Pantry Organization II

Operation organization is in full swing! One of the first rooms that I started working on was the kitchen.  I love to cook and I spend a good amount of time in the kitchen so I wanted to start integrating my things.  The first portion of the kitchen I wanted to work on was the pantry.  I knew there was going to be a lot of purging…I wasn’t aware of how much purging there was going to be! Here is the before shot:

Pantry MakeoverLooks like your typical pantry…stuffed! I worked shelf by shelf going through all the products and seeing what could be kept and what was getting tossed.  There were a ton of expired products in there! Of course there were a few products that made their way to the back and haven’t seen the light of day for…well let’s do the math…

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 1997-2014…17 years. Yup, scary stuff! 

So I went through and divided up what was staying and what was going. Here is the going pile:

Pantry MakeoverAnd the stay pile:

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Once everything was out, I wiped down each shelf and lined them all with shelf liners.

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The next step was taking all of my things and adding them to the pile and then putting them in the pantry.  With the use of baskets and canisters I decided to assign each shelf a purpose. Here is the after! 

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The first shelf is all canned goods and condiment products. The second shelf is all pasta/grains.

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For the third shelf I placed all baking supplies there. And the last shelf is cereals, snacks, and a few boxed products like crackers and extras. The canisters are all from Ikea and the majority of the baskets were from Michaels that I already had. 

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One jar of Nutella is never enough! 

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And who doesn’t love a snack basket?

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So there you have it, all OCD’d out! Just how I like it!

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And believe it or not this makeover took place awhile ago (hence the peonies in that one shot, oh how I miss you!) and this photo above was taken just yesterday! Just goes to show if you have a home for everything it makes it so much easier to keep it organized! 

And here are some before and after shots of all the cabinets that hold the dishes and pots/pans. There were a ton of things that were super old and have made their way to the yard sale pile!

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The kitchen still needs a lot of work but I think it’s one of those spaces where a few little updates will make a huge impact for the time/money being! Here is what the space currently looks like:

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My ideas consist of 

-removing the paneling

-getting rid of the yellow paint 

-adding a backsplash 

-changing the countertop (maybe Rustoleums Granite Kit?)

-replace the kitchen chairs! 

-redoing the kitchen table 

-change the molding around the sliding doors

-new stove!! 

See just a few changes haha! I mean if I had all the money in the world that list could go on and on but for now small steps! 

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Laundry Closet Makeover

Hi guys! As promised, I’m back today to share the laundry room makeover!  I’m a little obsessed over how the space turned out! The washer and dryer sit in a closet behind two bi-fold doors.  I knew immediately that this space needed some freshening up so I got right to it! The before shot is pretty grainy (iphone) but there are plenty in process ones.

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So as you can see there are pipes and wires that are exposed behind the machines and my immediate idea was to cover those.  There is also a shelf above the machines which I was hoping to paint but after taking a closer look they were pretty warped and gross so they needed to be replaced.  

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There is also a chute that drops clothes from upstairs (love that!) so a basket for underneath to catch the clothes was a must. I began by taking everything off and clearing the space to be painted. That meant wiping down and vacuuming.

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Laundry Room MakeoverNext I got to painting.  I used Benjamin Moore’s Snowfall White in matte. If you think the walls were already white, don’t be fooled.  Here’s a shot proving that wrong! Laundry Room Makeover

After painting the space I went out to Home Depot and bought some new pine to replace the old wood shelf. The shelf was 23 inches deep so it was recommended that I use two pieces which was fine with me since the existing shelf came in two pieces as well.  I used the old shelf to draw out where my cut had to be for the dryer vent and then I used a jigsaw to cut it out.  Once that was done I painted them nice and white using the same paint.

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Laundry Room MakeoverThe part that I painted white is actually going to be the bottom of the shelf.  For the top I wanted to lay something down that would protect it and make it easy to clean if any detergent happens to spill so I bought shelf liners.  Since I would be pulling baskets on and off the shelf I needed the liner to stick so I used a little bit of spray adhesive to hold it in place.

Laundry Room MakeoverLaundry Room MakeoverThe next step was hiding the pipes.  The width of the space was about 64″ so I had the idea of putting up a tension rod and using a curtain. I happen to have a panel available that I planned on using so that I wouldn’t have to buy a new panel but it only opened up 54″.  ARG! I realized at this point that the average curtain opens to 54″ so buying a different one wouldn’t work but you know what opens even wider? Shower curtains! I ran out to Target and purchased a curtain and then using some heat and bond created a loop to run the rod through.

