Kitchen Refresh + DIY Shelves

Yay!  I’m so happy to say we have finally painted our kitchen!  It was the last room in our house with the original plain, flat white paint; I hated it.  There were so many stains and marks on the walls that were not easily washable.  The color we chose is Almond Wisp by BEHR.  We had previously painted our daughters room + entry way with this color & I fell in love with it.

My dream kitchen would have light cabinets, dark flooring, and a beautiful backsplash…but we were working with a limited budget here!  While it’s not a drastic change, it definitely made our kitchen more pleasing and functional for our family.  We got rid of a lot of clutter as well, including our countertop microwave.  When we moved into our home there was an over-range microwave that never worked, so we finally replaced it.  Just having the extra counter space makes such a difference.

  The distressed shelves we created are my new favorite part of this space.  We had searched for shelving for quite a while before deciding to make our own;  never found anything that fit just right.  Everything was either too expensive, or just didn’t fit our style.  Turns out making your own can be fairly inexpensive, and easy too!

We used some maple-wood boards we had lying around from another project.  Kyle cut them down to 3ft long, 6 1/2in width, just the perfect size for our space (we probably could have even gone a bit longer).    After sanding them down, I distressed the boards (how-to found here) & applied one coat of stain.  I finished them off with two coats of polyurethane to help seal & give them a nice sheen.  The brackets we came across at Hobby Lobby, while on the hunt for shelves!

(That detail!)

A few BEFORE photos for reference.  I did get a little too happy prepping the kitchen for paint and took down a lot of old decor before remembering to take photos…oops!

(happy these 2 microwaves ↑➚ are gone for good!)

Have any fun projects going on in your household?  Comment below with details!

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Thankful Thursday

Is it really November already?!
21 days to Thanksgiving, 52 to Christmas…bring on the holidays!

But really, this year has flown by, too fast.  And with all the hustle & bustle that comes along with the holidays, I want to slow down and take some time to reflect on what matters most in life and all that I’m thankful for.  When I was browsing Target’s Dollar Spot a few weeks back, I came across this cute little craft kit; a Gratitude Tree.  It’s simple really, you have the whole family come together and write down on the leaves things you are grateful for (this is something you could totally create on your own too, with just a few simple materials) and afterwards you end up with a sweet centerpiece for your table.  It was interesting to see what we all wrote down, and we even added in a few of Hadley’s favorite things (dancing, music and fries!).  I definitely foresee this becoming a yearly tradition in our family.

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I will be doing a Thankful Thursday post every week this month.
This week, I am feeling particularity grateful that I am able to be a stay at home mom.  This is truly the hardest but most rewarding job I’ve ever had.  It hasn’t always been a walk in the park;  there are times when I’m so stressed I could cry, I don’t get sick days or break time, and it isn’t always easy financially.  But I would’t have it any other way, this is the best choice for our family.   I am there to watch my children grow, not missing any milestones.  I am there to teach them, and watch them learn everyday.  I am there to keep the safe from harm.  I can care for them when they are sick or need emotional support.  I am able to get housework done and make sure every member of the family always has what they need.  The list goes on and on.

This Thursday, I am thankful for my title of a SAHM.


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DIY | hello fall sign

Oh happy day, Autumn has arrived!
I love everything about Fall. The colors, the scents, the pumpkin spice everything (hello, coffee)!  A new season means new decor goes up in our house, but my search for Fall decorations always falls short.  So what do I do in that case?  Make my own!   One thing about making your own decor is that you can match it to an existing color scheme if you already have some pieces you like.

So lets get started, shall we?!

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Step 1 |  Print out your wording (or trace onto tissue paper like I did, makes it a little easier to work with) & layout your design.  You’ll want to space your lettering and picks apart a bit so it doesn’t get too cluttered.

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Step 2 | Place your paper/tissue paper wording on your board and secure the edges with tape.  Using a light colored pencil, trace your lettering, pushing down enough to indent the wood (but not rip the paper).  Afterwards I lifted the tissue paper off and went over the indentations with a white pencil so I could see the lines better.  Go ahead and fill the lettering in with paint and let dry.

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Step 3 | Using another font of your choice (you’ll want a thick one), make another paper outline for your next word.  Place and secure with tape.  This next part is somewhat tedious, but worth it in the end!  Using a needle nose pliers (this helps keep the nail straight and your fingers safe), place a nail along the first letter.  A few light taps with the hammer should secure the nail, you don’t want it to go all the way through the board.  Continue along the pattern, spacing out the nails approx. 1/2 inch or so (I don’t measure each space, it doesn’t have to be perfect).  After you have finished your pattern, carefully tear the paper away from the nails.  A few small pieces may get stuck under the nails, these are easily pulled out with a tweezers.

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Step 4 | Take your embroidery floss and tie a knot around one of the nails and trim the edge.  I start off by wrapping the floss one time around each nail then onto the next, until I have gone once around the letter.  After that, there is no rhyme or reason, just weave that floss in and out, through and around until your letter looks filled in.  If you are working with a cursive font, you can just continue until your whole word is done.  If there is a break in your lettering (as shown), just tie/knot off and start again on the next letter.  Be careful not too pull your floss too tight, as you want to push the floss downward towards the wood while you are wrapping (leaving enough space on the nail to go over again).

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Step 5 | Time to turn on that glue gun!  I trimmed most of the ends off my picks, leaving just the pretty stuff.  Place a good amount of hot glue on the back of your pick, then place onto your sign.  I took a few leaves off the pick and added them to the top.  When the glue cools, you are done!  Hang that baby up and enjoy all of your hard work.

My wood came with a string to hang already attached – but if need be, it’s super simple to find a hanging kit at your local craft store & attach.

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I ended up making 2, because why not!  One to keep & one to gift.  

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