Exciting News…

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That’s right! My husband Matt and I are expecting! We are so excited and couldn’t wait to share the good news. Baby C is expected to arrive in September!

Spray Painting Kitchen Chairs

When we first moved into our house, my Grandpa gave us a set of chairs and a table for our kitchen that he had laying around.

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Pretty much your basic, farmhouse-ish style table and rickety old chairs. We lived with it for a while, and I decided it was time for a change. They were all different colors due to being painted so many times throughout the years (this set is olllllld) and I may or may not have spilled a whole cup of brown paint on one of them. oops.

So after perusing Pinterest, I wanted to paint them black. I like the farmhouse look, but just needed to make it more classy. Farmhouse chic… if that’s a thing.

I went to Lowe’s and picked up 1 can of paint, and 1 can of primer for each chair (5 total- We use one chair for the front porch so we kept that one white/rustic looking). I decided to prime them first because the white paint that was on them was glossy, and I wanted to be sure the new paint would stick.

photo 2I like Valspar brand, here’s the primer. I simply used Gloss Black for the paint color.

I took all the chairs outside and put them on old cardboard we had laying around. I lightly sanded anything that was chipping or painted, just to try and get as smooth a surface as possible.

photo 1Sanding… Notice the brown paint?? My bad. Also- Izzy photobomb.

Next, I painted each chair with primer. I found the easiest thing to do was tip the chair upside down, spray the bottom legs and spindles, and then flip it back upright to do the rest. It took a while to get in all the nooks and crannies, but it wasn’t so bad.

photo 3After primer… looking better already actually!!

It didn’t take that long to dry, so once I was done priming the chairs I went back to the first one to paint it. A few cramped fingers later…

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All the chairs were painted! It was such a HUGE difference not seeing all the splatter paint, chips and scuffs everywhere. After they were all painted, I just left them outside for a few hours to fully dry.

I ended up using a little less than 1 can of paint per chair. When I was all done, I had 1 can each of primer and paint that was unused, so I returned them.

With each can of paint only being around $5, this is an easy and inexpensive way to update the entire look of your dining set!

photoI kept the actual table white, but I did repaint it with some white paint real quick just to touch up the scuffs.

I love the way it completely changes the look of the room! It looks much more complete and totally worth the time and energy.

xoxo

Lauren : )

Entryway Project {wood crate tip}

Hi everyone!

Just popping in to say hello, and I haven’t forgot about you!

I’m working on an fun entryway project made with crates, like the one below…

(like this one)

And I’m actually taking pictures along the way. gasp. I know.

I’ll have all the details in a later post once everything is done and all set up, but for now, I’m going to give you a tip about these fantastically famous crates:

You may have seen wood crates like this in stores like Joann’s or Micheal’s before. They’re around $14 (ish) and if you use your 40% of coupon, it brings them to around $7-8.

I was looking on Pinterest for ideas yesterday, and came to find out that Home Depot sells them, for only $5.98!! Even if you had a 50% of coupon for the craft store, it’s still cheaper at HD. Once I found this out, I ran over there after work and bought the other 2 I needed to finish the project (I had already bought one at Micheal’s, and planned on going back there, and then hit up Joann’s in the same trip so I could use a coupon on all 3).

If you’re in the market for one (or a few) of these, check your local HD first (if you search “wood crate” it will pop right up) and if you enter your Zip Code it will even tell you how many they have in stock.

xoxo

Lauren : )

Introducing… The Fan Can

So you’re at a sporting event, and you need to use the bathroom. What do you do? You use a port-a-potty.

Ever since we moved in to our house, Matt has wanted to make our basement half bathroom into a port-a-potty. Not the gross, smelly, don’t-touch-anything kind of port-a-potty, but more like a chic, cute potty.

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Here’s a picture of the bar as it looked when we bought the house. Since then, we’ve added a 4-tap kegerator (like the taps you see in a bar, because Matt brews his own beer) and a few other touches to make it more us. You can see the bathroom to the right, and I agreed that it needed to be themed so I went along with the chic potty idea.

