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Finishing Touches for the Kitchen for less than $100 + shower gifts

We did ALOT of work to the kitchen, but it was the last $100 or so that really “finished” the room.

1. A room is naked without curtains. Doesn’t it seem to be missing something?


I replaced the old rods with new ones from Target. The new rods were only $4 each. The curtains were $10 each from Lowe’s. Total: $28

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2. Gotta have somewhere to hang keys! Target: $8


3. I also wanted to conserve counter space so we attached a paper towel holder below the cabinet. Lowe’s: $20DSCN3757


4. New Outlets! Total: $20

The old outlets were a bit worn out and also outdated.


So, we replaced them with white. I should say, Ron and John replaced them while I giggled about them squirming around under the cabinets.


Of course, this simple task turned into a race. Men! DSCN3641

Ron won!



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We also put on a new switch! DSCN36655. New towel rod. $20DSCN4581

These five projects were easy updates. I think they added a lot to the functionality and beauty of the kitchen. Having a place for keys and paper towels is wonderful domestic bliss. The outlets and the curtains were more for my vanity I suppose. I was just loving the white soooo much – I couldn’t stop! Bathroom remodeling Houston TX is our next ambitious plan.

Here’s a few more shower presents, I now have them all tucked away in our clean drawers.

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We have one plate and cup right now, so we are sharing it. Funny huh? It is really fun to use when it is “my turn.” DSCN4598

Wine and wine glasses! DSCN4610 DSCN4635

I am so grateful for all of these gifts and the fellowship, friendship and love John and I received at the showers. The engagement season is so full of joy, change and happiness. To me, it is not just about “the gifts” at the showers but the women who come to love and support your upcoming marriage. Also, it’s about having “our things” for the first time.DSCN4596

These are not John’s plates or Sierra’s plates – they are our plates! I guess I should say our plate. We had a wonderful, simple meal together using our new dishes and silverware. It was great fun & so simple, just because we are happy to be together. Thanks for reading, I better quit before I get too sappy! I just can’t help but be excited – we only have 37 days until our wedding & the kitchen is dang near done! Our little house is coming along.



  1. Lori

    You are right those touches make the kitchen feel finished. Do John and Ron want to race at my house? I want to update my plugs and switches, too. Onto a serious note, I am so happy for you and John, these 37 days will go so quickly.

    • Sierra Shea

      Thank you! I think updating the light covers and plugs can do a lot for a “facelift” it made everything feel cleaner too 🙂 They are going quickly. I am looking forward to it so much & coming home for Jardyn’s wedding tomorrw!

    • Sierra Shea

      Thoese are super cute, I had never seen them before! I had seen the placemats/table cloths but not the oven mitts. Thank you!!

  2. Kathy Hasekamp

    I am really enjoying reading your blog so much, reminds me of when we were setting up house, although I think that after you have been so many years, say 23 yrs, since that’s one coming up for me, you should get another shower! LOL

  3. Laurel Wilson

    Your kitchen is just wonderful. You will probably add more as time goes by but you will always remember the pleasure in outfitting your first kitchen you are sharing together.



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Hey, I’m Sierra Shea! I am so glad you are here. 

Where do I start with writing to introduce this blog? At the beginning, I suppose: I’ve been writing on various platforms online since 2013. I started blogging shortly after moving to South Dakota.

I am a mother and a maker at heart. I’m so grateful to be married to John and mother of three: Joslyn, J.D. and Jesse.

I am a self-taught decorator and designer. I am a brand new shepherdess and a Spiritual Director.

I love living in South Dakota, even though the winters & the wind can be a near-daily struggle.

Blogging is a grounding force in my life and it helps get me out of my head, unstuck and moving in the directions I always hoped I’d be going!