion was to paint the pantry WHITE. So… We painted it green.  I couldn’t help it. The green was just calling my name and I decided to go with my gut and make the riskier choice. I never said I was a…

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Plank Wall Inspiration

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I have steadily been building an obsession with planked walls for quite some time now. I mentioned the other day on Instagram that I was considering planking the big wall that runs the length of our kitchen + dining room…and I have been searching for inspiration ever since. While I love the minimalist, clean look of white planks, I can’t get over how cozy stained wood planks make a room feel. We have a long list of projects that we are working on in…

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

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Before we even moved into our home, I knew that I would be painting the kitchen cabinets. They were oak and just made the kitchen feel dated. We have lived here for a few months now but with the arrival of the baby and our other projects, we just hadn’t had time to get to the kitchen cabinets yet. So about a week ago I finally had a minute of free time and decided to just go for it. It…

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Major Kitchen Inspiration

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It is officially closing week! We close on our new house on Thursday, and I have been feverishly pinning images and researching projects for design inspiration. It took us about six months of searching (exhausting and maddening are two words that come to mind) but we finally found the house. Without even looking at it in person. Yes, you read that right. We decided to make one of life’s biggest decisions based on photos on the internet and FaceTime video with our…

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Grownups

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I think we are officially grownups. We purchased a dining room table and it is now in our home, where an empty spot used to be. Before this past weekend, we hadn’t been able to find exactly what we wanted. So for a month and a half, we ate every single meal on the couch. Last night, we ate soup (Brandon made it!) at the table. Next up, matching nightstands. I know, I know…big strides. Follow Life on Shady Lane with Bloglovin’…

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