Saturday, December 31, 2011

Childrens Kitchen Tutorial ( 11)

This no Internet thing is putting quite the kink in my bloggy blog world. But I'm trying to make the best of it. Sitting at starbucks with no children (i do love them, but an hour to myself:) sipping on a carmel apple cider isn't too shabby:) I have decided to do my first official tutorial on this project. I spent so much time and put so much love into it I decided it deserved a tutJ For that reason this may be a little lengthy of a post. You may get a little sick of hearing me talk type. So if so, just scroll through and the pictures will tell it all.

I decided I wanted to make the girls their very own custom kitchen, since the girls left their store bought one at grandmas in Idaho. I started scouring this town starting with garage sales. I , of course being the procrastinator I am, waited until like a month before Christmas to decide on this plan. Last year my friend Abby posted a kitchen on my facebook made out of an old entertainment center. Since then Ive been seeing them everywhere. So I must give credit where it is do. Here are a few of my inspirations HERE and HERE.

After a full day of garage sales I decided I would need to take a different route. Anyone else notice you may see 1000 of something everywhere you go, but then when you decide you want one, they are gone. Disappeared into some black hole and not one can be found? Yep, that was me and entertainment centers. I came home with some Christmas decorations, a few wreaths, a frame, and no kitchen.
So I went where anyone else might go. Craigslist. Now I had high hopes of Vegas Craigslist. People wanting to get rid of their stuff left and right. So many more people, options and cheaper, great deals….nope. All of the businesses fill up the pages with their furniture. Expensive furniture. Not cool. But don’t worry, because there are still some normal Craigslist’ers out there. I found a cute little tv stand/center for $20 and told my hubby we just had to go snag it. I will also add that we finally met some people that gave us a little hope in this townJ The couple we bought it from were so friendly and normal, unlike most others we see here.
Here she is before:

And here's the shot of the side for dvd storage

I first got to work at a plan. Here's my sketch  scribble of a plan.

This way you can make a 'to do' list in order, so you don't end up having to go back and redo things.....I will admit I learned this the hard way. (ie: having to puddy a screw hole, then re sand and repaint) It also helped me be able to go to new projects while others were drying or I was waiting on parts.
The first step was to sand. I took off all the doors and hardware, took out all the shelves and got to sanding. I used my Ridgid Orbit electric sander with 220 grit sandpaper. The only downfall of this piece was that it was fake/real wood/press board stuff. So I couldn’t sand it much or it would fall apart. I just sanded enough to get rid of a few knicks and to get the shiny layer off. Since I had drawn out a plan, I also knew where I needed and didn’t need holes for screws and such. I wanted to take the oven door and make it open from the bottom instead of the side, so I had to wood putty the old holes before painting. I also didn’t want the decorative flowers on the front of the doors to show. I couldn’t sand them off because of the fake wood, so I decided to turn then around and put the print on the inside. Luckily before I puttied all the holes I realized I could just switch the doors…yeah, I know, I’m a little slow. Time to get painting.

I painted it white.

And then a second coat

And then a third,
And then I ran out of white paintJ
My goal was to buy as little as possible for this project and try to use things I already had. So a few spots didn’t get the third coat, like the inside of the side shelves. Spots I figured wouldn’t get seen much. I had a sample size of gray and some left over yellow and pink from other projects. I had already got fabric and decided on colors, so this worked perfectly. I painted a little of each to see the dry color and layed out the fabric just to make sure.

I first painted the frame I was going to use and measured the inside of it for the chalkboard size. I taped it off and then realized I had to tape off the whole piece since I was using spray chalk paint(what I had already) The paint on would have been much easier to use in this instance, but I didn’t have any.

 When the chalkboard dried I took off the tape and nailed on the frame. (You'll see a picture in a minute)
I found these mirrors at the dollar store and thought they would be great for the stove burners. After many attempts to freehand paint them to look like burners, I gave up on that idea. I found a stencil I had that I thought would work (my husband is convinced it’s a flower, but it looks burner-ish right?) After a few attempts at this and a mess each time I realized I had to pat DOWN with a brush, not brush. Otherwise it went under the edges of the stencil.

I had these metal handles my dad had given me and painted them to be the burner knobs. I Also had a bowl that I thought would make a perfect sink. My husband and father in law got me an old faucet at work. I layed out what the counter would look like and decided I wanted to separate the areas so it was more defined. I taped off some stripes and painted them yellow. This also took 3 coats.

I painted the oven door gray (yes 3 coats) and after the final coat dried I taped off a section to be the “glass” and sprayed it with chalk paint. I wanted to cut a hole out of the middle and put some kind of tinted plastic in it, but again, I wanted to use what I already had on hand.
(I forgot to get pictures of these in the process, but you'll see it in the finished pictures.)