So I planned it all out, because it needed to be the perfect color and also have those fun port-a-potty touches, like an “occupied” sign and also a sign with the company name on it. (Sidenote: while I was looking at names online, I wished one of our names was Scott because there’s a company in Michigan called Scottie’s Potties… how awesome). Anywho…

I decided on Pool Green by Pantone from Lowe’s, and it turned out just the right color…

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Welcome to the Fan Can. A super cute, and cleanest port-a-potty you’ve probably seen in a while. Complete with an “Occupied” sign because, well, have you ever seen a potty without one? Didn’t think so.

So here’s to all of you who thought I was completely nuts to paint my bathroom like a port-a-potty (I’m referring to you, cashier at Lowe’s)… Turned out pretty awesome if I do say so myself! I do plan to paint the inside a gray color, but I wanted to at least get the door finished during football season.

So next time you come over, be sure to check out the Aftermath Bar and Tavern, and if you have to use the facilities, you won’t have to worry!

xoxo

Lauren : )

Sometimes Grout Needs a Makeover too!

I have to say, I have no idea why I’ve been putting this project off. It’s kind of like my kitchen countertops, I totally should have done it sooner. I’m about to get down and dirty with ‘yall. My grout was pret-ty nasty. I’ve tried cleaning it a billion times, and it just wouldn’t come clean. Plus, whoever did the tile in the bathroom needs to have their head examined. It’s like a 4 year old did it, blindfolded. Nothing is square, some of the tiles are loose and cracked and the caulk and trim around the baseboard looks terrible. Here you go…

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Totally fugly right? I have no idea if it was supposed to be that color, or if it just got “that” dirty. Also, the tile job looked worse because you could see EVERY little imperfection there was. Here’s another close up, just so you can get acquainted with my floor…

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Cracked, dark, and uneven. (The bottom right hand corner makes me cringe…)

So this is what you’ll need to give your grout a brand-new facelift.

You will need:

An ugly tiled space

Grout paint (I bought this kind from Lowe’s, but I know Home Depot and other home improvement stores have it as well) They make it in a number of colors, so just pick the color you think will look best.

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Toothbrush

Paper towel

Towels

Hot water

Instructions:

Clean your floor thoroughly. I Swiffered, and then wiped it down with vinegar and water spray. Don’t forger to scrub by the baseboards, in all the corners, and be sure to get all that hairspray up. Oh… is that just me? Anywho…

Next, I started to paint in an inconspicuous place, near the toilet, which is in between that half-wall and the vanity (see the picture above).

Squirt a bit of the paint into the grout line and then use your toothbrush to “paint” it in. Make sure to go back and forth to get all the color in, and although a little goes a long way, don’t be afraid to use the product… aka, it’s ok to make a mess.

On some other tutorials, they wiped the paint away from the tile as they went. I tried that, and that’s where I got frustrated. I hated wiping and then painting and wiping and wiping and wiping. It was annoying.

Be sure to work at the back of the room, working your way towards the door. You don’t want to trap yourself out of the room!

When I got to the door, I looked up and thought Eh… this doesn’t really look that good. Great. I just F-ed up my floor. But then I realized, when I painted over a spot that had already been painted, it looked much better…

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As you can see, at the top of the picture it looks much more covered than the bottom of the picture. See how it’s gray and uneven? That’s when I came up with the idea to do a second coat.

Then I also came up with the great idea to actually read the directions on the bottle (Yup… I’m one of those people sometimes). “Wait 30 minutes, spray with water and let sit 5 minutes, wipe to remove excess paint.” Hallelujah! No more wiping line after line after line!

So after 30 minutes, I went back over the lines again with the paint, not being as cautious as the first time. I literally just squirted, painted with the toothbrush, and then went over the area *lightly* with the paper towel just to remove the excess around the tiles, but I was careful not to make sure I dug into the grout and remove the paint (in the picture above, you can see where the paint was wiped off the tile… there’s a bit of a shadow).

After I finished the 2nd coat, I waited 30 minutes, per the instructions on the bottle.

I then sprayed the entire floor with the same vinegar and water mixture I cleaned it with, and then came up with a better idea. I got a washcloth, wet it with warm water and then wiped. The excess paint on the tiles came off with barely any scrubbing at all! I did go back several times to re-wet the washcloth to be sure it was warm and clean. After I wiped down the area, I went back over it with a dry hand towel to remove the water and dry paint. After I was finished with that, I Swiffered one more time and then let it sit.

