The Weekend Whisk – 12/14/13

by Kate on December 14, 2013

In Awe Of The Tree

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … **She says in a singsong voice. I’ve had that song stuck in my head constantly lately! But it’s so true. It’s been a week of tree decorating, Christmas shopping and buzz about Santa.

Trimming the Tree

We even got our first real significant snow this week here in New Jersey. Figures, I would be working that day so now snowman building or things of that nature for me but the girls and Mike had a ton of fun in the snow.

Winter Wonderland

The girls got to meet their new cousin, Ava this week. It was oh so sweet! Molly was ever so gentle with her and loved every minute of the time spent with her.

Meeting Ava

In other news, my house is finally back to normal! You may recall me complaining mentioning that we had a big house project going on due to some unfortunate water damage. The payoff for putting up with months of my house being in complete and total disarray was that I got to give my kitchen a facelift! Here is a before shot of the kitchen cabinets. I resurfaced them and added stain.

Unfinished Cabinets

Here is the kitchen with only stain on the cabinets. Dishes and recycling on the counter but this is my before picture. Hey, at least those dishes are clean!

Kitchen Before

And here is the finished project! Drumroll please … Ta da!

Finished Kitchen

The cabinets were stained and I added handles to them. We installed a new faucet and a new countertop. It turned out even nicer than I expect thanks to Mike surprising me with that awesome tin backsplash while I was gone at Mixed. Yep, complete and total shocker. At first I wasn’t even sure if I liked it but I absolutely love it! My husband totally rocks. I love him and my new kitchen!

Not only did he surprise me with a new backsplash. While I was away he took these atrocious mirrored and painted old shelves in our living room …

Old Shelves

and transformed them into this gorgeous focal point! I’m absolutely thrilled with the way everything turned out.

New Shelves

So that was the week in the life of Kate. Hope you all had a fantastic week as well! As always, you’ll find a recap of recipes you may have missed this week. Happy Saturday!



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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies December 14, 2013 at 8:06 am

It all looks great, Kate! Isn’t it amazing what a little facelift will do to make you feel like everything is brand new?


suzanne December 14, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Your kitchen looks beautiful, I love the tin backsplash!! Happy Holidays.


Kaylin December 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Omg I LOVE that backsplash! It looks amazing!!


Anna (Hidden Ponies) December 15, 2013 at 10:49 am

I love that backsplash, so unique and still timeless! And those shelves turned out awesome! The pic of your girl snuggling the new baby is so sweet.


Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines December 16, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Wow! When can your husband come to my house now that he’s done with yours? I love what you did with the kitchen cabinets and honestly, I turned around and looked into my own kitchen. I want to do that! Of course, then I’ll definitely need new counters.


Kate December 16, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Yes, the cabinets were a wonderful change but then I knew the counter had to go 🙂 Such an improvement! Love my kitchen now.


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