Friday, April 21, 2017

Kitchen Cabinet Makeover Part 2

It's amazing what a little bit of paint can do, it's like magic, and I'm the magician. We finished painting our cabinets and kitchen a while ago, but I was waiting for the kitchen to be totally completed to write my post. But I changed my mind and I'm writing it now, and I can do that 'cause I'm grown and I do what I want.

Let me give you some reminders of the state of our kitchen. We started off with green walls and oak cabinets.

The previous owners must have been ultra destructive. If you take a look at the pictures above, the darker green areas on the walls were huge bumps as if there were all these holes in the walls at one point and they "fixed" it by slapping some mud over them and painting without sanding it down to be flush with the rest of the wall. And the walls were like this in just about every room of the house. I didn't want to texture the walls, so they have been a pain to get all smoothed out. I almost wish they would have just left the holes because it would have been easier to just patch them up rather than to fix their patch job. But oh well, such is life.

After we got the walls all smoothed out, I started getting them primed when one Friday night we decided we would just knock out the soffit above the cabinets. Little did we know we were opening a can of worms. We were under the impression that we could just cut away the drywall and be done. However, it was a bit more involved than we anticipated and we ended up needing to take the cabinets off the walls to finish it up. Once the soffit was down we had some big holes that we patched up with drywall and mud. Our ceiling is textured so we mixed up some mud and sand and slathered it on to match, I still need to paint the ceiling which is a task that I may or may not be avoiding. We also added some wiring to install lights underneath the cabinets which is what you see hanging in the third photo below.

We figured as long as we had cabinets off the walls it would be a good time to update them! As you all know I couldn't decide between staining them darker and painting them white, and I thank you all again for all your input and suggestions! White was the right choice for sure! The first thing I did was to sand them all down. Here's a really attractive photo of me sanding.

Then we filled in all the holes where the knobs were, and sanded down some more so our fillings were flush with he rest of the wood. I think that's what I was sanding in the photo above; after sanding a little I would close my eyes and run my hand over the area to see if it was still raised at all and if I needed to sand some more (or if I had sanded too much.) The stuff we used to fill in the holes smelled REALLY strong and since I was nice and preggo Brandon and my little brother Timmy filled in all those holes for me so I wouldn't have to breathe it in. Look at them so hard at work.

Brandon's good friend Alex was kind enough to spray them white for us which I appreciated very much! If you want to paint your cabinets yourself and don't have an awesome friend who can spray them for you then I recommend reading this post by Virginia; she's my favorite and I was planning on following her tutorial before Alex offered to help us paint them. We painted all the cabinets that we took off the walls at his shop and hung them back up. A short time later we got the bottom cabinets painted as well, but I had a nice modge podge of a kitchen for a minute there.

Some time in the middle of all this I painted all the kitchen walls in Valspar Filtered Shade. It's a nice grey with some blue undertones and I love it! We also added some crown molding along the top of the cabinets to make it look complete.

For new hardware I went to Lowe's and picked out satin nickel knobs for the cupboard doors, and arched pulls for the drawers.  One day I'll hang some pretty things on my walls, get those lights beneath the cabinets, and put the covers back on my outlets; but for now I'm pretty pleased with my new kitchen.

 Thanks as always for taking the time to read! 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

DIY No Sew Changing Pad Cover

As I was working on painting Evelyn's changing table (you can read about that here) I was like "well, if I want some really stellar after pictures, my changing pad cover has got to be just as fabulous as this dresser" So I started looking for just that, but I couldn't find anything that I loved enough to buy. So I decided I could make my own! My sewing machine, however, has been giving me some attitude and I don't know how to fix it; and since I wasn't about to sew the whole thing by hand I adapted this changing pad tutorial from Made Every Day to make it without sewing.

What you'll need:
  • 1 Yard Fabric of Your Choice
  • 2 Yards Elastic (3/8" wide)
  • Heat n' Bond (affiliate link)
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Safety Pin (...or a bobby'll see) 

That's it! Now let's begin...

First, you will need to cut your fabric to size, you need a rectangle that is 48"x 32." So fold your fabric in half (hamburger style) measure out 24" long and 32" wide and cut away!

Second, you will need to cut out a 7"x7" square from each corner. The best way to do this is to grab some cardboard or construction paper (I used an empty Cheerios box) and cut that out to use as a pattern.

Fold your fabric in half (still hamburger style) so that you can cut two layers at once. Lay your cardboard pattern down so it is lined up with the edge of your fabric and cut around it, then repeat to the other edge.

Third, Cut out four 7" pieces of your Heat n' Bond to make your four corners. Lay down a strip of Heat n' Bond, paper side up, on the edge where you cut out your square (it doesn't matter which edge) and iron it for two seconds.