Laundry Room MakeoverOnce that was complete I hung it up and popped the shelves in.

Laundry Room MakeoverThe last thing that needed to be done was replacing the light.  The one that was there was a simple light bulb.

Laundry Room MakeoverWhen I was in HD I grabbed a pendent kit and glass pendant.  I’ve replaced lights before and thought it would be a breeze this time, you know, white with white, black with black.  Well not so much.  When I opened the light up there were so many wires that we had a friend of ours come and hook it up.  I was not about to burn the house down! 

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So much better! Ok now before we get to the final reveal let’s take another look at that before shot shall we…

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And now the after!

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Whaaat! Pretty crazy right? It just goes to show what a big difference just a few updates can make to a space! 

As far as sources go the “Laundry” sign and dark basket holding the detergents are from Home Goods and the laundry basket is from T.J. Maxx. I purchased the frame on the wall from Michael’s and made the “wash, dry, fold” signs on Print Shop.  The shelf liner is from Home Depot.

I have totally found myself looking for anything and everything to wash just to hang out in this spot! Do you guys have any spaces that can use a facelift? 

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Cleaning Your Washing Machine

Every once in awhile we have to take some time to clean the thing that cleans things. For instance a vacuum cleaner needs to be emptied and a dishwasher may need some scrubbing. Another machine that can use some cleaning is a washing machine! When I moved in and started doing my laundry I noticed that the machine #1. smelled a little funky and #2. was dirty.  I couldn’t fathom how a dirty washing machine was going to make my clothes clean so I went ahead and cleaned the thing that cleans things.

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1. Fill the machine with hot water. Add 4 cups of chlorine bleach and let it agitate for 10 minutes. Then let the water sit for 1 hour.

2. After the hour, run the machine on the longest wash and spin cycle.

3. Once it is empty, fill the machine with hot water again. Add 4 cups of white vinegar. Agitate for 10 minutes then grab a rag or sponge and wipe down the machine. You can try to remove the middle piece and clean that out as well. Once you’ve cleaned every crevice allow the water to sit for an hour.

4. After the hour, run the longest wash and spin cycle.

That should help make it look and smell like new! It certainly did for me!

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The machines not only smell much better but the clothes smell so good now! You know, like detergent!

Now once the machines were all cleaned I took a look around and realized they weren’t the only thing within that space that needed some cleaning.  The machines sit in a closet and let’s just say that the space has seen better days. I decided to give the entire closet a little facelift! I’ll be sharing the transformation tomorrow so be sure to come back to check it out! For now I’ll leave you with a before shot as I was beginning the process! 

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Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce

It’s no secret that I enjoy cooking. I also really really enjoy eating. I have always been a meat and potatoes kinda girl and I love when the Fall swings around and the meals get really hearty but I also love the light fun cooking that takes place in the summer! A few weeks ago I made some chicken tacos in the crockpot (super easy!) It got me thinking about how I would love to try shrimp tacos.  Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did because these tacos are BOMB (that’s what the kids are saying these days right?) I went on Pinterest looking for a good recipe and true to form I found a bunch that I really liked and took ingredients from one recipe for one part and other ingredients from another to create the tacos.  I like to think that there are 3 flavor boosters in this dish and when you bit into it you will get an explosion in your mouth…no joke, it’s that good! 

Shrimp Tacos I Made2StyleI started with marinating the shrimp. Flavor booster #1

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Then I prepared the chipotle cream sauce. Flavor booster #2

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceAnd then the fixings. I cut up some lettuce, I would normally recommend red cabbage for the crunch factor but I just used red leaf. I also chopped up some tomatoes. The last fixing is flavor booster #3. I cut up 2 avocados into cubes and then drenched them in lime juice and added 2 tbsp of chopped cilantro. YUM

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream Sauce Once all that is done just cook your shrimp in a skillet until it turns pink and put your tacos together. I’m telling you each bite will have you saying OMG. You’ll start talking like Giada being all “the bite from the shrimp paired with the heat from the sauce…” haha! So yeah, you’ve got to give this recipe a shot and you’ll have plenty of the chipotle sauce leftover to add to all kinds of dishes. Maybe even a dip for some sweet potato fries? Oh man, now I need to make sweet potato fries! 

