Prairie Days Design

Prairie Days Design

loving your home one prairie day at a time.

Friday, 9 October 2015

a little look alike...

Happy Friday! This week has been a bit crazy for us. It's really starting to feel like fall around here, and the days seem to be getting shorter, literally and figuratively. The sun isn't sticking around and it feels like we get nothing done in the evenings! We have accomplished a few things in the kitchen, and I'll catch you up on that next week. It's really starting to look more complete now!
Steve and I are hosting thanksgiving for my side of the family this weekend, and I am really looking forward to it! It'll be our first big get together since having a functioning kitchen! I am heading to my mom's tonight to make a few pies as I really want to carry on the tradition... my grandma ALWAYS made pies. Thursday night dinner? Sure, lets make three pies. I may never get to that point, but I definitely want to keep the tradition alive for special occasions! Next I'll have to learn how to make her special birthday cake....that one might take a little bit more practice!

Anyway, on this Friday before a long weekend, I thought I would share with you a little look alike... as it's been awhile!
I am currently in love with paint techniques. I love only painting portions of walls, or painting shapes etc. and so when I saw this paint carried up the wall onto the ceiling and sort of acting as an extended head board, I fell in love. I love the basic backdrop that this room has with splashes of colors in all the accents. It's such a simple design but it has a big impact. I am really hoping that kilim never goes out of style either, because by the time I can afford a beautiful kilim rug, it might just be!

Now without further adieu, here is the their version...

and here is mine.....

**bed**curtains**rug**pillow**sconce**bench**side table**

Happy Turkey eating!! And if you are anything like Steve, you will be laying on the couch regretting that third helping in no time!

Friday, 2 October 2015

a sigh of relief...

I want to start by thanking you all so much for your feedback on our small kitchen catastrophe! I also want to apologize to anyone that knows me for only ever talking about our kitchen... I swear someday I will have a life that does not revolve around it! I am also happy to report that you can all breathe a sigh of relief for us. We received all of our kitchen products and there was only one small issue... one of our corner cabinets was damaged during shipping. To our surprise, we had no issues returning it and getting a new one shipped right away.
Today, I wanted to share with you our little countertop problem. As you know, we had issues with the measurements when we originally did the design plan. HOWEVER, this has nothing really to do with the countertop being about 3 feet short. Yes that is correct. We may have been off in our measurements by an inch or so, but the countertop was short almost 3... full.... feet... = not impressed. Let me elaborate....

We decided that we would butt our countertops together, instead of doing a nice corner edge... mostly because it was a lot simpler that way. Whether we had done it this way or not, we still would have been short. When Steve finished his last cut, he realized that we did not have a full length piece to finish off the last 3 feet of counter space...

not one full piece... we had two cut off pieces however, that still would have left us a couple inches short. AGAIN, NOT IMPRESSED. So, back to IKEA we went. No one wants ugly, unnecessary joints in their countertop... (first world problem, i know!!) So, we very politely, talked to a manager at IKEA and explained that even if they had given us enough length wise, we’d have a couple unnecessary joints... that would look ugly and unprofessional. They screwed up and should have given us another 6ft length of butcher block. After only a little bit of deliberation, we came to the conclusion that we would pay for the extra piece, as we would have had to if THEY had measured correctly in the first place... but that we would NOT pay for shipping. Why did we refuse to pay for shipping? Because it cost almost as much as the 6ft piece we needed!! CRAZY!

So, sometime in the near future we should have the rest of the countertop, and then we will finish filling the edges. In the meantime, I spent a good portion of time sanding and oiling with Ikea’s recommended oil. Not the best method in the world... so I started researching other methods and stumbled upon this post from “House Tweaking”. Once the new piece is put in place, I will be sanding down the top again and using this method. It honestly sounds SO much easier! I’ll keep you posted on how THAT goes!

Between receiving our last shipment and waiting for the rest of the countertop, we have been busy trying to finish up the lower cabinets. It's a very slow process as we are just working on everything when we have a few spare hours, so we get very small sections done at a time. We have officially put all of the doors on the lower cabinets and the pantry...

Putting the doors on really relieved a LOT of stress for me... because... I was able to..... PUT STUFF AWAY!!!!! It had been almost 7 weeks of having EVERYTHING from our old kitchen sitting in boxes or loose in our living room. I GOT MY LIVING ROOM BACK!! Do you know how much weight was lifted off my shoulders after this?? I am a cleanly, organized person and I also like routine... This was not happy living for me! Now I can clean the living room... I can sit and watch TV without ten boxes blocking my view... I can go to the cupboard and grab a bag of chips... I mean wheat thins... without having to sift through a box of 500 spices and paper plates. It’s the little things in life, truly!!

The bottom cabinets just need pulls and handles, and then we need to put in the “filler” pieces in the spaces that you see there. Then the kick plate goes on and....... well we still have lots to do, but it’s useable... that’s what really matters to me! This week we have been working on the upper cabinets and hopfully this weekend I will be able to put doors on and then EVERYTHING will have a home again!!

This means that we are getting so close to the "decor" stage of this renovation and I’m getting very excited! I am going to be priming the "hospital green" walls very soon and then it's time for a proper paint color. I think I have decided to go with a neutral color on the walls so that accents can be the stand out pieces. I’m trying to decide on a grey... I don’t want it to be too silver... maybe one of these??


All of our kitchen utensils are very bright in color, so that'll add a punch and I plan on putting fun, bright prints up on the walls. Something along these lines...

kitchen print set

But for now, we will continue to slowly put everything together .... and I know that i’m jumping the gun a bit, but can we please take a quick look back at what our kitchen looked like before??

