kitchen renovations

So Greg’s mom had been in town a lot over the last 2 months, mostly helping Greg’s sister update and decorate their house before their 3rd baby is due in February.  She helped completely remodel both the kids’ bedrooms, the master bedroom, the den, bathrooms….yep, the whole house got a MAJOR make-over!  Well, I was at their house one afternoon and Kendall was showing me another remodeling job she had just finished.  She had painted some cabinets in their laundry nook and asked me if I remembered how they looked before.  Well, to be honest, they looked just like the cabinets throughout our kitchen.  And of course when I said that, she jumped on the opportunity to come re-paint our cabinets!  And first thing Saturday morning, we were painting!

So here’s how it all went down.  First, here is what our kitchen looked like before. (and I stole some of these pics from my mother-in-law, since she was better at documenting every step of the project than I was. Thanks Kendall!).

We had already taken the cabinet doors off when we took this pic.
and here are the doors…


Kendall had this paint, Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and we used a color called “Old Ochre” and wiped a dark wax over it.  The great thing about this paint is we didn’t have to use any primer.  The white door below is the “Old Ochre” paint, all the dark ones have the wax applied.

Greg was a big help too, even though he didn’t understand “the big picture” for a while.
We had to take all the door knobs and hinges off, and we taped off around the appliances, and walls, and anywhere we didn’t want to accidentally wipe dark stain.  Halfway through day 1, we also decided the “lovely” tile border had to go.  Check it out.
So to tackle the tile, we primed it with 2 coats of this.
Although I would have liked to just paint the tiles white, it was way too difficult to match them perfectly, and I knew they would still stand out, so we matched our paint color to the grout.
And here’s our finished kitchen! 
(these pics were taken at night, so the cabinets look pretty dark, but in person they are lighter!)
I decided to update the switch plates as well, since the mismatched ivory ones weren’t gonna do anymore. I found these “oil-rubbed bronze” ones at Lowe’s.
OH!  and one of my favorite parts of the kitchen……
I’ve been wanting to paint in inside of our pantry door with chalkboard paint, and here it is!
So there ya have it.  Oh wait, one more thing.  For my birthday, my mother-in-law got me some botanical prints for the front den.  I got some frames for them, and they look great! Now I just gotta get them hung on the wall.  Hopefully tomorrow 😉

diaper cakes

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at making a diaper cake ever since I saw one on Pinterest a few months ago.  Well, tonight was the perfect opportunity!  My sister-in-law Jordan is about to have her 3rd baby in February, and so all her friends got together for a surprise “Sprinkle” party for her.  Since it’s their 3rd baby, they basically have all the baby items they need. So instead of having a baby shower, it’s just a ‘sprinkle’ of gifts at this point….mainly, diapers and wipes!  Like I said, perfect occasion for a diaper cake.

Now, I pretty much just figured this out as I went based on pictures I found of various diaper cakes.  So, I’m sorry if my instructions are not the clearest.  Here is what you need….

Lots of these!

Actually, I only used about 60 diapers for my cake.  The supplies vary depending on how big you want the cake to be, what you want to use to decorated it, etc. etc. So in addition to diapers, I used rubber bands, ribbon, some safety pins, tape, 3 wooden dowels and a cake stand.

Start out by rolling some diapers up and binding them with a rubber band to help create a circular center.  Each layer will get smaller and smaller, but ironically I actually worked my way backwards.  I started with a small layer and then made each layer bigger and bigger.

So here’s my first center section. And then I went around the center portion layering diapers sideways to avoid warping all the diapers into small spools. I had to use tape as I went to help hold the diapers together, but then I removed the tape once I got a large rubber band around the whole layer.

When each layer was complete, it looked like this…

My smallest layer had 4 “spooled” diapers in the center, the middle layer had 10, and the base layer had 13.  Then they all had the flat diapers around the center portion.

I wrapped my ribbon around each layer.  The ribbon on the top and bottom layer I left thick, and pinned the ends together with a safety pin.  I folded the middle layer’s ribbon in half and tied it into a knot for a skinnier look.

I stacked the layers and ran wooden dowels down the center to hold them together.  Then I topped the cake with a sign for baby Cate!  And that’s it!

For a quick little project, I was pleased with the final product.  Now we just need baby Cate to get here! 🙂

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shadow boxes

I love shadow boxes.  They provide such a neat way to display memories.  Pictures are great, but some things don’t work in plain ole’ 2D form.  So, shadow box to the rescue!  I made a wedding one, and I’m already a little obsessed with it…

 I’ve got my birdcage veil, our ceremony program….
 Greg’s boutonniere…
 our guestbook pen (made by Greg’s mom), my garter…
 and these are pictures of other memorable details like our reception centerpieces that I designed, the church, and our rings
 and there ya have it. The finished product!

Disney trip

Well we did it again.  We packed our bags and headed down to Disney for the annual marathon weekend.  Our crew consisted of my mom and Dwayne, Emily and her friend Rachel who also joined us last year, Katie and Chuck, Zach and his fiance Lindsey, and me and Greg. We did 2 days in the parks, the 1/2 marathon was on Saturday, and the full was on Sunday.  Chuck, Katie and Zach all ran the 1/2 marathon together, then Chuck and Zach did the “Goofy Challenge” meaning they also ran the full marathon. Yep. 39.3 miles in 2 days.  I would die.  This was Katie’s first 1/2 marathon, and she did great!  Zach and Chuck ran right beside her the whole way, which I’m sure was a huge motivator.

We (well, the runners especially) decided it probably wasn’t the best idea to do our days in the parks prior to the races. My feet and legs were already tired and sore by Saturday, I can’t imagine how their bodies felt.  Not to mention the races started at 6am.  But, regardless, all the runners finished their races and still had a smile on their face after it all!

Another fun part of the trip was this year Chuck and I actually got to celebrate our birthdays while we were there. Last year, we didn’t fly down until the day after my birthday.  But this year we celebrated Chuck’s birthday with a full day at the Magic Kingdom followed by dinner at T-Rex (it’s just like Rainforest Cafe, but with dinosaur theme).  Then we spent my birthday at Hollywood Studios and had a delicious dinner at Planet Hollywood….and I just realized that’s a lot of Hollywood!  Chuck turned 24 on Jan 5, and I turned the big 26 on Jan 6. 

We had a lot of fun. I didn’t take many pictures this year though.  My mom, Katie and Lindsay all had nicer cameras, so I let them do more of the snapping.  But I did manage to sneak a few in…

I snagged this pic from Lindsey. Girl pic! 🙂