Cottage Update- Kitchen

The kitchen is coming along quite nicely! It’s not finished by any means, but it’s starting to look more and more like a kitchen! It’s amazing how insulation and paneling can already make a space look more complete!

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Once everything is trimmed and painted my small China cabinet will sit against this wall. I love the look of shabby chic and cottage styles so the whole interior will be painted a nice white color. It’ll make the house look bigger than what it is and give it a nice, clean look.

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This wall well have a built in shelves for dishes and pantry items.

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My Dad made a stand for my refrigerator to stand on so it would be off the ground. He attached some of the same paneling to give it a uniform look as well. Later we will build a shelf that sits over the refrigerator and it will hold my convection oven. We’re also going to make the rest of the stand look more like a broom closet.

I also painted on the kitchen counter. It just needed a little wipe down and a fresh coat of paint!

The same goes for all the drawers and the rest of the counter.

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Dad built this awesome counter top!

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After we brought it over to the house we were able to make the hole for the sink.

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Next it was time to stain the counter top. I chose a “dark walnut” stain and am very pleased with how it turned out.

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A close up of the stain.

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The overall stain on the counter top.

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After the stain completely dried I put some polyurethane seal on it.

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Then I let the seal dry for a few days before I put another coat on it.

There is still *quite* a bit to do in the kitchen area, but it’s nice to see everything coming together!

 

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Why I Wanted to Go Tiny- Common Questions Answered

A question I continue to get asked is- “Why a tiny house?”

This question is usually followed with- “Why not just get a camper?”

Which in turn is followed by this- “I mean wouldn’t it be cheaper?”

Those are great questions actually, and I enjoy being able to answer them and afterwards they understand why I wanted a tiny house. Today I’m going to break those questions down for you.

The answer to the first question is this- I wanted my own space.¬†Plain and simple. I wanted my own space for me and that’s about it actually. It was actually thanks to my Mum that I started looking into tiny houses.

You see, my Mum and Dad are the best parents ever. They understood that as I was getting older that I wanted my own space for my own things and for it to just be me. They were perfectly fine with that! However, they did not want me to rent an apartment. My parents wanted me to work towards something that would be mine, and not me giving money to someone else every single month.

This is what made the tiny house the perfect solution! The building I have is on a rent to own plan. So yes I am making monthly payments on it, but in a few years it’ll be paid off and all mine.

With a tiny home I get the space I want and it’ll eventually be completely paid for. I think that’s great and a pretty good answer to the first question.

Well not everyone thinks so. This is when I go to the ‘Plan B Answer.’

“Well I’m a tiny person so it’s not like I need a lot of space.”

This is my answer to the second question- I lived in a camper for a few months and learned a lot. The main thing I learned was that I didn’t really want to get a camper for a tiny home. Now I have nothing against campers at all, but for me and for the vision I wanted and the things I like, a camper just wouldn’t work out for me.

You can make a tiny house out of a camper, I know of a couple that does! I think it just depends on the person and what they would like.

Now we come to the third question. Wouldn’t a camper be cheaper?

Well I mean I guess it could be, but that would be if I got a camper and left it as is. Knowing me there would have been a lot of alterations I would’ve wanted done before I felt the camper would be ready. This would’ve started adding up to the price of the camper.

Both the tiny house and a camper are investments. For me I wanted more of a cottage look so the tiny house was the right fit for me. I’m still so happy with my choice too, even when I would look at showers and want to croak at some of their price tags, ha ha. Side note- I *finally* picked out my shower!

Every person who goes tiny has their own opinions and reasons why they decided to go tiny with what they chose. To me that’s what is so great about going tiny- the options are endless!

Monthly Favorites- July 2017

*Please note that this post is not sponsored in any way, these are just simply products that I’ve used a lot this month and love*

Last month I found quite a few products that I love and quite a few products that I’ve had for a while, but used a whole lot.

Here are the favorite beauty products:

 

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First up is this bareMinerals face powder. It’s my favorite face powder by far! I have it in the shade Fair Ivory 02.

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I fell in love with this Ginger + Gold blush that came in my Ipsy bag. I can’t remember when I received this, but I used it a lot in July!

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I was looking for a makeup setting spray on a budget. This setting spray from Wet n Wild was less than $6. I do prefer it a lot more than a makeup setting powder.

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This Grande Mascara is another Ipsy bag favorite. I love that it lengthens my eyelashes, but doesn’t create clumps.

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I was wanting to get a liquid foundation that would provide lasting coverage. So I looked at Pinterest to see what I could fine. I found some “drug store dupes” and the Revlon Colorstay was one of them. I tried it out and it really does have great coverage! I have the shade 110 Ivory.

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This concealer is amazing, it definitely covers up those dark eyes and little blemishes! I have the shade CW 01.

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My last Ipsy favorite for the month of July, this Vasanti lip gloss in the shade Super Mom. It’s the perfect shade of pink!

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I have very super sensitive skin and finally found some makeup removing wipes that I can use that won’t break my face out! Now these are the off brand, but I prefer to buy these since there are more to a pack and are a bit less than the name brand.

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This has quickly become my favorite shampoo! I love how it’s more natural and the coconut smell is a big plus! This is OGX’s Coconut Water shampoo.

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My all time favorite scent from Bath and Body Works is Endless Weekend! I love their ultra shea body cream and their body spray. (I would’ve take a pic of their body spray, but I couldn’t find mine when I was taking all these pics. I did find it after I imported these pics though!)

Now to the electronic favorites for this month!

 

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I bought this flexible, metal wrapped, rose gold, iPhone charger. It’s nice to know that I finally have a charger that will last a long time. Well worth it!

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Finally, my Chromebook and mouse. I much prefer to use my Chromebook for blogging, very rarely will I use my phone. So without these two things it would be a bit hard to do what I do! I also love the fact that since I opted for the smaller Chromebook, I can stick it in my small backpack and it fits perfectly.

There you have it folks, my July monthly favorites! Until next time!