And then we had this…

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BAM! A nice, clean, white floor! It totally changed the entire look of the room and I’m so happy I did it. Here’s a close up:

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Price and time breakdown:

The paint was about $12, and that’s the only thing I had to purchase. I had an extra toothbrush but if you had to buy one you could always get a cheap one for around $1. I had everything else, including towels and paper towel.

The bottle still feels pretty full to me, I don’t even think I used a quarter of the paint. If you have a regular-sized room, one bottle will be fine. If you’re doing a mansion, buy a few : )

I started the project in the morning around 10, and then it took about 30-ish minutes to do the 1st coat. I let it sit for 30, and then the 2nd coat only took *maybe* 10 minutes, actually probably less. I let that sit for 30 minutes and then it took me only a few minutes to clean that up. So all in all, it took less than 2 hours to do.

Here’s another before and after of the space:

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Rediculous right? Improved the space 1000%.

The bathroom looks so much more clean, fresh and updated. If you’re ever on the fence about painting the grout-DO IT!!

Tips:

  • On some other tutorials, they only had to paint over the grout once. It looks like they had a lighter color grout, so if you have a darker color you MAY have to do it twice. Honestly, it’s not a big deal whatsoever. The extra 5 minutes it takes to go over it again is nothing.
  • Make a mess. It’s easier to wipe everything down after you’re done than to wipe every single time you paint a line. It’ll dry, and you can wipe it with a wet rag. So.Much.Easier.
  • You may need to put the paint into a squirt bottle-a cheap ketchup bottle with the pointy tip would be perfect! My bottle had a squirter that flips out of the top, but I’ve seen some where the top screws all the way off so it would be hard to pour. You’ll be able to tell when you look at the bottle.
  • Follow the instructions on the bottle. If it says to wait 30 minutes before wiping-then wait. Also, you should wait about 2 hours before you actually walk on it again… besides when you clean up, and then 24 hours before it gets really wet…again, except when you clean up.
  • Don’t forget about the trim. I had a gap where the grout was between the baseboard and the tile, so I painted that too. Just go over it with the toothbrush and it will spruce right up.

This is a pretty fool-proof project that doesn’t take a long time. I would recommend this to anyone!

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me!

 

xoxo

Lauren : )

 

My Visit to the RMS Titanic Exhibit

Good morning and happy Monday everyone!

This post may be a little long, but I can’t contain my excitement.

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Ever since I was little, I have loved everything about the Titanic, even before the movie came out. I can’t remember just what sparked my interest in it, but if I were to guess I’m sure I was watching a documentary on it with my dad or something.

Anywho, ever since then I have loved it. I bought books about it, watched documentaries about it, and my dad and I actually built a model of it! (years and years ago).

When The traveling exhibit started last year, I knew I just had to go! Last year, 2012, was the 100th Anniversary of the ship’s sinking. It just so happened that one of the stops on the exhibit tour was to the Henry Ford, which is a museum in Dearborn MI. It’s literally a hop, skip and jump from my work and I would always see billboards and signs for it. Well we ended up procrastinating and not going to see it when it was there (boo) and I got super upset about it.

Not long after this horrible lack of judgement by both of us, I found out they would be coming to  Grand Rapids! Let me tell you how excited I was when I found that out!! Let’s just say if you’ve seen me excited, then you know what I’m talking about. Needless to say, I’ve been bugging Matt to take me ever since, because I didn’t want to miss another opportunity when it was close!

So Matt had been telling me not to make plans April 7th, and I thought it either could have been to go see the Titanic, or to a Tiger’s game or something. Well we got in the car and that’s when he showed me the tickets!! YAY! So we made the 2 1/2 hour drive across the state to the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The ticket gave us access to the whole museum, so we walked around until it was our turn to go into the Titanic Exhibit. They had a ton of Michigan-esque information there, which made me love this state even more.

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This was a replica of the Titanic on the ocean floor as it sits today.

When we got in line, we each received boarding passes with a real passengers name on it. Not only did it have their name, but other facts about them such as age, where they were from, what room they stayed in, their class, and the reason they were traveling.

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Here’s my boarding pass, you can call me Edwina : )

First when you walked through the exhibit, you got your picture taken in front of a green screen which simulated the Grand Staircase, and at the end of the tour you could buy the picture. We didn’t-Matt blinked… of course.

