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Master Bathroom Cabinets: A Saga

March 19, 2014 - Author: Amy

We bought a house with honey oak woodwork.  It is not very beautiful.  We’ve spent many a conversation discussing the honeyness of our oak.

“Do we just replace them?”

“Nah, that’s expensive.”

“Ugh, but sanding is so awful.”

“Maybe a new paint color and some pulls would camouflage them?”

Then, we found this.

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And at roughly $75, we decided it was worth a shot.

We picked this color.

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Then we sent Junior off to my parents house so I could start on the cabinets and D could spray paint all over our top floor.  More on that another day, because this is where the saga begins.

I started this process over the holidays.  No friends, not the green holiday we just had… the big holidays… three months ago!

The sales associate at Home Depot warned me this would be labor intensive – not difficult – just time consuming, but that the final results would be worth it.

She was right, for the most part.

Before:

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After:

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Raise your hand if you noticed how I artfully took the shot without showing all our crap on the countertops.

The verdict:  Meh.

Maybe a Meh + because anything is better than the honey oak that was in there…

I took pictures of the entire process, but decided not to post all of them because nobody needs to see that many pictures of that many layers of things going on cabinets.  No, the process was not difficult, but it involves four different substances, each of which have to be put on one side at a time, then allowed to dry for several hours before flipping and repeating the process.  And the third step, the glaze, I did twice because we weren’t loving the color.  It was much more reddish/orange than anticipated.

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And the finished product actually turned out a lot more red than we’d anticipated or that the box had led us to believe.

Oh, hey buddy!

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Nice oak cabinets you got back there…

Sooo the moral of this story is, if you’re willing to spend a LOT of hours in your basement coating your cabinets in layers of things with pretty good results for a fraction of the cost of new cabinets, do what we did!

If you’re impatient and prone to walk away before making 100% sure you didn’t leave any drips anywhere (points to self), and you have a certain, specific color you’re after, this may not be the answer for you.

Too bad I’m cheap and have a ton of this stuff leftover and a couple more bathrooms to worry about… The saga continues!

24 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home

D’s Pork Ribs

March 14, 2014 - Author: Amy

My dad has this really mean habit of sending us pictures of all the delicious noms my mom makes for him.

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  This one time, he sent me a picture of a cookie going in his mouth.  Even though he knew I did not have any cookies.  Especially because he knew that.

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If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ve probably even seen him tag me in a picture of something delicious that was at his house but not my house.

Mean, right?

So we’ve started doing it back to him, because insubordination of that caliber simply cannot be tolerated, and because he isn’t the only one in the family that married a good cook!

Today, I’m sharing with you D’s (grilled) pork ribs.

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(HALLELUJAH CHORUS)

To make this mouthwatering deliciousness, you’ll need a rack of pork ribs, some mixed fruit wood chips, and all this:

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Rub all those seasonings (heavy on the garlic and paprika) all over the ribs, then wrap in saran wrap and forget about them for a couple of days.

Remember them, then put them on the top rack of your grill with the wood chips on the lower rack, at between 200 – 300 degrees for an hour and a halfish.

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So good, you guys.  I’m not a big gnaw-my-meat-straight-off-a-bone kind of a girl, but I licked those suckers clean.

And sent the pictures to my dad.

Heh.

20 Comments - Categories: Eats, Family

I’ve Got Wood.

March 5, 2014 - Author: Amy

Have you ever had some extra slices of log laying around?

No?

What about, have you ever been gazing out your bedroom window and think, “Imma chop that tree down in a Seasonal Affective Disorder induced rage”?

Still no?

Well, has anyone ever just handed you a slice of wood and said, “Here, do something with this.”?

That one actually did happen to me, and a few other bloggers recently.

That’s right!  VintageKC’s spring issue is out!!!

Here’s what I did.

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It’s Anthropologie inspired, of course.

