Trousers and Home Improvement Projects

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Pants: h.i.p via Nordstrom Find Here // Top:
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and Similar Here // Shoes: Michael Kors Find Here in Black // Necklace: Black Tied Find Here

Hope everyone had a great weekend! We had a busy weekend filled with live music which was a blast! Nashville has something called Musician’s Corner in Centennial Park on weekends throughout the summer/fall. It’s pretty amazing the talent that is out there. They have food trucks and a number of vendors and you can bring a blanket and just hang out listening to great music. Sunday we went downtown because the CMA’s had been in town all week. They set up a stage right by the river for free concerts. Yesterday we were able to see Lonestar, Jon Pardi and Corey Smith.

Today I wanted to dedicate a post to one of my home improvement projects. And what better way to show off my new striped tuxedo trousers from NORDSTROM. These pants are amazingly comfortable and, bonus, still on sale! I love this color blue so I thought they were the perfect match for sharing our newly updated cabinets. Our English Bulldog, Maddie, is also modeling for you today! I painted all the cabinets in our house, which surprisingly was not as difficult as I anticipated. Above you can see before and after pictures of our kitchen, master bath and spare bathroom. The first thing was finding the correct shade of white to paint the cabinets. I had to bring home the sample papers and put them on the cabinets in the light to really see which color was best. I started with the spare bathroom upstairs just in case I messed up. I first sanded down everything then started painting, which took three coats. I then used an antiquing glaze to coat the cabinets. You can make them as dark or as light as you want, depending on the look you are going for. I just wanted a hint of an antiqued look so I went pretty light on the glaze. You basically put it on then can take a wet cloth and wipe it off to your desired shade. For my purposes, it was easiest to actually take the wet cloth and put some glaze on it then rub the glaze on the cabinets, that way it did not get too dark. After the glaze dried I then took a small paint brush and painted the glaze all around the edges and the corners just to give the cabinets a bit of a distressed look. Once that was dry I just put on a clear semi-gloss coat over the entire cabinets and I was done. The kitchen took the longest to paint (thankfully I had some help from my mom 🙂 ), but it was a pretty easy project and has made a world of difference. Now, the next projects will be putting down new floor in the kitchen and replacing the cabinets…..but that will take some time to get done! 😉 What is on your list of home improvement projects?

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xoxo,

Alecia

31 Comments

  1. June 9, 2014 / 9:46 am

    Ahh I love all the improvements! It looks SO great! And those pants are totally the best!

    ps – I’m from Clarksville, TN ; )

    Kayla
    http://www.lovelucygirl.com

    • June 9, 2014 / 9:51 am

      Thank you so much, Kayla! Small world! My father in law and his family are from Clarksville too! We have been up there a couple times to visit 🙂

  2. June 9, 2014 / 9:57 am

    Loving the white vanity! So pretty and those trousers are perfect!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

  3. Barbara ingram
    June 9, 2014 / 10:21 am

    I like your decorating tips and the before and after pics!! Love the white cabinets, makes for a bright, fresh look!!! You look great in those blue pants too!!! Luv to ALL

    • June 9, 2014 / 10:30 am

      Aw, thank you Barbara!! Love to you as well 🙂

    • June 9, 2014 / 12:23 pm

      Thank you, Kylie! English bulldogs are just the sweetest 🙂

  4. June 9, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    Amazing home improvements!!! Everything looks great!!! Cute look!! I’m always a fan of a blue and black look!! Cutie pup too!!

    xx. Michelle
    http://www.themichmix.com

  5. June 9, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    Good job on the cabinets! They look really good. Your pants and shoes are awesome and don’t get me started on your cute Maddie!

    http://www.girlinahotcity.com

  6. June 9, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    WOW, great job it looks fantastic! Oh I love how you decorate your rooms. And I’m so into those pants right now, too! I got similar ones in black – they are definitely comfy and it’s easy to style them with high heels. 🙂
    Rathana xo ✪FabFashionaire.com

  7. June 9, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    That looks sooooo amazing! There is nothing a little white paint can’t fix!! your dog is seriously the cutest thing ever and I love those trousers 🙂

    Maggie
    http://www.PolishedClosets.com

  8. June 9, 2014 / 4:49 pm

    Great job on your renovation projects! It truly is amazing what a difference a coat (or 3) of paint can make. Though my most recent paint project ended up looking like a hot mess so no more DIY for me!

    • June 9, 2014 / 4:51 pm

      Thank you, Megan! I was afraid it would end up a hot mess, thankfully it turned out! 🙂

  9. June 9, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    The pants are awesome, i love your cobalt blue heels, the zippers are so cute! The home improvements are great too!
    Xoxo,
    Brittany Blake
    Accordingtobrittanyblake.blogspot.com

  10. June 9, 2014 / 8:27 pm

    You did an amazing job with this project! The cabinets look great! And I love those pants!

    Nicole
    Nicole to the Nines

  11. June 10, 2014 / 8:18 am

    Oh I love the white cabinets…very clean looking! And your bulldog is THE cutest 🙂 Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    -Sharon

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