*They won’t let you take pictures in the actual exhibit, but to see similar items, check this website out. It’s the official RMS Titanic Exhibit website, and you can also see if there’s an exhibit coming to a place near you!*

Walking through the tour was actually really touching for me. Not only did it walk you through a timeline with facts to read, but they actually had artifacts that were brought up from the ship. Seeing the passengers personal possessions was incredible. The first item that really got to me was a rivet from the ship. It was eerie seeing something that failed on the ship and caused it to sink. There were postcards, notes, articles of clothing, and dishes as well. There was a piece of a bench in tact, but the most amazing item was a bottle of champagne, with champagne still in it. I don’t care who you are-that’s amazingly insane. To think these artifacts were on the ship, and survived the 2 1/2 mile trip to the ocean floor in tact is amazing to me. They also had setups of the rooms from 1st class and 3rd class, as well as a hallway that mimicked the 3rd class passages. They also had an iceberg you could touch to feel how cold it was. At the end of the tour, you had to see if you lived or not, and it turns out Matt and I both lived!

If anyone has the chance to go to this exhibit, you won’t be disappointed. I can’t even stress how amazing it was to see all of the items on display. It really makes me want to go to the Vegas permanent exhibition, which has even more items to see. There are also a few books and DVD’s that I’d like to get soon, just to learn more. The history of the Titanic never gets old to me, and I’m very glad that I had this opportunity to see the exhibit.

xoxo

Lauren : )

My New Sewing Desk

For those of you that don’t know me in person, you know I’m the kind of person that can’t sit still. I’m always looking for a project and my brain never shuts off.

Friday:

After work I headed to Ikea and browsed, wanting to buy every single thing they have. If you have never been there before, run. Don’t walk. Just follow the arrows on the floor, trust me on this one. Anywho, I ended up buying the desk I was looking at, as well as popsicle makers. Call me a wild woman. Sidenote: The desk was 112 pounds in 2 boxes. The part of Ikea where you get your furniture is like a self-serve warehouse, so you grab what you want and put in on your cart. I went by myself, so I had to lift this beast over my head and onto my cart. I’m sure if you were there you would have been laughing your butt off becuase I was probably yelling at the stupid box and cart. Getting it in my car was a different story… since I haven’t really had time to check out all the buttons, it took me some good trial and error to get the desk in the car. Oh ya, that’s after the cart started rolling down the parking lot too…

After that I headed to Joann’s to get some fabric, but their fabric selection was out of control messy. I can’t shop for fabric when it’s literally stacked everywhere and not organized at all. I left the cart in the fabric section and left. I couldn’t take it anymore.

Saturday I went to Hobby Lobby as soon as it opened to get some fabric there instead, and I came home with 4 different prints that I love. I also came home with some items (giant scissors!!) to decorate the sewing room with.

So without further ado… here is the new sewing room!

This is the before picture (taken at night before I forgot):

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Here, I have an solid door for a tabletop, and a rolly-rubbermaid cart and a dresser of my grandma’s to hold it up with. Wobbly and scratchy is an understatement. The walls are taupe, not a gross brown like they look here. (see next picture)

The new desk!

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I love how fresh and clean it looks! My rolly-cart slides right under it, and the trunk on the left holds everything that used to be in the light purple dresser.

Another angle:

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Just because it’s pretty…

And now some details:

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I bought this tin at Hobby Lobby, and it holds my scissors, rotary cutters, dry erase markers and lighter (I use the lighter on the ends of ribbons so they don’t fray-there’s nothing worse).

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This used to be Matt’s change jar, but I washed it out and re-purposed it. On the old purple dresser, my grandma used wooden spools for drawer pulls. I took them off and used them as a vase filler instead! I love them, not only because it adds interest, but also because it reminds me of my grandma and how great of a seamstress she was. I also have the spools on my window holding up my curtains.

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My giant scissors!! Still trying to find a permanent place for these guys but I saw them at the store and HAD to buy them. Shear perfection… ha! Get it? Shear?! Ok moving on…

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Here is the top of the shelf part of the desk, I just set these things up here so work with me. I love this lamp I also bought at Hobby Lobby.

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Here are the shelves that hold my organizing baskets. I have them broken down into categories like shipping items (which is actually below the desk-you can see it in the bigger picture above), items in my shop, custom orders, and supplies. The pouch on top is new!