Can you believe it? We are almost home... almost living in OUR home.. not just occupying someone else’s... and that....feels...AMAZING!

If you would like to catch up on the rest of our kitchen renovation...the ups and the downs... start here!

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

i still shed a few tears when i think about it....

If you want to sit back and relax with me today, I will tell you the story of how I lost all of my marbles and had a slight break down (an adult temper tantrum) because our kitchen took a turn for the worst. I mean it is better now, but I was really struggling to see the good that could be for awhile. One Friday night, I came home to what I was hoping would be a semi-complete kitchen. Instead I found just two cabinet boxes hanging on the wall. Now, I am not blaming Steve for this one at all, it’s not his fault... well it’s partially OUR fault and partially IKEA’s fault. So here we go. (A part of me still gets super sad and angry when I talk about this)!!!

Upon further inspection, we discovered that our initial measurements were off on the kitchen... not a huge deal right? We can make this work. But after MUCH deliberation, we discovered that the upper cabinets WOULD NOT WORK AT ALL! I was only slightly horrified. I figured a quick trip to Ikea, return the ones that we aren’t using and buy new and we’re home free. NOT that easy. As we discovered and I’m sure most people already knew, the AKURUM Ikea kitchen was discontinued (we knew that part), but what we didn’t know was that they would no longer be ordering it for us from the store either. Enter freak-out mode. What we also discovered and did not know is that the new Sektion kitchen is not compatible with Ikea’s old Akurum kitchen.... this is the first time Ikea has ever done this. Enter REAL freakout mode.
I seriously lost my shit at this point. I was hysterical and thinking that we just spent all this money on a new kitchen and now what, we have to start from scratch? Buy all new? And we can’t even return what we have?! All worst case scenarios were going through my head (Steve does not like this trait). After much deliberation, we decided that we would call Ikea head office in the morning and see what they could do for us. There might still be a possibility that we could order new upper cabinets from SOMEWHERE! PLEASE!!

So we get up real early Saturday and we go over and figure out exactly what we need in order to make this kitchen work, thus the pictures that i'm showing you.. We hung all the uppers that we had and tried to figure out what we could keep and what sizes we needed etc. THEN as we are deliberating, I happen to look at the lower cabinet door fronts.
Insert slight back track here: When originally going over our design at Ikea, we had hummed and hawed about doing all white or doing dark lower cabinets and white upper cabinets...and I was pretty sure we had decided on dark lowers and white uppers. However, when I started assembling the base units for the cabinets, they were all white. So I assumed we had decided last minute to do all white... safer option, right? forward to last weekend...and we find that the lower doors are all black brown .... WHAT THE #$%@!?

ugly cry

That was it... that was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I almost gave up and was at the point where I just wanted to go to the bank, take out a loan, hire a kitchen expert and get them to rip out all that we had done and start from scratch. THAT’S how frustrated and angry and truly sad I was. How could Ikea let us walk out of there with white boxes and black brown doors? Another sidenote: I do not dislike Ikea, I love them. I think they have great products for those of us who are on a tight budget but still want our homes to look great! I do however, not like the “big company” feel that they have. They don’t seem to be looking out for the little guy, and you are all on your own. The risk is yours, even if you are spending gobs of money with them! THAT I do not like. But then, someone restores my faith all over again....

And now i'm just showing you progress shots because it makes me happier!

Saturday morning, after finding out that the door fronts were all wrong as well, we figure what the hell, if we can manage to order the top cabinets from somewhere, might as well throw in new bottom door fronts as well... in WHITE! So Steve makes the call, and of course the first person we get is unwilling to help us at all... and my heart sinks. But in my infinite wisdom/experience with today’s society, I tell him to call back and maybe he’ll get someone who IS willing to help us... and low and behold... we get the nicest guy in the world (or at least he was to me in that moment!) He was able to order us everything that we needed, and said it would ship out in two weeks...

Now I am not jumping for joy yet, but the stress level has definitely gone down a notch or two. I will not be happy until everything arrives, it is correct, and we can start reassembling our kitchen... again. For now, we have installed all the lower cabinets (sans doors) and the pantry. We are slowly oiling our countertop (which was also short but that’s another story for another day), and getting the appliances put back into place. Until all those cabinets come, not much else can be done. But it’s almost usable and for that, I am VERY grateful! Crisis almost averted...crisis hopefully averted.... I will keep you posted and let you know if I can relax or if I will most certainly have a heart attack when the shipment arrives... cross your fingers for me, would ya!?

Friday, 18 September 2015

book report

August was a slow reading month for me, but I managed to sneak in a couple of really good reads! The first book I finished was A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett. This book... wow.

A House in the Sky is a memoir about a young woman from Alberta, Canada. She grew up in a small town and always wanted more, always wondered what else there was out in the world. She began to travel and eventually ended up as a war reporter in Somalia. She and a fellow traveler were eventually kidnapped and held hostage for 460 days. 460 days... it boggled my mind when I first read it and it still boggles my mind now. How she managed to survive still astounds me. It is definitely worth a read, and if you are anything like me, you will learn to appreciate all that you have and you will give your loved ones a little extra squeeze when you hug them goodnight.

The other book that I read was called Family Pictures by Jane Green. This book started off a touch slow, and I honestly had no idea what it was really going to be about. Once you get passed part 1, it gets really good. Like don't really want to put it down good. Not in a suspenseful type way, but more in a what will they do now way...

This story is about two families who meet under very odd circumstances and have to learn how to overcome the unthinkable, and find the good in life again. It's a very easy read, but a very heartwarming read too. I recommend it as a great beach read... or Sunday afternoon, cuddle up on the couch, read.

Have you read any good books lately? Next on my list is A Girl on a Train... finally!