Tuesday, January 8, 2019

{DIY} Bar cart makeover!!


Heelllooooo!!!  I feel like it has been forever.....maybe because it has :-)  We were on a Christmas Home Tour last month and it inspired me to get back at it.  

I thought I'd start with my quick bar cart makeover.  You've all seen my craiglist find that I use as a bar in our sun room but I wanted something for our dining room.  I almost pulled the trigger and spent 60 bucks at Home Goods to buy a new cart just for the tour.  However, in my usual frugal fashion, I just couldn't do it.
Sooooo, I told my mom about my urge to buy a bar cart and she HOOKED ME UP!!!  She has this old bar cart and told me I could do with it whatever I wanted......
SIGN.ME.UP.

Here is the before:







I was going to roll it a glossy white but remembered I had silver metallic spray paint in the garage and knew it would be a MUCH faster process!!


Here I was mid-way through:





I really think I had maybe 20 minutes in the whole project it really was THAT easy.


Once I was finished I styled it to go along with my Winter Wonderland theme in the dining room.  I've gotta say I think it was the perfect addition!!!  And the price was absolutely perfect ;)










Friday, June 8, 2018

Project update!!

Whew, t-minus 22 days until graduation party time!!  I've gotta admit that I think we're in pretty good shape.  Ryan and I both have the week off before the party to finish any last minute projects and work on the last minute details. 
Let's take a look-see at what I've gotten done thus far!  I recovered the pillows on the veranda with fabric from Joann Fabric. 


I knew that I loved it but who knew that JOANN FABRIC would love it too????  #winning


I made a quick pit stop at Michael's today and picked up these adorable pillows to finish off the pillow sitch on the veranda.  I mean COME ON they were only 10 bucks!!!  However I am one short but that's another story ;)


How 'bout landscaping?  Well we are about done with that and here is a little sneak peak.  I'm not going to share all the pics until I'm done....oh and I replace the dead arborvitae that our dog keeps rubbing against and eating.  #notwinning



Great room is really, REALLY coming along and I can't wait to share it all when it is done.  However here is a little sneak peak at my new fabric and new chairs (that replaced the floral ones I showed you before).



And finally I found THE cutest wreath for NINE BUCKS at Joann Fabric yesterday and I think it was the perfect finishing touch to the font porch.  P.S. I'm painting that door black tonight.




Wowza, that's all I've got for now :-)  Fingers crossed I get it all done.....

Thursday, May 17, 2018

SO MANY PROJECTS, SO LITTLE TIME!!!

Wow, I had to put that title in all caps because the voices keep screaming that in my head.  With our baby girl graduating in a few weeks that means GRADUATION PARTY!!  Luckily we planned her party for June 30th so we've got some time.  Not much....but time! 

We've been in our house for 4 years now and there have been several lingering projects that have been hanging in the lurches.  So let's take a little gander at what I need to get done in the next 44 days!!

Finish landscaping

Paint all exterior doors and the interior of those exterior doors (started this project last night)

Front porch steps (yeah, yeah I know it's been FOUR years)

Finish the foyer (that'll be a surprise project)

Pillows for the veranda (and maybe these super cute flamingoes and pillows I found at Michaels)

Finish the barn driveway

Paint the dresser for the great room.....oh and FINISH the great room (new pillows, new rug, gallery wall....)

Ok so it's not the longest list in the world but it'll take time and money.  However, as my husband pointed out, the party is in the barn NOT the house ;)  MEN!!!

Let's take a look at where I'm at thus far.

Landscaping: 



I need to do 5 more pots like these!!




Here is the finished interior of ONE door....only two more to go ;)

Before


Mid first coat (I was starting to get nervous :P )


Finished product.  Love, love, LOVE!!!

Here is a super dark old pic of the foyer but you get the idea!  Project to come.....





You can click here to see the plan for the pillows on the veranda.  However I stopped at Michael's yesterday and think I *might* need to get these to finish off the veranda.




Anndddd finally I have to finish this beauty!!!



I can't tell if writing it out makes me feel better or worse ;)  Whew here's to lots of busy nights and weekends!  However as my mama said, nothing like deadline motivation.  No truer words have been spoken!!


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Quick and Easy Homemade Salsa

Ok so "homemade" might be a stretch so how 'bout we call it not pre-made?  I loovveeee cilantro and fresh salsa.  However it can be a little pricey.  I make my own salsa at least three times per week and have found myself putting it on EVERYTHING.  I mean egg white omelets, fish tacos (minus the taco) and salads.  This is so quick and SO EASY.

Here are your ingredients:

1 Can Rotel (I use regular but you could us mild)
Cilantro
Onions
Garlic (fresh or powder)
Kosher Salt

That. Is. It.  So easy you're going to love it.

I use my handy dandy little chopper that I LOVE from Pampered Chef.  In no time you have fresh salsa that has ZERO point.


Now here is the SUPER hard part.  Dump it all in and chop it up.  I don't measure anything.  I just load it up, taste it and add what I think it might be missing.  #rocketsurgery










Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thank gawd I am a procrastinator.....

I got a Pottery Barn catalog in the mail on Monday and stumbled across this outdoor Lilly Pulitzer Collection and immediately fell in love.


I especially LOVED these pillows with the blush, magenta, blues and greens.  However, what I didn't love, was the price tag.  WOWZA, these pillows are $59.50 each.  Waaayyyyy too pricey for my blood.


Do you remember the lime green pillows that I got for the veranda last year?  If not, here they are!


I've been just a *tiny* bit obsessed with blush and magenta this year so I thought why not bring it out onto the veranda???  Buuttttt not for $59.50 for one pillow.  Then I saw THIS sitting on the dining room chair from this project that never got done!


Now it isn't exactly like the pillows above but I think it is PERFECT!!  It has all the colors I wanted :-)  Now all I need is a certain someone to come home from Arizona to help me make pillow covers for the green pillows already on the patio!!