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Tacos with a Chipotle Cream SauceIf you’re on Instagram you can follow me at Cindy_Made2Style and check out the hashtag #M2Sinthekitchen for some dish ideas! If there is anything you want me to share a recipe on just let me know! You can also check out the recipe tab at the top of the page for more M2S recipes! Enjoy guys ;)

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Apartment Tour

So it’s August…when did that happen?! I always feel like the summer flies by and with so much going on I’m trying to savor every moment. I’ve been so caught up with the move that I haven’t really had a chance to look back at where I was. It occurred to me that I never did a tour of my apartment so of course now that I’m gone I figured I’d finally get around to that! This was my first space that I didn’t have to share and was all my own. But anyone who did have the pleasure of living with me knows I didn’t hold back when I decorated! It was hard to leave this place mostly because it was here that I truly learned my style. There were moments of “what was I thinking,” but also moments of clarity. A ton of trial and error but in the end having that feeling that I can’t wait to be home. Nothing made me happier than when friends and family would come over and say how homey they felt being there. That was always my goal to make it feel homey, comfortable and at the same time represent my style. So here it is…my baby! I’ve attached links to projects that I’ve done within each space to help make it what it was.

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DIY Roman Shades

  Craft Storage

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Target Bar Cart Makeover

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Furniture Makeover (Miss Kelly) 

Fabric Covered Boxes

LIVING ROOM

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Bookcase Redo

No Sew Pillow Covers

Gold Edge Frames

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DIY Headboard

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So oddly enough I don’t have any pictures of the bathroom other than what it looked like after packing up but no worries, it wasn’t anything special.  Here are some shots I took on moving day.  Pretty bittersweet! I decided to leave the roman shades because I knew I had no windows that they would work with and the person moving into the space really liked them so at least they will get used! She also bought my couch from me so that stayed behind as well. 

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And the truck on moving day…

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Now to figure out where this will all go in the house! 

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Wine Cork Initials & Place Card Holders

For my cousin’s bridal shower I decided to make some cork initials to add to the decor.  I’m lucky enough to have an uncle who owns a restaurant so getting a handful of wine corks was fairly easy.  If you are not so fortunate you can purchase some here or do what I would do and just start getting saucy every night! 

To start this project you will need corks (duh!) The amount of corks all depends on your letter but I would estimate around 60 corks per letter.  You’ll also need a hot glue guna print out of the letter, card stock and thick craft sticksI was going to be making an E (for Elizabeth) an F (for Frankie) and an ampersand. 

I started with printing out the letters that I needed and then tracing them on top of white card stock. By applying some pressure I was able to create a crease in the card stock which I then cut out.

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I decided that I wanted the width of the letters to be 2 corks so I started hot gluing 2 corks together and testing out how I wanted them. I also alternated which side of the cork I was using.  I wanted there to be some variation in color.

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Once I had all the twos together I started gluing them down onto the card stock shaped letter.

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When I was finished I realized it needed more stability so this is where the craft sticks come in handy.  Just hot glue them onto the back. 

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For the ampersand I happen to have a cork board in that shape so I used that and instead of wine corks I used a mixture of wine and champagne.  They took about 2 hours for all three but it was totally worth it! 

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Another quick project I did were the place card holders for the guests.  The supplies were pretty much the same thing.  I printed the cards myself and with a sharp knife (and careful eye) I sliced a line in the cork.

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Next I placed a dot of hot glue on the back bottom of the cork.  The point of that is so that when it hardens it will stop the cork from rolling over.

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Then just slide your card right in!

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Now go grab yourself a nice glass of vino and get to drinkin’!!

Wine Themed Bridal Shower

Happy Thursday everyone! I hope this week is treating you well. First off I just wanted to say thank you to all the sweet comments I received about my move! I am super excited and have already started on a few projects that I can’t wait to share with you!

Today I wanted to share some photos from my cousins bridal shower that we threw for her last month.  She is a big lover of wine and had dreams of having a vineyard wedding but when all things were factored in it just wasn’t doable with the cost so we decided to throw her a wine themed shower! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen this photo that I posted.

Wine Themed Bridal Shower l Made2Style.com These corks came in super handy for my contribution to the party.  I was in charge of place cards and help with decor.  I decided to make their initials out of cork (E for Elizabeth and F for Frankie.) For now I’m just going to be sharing pictures of the party but I will be posting tutorials on these projects later.