Once it has cooled peel back the paper. Fold over the other edge of your square so the two edges line up and iron them together for 8 seconds. Repeat this process to your other three corners.

Fourth, you will hem all of your raw edges. Cut two 17.5" pieces and two 36" pieces of Heat n' Bond. Starting with any edge, lay your Heat n' Bond down, paper side up, as close to the edge as possible and iron it down for two seconds.

Remove the paper backing, fold your fabric up so your Heat n' Bond strip is covered and iron down for 8-10 seconds (depending how thick your fabric is)

Fifth, we need to create a tube to slide the elastic through. Cut two more 17.5" and two more 36" pieces of Heat n' Bond. Starting with whichever edge you please, measure one inch above the hem you just made and iron down your Heat N' Bond.

Take off the paper backing, fold up your material and iron the fabric together. Repeat to all four sides.

Sixth, slide that elastic on through! Most normal people have safety pins- if you're a normal person fold back the edge of your elastic, stick the needle of your pin through and slide it on through your tube. If you're not normal, welcome to the club. Look around you for a bobby pin, they can usually be found on the coffee table, in couch cushions, on the floor, on the arm of your chair, on your bedside table, there might be a few in your purse, you shouldn't have to look far. Now take your elastic and with the tip of some scissors just make a small snip on the end. Then loop your bobby pin through and feed that sucker on through your tube!

Seventh, now the truth comes out... so I kind of sort of sewed in this step. But you don't have to! You just need to attach the two ends of elastic together. I chose to sew them together with a needle and thread. You could use that safety pin to keep them together, or maybe try using a hot glue gun. I'm sorry if I failed you. I would have used a safety pin with you, but you know...bobby pins...

That's it!! You're done!! Now stick that thing on your changing pad, lay your cute baby down and pat yourself on the back for creating such beautiful things! 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

DIY Ikea Malm Gets A Makeover Into A Changing Table

Changing tables are too expensive, then again I think everything should only cost $5, MAYBE $10. So I have been searching the classifieds for something cheap that I could fix up.  I had in mind a pretty french provincial dresser but every time I found one for sale it was either more money than I wanted to spend or it was already sold (why can't I be the only one on the hunt for a good deal??) But one day it occurred to me that I had a dresser I could use, it just wasn't the style I had in mind. I bought this IKEA Malm dresser about 5 years ago when I came home from serving an LDS mission and I needed a dresser fast. I remember the day clearly because it was my first time ever going to IKEA and my Mom and I felt like we were rats in a maze and we couldn't find our way out; talk about a good way to give a girl a panic attack.

Here's the dresser before, very plain & simple. You'll notice, I'm sure, the bottom board which seems very out of place. You see, what happened is there were two boards the same exact size, one was blue and the other was not. Somehow I ended up with the blue piece inside of the dresser where no eye will ever see it and the very plain wood piece on the outside. Don't be like me. Read your instruction manual.

Step One:
Lightly sand. I didn't get a picture of this, but I'm sure if you tap into your 5 year old self you can imagine it up.

Step Two:
Prime. I Just used the same primer we have been using for our walls. Is that allowed? I don't know, I guess we'll see if it holds up. I also didn't bother to paint inside because once the drawers are in you can't even see it.  If anyone comes to my house and scrutinizes the dresser enough to see the original paint color then they deserve to know I'm lazy. Plain and simple.

Whenever I paint anything I always use a foam roller instead of a paint brush. This way it looks more professional and you don't get the brush strokes from the paint brush. I've seen a lot of people that paint it on with the brush then smooth it over with the foam roller, to each his own. I DO, however, keep a brush around to get in all tight areas where the roller won't fit. 
I use this Foam Roller Kit (affiliate link) and I love it. I also use the tray when I'm doing the trim on my walls.
This is my favorite Paint Brush (affiliate link) I also use this when I do the trim around the house.

Step Three:
Paint. I had a deep, deep internal struggle with myself deciding what color to do this dresser. I really wanted it white, but then I said to myself "Dude, let your child have a little color in her life! Just because you want everything to be white doesn't mean it should be." So I decided on Sherwin Williams "watery" because I had a jar of sample paint leftover from choosing colors in my master bedroom. My heart was still bleeding a little from being yelled at about the white paint, so to help ease the pain I took one cup of the watery and added a half cup of white paint to it.

 I absolutely positively LOVE how the color turned out! I have given myself many pats on the back for it

*TIP If you have to step away from painting for any reason, like, I don't know a baby that doesn't know how to take naps without being held for example. Just keep some plastic wrap and sandwich bags close by so that you can cover up your paint and keep it from drying out. My paint went hours without being touched & it was like I never stepped away.
It's hard to step away in the middle of a project, but when your baby wakes up early from her nap looking this cute it makes it a whole lot easier. 

