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  1. those posts make such a great difference! and the gardens look so gorgeous to me! i haven’t worked in mine at all… chris has though a bit. thank goodness or they’d be reeeeeeeaaaally bad!

  2. Love the counter end! It ended up looking great. And… you totally convinced me, I need some ferns!

  3. Love the posts…and your garden is GORGEOUS!! I worked out in mine a bit yesterday – I am hoping for warmer weather today…I am praying that the little “baby” gets a home real quick!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  4. I’m guilty of taking forever to finish little projects too, those posts look great, so does your yard, soooo pretty!!! I’m glad that sweet kitty got picked up too, I laughed when I saw the photo last night I think it’s sweet everyone knows your the kitty lady! πŸ™‚

  5. I love how the posts make your island look so custom and “built in.” And I couldn’t help but laugh that you’ve become the lady everyone brings cats too- so happy he’s found a home πŸ˜‰

  6. Oh my, I’ve been DYING to extend our countertop to a bar! I can’t wait to go through this in depth. Thanks Julia!

  7. I’m right with you Julia – I put off annoying little projects forever and then wonder why I didn’t do it months ago once I finally finish them off. Love how the counter post finished things off in your kitchen – it looks great! And your outdoor area is gorgeous!!

  8. LOVE the posts in the kitchen and it completely finishes off that space. And, totally jealous over your gardens. I really need to get working on ours.

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  9. Julia I love your updated kitchen and I’m a huge garden fan and adore all your pictures. I love hostas and all your beauties. Your yard is so lush! I’m beginning to get mine under control after this extreme winter but the weeds just keep on coming! Have a great week. Xo Nancy

  10. ooh, nice–it looks like it’s always been there! And I love waking up to pretty garden and adorable kitten pictures πŸ™‚

  11. Oh, it must feel so good to cross that off your list! I hate those kinds of projects! Hope you get to take advantage of the new hammock and enjoy your stunning garden, I love all the varied textures!

  12. What a beautiful backyard! I don’t think I could ever leave that hammock! It would be my designated nap time place if I could take a nap!

  13. The post detail looks great. It adds to the high-end-ness of your kitchen. And WOW your backyard is stunning. It looks like a secret garden!

  14. I want to move into your backyard. If I show up in a cage, will you keep me? πŸ˜‰ Also, the kitchen is looking fab!!!

  15. That post was the perfect finishing touch! I have a mile-long list of projects like that – it’s not just you πŸ™‚ I love your garden area! It’s already so hot here I hate the thought of spending time outside. Can I come over and lay in your hammock? πŸ™‚

  16. Love the added detail in the kitchen! I’m insanely jealous of the garden and hammock. We are sand and wildflowers over here. Ugh. No fun.

  17. I love the post you added. It makes such a huge difference and gives it a really custom look. Love the lush garden – especially that Japanese maple tree.

    1. Thank you so much. That maple tree was free out of a friends garden and we love it

  18. What a difference that makes! I have lots of little loose end projects that I need to just take care of. Your backyard is like an oasis, so pretty!

  19. Such a great idea! I think I’m going to have to try this in our kitchen since we are just “making do” until we can fully renovate. Thanks for sharing! πŸ™‚

  20. The yard is looking amazing and I love the piece you added to your counter. Such a custom look. And hooray for crossing off a long-neglected project! I have so many too πŸ™‚

  21. Your kitchen looks amazing and I love the detail that the molding added! But hello! I want all of those healthy lovely plants in your yard! I have a pretty much blank bank in my backyard that I’ve never had a vision for until now! Love it Julia!
    Corey @ TinySidekick.com

  22. I love how the post made the counter and end wall look finished. So pretty. I love your floors too.

    Your garden is INSANE! I love all the layers and textures. Everything looks so lush and pretty. Love it!! I could totally see myself taking a nap in that hammock πŸ™‚

  23. Hostas have quickly become one of my favorite plants too. I love the fact that they come back every year. Your home and yard are so beautiful! You have gorgeous ideas!

  24. A lot of work, but what a difference. We did a post recently about its “all in the details”. So wish I’d had this image to use…

  25. what a difference that post makes, it looks amazing! Your yard has me dreaming – our hostas and ferns and such are just starting to come out of the ground!

  26. It’s amazing what wood trim accents can do for giving the kitchen a custom look. I’ve done some similar projects and it’s made a huge difference. Great job, Julia! I love your kitchen, especially your backsplash!

  27. It looks so beautifully finished after! We have lots of those little jobs around here… Beautiful garden Julia!

  28. Your home is beautiful! I just stopped by to see Kris’s pet post and now I am following you! Love your style!
    -Shelley

  29. Hi, I just found and started following your fun & lovely blog. What a great way to customize and finish off the ends of any cabinets. Thanks for sharing this idea of yours! I can even see posts with routed grooves on the exposed sides, etc. Just using smaller sized posts and appling trim boards that already have the routed grooves in them. Just a thought.

    You have so many beautiful hostas and other plantas in your garden too. I wish I knew the names of some of the plants! Some people can see every where as a room, and just do it successfully. Like you can. Others like me, practically need a blueprint to follow. πŸ™‚

    I can’t find where to “like” something on your blog. I guess it’s because I’m so new. So far I like so much!
    Wishing you all the best in this new year!

    1. Hi Nancy, thanks so much. You can do it in your garden, I’m certain of it.
      Do you mean you can’t like my page on Facebook? I just moved my blog to a new website so I’m always scared something isn’t working that I don’t know about.
      Have a great weekend.

  30. Where did you buy the post? I have never heard of rubberwood. Would it be able to stain or just paint? Thanks for the tutorial. I am SO doing this!

    Kelly

    1. Hi Kelly, I had never heard of that wood either. You can stain it. I ordered it at a local supply company who has more custom options than the big chains. I wonder if you could order it right online somewhere. Good luck!

  31. Would it not be cheaper to buy 4×4 douglas fir and crown molding instead of rubberwood? I don’t see how you can use a premade post and cut the ends to do this job. Seems to be a waste of money and extra time to do a simple job.

    1. You might be right there but for what I wanted I could t find anything at all at local stores and this is what we came up with at another local store after searching forever I just went with it.
      I’m sure you can find a better price than I did πŸ˜‰

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