Category Archives: Before and After

Cooking Up Some Fun

I guess since Fall is here it’s high time I show you what Josh and I worked on this summer.

I had been wanting to make Bear one of those super fancy Pinterest inspired play kitchens for a while and knew we had to scoop up this little beauty when I saw it on Craigslist. Only 30 buckaroos!


We didn’t have a lot of time to work on it due to just general business of the Nordean lifestyle but Josh was all in and spent his weekends working on it.


I had visions of grandeur… (Please ignore our neighbors car lot in the background)


But even without getting to spend as much time on it as I would like, it turned out pretty good. (Please ignore the crazy amount of junk in our storage unit garage).


I painted a piece of plywood with chalkboard paint for the refrigerator door. It’s pretty fun right? There is still a lot of work I want to do on it like add cute little spinning nobs and decorate it up bit. We might even add doors to make an oven, but who really needs doors when you’ve got imagination? Am I right? Bear seems to like it just the way it is so for now it sits in our kitchen ready for fun. Big props to Big Deaner for all of his hard work. (I seriously only handled the spray painting).


“It’s hot”, he says. “I’m cooking.”

I really wanted to wait to post pictures of the finished product until it was, well, finished…BUT I JUST CAN’T WAIT!!!!! I love my new bathroom so much I HAVE to share it with you. And when I say love, I mean loooooooove. Compared to our old bathroom it’s like having my own teensy-weensy fancy schmansy spa. Tile floors, one paint color, a clean and mold free shower pan, a sink with STORAGE!!! I said STORAGE people!

But before the big reveal I’m going to do what I was so thoroughly trained in my Musical Theater class NOT to do: use a disclaimer.

Disclaimer: This in not the finished product. We still have super fly, awesome shelves to install above the toilet, the medicine cabinet will get a new splash of paint and the fabric for my soon to be homemade shower curtain just arrived.

SooOOOOooo, without further ado:


Please disregard the fancy gold doorknob. It shall be finding a new home on the shelf of our local Salvation Army soon enough.


Shelves will go here. Also, check out the stellar light fixture the hubs picked out.


Saving space by using a shower rod with built in towel rack. Pretty brainy of me if I do say so.


I hear the angels singing.


Look how clean!

Big time shout out to our contractor and friend Johnny Taylor for his awesome handy work – and for removing the scald guard on the shower so I don’t freeze to death every time I wash my hair.

Not too shabby huh? Especially considering that last week it looked like this:


Squishy Floors Are Way Overrated

The Cabinet – A Before and After Story

For a while now my husband and I have been looking for some sort of a cabinet to house all of my fabric and sewing supplies. We’ve repeatedly scoured the local Goodwills, Salvation Armys and Thrift Stores hoping to find a rare gem. I had my heart set on something midcentury, but we just couldn’t seem to find anything that I liked that was large enough for all of my stuff.

About a month ago I got a call from my hubs while I was work, “Bring home a hand cart; I bought you a cabinet from the yard sale next door.”

Now, I usually don’t really know what I’m looking for in a piece of furniture until I’ve seen it, but I can tell you…

This wasn’t it…. It’s actually pretty hideous. I threw up a little in my mouth when I saw it.

BUT, it had potential and a lot of really great storage. So I set to work. And after a couple of weekends and about 12 cans of spray primer and paint I got this:

And I love, love, love it. Props to the hubs for finding this diamond in the rough.

Materials:        Screw Gun        Sander            Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Primer       Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint for the knobs and metal lattice work         Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover spray paint in Satin Lagoon       Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover spray paint in Satin Aubergine for the drawers