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I know, I’ve been promising it for months now, but today is the day! It took me ages to reveal our kitchen because it’s not exactly what I want. The hideous tile backsplash still graces the sink area, and one counter is still green ‘marble’. But considering we had to do this makeover on the super cheap, it’ll do for now. Just how cheap? Under $400! Friends, welcome to our on-the-cheap copper and white kitchen.
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This makeover is meant to tie us over until we have enough funds to completely overhaul the space. I have to say, putting in the ‘counters’ made a world of difference. Ever since we got rid of all that hideous green ‘marble’, and painted the walls from the ‘banana split puke’ that covered the entire house to a crisp white, I’ve felt much better about the space. Care to see what we lived with for months beforehand? I warn you, it’s not pretty.
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These photos were taken during our walk through, so apologies for the horrible quality. But they really do give you an idea of just how awful the kitchen was. Some things we changed immediately (the hideous lights above the kitchen sink) and others were recent changes such as the fan we got last month.
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How did we keep our kitchen makeover super cheap? We avoided having to buy three kitchen large ticket items – flooring, cabinets, and counters. The flooring we kept the same, but the other two we reused and re-beautified what we already had. It was a ton of work, but well worth the hours.

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
For the sink area, we wanted it to have an open feeling, so we left four cabinets off to create open shelving. This was great as it resulted in less work.
We kept our original cabinets, but sanded them down, filled in the holes from the old hardware, and painted them all white.
For the drawers and a few key cabinets, we made our own handles with copper piping, an idea I first saw at Upcycled Treasures. A warning: The longer handles with two anchors work perfectly. However, we had a lot of trouble with the smaller drawer pulls (see oven photo below). The part that holds it together keeps distorting and the rods keep falling off, so we have to pull from the bell hanger rather than the rods. A few we’ve just given up on and just use bell hangers as the pulling mechanism, as you’ll see on the top left drawer beside the oven.
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We originally were going to buy new hinges as we figured ‘hey they’re cheap’. But there’s a lot of them when you’re dealing with kitchen cabinets, and at $4 a pop that adds up quick. So instead we decided to use what we had, but didn’t want the stark black colour to disrupt the look. So we picked up a copper leaf pen and painted all the cabinet hinges to match with the copper in the room. It worked perfectly.
Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds

Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
This is what really made a huge difference in the kitchen. I couldn’t stand those hideous 1980′s countertops and wanted to get rid of them entirely and replace them with butcher block. However, since we plan to completely reconfigure the space in the future, we knew that would be a waste of money. So instead I turned to pinterest for ideas and found a
video of someone who recovered their bathroom counter with granite contact paper. I figured hey, copper contact paper is a thing – let’s do this!Copper and White Kitchen Makeover | Squirrelly Minds
It was a lot easier than I expected. We followed the tutorial in the above video and were pretty successful. The trickiest part was getting it cut properly around the sink. We didn’t do that great a job measuring around, but the mister applied white cocking around the sink to give it a clean finish and hide our mistakes. Plus it helps to seal in the contact paper, preventing any water from seeping underneath.
We’re careful with our counters, making sure not to cut on them and to wipe up any spills so they don’t get in between the cracks. Even so, we thought it might last us about 6 months. We’re on about month 8 and, while you can see some nicks and scratches up close, it still looks really good.

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As you can see, we didn’t cover the back counter (which used to be an old 1980′s style ‘office’ area, hence the space for a chair). To save money we intended to just paint it with left over paint from the dining room. Yeah we never got around to that. But it sits a little separate from the kitchen so it’s easier to ignore.
I really wanted to put in a hanging garden or fun shelves on this big wall, but it back onto the chimney so we’d be drilling into concrete. I didn’t want to mess with that so instead I taped up my perpetual harvest prints. It adds a lot of colour to the space and is a good reminder to get outside and garden!
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, we didn’t forget to paint the wall under the counter ‘desk’. We left it uncovered because we liked the bright teal the kitchen used to be, and it’s a fun reminder of all the hideous wallpaper we removed from the space and the adjoining dining room. We stand there looking at that space and often say “Oh man…do you remember what this kitchen/dining room used to look like?”
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So just how much did we spend on our kitchen makeover?
Copper leaf pen: $20
Paint: $50
Overhead sink lighting: $30
Ceiling Fan: $80
Copper contact paper: $100
Copper piping and accessories: $100
Total: $380

Yep, a complete kitchen makeover IS possible on the super cheap. Sure, our flooring is still blah and that tile backsplash makes me cringe every time I do dishes, but why spend thousands of dollars when you only need to spend a few hundred? Especially if it’s only meant ot last a year, or two….or three. We’ll see when we get our butts into gear to redo the kitchen properly.