I’m loving the new desk! It’s so smooth and it’s wider so there’s more room to move the fabric around. I would recommend this desk to anyone, it’s great not only for crafting but also for your computer and files as well!

This desk is very versatile, you can take the desk part off and use just the shelves (you actually buy them separately), you can turn it on it’s side and use it like a bench, use it as a room divider, or you can get the different size versions and create a whole wall of shelves!

EXPEDIT Workstation IKEA Finished on all sides. Can also be used as a room divider. Adjustable feet provide stability on uneven floors.

Look at this guy!!

With the new desk I feel super inspired to make some new things, so look for some fresh new exciting products soon! I have some spring prints and new patterns to try out, and I can’t wait!

What kind of desk do you like to use?

Lauren : )

Finally!! The Kitchen Countertop Post!!

Ok I’m going to try this again. This is the 3rd time I’ve typed this post so hopefully this time it will actually publish correctly. If not, you’ll probably hear my scream from wherever state you’re currently in.

As some of you may know, I decided to paint my kitchen countertops. If you even  have the teeniest thought about doing this in your mind, don’t be intimidated at all. It was one of the easiest projects that I have done in my house to date, and it made the biggest impact by far.

What You’ll Need:

An ugly counter

Hand Sander (optional)

Primer (more on this later)

A few different colors of acrylic craft paints (the kind that come in a million colors at the craft store)

Sea sponges, paper towels or plastic grocery bags

Sealer (more on this later too)

Painter’s tape

Foam roller

Now, I should probably show you what my kitchen looked like before all this went down. The counters were a lovely shade of 1985 Mauve, with a white edging for a pop of color. Gross. Although I should say, that they were physically in a good condition. No scratches, they were solid, but they were mauve.

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Beautiful right? I didn’t think you’d agree with that one. So last year, I decided to paint the tile backsplash thinking it would help the counter. Ya I was totally wrong. You know the old saying… Do things right the first time. I should have painted these dang counters a year ago.

So the first thing I actually did was take out the caulk between the backsplash and the top of the countertop. It was white and crumbly, and I knew it wouldn’t match with the new colors I was going to paint anyway. After that, I cleaned the counter with a mixture of vinegar and water in a spray bottle, just to get any goop or crumbs up.

Next I sanded the entire countertop with a Mouse Sander and a 220 grit pad. Some tutorials I’ve seen have skipped this step but since I already had the sander I figured I’d do it. It only took a few minutes, and I sanded it just enough to show some dust and to take the sheen off. After that was finished, I wiped the counter off again with the vinegar and water mixture, and taped off the sink, wall and other places I didn’t want to get paint on.

The next step is muy importante. Priming. Since this is actually going to act as your base color for your “granite,” the color depends on what you want your “granite” to look like. If you want a darker pattern, then go with tinted primer. I used Kilz Interior Oil-Based Primer in White, because I already had it in the house. You don’t have to be uber precise with the primer, but you do want to make sure you have good, even coverage, because you don’t want any of your colored counter to show through. I put a coat on at night, so it could dry overnight. When I looked at it in the morning, I decided it needed a second coat, because I could see some of the mauve through it. So I threw on another coat, and by the time I got home from work it was dry. Word to the wise: if you’ve never used oil-based primer before, be careful. It’s stinky, and it sticks to everything. Because it’s oil-based, it will not wash out of things with water like regular paint will. So be sure to either have mineral spirits to wash your roller out with, or use one that you can throw out.

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So this was after my one coat at night. You can see that I primed the backsplash too because I decided to paint it to match the wall (which you’ll see in a minute). You can also see that the colors are still peeking through. After I put the second coat on, it was a crispy white and you couldn’t see any pink or brown through the the primer.

The next step is the fun part… making your “granite!” What you’ll need to do is either look online or go to the hardware store and pick out swatches you like. After you find one you like, go to the craft store and buy paint that matches the colors in the swatch. I used 2-3 bottles of craft paint per color I used, which was about 4-5 different colors.

