Friday, February 28, 2014

Weekly Wow's

So long February, hellooooo March. 
Ready for an active month..... Mardi Gras, Daylight Savings, First day of Spring and St.Patricks Day? I don't know about you, but lately I have enjoyed the extra couple of mins of day light ....... I am in need of some serious vitamin D.  This weekend, we are hoping that the temps don't get to chilly, as we need to complete the spraying of our kitchen cabinets in our makeshift paint shop set up in the garage. For the latest update click here

Here's a few things that caught my eye this week.


Who's thinking summer?


Please tell me I am not the only one who has been doing this wrong for all these years! 



Sheets turned curtains from NallesHouse

The next time friends come over for coffee talk, I am making this.

From the colors to the headboard .....perfect.
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I agree


What are you up to this weekend? Whatever it is, make sure to make the most of it. See you back here next week!


Grateful 
The crud only lasted 24 hours in the house


PS- Want more inspiration, click here for more of my Weekly Wow's.





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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Project Kitchen Cabinets Update

Well, the cloud of latex paint that surrounds the kitchen area has cleared up,so I can find my way to my office and sit down to share an update on the progress of the kitchen cabinets.



What a job...no joke. This is the most labor intensive project that I have ever done....not including when we painted the exterior of our home, which was equally involving.


Good


And, as involved as this project is and as dirty as the house got....no regrets at this point.
And, after this weekend when I saw the base cabinets finished, I feel like we are on the home stretch, but the truth is we probably have another couple of days to complete the sanding, priming and spraying of all of the cabinet doors.


Better


Because my husband and I have been using the weekends to complete this project, that puts us into March sometime. And if I time it just right, maybe around St.Patrick's day where I can celebrate with a big pint of green beer when we are done. 
Which would be totally awesome, except......

Best


I don't drink green beer.
But at least the cabinets will be finished.

More to come on this project. Who knows, I may just inspire you to paint your cabinets and drink green beer too....or just drink the beer!
Don't miss my 5 prepping tips here before you paint.


Cheers!



Grateful for~
Patience





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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spoiler Alert.......Project Update to Craft Room and Office

I am not sure how two major projects here and here intersected in my life....but they did. I was doing so good for about 9 days and 13 hours into the new year, confident that I would only work on one project at a time. Confident that I would not start something new, until I finished something old. 

I am beginning to think that I belong in a circus...... as a clown....with pink hair and red nose....  juggling.




So sure of myself, I paid some professional painters here to come finish up last years projects before I started any of this years projects. Having to pay someone to do something that I was capable of doing, was like teaching me a lesson.....only I don't think it did.

Not completely finished yet with just a couple of updates left, I am beginning to see the light at the end of the projects tunnel.
If you don't want a spoiler and want to wait for the full reveal.......close your eyes and take a nap and come back later.

Craft Room update




waiting on some fun art work and putting hardware on the cabinets but the bulk of this project is done. I have assembled, labeled and painted. Now I can safely go the craft room and not only craft but be able to find things to craft with! Ahhh..... a feeling that I have not experienced in quite some time.
 
Office Update



Good news!  Hubby no longer has to risk his life and trip over my silhouette machine to get into his office. Other than finishing up a credenza and adding a few pillows, he will be ready to rock and roll.....and work.

I will be back later this week with some updates to the Kitchen cabinet project. It is looking so pretty, I can hardly stand it!


Are you a clown like me and working on multiple projects right now.... with or without a red nose and pink hair?

Have an amazing week!



Grateful for~
A husband that totally gets sucked into my projects...with a smile!






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Friday, February 21, 2014

Weekly Wow's

Happy Friday friends! I have been covered up in paint most of the week....... and between all that comes with life, trying to finish up the craft room and kitchen . And every time I start to complain and have slight anxieties about this scene (note: no editing involved)......



my sweet husband gently reminds me..... that it was my idea after all. So there you have go. I guess I will put up with the kitchen chaos a few more days. And at this juncture, I really don't have a choice. 

So in between sanding, painting and life, I found some amazing projects that I wanted to share.



I will never look at Cutting boards the same, after seeing how this one grew legs from here.



Who said a wreath couldn't be in a basket?  Not her!


This dessert is for anyone that has 5 mins and ....some nutella.


Just love Cassie's new DIY industrial shelving. She says if they can do it, so can I. Will see.


Speaking of being able to do it myself, check out here for more DIY projects I would love to tackle...after of course the kitchen, craft room and .......