I glued a $5 mirror I found at Hobby Lobby to the chunk of wood Erin had given me, and with D’s help, nailed a little boy’s vintage leather belt on as a strap.

Know what I have never done before?  Tried taking pictures of a mirror.

Me:  How do I not get a reflection of our bed in this??

Erin: Have D hold up a white sheet or something.

Me: Genius.

D:  Instead, I’m going to lay on the bed naked and see if anyone notices.

~

A whole year ago, I posted about my upcoming birthday, and my aggravation about Jesus stealing my thunder by landing Easter directly on MY big day.  I also included a list of gimme’s.

Amy’s gimme’s.

I actually ended up with the buffalo print and tank top.  (Thanks, Mom!)

I did not end up with the Ray Bans.  And then do you know what my dad got?  Some Ray Bans!  And he wears them and like twirls them around in front of me and thinks he’s so cool.

Then this came in the mail.

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Guess what I just ordered?

I’m only telling you all of this so that I would have the opportunity to publicly say – SUCK IT, DAD!  BAHAHA!!!

Awesome.

~

My little buddy has had a bug this week, which has meant extra snuggle time at home.  I can now quote, in entirety, Cars.

We tried a new recipe together.

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3 bananas, smashed

1 cup oats

handful of coconut

handful of mini chocolate chips

Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.

So cookie!  Much tasty!  Many yum!

26 Comments - Categories: DIY

MULLYGRUBS!

February 27, 2014 - Author: Amy

I think my cousin said it best, here.

The mullygrubs, man.  I’ve got ‘em.

I can’t remember hating a winter as much as I’ve started to hate this one.

This weekend marks the beginning of March, what should bring with it thunderstorms, warm rain, and spring blossoms.

The high on Sunday?

9.

Mullygrubs.

I’ve been stuck in the house entirely too long.  With nothing to look at besides walls, I’ve been plotting.  Just ask D.

Me: Do you trust me to hang those curtains?

Him: No.

Me: Will you hang them?

Him: Yes.

Me: Soon?

Him: Yes.

Me: How about now?

And our poor dining room wall…. the one that has been waiting for a cow for almost a year now.  I still can’t find a cow!  But this morning I was looking through some old photos and I came across this one.

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I took it a couple years ago at my in-law’s farm.

Is it entirely tasteless to hang a dead cow head above the dining room table?

Thinking about doing it anyway…

21 Comments - Categories: Kansas, Uncategorized

Poaching Ideas

February 14, 2014 - Author: Amy

You ever come across an idea that someone else had and think, “MAN, I wish I had thought of that.”?

Me, too.

That happened when my mom helped Junior make this for me for Mother’s Day.

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See how his little hands make a heart?  So cute!

So what’d I do?  I straight poached the idea and then shared it on TV like it was my own.

Thanks, mom!

~waves~

That segment is here.  And these are the only two I recorded, so I’ll stop making you watch them now.

And, since it’s Valentine’s Day and all, I just want to say how much I love you and appreciate your friendship, and leave you with this sweet sentiment that really spoke to me today.

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21 Comments - Categories: DIY, Holidays

A Couple of Things

February 7, 2014 - Author: Amy

Howdy friends,

Remember the silhouette’s I made for Junior’s room?

Of course you do.  How could you ever forget something so life altering?

Our local news station caught wind of my artistic genius and invited me to share a couple of crafts for their new segment for moms.

Watch it here.

And don’t make fun of my accent, because I totally don’t have one.

~

In other news, my newest Ideabook is up and running on Houzz if you’re interested.  It’s about as Valentines-y as I get, which means no tack or glitter.

~

And now I’ll leave you to your weekends.  Looks like we’ll be adding to the 14 inches of snow we got over the last couple of days!

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32 Comments - Categories: DIY, Home Goods, New House

Houzz

January 15, 2014 - Author: Amy

Herro!

You remember New Kids On The Block?

Specifically, this new kid?