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As a gift from the bridal party, we got her a basket of wine “firsts”.  Each bottle has a little poem with instructions on when it should be opened. 

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The shower was a complete success and I will be back to share how I made those letters! Better start drinkin’ up! 

New Beginnings!

Hellooo friends!! So yeah, I’ve totally dropped off the face of the blogging world. But all that matters now is that I’m back and man do I have some great things coming your way!! Let’s start off with some fantastic news…I moved!!! I’m so beyond excited! It was definitely time to move on. While I loved my apartment I hit a point where I did all that I could do to it.  I had so many ideas of things that I want to do but I just didn’t have the space.  I think that had a lot to do with why I’ve vanished off the web…just wasn’t motivated anymore.

Any who…last week I packed up my place and moved out! It was very bittersweet for me.  I loved that space so much.  For anyone that doesn’t know, the house/apt I lived in is owned by the school I work for so the good news is one of my friends/colleagues is moving into the space and you better believe we had some some serious conversations with the maintenance guys about what will happen if they paint over my stripes! As sad as it was to leave I was super excited because I moved in with my love! Also very stressful since I am bringing Luna into a house with 2 other cats! That’s a story for another post (Yes, that’s 3 cats altogether…I’m officially the crazy cat lady!)

As far as the house goes it is best described as a raised ranch. It is the house he grew up in so it goes without saying there are still many things in this house that were around when he was a wee little boy.  We’re hoping to change all of that! We’re talking wood paneling to green shag rugs. It’s very ‘come on knock on our door’ if you know what I mean! The bones of this house are awesome though and I’ve got some great ideas! 

I’m currently working on the kitchen and mixing my stuff with his and deciding what to keep and what to toss.  Like that 1970’s Mickey Mouse mug and matching plate? Yeah, that goes in the yard sale pile ;) 

I hope you guys are as excited as I am. I can’t wait to turn this house into our home! 

 

{Beauty} Filling In Your Eyebrows

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Eyebrows have been getting a lot of attention lately, or none at all depending how you look at it! I am one of those women who grew up with some Peter Gallagher eyebrows on my face.  When I was old enough to get my hands on some tweezers it was over, they barely existed.  I have photos to prove it but I will spare you.  It took quite a while to finally grow them back to a point where they looked normal but there are still areas where the hair is pretty sparse and no matter what, it won’t grow back. 

I was pretty content with the way they were for the most part but it wasn’t until I really got into makeup and especially makeup artistry that I realized just how important eyebrows are.  The way I have come to look at eyebrows is like having the most amazing outfit on with no accessories! Eyebrows frame the face and complete any look you are going for.  You can’t have flawless face with great makeup and ratchet eyebrows! 

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There is a big misconception on filling in eyebrows.  Many woman hear that and immediately freak and think they are going to look like they have their eyebrows tattooed on.  That is simply not the case.  There are so many great products out there and easy techniques to help you achieve the look you’re going for.  I am a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills.  Not only are her products amazing but she is a huge supporter of makeup artists.  The 3 products of hers that I love are the Brow Wiz, which is a eyebrow pencil.

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The Brow Duo which is a powder.

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And her newest product which is my absolute favorite right now, the Dipbrow Pomade.

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All of these products can be found in Sephora or on the ABH Website but I would recommend going to Sephora so you can test the products and see which colors match yours best.  Now let’s get down to some technique on how to fill in your brows because you are all going to be brave and give this a try! 

Here’s a shot of me with one eyebrow filled in and the other not just so you can compare.  See, looks natural right? Would you know that I filled it in if I didn’t tell you?

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To begin, I dip my brush (I use this short angled one) in the Dipbrow pomade and then rub most of the product off on the cap so that it’s not overwhelming when I place it on my brow.  You can always go back and add more but a little goes a long way. I start by creating a line on the bottom from the beginning of the brow to about the arch.

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Next, I do the same thing but this time on the top of my eyebrow.

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After that you’ll want to create a line from your arch going down.  If you don’t have much of an arch but you want to create one this will allow you to do just so.  Sometimes you may notice that one eyebrow has an arch and the other is more rounded.  You can easily even them out but simply using your brush to create the shape.

