Tag: diy

When you buy a new house, the list of things to do seems endless.

At least to me. One of the things that sold me on the house was the cool double-sided fireplace that is showcased in both living rooms! I’ve never heard of this feature before and I think it’s so fun. My friends and family all joke with me about my love for fireplaces. “You live in Florida, you goose!” I’m not saying that I want a roaring fire going in July, but the chance to decorate two mantles was too good to pass up. However, I am NOT a fan of the outdated brass features. No thank you.

I have some ideas on new mantles and tile/brick on the outside to replace the current white tile, but for now I just wanted to get that brass metal covered up. So a quick one day project was born, just in time to decorate for Christmas! Here is the finished product:

The process was easier than I thought! I bought some black HIGH HEAT paint. That is the most important detail, you can’t just slap any paint on a fireplace or you’ll end up with a mess and hazard on your hands. I found the paint at Lowes or Home Depot, I can’t remember. Just ask the clerk, they’ll help you find it! I bought an actual paint brush, but then lost it in a sea of boxes, so I used a wide craft brush that I found in my craft bin. It worked great! The last thing you’ll need is tape, so that you can get both sides of the hardware on the glass doors.

To start, I took the doors off and taped BOTH sides. You can’t just paint the front, because you’ll see the brass on the other side and it will look unfinished. Tip: you’ll want to wait a couple of hours between coats. This paint dries very slowly, and if you do one coat after the other, it will just slide the paint all over the place and take longer to get the desired effect. It also dries to a very sticky consistency before it’s fully cured. I ended up doing three coats, but if you wait a good amount of time between coats, you may be good with just two.

After one coat of paint

Done and ready for Christmas decor!

 Sorry for the bad pictures. I still can’t find my camera (I’m sure it’s in one of the 1000 boxes in my closet) so I took these on my iPhone. BUT – I love how it turned out! The fireplaces look way more modern and clean. I can’t wait to share more holiday decor posts once I’m all set up! I cannot believe that December is two days away. 2018 is going to be here before we know it!

Little known fact about me; I love collecting cookbooks, but rarely cook.

I used to really like cooking, but unless I’m watching old Friends reruns on my iPad, I just can’t keep my attention focused on the process. I’m hoping to get in the kitchen more, especially on the weekends. I’ve been pinning recipes here and there, and making at least one new dish on the weekends. I was lurking around Anthropologie last week and I found the PERFECT cookbook, The Weekend Chef. It’s full of gorgeous pictures and narratives, and some really unique and fun recipes! You can get it here for less than $9!!!

Cookbooks

SO many recipes left uncooked….

The first recipe I made this weekend was the Rosemary, Sea Salt, and Sesame Popcorn.

Quick, easy, unique, and tasty! One of the things I would leave out next time is the balsamic vinegar. I’m a texture gal, and soggy popcorn…barf! But the flavor is delicious for sure. My 4 year old had so much fun listening to the popcorn pop, his giggles were so cute!

Here is the recipe, I hope you like it! It’s so easy and as long as you watch them like a hawk, kids can help with parts of it too! Although if you’re a one-task Mama like me, you may want to also keep an eye on your cat, if you have one. Our Banks decided that he wanted to play too and attacked the bag of popping corn that I left on the counter. KERNELS ALL OVER THE KITCHEN. Asshole.

Rosemary, Sea Salt, and Sesame Popcorn

  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 rosemary stems
  • 1 cup popping corn
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Add the sesame seeds to a large skillet with 1 tsp of the oil, cover, and cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, shaking the pan from time to time, until the seems are toasted golden brown and beginning to pop. Transfer from the pan to a bowl and wipe our the pan with a piece of paper towel.
  2. Tear the rosemary into large pieces and add the remaining oil and the rosemary to the pan. Heat gently, shaking the pan to release the rosemary’s oil. Add the corn, cover with the lid, and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes, shaking the pan, until all the popcorn has popped.
  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the toasted sesame seeds and season with the sale and vinegar, then transfer to a serving bowl, discarding the rosemary just before eating.

Hope you like it! Next I’m going to tackle the Coconut Flour Pancakes with Lemon Drizzle. The pictures in this book are mouthwatering!

 

Have you ever toured a house and loved the physical layout, but hated the fixtures or coloring?

When we bought our house three years ago, I knew that I had to put in some major work to make it a home that I loved. The wall paint was pretty easy, albeit time consuming. I’m honestly such a control freak that I couldn’t give that task to anyone else, so I spent about a solid 2 weeks painting bedrooms, our living room, dining room, and the hallways.

But the KITCHEN. That kitchen was the bane of my existence. I hated everything about it, the yellow cabinets, the orange tile, the awful white appliances. And that dark brick colored paint, I hated most of all. The problem was, I couldn’t find a single color that I thought would at least compliment the other strong earth tones in the kitchen! Did I mention that I loathe earth toned paint? I’m a cool pallet gal all the way. Flash forward to January 2016 (and our tax returns) and we had finally had it. We knew from the start that we wanted to redo the kitchen, and I put together an idea board wayyy back in January 2014. I knew that I wanted white cabinets and counters, dark wood floors, and a grey pallet for the color scheme. We purchased our tile back splash thinking that we would be redoing the kitchen much sooner, and all of the tiles sat in our garage for 2 years while we waited for our opportunity.

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The first thing I did was order our flooring. Since the tile was basically stuck in there for life, it was more cost effective to do an overlay of flooring on top of the tile. We contracted this part out, and chose a luxury vinyl plank tile. It’s more durable than wood floors, because in wet areas the wood always has the potential to swell. Because we had already purchased the back splash, we really had to design everything around them. I wish that I hadn’t done this because I’ve always lusted after white subway tile, and I’ve seen some gorgeous white kitchens lately. White subway tile is super trendy right now, and I keep telling myself that my kitchen is at least a little more unique. I’m still sad about it though!

I think that the hardest part BY FAR was choosing a durable cabinet paint, and then actually painting the cabinets. This took FOR-EV-ER. In reality it was about 2 months, but it really dragged on for us! Between two full time jobs, two kids, and all kinds of life happenings, painting our kitchen cabinets really sucked my soul out of my body. I’ll never do it again. We used General Finishes Milk Paint and Top Coat, and while it’s a bit pricey, the durability is definitely worth it. We have some chips in the paint that we have to touch up, but this is due to child locks that had scrapped the doors for the past 6 months. And because kids. But I would most definitely recommend this paint to anyone looking to paint their cabinets!

We also replaced all of the hardware, the fixtures, and the appliances. Y’all…it was so much work. But I am so happy with how it turned out! I waited for two years to have this kitchen, and I really am proud of all the work we put into it. Gone are the dark walls, the yellow cabinets, the awful flooring. I finally have the airy kitchen I’ve always wanted, and it’s even sweeter that Michael and I did it together. Kidding, we were ready to rip each other’s heads off at the end of the two month process. Like our personalities, our work style definitely is OPPOSITE. Michael is a power-througher with little attention to detail. I am a detail-freak who takes way too long to finish projects because I hone in too much. But now that we’re done I can look back and laugh about it. In the moment I definitely had thoughts of throat-punching him. But hey-that’s normal, right?