I'm so excited to share this post with you guys today! Ever since I found out I was pregnant with Parker, I looked forward to buying a cute Pottery Barn Kids kitchen for him to play with. But when the time came around to actually getting one, the one I wanted was $799, and I just couldn't justify spending that much on something I didn't even know if he would like or play with. So I did some Pinterest searching and found several really cute hacks of the IKEA Duktig Kitchen, that inspired this project. IKEA recently dropped the price of this kitchen from $99 to $79, too!
My mom comes to watch Parker for me on Monday's so I took a trip out to the store by Mall of America and probably spent 3 hours there. I had never actually been inside the store and loved looking around at everything, I found so many great deals! I bought the kitchen and got to work during Parker's nap and after bed for the next 3-4 days.
Here are the different things I did to transform the standard DUKTIG Kitchen into this gold & gray version:
The finished kitchen!
The before picture of the kitchen.
The burners on the stovetop light up, too.
Utensils and veggie basket are both from IKEA.
If you want to transform you own IKEA kitchen like this, here's what you'll need:
3. Assemble the bottom half of the kitchen, excluding the oven and dishwasher doors, the back piece and the four footings that go on each of the legs.
4. Then, using your painters tape and newspaper you'll need to tape off the inside of these cabinets so they are still the natural color. Once they are all taped off, you can begin spray painting the bottom with the gray color. IMPORTANT: You will need to tape off the bottom board about 1" in so that once you attach the doors the little bit of the board that sticks out is gray. (See picture). When dry, apply second coat and touch ups as needed. Finish off with the matte clear enamel.
5. Using the painters tape, tape off the glass part of the oven door, and then spray the oven door and the dishwasher/cabinet door gray. Let dry, apply second coat as needed. Finish off with the matte clear enamel.
6. Assemble the top half of the kitchen, do not put the microwave door handle on yet though. Using the painters tape, tape off the areas you do not want gray. For me, I wanted the back of the two cubbies to be white and the microwave on all sides to be white as well. Note: It may be easier to spray these as individual pieces rather than assembling it first, but I chose to assemble it and tape off what I wanted to maintain white. Let it dry, apply a second/touch up coat, and finish with the matte clear enamel.
7. At this point you can pretty much put the top half of your kitchen together and the bottom half of your kitchen together, you are just missing the countertop and backsplash. I actually debated for a long time as to whether or not I was going to add the marble contact paper because I liked the look of the natural wood so much. But since I decided to buy it, I went for it and applied the contact paper. Since the corners of the countertop are rounded, I would suggest putting it flat on the top and rounding off the corners and then cutting a really long thin piece that goes along/on the edge of the countertop. You'll need to use the razor blade to cut holes in the contact paper where the stovetop and sink inserts go.
8. Make your backsplash. I laid the self adhering tile sheets to the poster board and cut it down to just slightly bigger than the backsplash area so that I had a place to adhere it to on the back side of the kitchen.
9. I placed the 3M adhering strips on the back panel of the two side pieces and along the top so that it was securely adhered to the kitchen.
10. Ta-da! You are all done!
The plant. utensils & pots and pans are all from IKEA. The candle, salt & pepper shakers and petite glass bowls are all for styling purposes and aren't there when P plays with it. :)
Time & Money Saving Tips
1. A cheaper alternative to the backsplash tile is paper like this shiplap one below, it's less than $1 per sheet at a craft store. You can buy three of them and adhere them to the poster board to create a quick and inexpensive backsplash. This shiplap was $.69 per sheet at Hobby Lobby.
2. Below is an in progress picture of the kitchen while I was assembling it, without the backsplash attached and with the original countertop, which I actually really like! The marble contact paper was a total pain to put on, so if you like this look below, you can save some time and money by using the included countertop with no additional modifications. Then you won't need to purchase the contact paper or worry about cutting out the holes for the sink and stovetop.
This whole project may seem a little overwhelming, but I promise once you dive in and start doing it, it's not that bad! There are endless ways to hack this kitchen into one that fits your unique style - the opportunities are endless! There are so many cool colors and backsplash options you can do. You can check out Pinterest for additional ideas, too! Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments on my Instagram post about this, it was a really fun project. Up next: hacking the IKEA LAAT table! I'm excited to share that project here, too!
