A Mini Makeover

I am an addict of before and afters.  Is anyone with me??  So why not better for them to be in my own home.

I’ve found this winter to serve as a good time to work/finish/begin projects around the house:)  I know to some people projects sound like no fun…and there are times for me that I dread them as well, but this winter I have found them quite therapeutic.  Its something about seeing change, being mindless, feeling like I accomplished something that I think keeps me going.

So, there may be a few blogs on all of my mini makeovers that are going on over here.  First up….our island

I so wish our kitchen was a little bigger so we could put a big island in with bar stools and all, but it’s not.  It is just wide enough though that it looks a little funny without anything.  My friend posted this island on our online garage sale about 6 months ago and I fell in love with the chunky butcher block, the spindle legs, and the fun character.  She purchased this one at Pier 1.


Ever since I got it though, I thought it would be fun to “tweek” it just a bit:)  That’s when I saw this picture at Thistlewood Farm

Farmhouse Kitchen Pass Through

Made me wish all the more I had a bigger island…but I really liked the stencil on top and the colors, so I now had my vision:)

I started by finding a font that I liked and printed it out.  Then I traced it onto plastic and cut it out to make my stencil.


Yep, they are binder seperators.  They are cheap and work really well:)

Then I stenciled it on…


This is my tool box:)  I used the hair dryer to dry the paint so I could speed up the process.  I”m not a big fan of waiting.

Once I got it painted I distressed the numbers a bit and then stained the top.


I used the same stain that’s on my railings and better matches my floors.  Dark Walnut.


I painted the dark wood white and distressed it, and then added a cute galvanized pull.  It’s from the Martha Stewart line at Home Depot.


I’m liking it.  Another cheap makeover, and all done in a day….that’s my kind of project:)


Sorry for the night time pics again….

I’ve been working quite a bit on Kynlee’s room lately, and I have a few fun makeovers to show you there as well:)

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15 Responses to A Mini Makeover

  1. Kelly says:

    I love how you changed your island, it’s very charming.

  2. clara says:

    Love your island was wondering what the size was.

  3. Traci says:

    I love this! It just gave me inspiration for my future island. I was wondering what you use to cut out the font in the plastic?? I’m afraid if I just used regular scissors, it would look like a hacked-up mess. Thanks!

    • allie says:

      I do just use a scissors, it seems to work the best on that plastic. I have tried an exacto knife but a scissors is easier to handle and gives a smoother look!

      • Traci says:

        Thanks for the tip! Also, I wanted to tell you…I have been following your blog for a few years now. I hope this doesn’t sound weird or anything, but as soon as I read what your daughter’s name was – I was in love! So this past May, when my little girl was born, I named her Kynlee Joy. No one around here has ever heard that name, but they all love it, too! Your blog has been such an inspiration and I truly enjoy reading it. Keep doing what you are doing – you are a wonderful witness for Jesus. God Bless!

  4. Danielle Long says:

    Rediscovered your blog. I looked at your ideas a long time ago and was way too overwhelmed with how gorgeous your house was, but your tutorials are great!! Thanks for the inspiration… Pretty much every piece of furnature in my home is getting re-done :)

  5. Heather says:

    Looks great!! I love to see all your makeovers and projects :) Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love the idea of using binder separators as stencils for those of us who don’t have vinyl creation machines! I also love your finished product; it turned out beautiful. I think that’s the look I want for my girls’ new Ikea bed.

  7. I love to follow your process to when you finally receive the “vision”! I know how relaxing creative projects are and how time flies. My designer rings are on http://www.etsy.com search: peggyjeandesigns. I do the same process as you but much smaller. I design re-purposed statement rings from vintage & modern necklaces, bracelets, earrings, & pins. Artfully Always, Peggy

  8. anna johanneck says:

    That is just gorgeous Ali! you have been blessed with such an amazing tallent! :)

  9. beth says:

    love it!!!

  10. Angela says:

    Oh man, I think you gotta just come makeover my whole house!!!:)

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