Project : Kitchen



                                                Project Kitchen : Complete
This has been THE longest reno. Not weeks, not months but years! We started renovation about 3 years ago and it has been a slow process for obvious reasons : TIME & MONEY. Kitchen renovations are not cheap but we need manage to save a lot by doing 90% of the work ourselves , it just took a little longer. The only that in the kitchen that stayed was the kitchen boxes , everything else got updated.

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Wall Color ––– Nothing that I love more than a bright and airy kitchen so we lightened up with room with a coat of White Metal by Behr.

Cabinets ––– The cabinet boxes were solid and in great shape so we kept them , painted them and added new shaker doors from Cabinet Door World and had a local painter spray them. SHOP AFFORABLE CUSTOM CABINETS HERE

Backsplash ––– Originally we didn't have any sort of backsplash besides paint . This was one of the very first improvements we made. The marble subway tile was super affordable from Lowe's but makes perfect background for the kitchen.SHOP TILE HERE

Moulding ––– Just Mould It. My life motto. We added moulding from the top of the cabinets to about an 1 inch from the ceiling, all around the base of the cabinets and also on the island. Moulding adds that custom look that we were lacking.

Hardware ––– When we moved in there wasn't any hardware the cabinets. I feel like hardware is like jewelry for cabinets so of course we had to add some.  We went with sleek pulls from Hickory Hardware –– various sizes from the Skylight collection. SHOP SKYLIGHT COLLECTION HERE


Lighting –––We had to get the kitchen LIT! I found this company on Instagram , LighingDirectNJ. They are a privately sourced lighting company which means they are able to find you exactly what you're looking for , for a fraction of the big box store price! You can contact them on IG , E-mail or by phone.  @lightingdirectnj ––– 732-552-7518 ––– lightingdirectnj2@gmail.com


For the island lighting , we wanted something timeless but unique - love the traditional vibe these lanterns give off but the cubed crystals add the touch of glam and interest.








The Dining room fixture is what I like to call understated glam... for this room at least! The dining room has a very modern , minimal feel but we also added traditional picture frame moulding to the walls so I feel like this fixture helps marry two together! Although it looks super luxe it was SO affordable , like sooooo affordable! You guys have to check out LightingDirectNJ!



*The "mood" lighting in the cabinets and above are from amazon! The are battery operated and  come with a remote which is super cool and are under $30 for a six pack!SHOP "MOOD" LIGHTS HERE


Appliances ––– All of our appliances were mixed matched  which isn't always a bad thing but it pulled your eye in different directions and made the kitchen feel busy. All of the new appliances are by Whirlpool and we are loving them!


Sinks ––– We had our solid surface sink replaced by Surface Savers LLC. We went with Stainless ( Emoderndecor.com) for prep sink and Fireclay (QualityBath.com) for the main sink .


Facets ––– Sleek and simple was the theme. The main facet is a touch-facet which is super helpful when you're cooking and don't want to fuss with food all over your handles. I honestly wasn't sure how i was going to end up liking it but it's just tap and rinse now and I've grown to love it! SHOP FAUCET HERE


Flooring ––– Since the flooring continues into the dining room , I though I'd show you a sneak peek of what we have so far . Were  almost done and barely done at the same time . Basically what I'm trying to say is that we've done a lot already but we still need to furnish the room and decor a bit more but were loving the direction that things are going.
  We went with Luxury Vinyl Plank for 3 reasons; the price point is on-point , wide-plank wood look, extremely easy to clean ( water-resistant) AKA : kitchen friendly! I wanted a grey hue in the flooring but not solid grey , I love the classic-ness of the lighting beige wood and this one had it all.

Countertops––– Marble! J/K! Could have fooled you though, right?? They are actually... Epoxy! It was a DIY project we did about a month ago.
                         
                           If you haven't seen the video on how we did it ,watch it here : 





If you have any questions about anything feel free to drop them in the comment section,
  I hope you guys love what we've done as much as we do!




Countertop Transformation




   Counterfeit countertop ? Depends on how you look at it - Is it real marble ? No. Does it look like real marble? It sure does!

