veronimama kitchen reno – a brief introduction

veronimama kitchen renovation

Hi! If you follow me on instagram, you probably know that I’m redoing our kitchen. Like full-on tearing out the countertops, stripping and painting the cabinets, moving the sink/plumbing, and installing a new tile backsplash. Our little kitchen desperately needed an upgrade from the current green particleboard countertops (!!), so we’re SO excited that our landlord is letting us get started. The only catch – we’re doing all of the work ourselves (minus the plumbing). It’s a big job but I’m loving it so far.

veronimama kitchen renovation to-do listI’m working on some much more detailed posts about our process and a full step-by-step DIY post for anyone else looking to redo their kitchen, but for now I wanted to give a quick update. Our rough plan is something like this:Right now, we’re in the thick of it with the cabinets, with everything primed and ready for final coats. I’m aiming to get the doors finished and mounted by the end of the weekend, but that’s going to be pushing it since we’ll be out of town all day Sunday. I’m just dying to get the 19 cabinet doors off of our living room floor so we have space to walk!

I’m going to keep updating the status of the reno on instagram for now, and save all the good film and DSLR pics for the detailed posts. Follow along on insta, or maybe just stop by and help me paint for a few hours????? Just a suggestion…

veronimama kitchen renovation

stüpdate #2: fall 2016

Fall Stoop Decor

Dry leaves rustling in the street, chilly early mornings, and empty canned pumpkin shelves at the grocery store can only mean one thing… Fall! As a September birthday, I’ve always felt like my birthday meant the official beginning of fall, and considered myself an official pumpkin ambassador. Pumpkin pies on my birthday, PSL for my free Starbucks birthday drink, and pumpkin picking at the apple orchards. This year was no different, except we bought mini pumpkins at the store instead of trekking to an apple orchard. I don’t mind though, it holds that same quirky city appeal as buying your christmas tree at Home Depot.

I finally spotted some mums at our local nursery, and loaded up my bike with as many as more than I could carry. I ended up hugging/balancing two giant mums on my knees after filling the rest of my bags and racks to the top. Who can say no to $0.99 perennials at the end of the season?! I got a few chuckles on my way home, so here’s to hoping my overeager plant-love spread a little happiness through the neighborhood.
Fall Stoop Decor

Our alley-picked Red Flyer came through for us again and is the perfect backdrop to my fall-ish decor on the stoop. I wasn’t sure what we were going to do with it over the winter, but after putting this together, I’m starting to get some ideas that involve pine trees…. stay tuned.Fall Stoop Decor Fall Stoop Decor Fall Stoop Decor

Our garden is transitioning itself for fall too, and while some plants are on their way out, others are really starting to thrive. Our roma tomatoes appear to be late bloomers – pun intended – since we’ve finally gotten our first few popping up this week. I feel like I’m always posting pictures of green tomatoes that are almost ready to pick, but I promise we’ve had a few red ones too! Also, our vine started to bloom… what?! We had no idea it was a blooming type of vine, so it was quite the surprise when the first flower burst open.Transitioning the Garden for Fall Transitioning the Garden for FallFall Stoop Decor

Brian was playing around with his very first film camera, so I’ll update the post with his pictures once they’re developed. Please ignore our messy entryway, but notice our nice new built in shelves… courtesy of me. In the meantime, here’s a little video of us getting creative to get some pumpkins up on our ledge on a rainy morning. Taking bets on how long until they get smashed.

Home: A New Perspective


Since the day I moved into this apartment, I’ve wanted to do some serious renovation to make it exactly perfect. I have to give it credit for being an already wonderful space, but with a few design tweaks and a bit of elbow grease, I know I could make it even better.

Since the day Brian moved in with me, he’s been telling me not to spend my money renovating an apartment that we don’t own, or on things that we can’t bring with us when we move (like the kitchen) Also since the day he moved in, I’ve had a casual eye on Craigslist, in case a more perfect (and bigger) apartment presents itself. I’ve looked at a few in person, and even more online, but nothing has quite measured up to our place now, with its new appliances, beautiful hardwood, AMAZING landlord, and private entrance + stoop. It’s really going to take a special type of place to make us move out of here, but it doesn’t keep me from looking.

I went to see one last night that ended up being not as wonderful as I’d hoped,  but that gave me a new perspective on our place now. When I got back and walked in the door,  I was hit with the realization of how much I love this apartment and how it is very much home for us.

Apartment Love
Cringing at the mess, but loving how perfectly this captures our everyday at home

We’ve been doing a lot of purging lately, donating mass amounts of clothing and giving away big pieces of furniture to friends and family in the hopes that less stuff will help us use our space better. We mulled over some new furniture arrangements, and Brian finally gave me the okay to do some painting and work on the kitchen. In return, I’m going to back down my apartment search for the time being. I honestly have a renewed sense of love for our apartment, and I’m excited to start working on it and painting some walls! A little love and care goes SO FAR to help me appreciate what we have.

Back when the palm was still alive, and the ladder shelves were struggling to contain our sweaters.
My two favorite windows that are always begging for fresh flowers
A brief clutter-free moment on top of the dresser
Our beloved stoop and container garden.
Taken during the short week that we thought our ivy was getting enough sun on top of the new bookshelf.