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Thank you so much to everyone who responded to my Instagram story asking for travel tips! I received so many messages with great ideas (scroll down to see the list), and also so many people asking me to share these ideas, too... so here goes! I've tried to capture everything, but I'm sure I missed some and would love any additional ideas you guys may have in the comments. :) And sorry about the picture quality, these were all iPhone pics taken is such bad lighting!
We flew to Florida twice this winter with Parker and took two totally different approaches for each trip...
Parker was just a few weeks shy of 1 year, and we chose to fly at night (8-9pm flights).
In the airport
Parker was 15 months (not walking yet, but crawling everywhere), and we chose to fly during the day. Our first flight was super early in the morning and the return flight was mid-morning.
We are so lucky that we made it out of town for this trip. We flew out at 6:50 the morning that the biggest snowfall/blizzard of the season hit MN - and everything after us was cancelled. Thank heavens we made it out! The only bummer was that we had to get de-iced and that took 30-45 minutes and by the time we were done being de-iced, my "bag of tricks" (food, games, etc.) was almost completely out of things because he had already gone through them all.
In the Airport -
I took the same approach this time flying with Parker as I did above with a few differences.
On the Plane -
FIRST TRIP VS. SECOND TRIP
Overall, the flights went fine both times. I think I would attempt to travel either way next time, but maybe lean toward a night flight because a sleeping toddler is way easier than a busy one that gets bored very quickly. Once P is at the age where he can watch a show/movie on an iPad, flying during the day will probably be more the attractive option.
I know this was kind of a hodge podge of info, but hopefully it'll help someone out who plans to fly with a busy toddler sometime soon!
Other ideas that people sent me (THANK YOU!!):
We are so excited to share the big news that Parker is going to be a big brother this fall! All glory be to our Father for this wonderful blessing.
We had just finish making our plans for our frozen embryo transfer (FET), and put our down payment down and I was on cycle day 30 so I took a pregnancy test at the doctor's office to make sure we weren't pregnant. It came back negative, so now it was just time to wait for my cycle to start so we could get things rolling with my medication protocol.
About one week later my period still hadn't come so I took a home pregnancy test for fun and BAM two bold pink lines appeared right away. I was in shock! I yelled to Todd and he literally yelled back "are you pregnant?" - it's like he knew. What a miracle from God! I have never been pregnant without the assistance of fertility medications, so this was truly such a wonderful surprise.
I want to thank my BSF small group and my mom's morning small groups for praying for us to conceive and that our little one is healthy. They are my prayer warriors and I am so grateful for this answered prayer! It's going to be so fun to see Parker become a big brother this fall!
I was so honored to be part of Home Bunch's "Beautiful Homes of Instagram" blog series. I wanted to share the pictures from our (partial) home tour on my blog, too! There's a ton of content, so I've decided to break it up into two different posts - this one features our main level. Most of the photos below were shot by the amazing Nicole Autumn (a few are from my camera roll, too).
A HUGE thank you to Ampersand in the Galleria and Tonkadale for providing me with tons of merchandise to style my home with. I've tried to link everything in the photos, but if you have any questions, please let me know. For those of you asking about my front door color, I am still trying to figure it out. Sorry!
Entry Light | Personalized Doormat
Paint from Fine Paints of Europe
One of my favorite transformations in our home was our front entryway. We changed the exterior color of our home to white shake, and replaced our 7’ solid wood doors with 8’ french doors adorned with big windows that lets the morning light pour into our home. I didn’t want to paint the doors white because I felt like that was a little too matchy-matchy, so I opted for my favorite color, grey, and I love the way it turned out! It’s a great contrast against our all-white home.
Prior to our remodel our main level was divided by a three-quarter-length high wall, closing off the kitchen from the formal dining and living room. This new, open floor plan has really opened things up and makes our home feel much larger than before.
Drapery, and all furniture is from Restoration Hardware.
I've linked similar items here: Coffee Table, Chairs, Pink Throw Pillows
I made the moss bowl with materials from Tonkadale nursery.
Paint Color: Harbor Gray by Benjamin Moore
Table & Chairs - Restoration Hardware - Similar table Here, Dining Chairs here, and End chairs here | Lighting | Plates
Flowers from Ampersand and Tonkadale
Our dining room serves as both our casual and formal dining space, so I was very mindful of this when selecting the furniture and lighting so that I could make it function for both purposes.
I kind of cringe when I see how matchy matchy our dining room chairs and barstools are. I thought it would be a good idea to have them the same, but I'd really like to change out our barstools some day to create a nice, complementary contrast.