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Now it’s time to fill in the middle.  You can choose to use a powder, pencil or continue with the pomade.  The trick here to making it look natural is to take your brush and move it in the opposite direction of your hair growth.  In other words rather than filling in the space by going with the hair, fill it in by moving your brush towards your nose. 

When you fill in the space going with the hair you are only placing the product on top of the hair.  When you go in the opposite direction you are forcing the brush under the hair and directly onto the skin creating a much softer and natural look.

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 When you fill in the front turn your brush vertically and make soft strokes to fill in any space you may have.

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And there you have it! Pretty painless right? 


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If your not sure about heading out and buying new products you can try using an eye shadow you may have that is close to your hair color, lighter is always better than darker!  If you give it a try don’t forget to snap a pic! You can share with me over on Instagram @ Cindy_Made2Style! 

As far as the products go, I am not being sponsored by anyone to talk about them I just love sharing my favorite products with you guys and what I find works best! The lashes I’m wearing in these photos are Pixie Lush by House of Lashes. If you have any questions or any requests for more posts like this just leave it in the comments below! 

Thanks for stopping by! xo

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The Drama of the Kitchen Backsplash

Today I am going to share the drama that was my kitchen backsplash.  Let’s start with a little backstory shall we.  To do that I have to fill you in on my living situation.  I am a second grade teacher at a private school and the school I work for owns the house that I live in.  The house is actually broken into 4 separate apartments and I live in one of them.  I’m lucky enough that I get to pretty much do what I want in this space as far as painting and all that goes. When things go wrong all I have to do is contact the maintenance guys and they come over and fix it. It’s a pretty sweet deal. Now about 1 year ago I had asked if it would be at all possible to get a backsplash put in the kitchen.  At the time there was nothing on the walls. I dreamt of a beautiful glass subway tile but I knew that was way out of any budget I could be given so I found this cute glass mosaic tile at HD on sale for $5.99 sq/ft.

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I was told yes but that it wouldn’t be right away, probably not for another month since the guys were working on a lot of projects.  Well, that month turned into “They won’t get to it until the summer,” which turned into “October is looking like it might be a better time for them,” which then became “After the winter break,”…catch my drift? It just kept being put off and I so badly wanted to just DIY it and submit my receipts but at the same time I didn’t want to piss anyone off. So January rolls around and it looks like the ball is starting to roll on the install! I get a text saying that they are at HD and they no longer carry the tile I wanted, bummer! So I went searching online and came across this tile.

photoIt had the glass but also some stone which I liked.  So in my mind this was the tile I was going to be getting. Fast forward another month or so and still no word on the install.  Then I get an email saying to go to the tile store at the bottom of my street…”there’s a tile store at the bottom of my street?” and pick the tile for my backsplash.  This. is. so. exhausting. I wasn’t married to the glass and stone and in all honesty could care less what went up, it’s an apartment, I just wanted something! So I went in the store and apparently they were expecting me and I was told that I was given a generous budget. Hmm, someone must have been feeling bad for making me wait so long. So when they asked what I wanted I asked, “Do you have any glass subway tiles within my budget?” and they pulled out these gorgina 2″ x 16″ tiles.

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So I chose the color I wanted and left feeling very happy. I guess waiting almost a year was worth it!

Now, just when you think the story is over there’s more to it. So let me show you what the area looks like. This is a super old and dark photo I was lucky enough to find since I never took a “before” shot.

photo-5 When I was told the guys would be coming to do the tiles I had said that I wanted them staggered like bricks to the head maintenance guy.  The day of the install came and I was sooo excited all day and when I got home I opened the door and felt a big whomp whomp.  This was what I saw…

photo-4Why are the stacked? Who stacks tiles? I was pretty disappointed.  I had an image of what I thought it was going to be and it wasn’t that at all.  I decided I wasn’t going to judge it until it was all done. Nor was I going to complain about free tiles! I started to find that the more I stared at it the more I was beginning to like it.  I even went on Pinterest and searched stacked tiles and the photos that came up helped me feel a lot better about it.  I feels very modern to me now and once the grout was put in and I put all my stuff back I found that I actually love it.  It’s completely different from the ordinary and not what you would expect and that is what I love about it.  The guys said after searching online they read that long glass tiles should be stacked rather than staggered. It took forever to happen but now I finally have something to look at other then a white wall! 

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I find it to be a very clean look. What are your thoughts?