When You Can't Live With It But Can't Live Without It

There are two types of approaches I take to DIY.

  1. Permanent projects designed to last forever using solid materials
  2. Quick fixes using cheap, semi-permanent materials designed to be band-aids (with the caveat that it doesn't get in the way of future permanent projects nor damage the integrity of the home)

The kitchen project? I'm taking the latter approach. In the next year (hopefully!), we're going to tear out everything and replace it with our dream kitchen. Yet, we aren't ready for the permanent kitchen for a bunch of reasons like $$$ and my lack of decision-making skills and the fear of taking the plunge without being sure it's as perfect as can be. However, I'm totally embracing the slow evolution of the future kitchen plan. Each recipe gives us insight into functionality, each party better highlights ideal flow, and each trip to the store enlightens us on the best kind of storage. I'm taking my sweet time, but I'm learning oodles that I can apply to the big remodel.

Now, there is no way that I could ever cook a meal or host a get together in the kitchen in the state it was in when we bought it. No. Way.

Shall we revisit what she used to look like?

The Gold Hive Kitchen Before

How do you like those twig and rooster cabinet pulls?

The Gold Hive Kitchen Before
The Gold Hive Kitchen Before

It really doesn't look that bad, but the smell, folks, the smell.

Since we couldn't wait it out for our permanent kitchen in this space, the clean it up and cover it up method was the route we took. Since we were going to do something with minimal investment that wouldn't last forever, I used the phase 1 kitchen update as an opportunity to play with styles that I wouldn't install in our dream kitchen.

So, I bring you the inspiration. These are among the MANY photos that I pinned for the kitchen two years ago when this project got started. They are a bit more vintage country than our future kitchen will be and they have a touch more color than I would gravitate towards today. But when you're going to do multiple phases of renovation, why not explore all sorts of design styles!

The Gold Hive Kitchen Inspiration

Sources from upper left: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10

See some trends? Muted colored cabinets, vintage drawer pulls, natural material countertops, semi-open cabinets, lots of white and light, patterned flooring/rugs, wood accents, beadboard, and nods to yesteryear.

Come back to get all the sources, the tutorial on installing linoleum floors, a how-to cover existing counters in concrete, tips on making a space feel new even when it isn't, the installation of the backsplash, a step-by-step on adding more counterspace, and a check-in to see how it's holding up two years later. If you're itching to see what she's become, click here. To follow along on the progress, subscribe!

Weekly Roundup

Happy almost weekend!

Hannah Carpenter has been staying at artist Julie Blackmon's house and sharing all of the gorgeousness on her Instagram Stories. Julie's house is so pretty as it is, but when she uses it as a backdrop (or rather a subject) for her photographs, the result is striking. P.S. You can buy prints of Julie's photos in her books!

Sarah's recent gallery wall is the perfect amount of classy and funky. It's so pretty and refined, yet the vintage skiing photos are quirky and fun. She also outlines the many ways to mat artwork in a gallery wall for completely different effects.

Like buying goods from artists and independent shops? Like it when 100% of your purchase benefits a great cause? Then check out Still We Rise! The auction is open through June 27.

This brief video about color and language is worth a watch. Which colors would you keep in your vocabulary if you had to pick only four?

I have dreams of living in a big house in total isolation like Little Edie and Big Edie - but with less squalor. The Grey Gardens estate has been restored and it sure is something else.

An article about me! (practically)

A Console Sink Collection

We lucked out with some extra space in the bathroom to carve out lots of storage so we were able to nix the vanity and opt for a console sink. With all of our toiletries in the cabinet, the sink could be just a sink - not a vanity that may have looked like a chunk of wood plopped down in the middle of the room.

The Gold Hive Console Sink

During our sink hunt, the priority to was to get as much work surface area as we could for the space we had. But if that isn't your number one goal, how about acrylic legs, wall-mounted faucets, turned legs, shelves, or marble? I've collected my favorite console sinks from a few different online retailers - each with some different features.

The Gold Hive Console Sinks

1. Mason Apothecary $999 / 2. Essex $714/ 3. Vero Wall Mount $731 / 4. Vero $582 / 5. Templeton $823 / 6. Mason $699 / 7. Milano $706 / 8. Nuo $739

I have got to find a way to incorporate the wall-mounted sink look of #3 into this house! I mean, look at how charming it is in a laundry room. We have #6, the Mason console from Signature Hardware. We've been using it as our primary bathroom sink for two years and it's holding up beautifully - despite me leaving a hot curling iron on it for 8 hours by accident. Doh!

For more of the bathroom renovation progress check out the inspiration, the plans, the demo, the recessed shelves and storage cabinet, and the window. There's still more to come, so I'd recommend you subscribe.