Chandeliers | Sink | Faucet and Side Spray
Hardware: Knobs & Pulls: Alno Inc Creations, Charlie’s 6” Brass Pulls (3” for smaller drawers), knobs are Charlie’s 1.25” knos and 1.25” backplates in antique English
Countertops & backsplash: Honed Carrara Marble (yes, I'd do it again, I love our counters!)
Cabinet paint color: Extra White by Benjamin Moore
Prior to our remodel, we had a white and grey kitchen, but it was really dated. I fell in love with blogger Rachel Parcell’s kitchen - the oversized range hood and open shelving with a marble backsplash that ran to the ceiling. I loved every detail so I worked with my builder to incorporate as many elements of that inspiration as possible into our space.
Hooks | Knobs | Pulls
I was still waiting from the other hardware to arrive (it didn't make it for the photo shoot so that's why the drawer is missing a pull in this picture).
A little bit more about me & what I shared on the home bunch blog:
I have loved houses ever since I was a little girl. I remember when I was growing up my mom and I would go on car rides to the fancy neighborhoods to look at pretty homes, and I always felt so inspired. Growing up I always thought I would do something dealing with homes, but when I went off to college I decided to go the business route, instead of channeling my love for homes and my creativity. Later on, when I met my husband and moved into his home, we started talking about doing some remodeling. We had plans drawn up, but it wasn’t until after we were married that we decided to pursue them. My husband had bought a great home in a wonderful neighborhood, very close to where we both grew up, but it was a dated ranch style home that definitely needed some TLC. He had demoed our whole lower level so it was down to the framing and cement floors, so a big chunk of our home wasn’t even functional. After weighing our options, we made the decision to turn his home into our home, a place where we’d raise our children, and that reflected our needs and personal style (instead of moving).
Designing our home was such an incredible experience for me. I spent hours searching through blogs and pinning spaces I loved on Pinterest, and enjoyed every second of it. Gathering all of this inspiration enabled me to create an overall vision for our home, and translate that into each and every room, and then watch it all come to life. I was truly in my element during the whole process. It has been about two and-a-half years since we remodeled our home, and we have since welcomed a baby boy to our family. I decided to leave corporate America when we had him and just recently decided to launch my own company as an independent decorator (@parkergreyinteriors) so I can help others create beautiful, functional spaces they love, too. The company is named after my son and my favorite color, grey. I’m so excited to see where this new opportunity takes me!
Our home underwent a big transformation from a dark and dated ranch style home, to a bright and airy, traditional home with hints of a modern farmhouse, too. I love clean, uncluttered spaces, and lots of neutrals with a hint of greenery and/or fresh flowers. Every single day (no joke!) I look at our home and wonder how I can make the space even more beautiful... with wall coverings, decor, furniture, etc. I spend a ton of time reorganizing the open shelves in the kitchen, and rearranging the built in shelves in our master. I just love making our space perfectly tailored to our style and am always striving to improve it.
We have two additional levels in our home that are not pictured, our lower level which is mostly filled with kids toys, and our basement level that is unfinished. Hopefully I can share those spaces in the future! Thanks so much for taking a look at our home and I'll post the second part with our upper level soon!
,Around about 1 year, Parker finally started to love food. And now he actually only wants to feed himself! He doesn't like it when I try to feed him, so I am sooo happy with all of the progress we've made. We were really close to having to go to occupational therapy, which would've been just fine, but I'm glad we were able to make progress on our own and avoided having to do that. To continue to expose him to different tastes, textures, etc I have tried a ton of different foods with him, cut up in different sizes and shapes.
So this Valentine's Day I thought it would be fun to do something a little festive (I love all the holidays) - and wanted to share our little activity for anyone else who may be interested. Warning - it does get messy, so the splat mat is a must! But he had a lot of fun.
What you need:
I made the Jell-O as directed on the package, chilled it for several hours and then cut out the Jell-O with the heart shaped cookie cutters. To removed it, I used a spatula and put it on his highchair and let him go to town! It didn't matter if he just played with it or ate it, and he had a ton of fun. We bathed him right after, because it gets super messy! (PS some of my hearts look a little more like blobs, but oh well.)
High Chair - IKEA (BEST $20 ever spent!) - and it's white and gray. My jam.
Splat Mat - Gathre x Studio McGee, Buffalo Check
Hi, welcome to my blog! I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guys. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO, Lindsay