I took my darkest color first, which was a chocolate brown, and sponge painted it on in a very random way. I started in the back corner so if I messed up it wouldn’t be too noticeable. Be random!! If you look at real granite, there isn’t a pattern. Don’t over think it!! Honestly… don’t think. Just go. Just take the sponge and go to town! I just moved my arm all over the place, making sure that I got pretty good coverage, but could still see the white show through. Next, I used a gray, and then the two lighter colors on top of that. You’ll kind of feel like an artist, because you’ll be moving all around and checking to see where you need more paint. If you think there’s a spot that’s too dark, then add a lighter color to that spot.

I used the same sea sponge for every color, and washed it out after each color. Some people used plastic grocery bags or paper towel, but I thought the paper towel would rip when it became too saturated, and I already had the sponges anyways.

So after you are all done with your granite and you’re happy with your look, let it dry overnight. Again, I did this step when I got home from work so it had time to dry overnight so I could do the next step: Sealing. Again, there are a few different ways you could approach this step, but this is what worked for me. You need to use something that won’t yellow over time, so don’t use Polyurathane. I used Minwax Water-Based Polycrylic in a Satin finish. There are several types of finishes, I chose Satin, but if you wanted a glossier finish you could do that too. Since the paint was acrylic, I figured the sealer should be as well.

Following the directions on the can of the Poly, I used a foam roller to apply the sealer and waited 2 hours between each coat. You can also sand before you you apply the next coat, however to be honest I was a scardy-cat and didn’t want to ruin any of my pretty work. Now that I look back, it wouldn’t have hurt anything to sand it so it’s smoother, but it feels fine without it too. Again, I did all of this after work at night, waited 2 hours between coats and finished the last couple coats in the morning. When everything was said and done, I applied 5 coats of Poly. It’s very simple to apply, you use the foam roller (or whatever your can calls for) and paint it on like you’re painting a wall. Since it’s shiny, you’ll be able to see where you missed and where you’ve already painted. Just make sure to have nice, even coverage so every inch of the counter is all sealed up.

So without further ado…

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As you can see, I painted the backsplash the same color as the adjoining wall, so everything flows better together. I know this is the worst picture ever because it’s so grainy, and there’s no accessories up yet, so I plan to post a better picture with everything soon.

The last step I did was move the handles of the cabinets to the correct spot in the corner of the doors, and also spray painted them oil-rubbed bronze, which you can see in the picture below:

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Here are the materials I used, including the wood filler and caulk.

Edited to Add:

I bought all of the paint from Michaels.

Craft smart brand: chocolate brown, dark gray
Folk Art brand : parchment, pure black and country twill
I dotted the black with a paintbrush first (which you really can’t see, so you could skip that part if you really wanted to), then the chocolate and gray. After that, I used the country twill (which was like my main color) and then the parchment here and there to brighten things up where it was needed.

I did all the same colors at the same time, I didn’t let them dry before moving to the next.
The only thing I let dry between coats was the kilz and the poly.

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And here is a close-up of my “granite.” As you can see, there is no real pattern, and you can see all the colors I used from the white to the brown. Just have fun with it and let your arm do the work!

Cost Breakdown:

This project really only cost me about $30, because I had a lot of the materials already at home. If you were to do this from scratch, it would probably cost you around $60+, but you’d have materials left over for other projects like the primer and poly, as well as sponges and rollers. Still cheaper than purchasing a new counter!!

(All prices are approximate)

Primer (quart): $7

Poly (quart): $17

Paint bottles, each: $1.49 (can use 40% off coupon)

Foam roller (came with tray): $7

Painter’s Tape: $5

Caulk: $3

Sea sponges: $4

Time Breakdown:

I started this project on a Wednesday, and ended it on a Saturday. I started everything when I got home from work, which was around 6ish, and ended a few hours later. Here’s what my nights looked like:

Wednesday: Removed caulk, cleaned, sanded, cleaned, primed

Thursday: 2nd coat of primer (done in the morning before work), painted “granite” when I got home from work

Friday: Poly, 3 coats

Saturday: Poly, 2 coats

Again, I wanted to make sure the counter was nice and dry before I used it again, so I waited until Monday or Tuesday to put everything back on it. No biggie, I had the kitchen table to put all of my junk on, and I could still cook on the stove, and use the oven and sink with no issue.