Friday Five | 4th of July

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Blue and Red Candy Confetti from Lines Across | Naturally Dyed Freezer Pops from Adventures of Mel | Popsicle Stick Garden Flags from The Proper Blog | Watercolor Stripe Bunting from The Sweetest Occasion | Fireworks Garland from Tell Love and Chocolate

It’s red white and blue day for many of you tomorrow! Above are 5 of my favourite projects to help you get ready to celebrate.

And don’t forget there’s also this free printable cupcake liner I made for you last year!

A very happy 4th of July to my American friends, and a wonderful weekend to everyone!


Download | Free Watercolour Ruby Desktop Wallpaper

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Yessss it’s July! I love this month. For starters, today is Canada day (HAPPY CANADA DAY FELLOW CANUCKS!) and it’s national ice cream month. It doesn’t get much better than that. But July is also the month of one of my favourite watercolour gemstones (and the featured gem on the front of the 2015 calendar) – ruby!
This gemstone has been around for centuries, and has always been highly valued. Ruby signifies love and passion along with harmony and success.

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Free Watercolour Ruby Desktop Wallpaper | Squirrelly MindsTo save, click on the download button and right click to save the image, then set it up as your desktop wallpaper.

Find more desktop wallpapers right here, and head over to the Squirrelly Minds Paper Shop to find each month’s birthstone as a card, a print, or in a calendar (where you can cut up each page to have 12 prints!).

Happy birthday July babies!


Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY’s

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's | Squirrelly MindsLast week I showed you how we made our suspended copper pipe paper towel holder. Suspended Copper Pipe Paper Towel Holder | Squirrelly Minds
I also promised that I would reveal our white and copper kitchen this week.
Sorry friends but this past weekend has been nutso.
I did post a pic on instagram ages ago (40 weeks!) when we first installed the copper countertops.
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Why has it taken me 40 weeks to feel comfortable enough to show you the kitchen? Because it’s not exactly what I want. We haven’t swapped out that nasty backsplash tile (and don’t have time now) and there are certainly imperfections all over the place. So I decided to stop delaying and show you already. Okay, so I’m delaying one more week. Stay tuned folks!

At any rate, I didn’t want to completely disappoint you, so I scoured the webs for my favourite copper DIY’s. Seriously, I might have to add some of these to our kitchen decor.
Here are my top 10 Copper Pipe DIY’s:

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Copper + Wood Paper Towel Holder from Almost Makes Perfect

If we weren’t looking to conserve counter space, we would have made this gorgeous copper and wood paper towel holder.

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Magazine Rack from from Zana

Sadly copper doesn’t fit into our living room, otherwise I’d be making this in a heartbeat! I have asked the mister repeatedly if there is gold piping. Sadly no. Although spray paint is always an option…

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Copper and Wood Bookshelf from Treasures and Travels

I just love the simplicity of these shelves. Uh oh…I may have to delay our kitchen reveal – I just thought of the perfect place to put this!

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Upcycled Treasures | Squirrelly Minds

Copper pipe drawer pulls from Upcycled Treasures

This is where we got the idea to add copper pipe drawer pulls to our cabinets, and I love them!

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Copper and Wood Plant Stand from Our Humble Abode

I love the simplicity of this plant holder and the combination of a light wood with the copper. It has a definite Scandinavian feel.

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Copper Pipe Curtain Rods from Lemon Thistle

I originally planned to do this for our kitchen window, but we decided we liked the light coming in too much and left it open. For now…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Brittany Makes | Squirrelly Minds

Himmeli Side Table from Brittany Makes

This table is just too cool and would look so great in any living room. Well except ours as copper and gold clash.

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iPad Holder from A Bubbly Life

I hate trying to cook a recipe from an ipad and have it lying in the middle of the counter among all the flour and other ingredients. This iPad holder is so perfect.

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Camille Styles | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Wall Sconce from Camille Styles

I’m trying to figure out where I can make this work…

Top 10 Copper Pipe DIY's - Photo by Fresh Crush | Squirrelly Minds

Copper Pipe Shoe Rack from Fresh Crush

Such a great idea for a shoe rack. It would work great in a closet, or it’s pretty enough to be out in the hallway.

Have you tried out any copper pipe diy’s?

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