Epoxy can mimic the aesthetic of natural stone but has loads of added perks. Epoxy is 10x more durable than concrete, you won't find the high gloss shine that the epoxy has in natural stone and the significant lower price point never hurt anyone.

We are completely obsessed with how the countertops turned out and I'm so excited to share this alternative to making your kitchen gorgeous on a budget without sacrificing quality and aesthetic.













Why we chose Epoxy?

1. It's 100% non-toxic. Safe to eat and cook on.
2. It is SO high gloss that it is reflective! Like a mirror!!
3. The cost is considerably lower than natural stone , I mean like a 1/4 of the price!
4. We could customize it to the exact look we wanted
5. Its UV and Heat Resistant.  Great because of all of the natural light we have from our massive windows not to mention you can literally put on a hot pan on the countertop , not that I would but you could, without it damaging the surface!

HELPFUL TIPS:

1. Use a travel sized spray bottle for a fine mist of shimmer using the FX powder / alcohol mixture. We ended up using this the second time we did the countertops and it was exactly what I wanted! It doesn't leave any circles or drips when sprayed and gives a little sparkle ( not glittery , very natural looking) to the surface!

2. If you are going for a lighter marbled look only use a tiny bit of the FX powder , in my case the color silver,  in your mix . Silver can look super dark super quick! You can also add more powder so more is less in the beginning!

Same goes for the pearl –– we made this mistake the first time around , yikes! I mixed wayyy too much pearl into the alcohol thinking it would show up an opaque pearl white. . . boy ole boy was I wrong! It looked beautiful at first but as the days went on and it cured it looked completely pearly YELLOW! See below , NOT a good look. . .



3. Wear old clothing –– Everything article of clothing I wore to do the countertop down to my underwear (seriously) I no longer own... just FYI !

4. Mix, roll , torch each countertop section at a time –– Especially if you only have 2 people on the job. This prevents feeling the need to rush and then making mistakes.

5. Apply just the Prime Coat to the vertical surfaces ( the edges/ backsplash) 4 hours before starting the flood coat. This is optional but its better to be safe than sorry and I totally recommend it!

6. No "shortcuts" Follow the instructions!!!






Questions? Let me know them in the comments below! 

* This post does contain affiliate links which means I will receive a small commission for any purchases made through them. Thank you in advance for your support! 





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welcome to Styled on Style


Styled on State is the .com to my constant styled state of mind -  from interior styling, renovation, wellness , beauty - and the inspiration and how-to behind it. 

I started this blog to document as I style our first home ––– think of it as a virtual scrapbook, only I share the pits along with the peaks! 

I've always said "it's not where you buy it , it's how you ( or your space) wear it" Creating a great space doesn't have to be expensive and hopefully this blog can be a resource for budget-savvy options without sacrificing great aesthetic !  



Turning inspiration into transformation ; Styled on State is more than just a home tour , its a journey of style and I hope you'll stick around and travel it with me! 

x

IKEA Coffee Bar



Affordable , functional, organized and styled. Four words I love to see together. Find them in the coffee station , talk about a perk! I've always loved the idea of a coffee bar but couldn't quite figure out how to make it work for us, our space and style. Most coffee bar inspo that you find on Pinterest is a farmhouse / country vibe , which is super cute but just not my personal style.
   I have this little nook in my dining room , right off my kitchen, that I thought would make the perfect coffee bar, coffee station, morning station whatever you'd like to call it. It's the perfect in-between from the kitchen to the door to take 'belle out to go potty in the A.M.
   I knew I wanted something more modern and sleek and I came across the IKEA BESTÅ storage cabinet and the measurements couldn't have been more perfect. I love the glossy white doors and the adjustable shelves. I did order the glass top and I am SO glad I did , it is a must for a coffee bar! Is it just my Keurig or does yours spit coffee everywhere too? #soannoying
     The BESTÅ feeds my inter-OCD thats for sure but I'm not complaining because I actually love organizing. One of the most satisfying things to me is seeing a space organized , haha. Anyone else?
When I ordered the BESTÅ I also ordered the KUGGIS Boxes in various sizes for storage , see below. I also placed by first order with The Container Store . Yes ... my first order! Where has The Container Store been my whole life?? I am officially obsessed . I don't have one even remotely local so I had to order online but I'm not going to lie , I spend hours on the site now. Back to what I ordered... I picked up these two Clear Stackable Accessory Drawers they are the perfect size for mugs/cups and I love that they are drawers!
                                                   
