DIY | Kitchen Island Accent Color

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A day late here, cause I just got back from a night in Charlotte. I’ll share some of those photos next week, but for now I wanted to share a little update on the house! After we got our countertops finished, the house was starting to feel too white and grey and I needed a little color in my life.

9540d178ca280dc97306ff2190a2c9c7I originally wanted to do a dark teal-y green like this kitchen on pinterest, but it didn’t quite fit the rest of the decor right now. Matt was not entirely on board with my dreams of green and gold accent colors, but I think the muted jade I settled on made him less worried. I ended up choosing Privilege Green – part of the HGTV Home collection at Sherwin Williams. I absolutely love it.

 

 

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Painting the island was such a quick way to break up the neutrals and if we get tired of it, it’s super easy to change. See everything I used below, this whole thing took maybe 2 hours — with dry time being the biggest time delay.

All the tools:

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First coat painted, then went back through with the little brush for the edges.

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I love how the color turned out. I’ve been kicking it into high gear getting everything decorated and finished here, I want it done for the holidays. My parents are visiting for Thanksgiving and they get here tomorrow! This is their first time seeing the house, so I’m trying to get it as ready as possible — I guess I should go get started on cleaning everything. Have a wonderful weekend and thanksgiving week everyone!

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Finding the shot on an overcast day

I live for a good sunrise or sunset. Some days you get your butt out of bed, head to the beach with gear in hand, and you get to sip your coffee in front of an unbelievable display of color. Other days, you get to the beach and realize it’s overcast or the sun seems to drift through a haze of almost no color.

On these days it becomes a different kind of shoot and you adjust. The subject in my long exposure shoots is color, so when there is no color you get to be a little more creative.  You fix your camera settings and explore different shots to get the most out of your background. The images I’m sharing today are from a sunset. It had been bright all day, but by the time I got to the beach, thunder clouds were rolling in. I tested a few different backgrounds and had some fun working with the icy blue light. You take what you can get and even on the worst day — you’re still at the beach soooo, life’s pretty damn good.

You can shop all of these as prints in my shop by following this link: https://www.chelsearominski.com/p1008632866 and I’d love to hear any experiences you’ve had with sunrise/sunset or long exposure photography!

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Sometimes all you need is a well exposed shot. The long exposures didn’t allow you to see the clouds or the contrast in the ocean, so I wanted at least a few images to showcase the scene as it was. The storm clouds coming in and the rain over the ocean in the background. The entire beach was blue.

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This is one of my favorties — I see it printed gigantic, at least 20×20 in a living room. For this shot I played with the white balance. Because everything was blue, it was easy to color change it all at once.

And of course — play with long exposures. I love to try different styles, some on a tripod, some hand held and exploring the different scenes that are created post processing.

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It’s great when everything goes right and you get exactly the shot you planned for. But every so often, you need an unexpected day. It gets you out of your comfort zone and makes you try new things.

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Before + After – New Floors

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IMG_0775I’m currently bed ridden with a giant bowl of ice cream after getting my wisdom teeth out on Friday, but I couldn’t wait to share this little before and after of our new floors! Fair warning – this blog post may be a little all over the place as pain pills run through my system, but i’ll do my best.

We still have a lot to unpack and move in, but here are the beginnings. This felt like such a long road, but it was so worth the wait. Matt Woodward from Twin City Flooring did such an amazing job, I couldn’t be happier.

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beforeHere are a few images of the home as I bought it (images from the property listing, not my own).

We tried to save as much money as possible on this project, so we opted to do all of the floor removal ourselves. It took about about a day to get everything out and disposed of – with a few breaks & having to stop and get tools we didn’t realize we needed. We took out the carpet, underlayment, then went pack through with a hammer + screwdriver to get out the nails that lined the perimeter.

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Rollin’ out those old carpets

The next job was removing the vinyl plank flooring from the kitchen, where we found some seriously gross vinyl underneath. The vinyl plank was in great condition and came out really easily, so we plan to reuse it in the bathrooms. Then Matt finished up with the crowbar to get all of the sticky hardwood flooring in our entryway up, while I swept up the concrete. (I promise I had the cuts, sweat, + bruises to prove I helped, but I was on photo duty lol).

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Removal completed!!

IMG_5938We chose Lifeproof Vinyl Plank in Fresh Oak and I’m completely in love. I liked that it was a little rustic, but not too many ridges like some of the other vinyl planks had. It has warm undertones and changes at different times of the day.

My biggest advice is go to the store and check out the flooring – everything I looked at online was completely different in person.

 

 

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This project was a little tiring, but so so worth it. It felt good to get dirty and to put work into this place and make it our own. Everyday I’m loving it even more.

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Pinterest Roundup – Interior Decor

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The month before I closed on my home is a blur of negotiations, phone calls with insurance agencies, and a lot of Pinterest-ing. I went down the rabbit hole and started a vision board for what could be. I’ve slowly but surely started the process of moving, renovating and redecorating, which is super exciting. But, with the hurricane delaying pretty much everything, I’ve been seriously trying to keep my anxiety in check.

The dream of what could be is getting farther away as dirty concrete floors, partially ripped off countertops, and a shoe requirement becomes the new norm. Living out of two rooms with boxes stacked high from both me and my boyfriends old apartments was dreamy and exciting at first, but I’m officially ready to start unpacking and making this place a home!

Our floors are going on a month behind and the countertops, even later – BUT, we got the call this week that materials are in and we have an official start date of next Wednesday! I could not be more excited, and that “no end in sight feeling” is starting to drift back into “spend all of your money and create a Pinterest perfect home right away.”

I’m working on my patience, I promise.

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Click the photos to take you to the Pinterest link!

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Literally everything I want in a living room. AND THAT RUG omg. If someone can tell me where to find one like it, hook a girl up!

Via: The Glitter Guide

 

 

 

 

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Aaand the bedroom of my dreams. A little midcentury modern and a lottt of comfort.

Via: West Elm

 

 

 

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Anyone else obsessed with white uppers and painted lowers?? I’m also really into this teal-y green color right now. I want it everywhere.

Pic 1: Loom + Kiln // Pic 2: Wit & Delight

 

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After the Storm

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I am so happy to finally be back home in Wilmington. At the one week mark of our evacuation we got confirmation that our street had power and we heard about a route that opened up. At 5am, with a car full of gas and groceries, we headed home. I guess I thought that the worst was over and once we were back everything would just kind of fall back to normalcy.

That really wasn’t the case. This was the first hurricane I’ve been through and I learned a lot from it. I’m beyond grateful that there was no major damage to our home, but others sadly didn’t fare as well.  It was horrible driving down the streets, seeing how this hurricane wreaked havoc on my town.  Almost every light was out and debris and downed trees were e v e r y w h e r e. Right behind my place, a house was cut in half from a tree falling on it.  No restaurants were open, grocery stores were starting to open, but weren’t stocked because trucks couldn’t get in. If gas stations did have gas, the lines were insane. There were places with no flooding then one street over houses would be under 2ft+ of water. The flooding still hasn’t subsided here and in towns around us.

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On my second day back I took a drive to Wrightsville to search the sand for those giant shells that come up with the Hurricanes. I was happy to see that this place was the same. Some erosion, some damage, but people fighting for it’s beauty.

The people here are resilient and I’m so lucky to be a part of it. #wilmingtonstrong

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