Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Girls Room

 I work on my main living areas most of the time, but it  brings me so much joy to see my kids rooms looking neat + decorated. My new favorite thing is Beddy's. I love how tidy they look all zipped up (not to mention how easily the kids themselves can do that). And they have the most beautiful handmade styles to choose from. Santa was so thoughtful enough to bring these to me my girls this last Christmas!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Farmhouse Style Entryway Shelf

       This was a really fast project that we were able to put together in an afternoon AND we were able to make the whole thing with scrap wood that we had just sitting in the garage. We had the paint and stain on hand, so for us, the only thing we had to purchase was the hooks which were about $6! It's amazing how much you can do sometimes with the supplies you have on hand!

We used:
2-  1x6 boards cut to 24 inches
1-  1x3 board cut to 24 inches
2-  2x4 pieces cut to 90 degree triangles
2-  Scrap pieces of wood for the back- we used two 1x3 boards  cut at 10 inches each
4-  Farmhouse style hooks
1 1/2" screws

So after we stained in Minwax Honey, we painted the wood white and then distressed with the power sander.

The back is just ghetto, remember how it's scrap wood? That's why there are black stripes, haha. After all the paint is dry, flip the boards over and screw in the back support boards. Use a square on the side to make sure the boards are sitting evenly relative to each other.

          Flip the boards back over and slap some wood glue onto your 2x4. Place the support. I would make sure you've measured where you would like it to go so it looks even on both sides and then draw a mark with a pencil.

       We placed two screws, one from the back into the angular support and then one on top. No screws were visible at eye level ( just throw some decor on them or paint over :). 

Put your hardware of choice on! This set it from Ace Hardware. There are lots of fun options out there! 

Peanut Butter Easter Egg Cookies

These little peanut butter blossoms are some of the best things you will ever taste (assuming you love peanut butter)! Throw some chocolate eggs on top and you have yourself a festive batch of easter treats!

Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

*This recipe makes a very large batch. Its supposed to be for 48 cookies, I usually half it!

1 cup butter softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup granulated sugar for rolling
2 bags of Cadbury Mini Eggs

  • In a mixing bowl, cream the butter, peanut butter and sugars. Add vanilla and mix. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Add to mixture in mixing bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Roll the dough into 1" balls and place onto a non-stick baking mat. Roll each ball in sugar gently. 
  • Refrigerate the cookies for 30 minutes.
  • Bake the cookies at 375 degrees for about 8-9 minutes. If you like cookies to be soft, be sure not to overbake them. They shouldn't be browned at all.
  • As soon as the cookies come out of the oven, press the kisses into the center of the cookie. 
  • Allow the cookies to cool for about 3 minutes on the pan, then move to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Store the cookies in an airtight container.

Recipe adapted from Tastes of Lizzy T.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Refinished Built In Desk

I wish that I had pictures of this area before I started working on it, but the truth of it is, I get really excited about a project and just dive in without taking before pictures sometimes! I actually did the wood overlay on this wall a couple of years ago, but after painting my kitchen cabinets this last summer I was excited at the thought of painting my desk so everything matched downstairs. It may have taken me eight months to finally want to paint cabinets again, but I'm just super happy to have this area finished!

I used the same general finishes paint which was half Snow White and half Antique White, as well as the Satin Performance Top Coat. For a how to and list of what to use check out the video we made on painting our kitchen cabinets!

 I used two different styles of hardware, both bought on amazon. I really like the satin nickel finish on white--my goal is always to brighten and this hardware definitely contributes!

This is kind of a before picture, just in my kitchen. But the wood on my desk was the same! 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Repurposed Coat Closet

Sometimes space in a closet like this can be under utilized, especially when you live in Arizona and definitely don't need a coat closet!

Whitney transformed her closet into an organized space for all of her household cleaning items. She also utilized the space up above to stack her food storage. That's about four feet of space that we sometimes don't take advantage of. It's a great place to be able to stack things we don't typically need to access often.


        The goal was to have one side of the closet to have shelves and the other to be a holding place for the broom, vacuum, and mop. 1x3's were cut at 45 degree angles and set up together to create the supports for the solid wood shelves to sit on.

The Kreg Jig was handy in creating some pocket holes to secure the center dividing board to the back wall of the closet. 

After the wood supports were in place, the paint went on, and then the shelf boards were added and painted.

It made a world of difference in being able to store more and be better organized!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Coffee Filter Wreath

After years of thinking about it, I finally made my own coffee filter wreath.  I don't have the patience for long projects, I love to get things done in one sitting which is why it's taken me so long to tackle! It was surprisingly easy, but it did take about 7 hours, with 550 coffee filters each carefully placed with hot glue onto an 18 inch straw wreath form.

There's something so timeless about these wreaths with their delicate white ruffles. Totally worth the time! I also love that this wreath can used between seasons, or can be dressed up to look festive for any holiday!