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My first love.  I had a poster of him, shirtless, hanging above my bed.  It was a bunk bed, actually, because at the time my brother and I shared a room.  Now that I think about it, I’m sure he loved that.

Like I cared.

Oh look!  I found the poster!

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Sexy, no?

Ironically enough, my friend Colleen went to see them in concert the last time they were here and he was prancing around shirtless again and she sent me a picture and he looks way better now than in his over-all clad days.

To my point – In concert they almost always pick a girl out of the crowd to go up on stage and sing to her and give her a rose or something sweaty and cheesy.  I was never that girl.  At least not to Jordan.

But recently, I was contacted by someone akin to my beloved NKOTB, at least in my eyes.

Houzz.

Awesome, awesome website full of housey stuff that I love to browse around on.  They have these things called Ideabooks, which is a collection of items usually focused around a certain theme or idea.

And guess what?

I get to contribute by creating my very own Ideabook to share with you each month!  (You may have noticed my new widget? —> )

My first one is up and live, and I would love it if you would check it out, as well as a few of the other great ones out there!

You know I got the right stuff…. bay-bay!

~does running man~

30 Comments - Categories: Favorite Things, Home Goods, Uncategorized

Deep Thoughts ala: Jack Handey

January 13, 2014 - Author: Amy

1)  The other day I was showering, as I’m in the habit of doing occasionally, and taking stock of all the bath products we have piled in there.  D’s are all sexy and mysterious, with names like Black Noir, Twilight Woods, and Now I’m On a Horse.

Mine are all related to food.

:(

2)  I have a genius idea for some entrepreneur out there that is far less lazy than I.

Find some mens with accents, and make them talk, and just record it.

I’d listen to that alllllll day.

Especially if he were Irish.

And shirtless.

3)  Another free and genius business idea for you:

Wine delivery service.

For those of us that are thirsty, but also already bra-less for the night.

4)  Who are these strangers showing up in my Pinterest feed?  I don’t care for it.

5) Here’s a picture of my kid.

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Happy Monday!!!

29 Comments - Categories: Uncategorized

Mini Scrooge

December 30, 2013 - Author: Amy

Hello, friends!

I hope you all had the merriest of holidays!

I just wanted to drop in real quick to say I’m not going to re-cap everything I ate or all the gifts we opened.  Suffice it to say we are blessed far beyond what we deserve, and we loved every minute we spent together, though someone isn’t great about showing it.  ;)

First Christmas…

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Second Christmas…

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Third Christmas!

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Hahaha…

Have a great New Years, friends!

I’ll be back soon with some projects we worked on over the holiday.  :)

18 Comments - Categories: Family, Holidays, Junior

RedEnvelope Cutting Board

December 11, 2013 - Author: Amy

After eating the Thanksgiving feast my mom single handedly made just weeks after a total hip replacement, dad and I sat down with a cup of freshly brewed coffee to relax and enjoy some pie.

Delicious pie that D made from scratch.

While he and my mom were in the kitchen cleaning up.

Suffice it to say that both my father and I married extremely well.

So recently, when I was generously contacted by RedEnvelope about some of their beautiful personalized products, my thoughts went more to D than to myself.  (Not because I’m all that selfless, but because I could see more chocolate pecan pies in my future.)  ;)

I thought to myself, hmmm…. pecan pies require pecans, which require chopping.  A cutting board, it is!

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A very nice, cutting board, in fact!

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Beautifully personalized.

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And durable!

D was just as impressed with the board, and loved the personal touch.

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(D’s thumb of approval not pictured.)

If you’re still short on Christmas ideas, here’s a link to the wedding and anniversary section where this board came from.  Tons of great gifts!

Thanks bunches to RedEnvelope for such a beautiful gift.  I cannot WAIT to eat the pies this thing will help produce.  ;)

PS – I wasn’t paid for this post – just wanted to share the awesomeness!

28 Comments - Categories: Family, Favorite Things, Holidays, Home Goods