Monday, July 14, 2014

THE KITCHEN CEILING...

Well I had a pretty productive weekend.

The hubs and kids went to Six Flags with the church group on Saturday.  I probably should have gone with them but walking around a huge amusement park when it's 100 degrees out is just not my idea of fun so I decided to stay home in the comforts of air conditioning and paint the kitchen ceiling.  Believe me when I say that ceiling was in desperate need of a new paint job.  Well see for yourself...































That ceiling was terribly yellowed and grungy...it was just plain nasty.  As a matter of fact every since we moved into this house the entire kitchen has pretty much felt grimy and dirty no matter how much cleaning I would do.  Well, that is until now.  I have finally managed to give just about every paintable surface in this little kitchen a new coat of paint making it feel fresh and best of all clean....





























Ahhh, much better!

You may have noticed that the walls also got some new paint. I know the hubs just painted them a few months ago but the Beige Buckhorn color was a little too pink. In this eastern facing room it resembled the color of a baby pig...not quite the look I was going for in here...if you know what I mean.

I had some Pebble Cinder Gray left over from my master bedroom redo so I decided to use it in here and I love it. I have a few minor things left to do in here and then I can get on with the decorating...my favorite part.

What did you do this weekend?



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

HERE'S MY SIGN...THE ONE I MADE FOR THE KITCHEN

Good morning!  I'm back to show you the finished sign I made for over the sink in the kitchen.

When painting the cabinets earlier this spring I painted over the fruit motif that was on the wooden valance over the sink.  It was cute and very vintage but just not what I wanted there and would have never blended in with bright white cabinets.  However, painting over that motif left that area REALLY bare. I have known for a while that I wanted some kind of lettering or a sign to go there.

I have seen "EAT" signs all over the blogosphere and I like them but perhaps "EAT" is a little overused now so I wanted something different.  I was going to go with "FRESH" using wooden letters from Wal-Mart but later decided that "farm fresh" was a better fit for my kitchen with it's farmhouse style sink and lighting. Of course, I'm sure you figured that out by the little sneak peek of the sign in progress that I gave you last week...





I suffer from a major lack of free time but I was able to get the tracing out of the way Thursday evening and painted the wording out Friday night (which was easier than I thought it would be). Then I distressed it a got it hung on Saturday...



So what do you think?  Do you like it?  WAY better than "EAT" don't ya think?

I love it! It fits perfectly in this little farmhouse kitchen of mine.

My daughter likes it too and told me that no one on my blog would believe that I made this except I show them pictures of it in progress because it looks good enough to be store bought.  Awww, isn't she sweet!




























This was a super easy project and didn't cost me a dime.

I got the piece of scrap 1/4" plywood from Pops (my father-in-law) and I had the paint, tracing paper and sanding supplies on hand.  I made the lettering on my computer in the Wordperfect program and printed it out.  The only thing this cost me was a couple hours time.   I love those kinds of projects...QUICK, CHEAP & EASY!

So are there any quick, easy, cheap...and especially cute...projects that you have been working on lately?  Do tell!



Friday, June 27, 2014

A LITTLE SNEAK PEEK AT SOMETHING I AM MAKING FOR THE KITCHEN USING DIY CHALKPAINT...MADE WITH SOMETHING YOU HAVE IN YOUR PANTRY...AND NO IT'S NOT BAKING SODA...

Boy is that a mouth full!

Happy Friday Ya'll!  It's been a VERY long work week in my world and I am so GLAD it's coming to a close.  It seems it should've been Friday about three days ago!  You?  Anyway, the weekend is FINALLY here and that makes me happy!

I had hoped to be able to show you a completed project today. Instead, because I have been so busy this week, I can only give you a little sneak peek at something I started on for the kitchen. I hope to finish it over the weekend.

I also have a GREAT new recipe for homemade chalk paint to share with you today.  It's made with an ingredient you probably have in your pantry...and NO it's not baking soda.  So you may want to keep reading to find out what it is.  I think you will be surprised.

Every since I painted the kitchen cabinets earlier this year, I have been wanting to make something for or do something to fill this huge blank spot over the kitchen sink...


























There used to be a fruit motif decal there but I didn't like it so I painted over it.  Now though it looks so bare. I think it needs something with a little farmhouse style to go along with my farmhouse sink.

I have had just the right thing in mind for awhile and was finally able to get started on it this week. I got a scrap piece of 1/4" plywood from my father-in-law which was just the right size for the job...







In case you can't tell I am making a sign to go in that spot!

I made up some super easy, super cheap homemade chalk paint using a secret ingredient that I keep in my pantry...




It's NOT baking soda.  Can you guess what it is?...




It's cornstarch!  You might remember my homemade chalk paint using crushed chalk from my round table makeover HERE, it worked but it wasn't very smooth and it was tedious and messy crushing all that chalk. I mentioned then that I had another idea for making homemade chalk paint that I wanted to try. The thought came to me AFTER using real chalk that cornstarch would be PERFECT for making chalk paint. For one it's already in powder form and though it doesn't contain chalk, it is a thickener that becomes "chalky" after being mixed with a little water and left to dry. I have to say it makes a very smooth chalk paint, covers good and is super easy and cheap to make. I love it.




I would give you the precise recipe but I didn't measure anything. I simply put some paint in my bowl and added the cornstarch a little at a time until I had the consistency I wanted. There were a few clumps left around the edge of the bowl but the paint itself was blended until smooth...and smooth it was.  No clumps!

I painted my board and let it dry, which didn't take long.  I only did one coat because I didn't want full coverage for this project. Once the paint was dry it was time to make my design. I printed my wording using a special font off my printer and then transferred it to my board using old fashioned carbon paper.




It took some time to trace every single line seeing as how I used somewhat of a decorative font but it turned out pretty good...




























Now comes the hardest part...painting in between all those little lines.  That's going to be a real booger since I don't have the steadiest of hands, but I WILL get it done!

So, have you figured out what my little sign is going to say?

Have a good weekend!






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