Care and Cleaning:

I finished the counter the 2nd week of November, and it’s still holding up perfectly! No scratches, dings or dents. I clean it with the same vinegar and water mixture, and wipe it with a paper towel, sponge or regular kitchen towel. As with any countertop, just make sure not to put anything hot on it, so use a hot pad or kitchen towel underneath your pots, pans or cookie sheets. Also, I make sure to wipe up and standing water (but I’m sure you’d do this with any countertop too).  I just remember that these are now painted, so I be sure to take extra care of them. However, we do slide things across them, cans and bottles get left on them, and there’s still no scratches, so it seems the Poly holds up really well.

Again, I know that pictures are really low-quality but I really wanted to get this on here to show everyone that this can be done, and it’s super simple! Like I said before, if you even have a thought in your head about doing this, just do it! You can see how much better it made my kitchen look, and in person it looks even better, and took about 10 years off the house.

Any questions, please feel free to ask me!!

Lauren : )

Corn Casserole Recipe

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and the upcoming Holidays, I thought I would share a recipe with you that is one of my favorites. It’s quick, simple, but oh so delish.

Corn Casserole

Yum.

Corn Casserole

Ingredients:

1 box of Jiffy Cornbread mix

1 Container sour cream (the small one)

1 Can of whole kernel corn, drained

1 Can creamed corn

1 Stick of butter, melthed

A few pinches of sugar

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix all of your ingredients together (including a pinch of sugar). Put the mix into a casserole dish (about 9×13 or another large enough dish for the ingredients). Top with another pinch of sugar.

Bake for about 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Enjoy!!

 

If you would like to double it (which I usually do) just simply double all of the ingredients and bake for a little while longer.

 

*Note: I did not get this recipe off Pinterest, just the picture. However, there are similar recipes on Pinterest, some of which call for jalapeno peppers and cheese! Original recipe came from my sister-in-law.

 

Lauren : )

Um, You’re Doing What to Your Kitchen?

I’m pretty pumped today guys.

If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that I am tired of my kitchen with the pink counter tops. Yes, I said pink. Here’s what it looked like when we first bought it…

Aren’t they lovely? Like a nice Mauve color. Totally reminds me of my mom’s bridesmaid dresses from her wedding. Sorry mom. It’s not 1985 anymore.

Well I made the executive decision last night that I was going to paint them, since I realized we already had everything at home. Sander, primer, and paint! I just need to get some polyurethane to finish it off.

So how am I doing this you ask? Well I’m following my best friend Pinterest of course! I found this and a few similar Pins, and here’s what I’m planning on doing:

1. Take the caulk out from where the tile back splash and counter top meets. This may be the most hefty task so I have recruited a lady who knows her way around a razor blade… My mom. She’s going to help take all that junk out so we can paint it and then eventually re-caulk it after. Good luck mom… that’s all I’m saying.

2. Clean the counter really well and then sand it using a light sander. I have The Mouse sander, so that will work perfect for this. I just need to rough it up a little teeny bit in order for the paint to stick.

3. Prime! I hate priming. The one and only time I primed something (which was actually my Faux-place) I didn’t realize it was oil based, so I was washing off the paintbrush and it was a di-sas-ter. Obviously, because oil and water don’t mix. So I’m hoping this time will be much better, I’ll make sure to use a roller I can throw out for sure.

4. Since that needs time to cure, I’ll do the actual painting the next day. I’m just using regular house paint that I used on another project. It’s a dark brown, and that will be my base color.

5. Since that needs time to dry too, the next day I’ll do the fun part… the sponge painting! You take a few different colors you like, and you actually sponge paint it on and it looks like granite! Who knew?? I’m using a taupe color that I used for my craft room, and then I’ll get a few more colors too. I’m either going to use the craft paint at Micheal’s, or today I was walking through Lowe’s and I saw they have pre-mixed test pots for $2.00. I think I’ll use a black, taupe and 1-2 more brown colors.

6. The next step is to poly the entire counter with a few coats, drying between each coat. This will even everything out and give it a nice finish. I don’t want it too shiny, so I’ll have to check out Lowe’s to see what they have as far as finishes go.

I hope everything works out with this because I’m sick of looking at the mauve. Like, super sick of it.

In other good news, I got another order today from a client I don’t know! That’s always exciting to me because that means she has been looking at my shop and chose me to make her a bag. YAY!

Do you know anyone who has painted their counter before?

Do you think I’m crazy? (we all know the answer to this one).

 

Lauren : )