Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Counter Coffee Station

Most of you that know me know that I can't stand things on the kitchen counter.  Well that is (of course) unless they are super cute decorative accessories!  #DUH  
So, when I told my hubby and the kids that I was going to make a coffee station on the counter I was bombarded with several sarcastic comments about things not being allowed on the counters.  Whatevs!!  

My little counter space between the pantries and below the microwave has always been tough to style.  I've never really felt like I found the perfect decor for that area.  Sooooooo in the middle of the night I sat up and thought....a coffee station!  That's it!!  #noreallythathappened



See there.....clearly that wasn't the right decor either.  It didn't last there very long....the owl wax melter did but not the other items.

Then there was Christmas and I LOVED this sign on the counter that I got at Target but alas Christmas came to an end so I had to take it down.  Boo!



So to make a short story long,  I decided that the coffee station was the perfect mix of decor and function.....and now I'm on a mission to get it completed.  

I made a little stop at Marshall's and grabbed a couple mugs to get things moving!  



I loooovvveeeee them and couldn't resist.  Truth be told, I found a mug that said hello gorgeous in gold writing and loved it.  I was going to buy it and tell everybody that Ryan bought it for me but I knew he'd narc me out ;)  So I left it sitting all alone on the shelf at Marshall's.

The next thing I really need to find is the coffee pot.  I want a stainless steel coffee pot but I also don't want to break the bank.  #tightwad
I'm really leaning towards this dude from Walmart.


We already have a coffee pot that works just fine but it has seen many camping trips.  Not quite what I want sitting on the counter at all times.  I like the looks of this one and especially the price.....$29.74.  Sounds like a pretty good deal.  Once we get a new pot, we can retire the old pot to the camper.

Anybody out there have this coffee pot?  You like?  Any other suggestions?

Monday, January 11, 2016

Curio Cabinet Prep

I can't wait to share the after pictures with you all.  However I'm not quite finished just yet.  All of the painting is done and now we (read: Ryan) just need to put the curio cabinet back together.  Back together you ask?  Yep, here is what we did:

When we got the curio cabinet into the garage and laid on the saw horses, all Ryan and I could think of was the amount of painter's tape we were going to need to tape off all the glass.  Then my genius hubby decided to take all the glass out and remove the mirrored back.

Here is what we started with!  Light oak didn't fit in with the rest of the decor in our house (especially the dining room).  Everything in the dining room is black,  so black was pretty much a no brainer.  



Ryan took all of the glass panels out of the front of the cabinet and removed the back glass panel. Believe me, the time to remove the glass is WELL WORTH IT!!



Just think how long it would have taken to tape everything off and work around all the glass!



He took off the hinges and removed the door so we could paint that separately as well!


One of the pieces of crown moulding had fallen off in the move.  Sooooo, Ryan attached the two blocks to the top of the cabinet and pulled out the wood glue.


A little gorilla wood glue on both sides and we were back in business.  This stuff dries really fast and we were able to start prepping the surface of the cabinet right away!

I can't wait to see the finished product myself let alone share it with you :-)

Come back, for the final reveal.....

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year, New Projects!!

Whew, HAPPY NEW YEAR and congratulations on surviving the holidays!!

I don't know about you but I always find my head full of ideas once January rolls around which usually equals spending money.  However, after Christmas, I try to keep the spending at a minimum for the month of January.  Sooooooo, I decided to only tackle projects that I have the supplies for. Does anybody remember this curio cabinet post.  I know I do and it has been weighing on my mind. I decided that this would be my next logical project.  I have a curio cabinet that is light wood which is just not my style.  This is my inspiration and we are getting started on it tonight!  Yiippppeeeeee!!!



This will go in the oh so sad and vacant spot in the dining room that is open now that I had to take down the twinkling goodness that was my Christmas tree :(  Can't it just be Christmas year round????
I digress.....
It will go on the wall opposite this dresser that we refinished into a buffet!




We're getting this party started tonight.  You see, my hubby got bumped to days after working midnights for the last 8 years.....and well I'd hate for him to get bored :-)

Come back and check out the progress!

What are your projects for the new year?


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

DIY Firefly Lights

Hello!  I know I promised this a while back and I'm finally delivering.  This is such a cheap and easy project and I can't wait to share!!  I have to admit that I've decided to skip from Halloween to Christmas this year.  #dontjudgeme It literally takes me three weeks to get everything out so I've decided that my goal is to have everything done by Thanksgiving weekend (yep even my trees).  I love the long 4 day weekend and am focusing on having everything done so I can relax that weekend and shop like a crazy lady on Black Friday.

So, back to business.  I use my firefly lights for both Halloween and Christmas.  Here they were on my Halloween mantle this year.


 My cute little spiders are from Pottery Barn several years ago!
So that is how I use them for Halloween.  Now for Christmas I put them on my side bar in the dining room and mix in my wood slices, candles and all of my mercury glass Christmas trees.  Here is a shot from last year :-)




So, let's get down to business.  The lights that I used last year were a white string of lights however this year, I'm doing a couple of the green strands for the tree in my dining room.  Here's what you'll need!


Yup, that's it....a pair of scissors, a string of lights, and a roll (or two) of tulle.  I get my tulle at the Dollar Tree! #bigshocker #pricecheck It really is a great deal for a buck.  I usually buy at least 5 at a time because I like to use them for many different things (garland on my tree, wrapping presents, hanging wreaths.  You get the idea).  However I digress.....


I cut them in a 6 inch section, however you'll notice the tulle is rather wide....

So then I flip it around the other way and cut it up the middle.


Then all you do is take one of the strips and tie it around the individual light and fluff accordingly.  Isn't it so cute?  Looks just like a little firefly, huh????

There ya have it.  Easy peasy!!  Grab a cocktail and turn on Empire tonight and get to town on your firefly lights.  I'd love for you to share pics with me if you take on this project!!




Thursday, October 22, 2015

Monroe Magazine

Hello my fabulous followers!!  How are you this fine Fall day?  Us Michiganders really couldn't ask for better Fall weather....today is GLORIOUS!!

So down to business.  I don't know if you all remember but we are going to be featured in Monroe Magazine's Holiday edition this year.  I have to admit that I am soooooo excited to see the final pictures.

We are supposed to meet with a reporter in the next few weeks who will take our family photos and update our story for the magazine.  Yiiippeeeee, I can't wait.  If you don't remember here were a few quick photos that the photographer shared after the photo shoot.




So stay tuned, I can't wait to share the finished story with you.

However, in the meantime, who wants to learn how to make firefly lights?  I was giving tutorials this weekend at the Home and Lifestyle Show for those of you that stopped by to say HI.
Tonight, I'm going to share with all of you on the interweb how to make this easy and adorable project.  It is great for Halloween AND Christmas.

See you soon......