                                                            Tour my coffee bar here
                                 


 
   








SHOP MY COFFEE BAR 



Easy Holiday Treats | The Gift of Food



 


Call me Betty, Betty Crocker ;) 
To be completely honest , I'm not to savvy in the kitchen. It wasn't until this year that I started getting a little more invested in the kitchen and by invested I mean looking up recipes, lol. 
The thought of following a recipe was completely overwhelming to me because putting all the ingredients together was not where I wanted to invest my time. What I didn't realize is was there are some super simple recipes out there that taste so delicious ! The key for me is planning out what I'm making , staying organized by only keeping the items I need in pantry that I will be using for that weeks meals and making recipes that I'm actually excited about. Oh and having a new kitchen to cook in doesn't hurt either ! If you haven't seen my kitchen reveal, you can check it out here.
Okay now that I've probably made you doubt my kitchen skills, lets get into these recipes before you click out and miss out on these yummy treats!   

For the step-by-step recipes, click to watch the videos below 





Whats better than gifts? ... food?  Give the gift of food and your killing two birds with one stone , I hate this metaphor but you get the point !

 If you make any of these , let me know your favorite in the comments! 

Merry Christmas

Bathed in Marble | Our Bathroom Renovation





When I think of a bathroom , I think of the room you go to get clean but our bathroom didn't exactly make me think that let alone feel it. Even though it was clean ( trust me, I scrubbed for hours hoping the next scrub would make a difference) it didn't look clean in the slightest. Not only was it a visual eye sore but the ceiling was drooping down , tape lines were exposed in the ceiling and the room fan was broken.



After putting it on the back burner for years we decided to finally attempt this massive remodel... ON OUR OWN. Keep in mind we had never attempted a complete gut before but for some reason the bathroom sounded like a good place to start.

Boy o' boy were we in for a treat ... and I mean the treats that cause you to gain 10 lbs , keep you up at night and provoke intense mood-swings. Those kind of treats. The rumors are true, it is inevitable that you will run into unforeseen issues that you probably would've never thought about. That was the case for us anyways.

- Gas Leak 
- 12 hours razoring off dried grout 
- Prying apart barbed wire attached to the plaster . Yes, barbed wire. 2 layers of it!! 
- Sewer line back-up into the basement , talk about crappy. 
- 3 nights learning to balance drywall on my head 
- Peeing in a bucket for 2 1/2 months
- Shoveling demo debris in a snow storm  

to name a few ...

Good news is ; we survived, our old bathroom didn't, we are still married, know so much more about any and all things bathroom related and have a gorgeous bathroom now! Oh and ... when I think of my bathroom, it's a place I can't wait to go to , to get clean !




I 'm a sucker for a touch masculinity, I feel like it brings a modern vibe with clean lines and structure. Combining that with the fluidity of using different sizes and patterns of Carrara marble from surround to floor was the perfect recipe for the feel I was going for.

Of course this bathroom needed to be functional for everyday use so that is where practical meets design. Adding small "hotel-esque" touches that still allowed the space to be realistic for us was key.
Adding paper guest hand towels , something we never had done before, immediately took us to a Ritz state of mind. In case you were wondering, no, we don't use them on the daily! They double as decor when we don't have guests over ! #win-win.


                                        SHOP the bathroom


Herringbone Floor - Polished 4x12    Shower Surround - Honed 6x12    Niche - Honed 1x3  

Grout Color | Unsanded Bright White  Niche | Unsanded Delorean Gray

You can SHOP the rest of the bathroom here . 

For being the main bathroom in the house , its actually pretty small. Only 58 sq ft (- minus) the tub. We ordered more shower tile (66 sq ft) than floor tile! It is actually amazing to see how using lighter colors can really open up a space and make it look so much bigger! Using whites doesn't have to be sterile and boring ... its all about incorporating textures, mixing patterns and adding accents to add that warmth factor! I would have never thought this small space would be the biggest project we've tackled yet. 

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