Friday, February 27, 2015

DIY Kitchen Storage Makeover


It's been awhile.

Like a long while.

In my time away, I've moved twice and got married. So, at least I have that as an excuse. Sort of. 

Anyways, my awesome hubby now gets to live the dream of all my DIY projects (he's thrilled), and I've been wanting to share them for so long now! I also want to share some new hairstyles, though these will be for shorter hair as in pixie cut short, because that's what I've been rocking for the past 6 months....

Right, back to DIY. So, I bought one of those kitchen storage shelving units awhile back. You know the ones that have the cardboard backings and seem like a good idea when you bought it because you were broke but then you realize it was actually a terrible idea because it's fugly and always will be. Yeah, one of those. However, after the whole getting married things, we had even more stuff than before, so I couldn't really afford to throw out a perfectly functioning storage space just because it was fugly. So, I decided to give it a makeover! 

(Along with my bedroom furniture that belonged to my great grandmother and had been painted when I was 8 by my mother's friend to pink and purple flowers on white. Not fugly but definitely not appropriate for marriage, let alone my husband). 

Most of my furniture is white and I am obsessed with minty blues, so I dragged my husband out to Home Depot to find some nice paint colors that fit my vision. and I researched first too. I didn't want this to be some afterthought, not properly executed makeover. I wanted it to last. I actually referred to this post a lot. It was super helpful:

So my first step was buying a primer. I ended up going with her recommendation of Zinnser Cover stain primer with the brown label. I researched meticulously and that one was across the board my best option. I bought a lot of it because, well, I had big plans. But for the amount the price was right. Because of fugly's dark color (espresso) it took two coats of primer. Oh, and no sanding was necessary for this project seeing as it's all particle board and factory made parts. :)

For paint, it's really what you like best. I bought two Behr colors from Home depot, and off-white and a mint color, but I also ended up going to Benjamin Moore to get several other colors, which is an entirely different story. 

I bought Floetrol to help extend the drying time for the paint as well as Minwax's water based polyurethane to protect my hard work. Seriously. I meant business. 

The Floetrol might not be necessary for everyone, but for me it was a must. I am a slow worker and a perfectionist and definitely had some dried paint drops at first that drove me nuts. 

And I did the brush on Minwax polyurethane....but considering I was losing patience at that time, I am likely to invest in the rub-on formula mentioned in the above referenced post.


Ah, so much better! The handles on the outside are the mint color as well. And my hubby actually perfected the whole project by using a scraper to remove excess paint in the corners and any dried paint drops. He's the best. Now it matches our kitchen is no longer an eyesore to me. If anyone is super interested in the colors I will go and look in my garage for the names because right now they are escaping me, and then I will post them. ;)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

So it's been....some time. In that time I've found a new job and got engaged. Been a little busy. And all of my fun hobbies kind of disappeared. But I'm starting back up again. And now I have a hubby to do even bigger projects with (whether he likes it or not). 

So I decided I was on a mission to find a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. I know i had one I really liked, but I decided I didn't. And seeing that Pinterest has about a billion I picked a couple and got started. Here is my first one, and I'm not going to lie, they are delicious. Nice and crunchy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inside. I used a mixture of chocolate in mine, since I may have not noticed it called for a full 2 pounds of chocolate (umm what?), but now I can definitely testify that you want bittersweet chocolate chips in these. And actually not chips, you want good hand-crushed bittersweet chocolate chunks.

This recipe also made about 70 of these cookies. That is usually cause for me to freak out about what to do with all these cookies, but we're going to a church BBQ tonight, so now I'll look so thoughtful with all these cookies made....

Here's the link to the blog I used for the recipe, and I'll also include the link to my pinterest, which has this recipe and several others on it. :)

My Pinterest


Monday, October 22, 2012

Coffee Cheat Sheet

I made this, so I always know all the ways to enjoy coffee.  Mmmmm coffee.

My many espresso drinks to make with my Nespresso maker. Dreams coming true everyday. 

And hey! I painted this whole thing by myself!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Side ponytail.

You can really do anything with the over-and-under idea.  

So I took that idea and made it into many, many smaller loops and started on the sides of the head instead.  And trust me, those ponytails stay. This hairstyle survived a jillian Michaels Workout. You know it's hardcore if it can take that.

Cinnamon Roll Waffles.

Who knew this could be so easy and delicious. But seriously. EASY.  It's easier than baking the rolls in the oven....

Just pop open those Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls and flop them on a waffle maker. Genius! Make sure you grease the waffle maker first though. Then smear with icing, whether included in the can or your own cream cheese concoction.  Mmmm yum. 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Messy Weaved Braid

I included the weaving below the picture, because there's just no way I could explain this coherently. I have lots of fly-aways and layers in my hair, so the braid actually looks better messy than clean and tight in my hair. It's a nice style for a day of errands or just hanging around and nothing fancy. :)

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Message boards.

I bought these little wooden quote signs at Michael's too. I love wasting my money on random art projects. But they were only a dollar, so it's technically not even wasting money..... Anyways...I painted them colors to match my walls, and then put the green one by my doorway adorned with my cute little message (I'm a total floor freak). I used stencils for the lettering too because my hand writing is horrendous with pens let alone paint brushes. But, they were fun to make and are cheap too, but I'm not sure what to write on my blue one....any ideas?