Step Four:
Add Hardware. When I started this project the vision in my head had a single long gold handle on each drawer. Then life happened. The only gold bars that I could find that were long enough and the right shade of gold were like $20-$40 and I had to buy 3 of them! So I found some shorter silver bars that I was going to spray paint gold, but I kind of failed. Luckily I only tried it out on one of them so I was able to return the rest. So I went to Hobby Lobby to see what they had for me and boy did they deliver! I found these cute little teardrop pulls and I fell in love with them instantly. I'm actually pretty happy that the bars didn't work out because I love these so much! To add these I just measured out where I wanted them, drilled the holes and slid those puppies right into place! 

 So the dresser isn't in her nursery right now because she's getting new carpet- woohoo! Once her room is all ready I'll do a whole room reveal and you'll see this piece in it's proper home. I also made the changing pad cover you see here WITHOUT sewing and I'll tell you how this next week! As always, thanks for reading!! 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Evelyn's Birth Story

It's been a while since I've posted and it's mostly because I have been way too busy snuggling with my new bundle of joy. Let me tell you a little bit about her journey getting here...
Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
December 19th 2016, 10:30 PM, I was minding my own business watching TV with my husband when I peed my pants. At this point in life I was pretty used to peeing my pants every time I sneezed or laughed, but I thought it was weird that this time I hadn't been doing either of those things. So I got up, changed my clothes and as I walked through the kitchen I peed my pants again and thought to myself "Man, this girl must be sitting RIGHT on my bladder because I just can't hold it in!" So I went and changed, hoping I wouldn't have to change a third time. But alas, the third time came and by this point I started wondering if it was more than pee. So I changed AGAIN, laid down on the bed and pulled out my phone to look up what it's like to have your water break . Most everything I read told me it was a huge gush of water-like waterfall status. I even read one forum where a lady was questioning whether her water had broken and someone commented something along the lines of "haha trust me, if your water broke you would know it." So I determined that my water had not broken because I was only trickling-not gushing, and I did not KNOW it as miss expert thought I should. This was just a matter of re-potty training myself. I sat back up and I peed; I laid back down and I peed, I sat up again and you guessed it-wee wee wee all the way home. My gut feeling was disagreeing with what the internet was telling me, so I told Brandon that maybe we should take a drive to the hospital.
Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
At this point it was probably around 11:30 pm and as we drove I thought to myself "I'm going to be so embarrassed when they tell me I'm just peeing my pants. But at least this will be a funny story to tell the girls at work tomorrow. I wonder how late we'll get home. Hopefully I can get at least a couple hours of sleep before it's time to get up."

Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
When we arrived we were greeted by a receptionist who wasn't in the best of moods which didn't help my embarrassment when I had to explain why I was there. Her judging eyes took away any thoughts that my water broke, and made me feel instantly foolish. As we sat there waiting to be taken into a room I started doubting myself even more. My due date was still 3 weeks away and I hadn't been feeling any contractions, to be honest I had been feeling GREAT; earlier that day I was under my desk organizing my computer cords and 2 days ago I full on ran to catch a train. I didn't have that "get this baby out of me" feeling people get as they near the end of their pregnancy.
Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
When they finally got us into a room the nurse came in, checked me and very nonchalantly said "yep, your water broke." I was so shocked I made her repeat herself. Like wait, you mean I'm about to have a baby? I didn't even bring a hospital bag, I thought you guys were going to laugh at me and send me home with a pack of depends. I'm not even close to having all my baby things ready because everyone kept telling me that she would come late since she is my first.  As a matter of fact I WANTED her to be a week or two late so that her birthday would be a little further from Christmas; I was under the impression I had another 4 or 5 weeks to prepare. I didn't have a bassinet, or nursing bras, and none of her clothes were washed! But she was coming all the same so thank goodness for  family who got everything ready for her back home while I was in the hospital.
Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
It was now around midnight and I still wasn't having any contractions so they had to start me on pitocin to get things moving along; I wasn't thrilled about it since I heard so many horror stories about things going wrong once they induce you, but I tried to stay positive and not think about it. As   I started feeling the contractions I was like, okay I can do this it's not too bad. That was short lived. A few hours into it I was ready to beg for an epidural, luckily all I had to do was politely ask for it and got it around 6:00 am. By 10:00 am I was fully dilated and ready to go, but my nurse told me that the doctor was in another delivery and she had multiple other deliveries to do before mine. So we waited, and waited.

Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
At one point my nurse came in and said she would have me push a couple times to get the baby closer so that when the doctor came in I would only have a little left to push. I pushed once and the nurse yelled "STOP STOP STOP! Your baby is like RIGHT there." She then proceeded to tell me not to cough, sneeze, or laugh too hard otherwise that baby was coming out. Around 12:00 pm the nurse told me I was next and that the doctor was just outside my room eating some lunch real quick; then she came back and told me that there was another woman in labor and her baby was in distress and since me and my baby were both okay the doctor was going to take care of them first. So it was back to the waiting game, but it was a very boring game since I wasn't allowed to laugh. At last just after 2:00 pm it was my turn! The doctor got all ready, came over and with just a couple of pushes Miss Evelyn Jo Warner was born weighing 6 lbs 11 oz and 19 in long. She is a dream.
Photo Credit: Mary Horne Photo
I didn't have a professional photographer come to the hospital, but my wonderful mom was wise enough to take pictures for me while my brain wasn't working. Here are just a few of them.

Thanks for reading, I hope you're as in love with her as I am. We have also done a lot of work on the house, so I should have some posts on that soon!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

How I Repurposed An Old Thrift Store Frame

The thrift store is one of my favorite places mostly because I can afford everything and my creative juices get to flowing. On one of these magical trips to a local thrift store I happened upon this frame for just $10!

I loved all the pretty details on the frame and it was in really good condition. I hoped it would be the right size for a painting that Brandon gave me one Christmas of Christ as a young boy sleeping on his mothers lap but alas the frame was too small. So instead I decided to paint it and make it a mirror, and here is how I did it!

Step one was priming the frame so that the paint would adhere nicely (and so that I wouldn't need to sand off the glossy finish)  I typically use Killz primer but I have heard Zinsser is a great option as well. They key to painting a frame or anything with details like this is to be extra cautious that the paint doesn't pool up between all the small creases otherwise you lose some of the depth of these details.

I debated between painting it white & buffing some gold into the creases vs. spraying the entire frame gold and I voted to spray it gold. I looked on Pinterest at different spray paint options and various shades of gold to help me make my choice. Then on a nice sunny day I took it outside to spray it down. As soon as I started spraying it I was glad I chose the gold.

Now on to the part that made me want to do a whole lot of cursing. Sometimes you watch/read tutorials and you think to yourself "piece of cake! I can do that!" and sometimes you're wrong. I'm here to tell you that cutting glass is not as easy as people make it look. But I'm also here to tell you that it's okay to fail once (or twice) because you learn from your mistakes and it makes it all the more gratifying when you finally succeed.

After looking through the online classifieds for a cheap mirror that I could use, I found someone selling an old dresser top mirror for just $5 and jumped on it! Here they are next to each other.
I removed the mirror from the frame, traced out what I needed for the new frame and followed all my glass cutting instructions and this happened...

7 years bad luck

I'm a pretty dang optimistic person, and I have a tendency to think things won't go wrong so when they do it completely catches me off guard and kind of shatters my entire universe. So after pacing around for a while muttering under my breath and trying to figure out how to clean up my mess the optimism kicked back in and I decided it wasn't the end of the world and I could use the rest of the mirror to practice with and figure out where I went wrong.

I learned a couple of things and for starters this particular mirror had an awful plastic-y backing on it that I think is part of the reason it didn't snap in one piece like it was supposed to.
Whatever it was, it was a pain to peel off

 I also think that since I was doing such a large piece I needed help holding my straight edge so that I could focus on applying enough pressure on my glass cutter. So I bought another $5 mirror and volunteered Brandon to help me in round two so that he could hold my straight edge down for me. The second attempt actually went much better with the exception of  my very last cut. The very end snapped off uneven and when I put it into the frame you could barely see the tip that broke off.
So close!!!

It took me a while to come across another cheap mirror for sale but one day Brandon texted me a picture of one he found for me during his lunch break-that's love. So I dove right into round three (and by "dove right into" I mean I stalled for like 2 weeks because I was so afraid of ruining it again) I did the first cut and it went perfectly, so perfectly I wanted to cry. Then I traced the line for the second cut and before I snapped it I jokingly asked Brandon if we should pray. But seriously I may have said a silent prayer/plea in my head begging for it to work. The second snap wasn't perfectly clean but we sanded it down with some heavy grit sandpaper aaaaand TaDaaaaa!!

I'm telling myself that I only spent about $20 for this project which includes the frame, used mirror, and spray paint. The other paints and things I already had on hand, and the failure mirrors are salvageable enough that I'm using them for other projects. Even if I did count those in my final cost it's still cheaper than buying a nice big framed mirror like this. So I'm calling this a win. A big frustrating win.