What's inspiring you these days? I would love to know!
Have a great weekend.



Grateful for~
my sweet children that absolutely warm my heart each day






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Monday, February 17, 2014

How To Recover from Cabin Fever during a Snow Storm

I am so glad that cabin fever set in last week ( believe it or not) during our winter storm, and that I decided to take a walk around the property. A walk that not only rejuvenated my mind, but my soul as well. Changing the way I would look at things.... through my lens.




A walk that would remind me of how beautiful a tree is ....even with no color.


Or.... how abundant and full trees can look without their leaves.


And, that my bicycle I never moved before winter, still looks pretty sitting on a bed of snow....so why bother moving it now.



Or..... how a grey sky, really doesn't make me feel blue at all.



Or..... how I never saw that the bank of the lake looks like a sand dune on a beach.



How this trail on the property, could lead to something really exciting...kinda like the adventure of life. 


And, that it's okay for my kids to leave their tractors in the middle of the pond....and freeze over. It could make for interesting conversation.


This image, reminds me of how blessed I am that my husband is a hard worker, sitting at his desk during the week or..... chopping wood to keep us warm on the weekends.




And...... how a dog, really is a gal's best friend.


When's the last time you tried to see something differently..... with or without your lens on?

I am busy working on these projects here and here. I will be back at the end of the week with some updates and hopefully a reveal. 

Have an amazing week.



Grateful for~
No power outages and safety during out winter storm event.





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Friday, February 14, 2014

Weekly Wow's.... Happy Valentines Day!

It's all about love today......well everyday quite frankly, right?


Love....this quote


Love ....this funky couch 


Love...this cake


Love...this floral heart wreath


Love...this valentine matchbox craft



Have a wonderful Valentines day. Don't forget to love yourself and those around you.
Have a great weekend!

With love,


Grateful for~
strong healthy heart




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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Biggest Project of the Year....Prepping to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

I gotta tell ya, this project has me sweating. As long as I have waited to do this, I feel a lot of anxiety.  
Inside my head I am hearing "I can not screw this up, or  I am in trouble".
"If I screw this up I will have a lot of re-sanding to do".
"Oh man, please don't let it look like crap.... me and the cabinets".
This is without a doubt one of the most intense painting projects that I have done in our house.



But I after all the painting jobs that I have done, I realize that Prepping is the key to a beautiful outcome... and this job is no different.


I have decided on two colors for the cabinets. Pure White (SW) on the wall cabinets and Nimbus Grey on the island, breakfast room cabinets and the mantels. Below is a peek at what I have finished so far on the breakfast room cabinets. After a month of looking at the color, I decided it's a go.


I did get some new lighting in the kitchen. I have been thinking about these lights ever since I saw them in my pals kitchen here.  So, I pooled together my manicure and pedicure money for the month, and bought two lights from Joss & Main. I believe Lamps Plus may carry them as well.  They were very affordable.


Last month when the professional painters were here finishing up some ceilings, I inquired on the cost to paint the cabinets. Let's just say in lieu of not having to sell my first born to pay for the job....I am doing it myself.

Here's 5 tips that I am doing to prep and make sure the job gets done right...just like a professional and without the cost.

1. Removing all the hardware prior to painting. You will save more time not having to negotiate around your hardware while you are painting or having to remove paint off of the hardware when you are finished, if you take the time to remove all the hinges, knobs and pulls prior to starting the job.


2. Prep your floors. Apply paper and tape off every inch of your floor to avoid spills or over spray. Takes a bit of time, but not as long as it will to remove the paint off of your floors when you are done painting.


3. Prepare your painting surface. I am using an orbital sander on most of the cabinets. My cabinets are stained with a clear protective coat on them so I will use 150 grit first, and then 220 grit to finish. FYI- the higher the number, the finer the finish. For the cracks and crevices, I will use a sanding block. 


4. Prime and paint. I have decided to use a paint sprayer to apply my primer and paint, so that I can have one consistent finish on everything including the inside of the cabinets. I will share more about those steps as I get to them. 



5. Be prepared for kitchen chaos. Expect it with this type of project. Keep things you use daily, close by and easy to get at during the chaos. It will keep the frustration levels manageable.
Most importantly, take your time...although with stuff stacked up on the tables and floors, let's just say that I am extremely motivated to get it done!

What kind of chaos do you have going on right now?


PS- Click here for an update to the kitchen


Grateful for~
Shelter 





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