I painted the shelves all a light gray to give a little contrast off the white.
After all paint was dry I covered it in Valspar polyurethane. I have had this can since I started painting last year, and this project finally emptied it out. It was one of the more expensive brands at home depot, but like I said, it lasts forever and it works. I love this stuff. Every piece I’ve ever sealed with it is still standing strong.
I had to get some wood for the back and for the fridge door. I decided to take my chances at Lowe's and go with the girls without the hubs. Bad idea. Bad Bad idea. I was supposed to get some ¼ “ plywood. I read the sign below it instead of on top. When I questioned the sales boy, he insisted it was “fine”. I gave him the measurements and he cut it(I appreciate that the store does this part.) but it was so the wrong wood. So, So bad. He also sat the pieces on the big long wood cart thing and walked away. So I was left standing there with my three and five year old daughters in my cart and this other rack on wheels with the wood in it…at the back of the store. Such a gentleman. It was a funny site, I'm sure. I only ran into about 4 things on my way up top the register.....
I got home, sanded the back piece and fridge door. First with 60 grit and then 220. I mixed the last of an off white and the gray and made a new color for these pieces. I love the color that turned out, so Ill pretend it was on purpose.(Again, trying not to buy too much new.) I painted two coats, then a poly coat. I got this cute handle at home depot that I thought looked like a modern fridge handle.

Tired of this yet? Cause I sure am tired of hearing myself talk about it. Lets speed things up a little. If anyone starts reading my blog and has some questions, they’ll ask right??
Next I put the shelves back in, had the hubby help me drill the new holes for the oven door, the fridge, the stove knobs, and cut a hole for the sink. I glued in the sink, the faucet and the burners. My hubby made the knobs so that the girls can twist them…super cute.
On some nights when paint was drying, I went to sewing. I made two aprons, two oven mitts, a curtain and tried my hand at some felt food. I traced an apron the girls had and just winged it. I think they turned out cute. Same with the mitts and the curtain. I had to buy a tension rod ($4 at target) and was thrilled with how the curtain turned out. I had always wanted to use these cute little yellow balls poofysJ The felt food I went to a few sites and just tried to figure it out. The fortune cookies I got from THIS site. They are Macs favorite.

I also picked up a few utensils, the glass jars and the white plastic ramekins when I saw them at the dollar store. All month I also saved jars and containers from our food and painted chalk labels on some of them. The girls seem to love some bigger stuff, since all the food they have is mini size.
I had wanted to cut a hole in the back and make a real window, but decided to do that at a later time. I already had this shelf, frame and mirror and painted them all to match. Emma got a microwave and broom set for Christmas that fit in perfectly with the kitchen.
So, there she is! I worked on it every night for the whole month and JUST finished Christmas eve. I think I was more excited to set it up in the living room than the girls were for santa to come.
After trying to keep the girls out of the garage for a month, I am finally done. We moved it over by the kitchen and the girls cooked when I cooked last night.

I love how it turned out and more than that love that they love it.

What do you think?????

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My kids, the artists

My girls have been on an art frenzy these last couple months and my fridge has run out of room for the beauties:) So I made these art lines for them. All I did was glue fabric, ribbon and paper to some plain old laundry pins and pinned a ribbin onto the wall....Voila, instant art display. The girls are so proud each time I hang one.

I know, they are good. You dont have to tell me. I got some millionaire-making-babies on my hands:)

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I really am. I was laying in bed this morning (as my children were begging me to get up and make them a smoothie:) and thinking of how thankful I am for RIGHT NOW. For five years I have wanted to be at home with my babies. And for this little window of time, however long it may be....I am for the most part, at home. When I do the occasional cleaning job the girls are with me or I do it once B gets home. So I know they are always with their mommy and daddy. And that's a great feeling.  I have to work a little, but we have finally realized that it is possible to do from home. We are making it work and I am sooo glad.
 I love getting up to the girls, making their breakfast, my coffee, getting us ready, taking Mac to school and then coming back HOME.
 I love that I start the laundry, pick up the house, do the dishes, get dinner planned/started.
I love cuddling on the couch with Emma while we wait to pick up Macie.
 I love baking with the girls before daddy gets home.
Today I get to be home.
Today I am thankful.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Someday my business will come.......

I dream of selling my goodies at the Farmers Market here in Henderson. Then selling some things through other avenues. Of course that takes a little moolah to start. So while Im working my way there, and getting products made Im also testing a few things out. I figure its better to start right, then rush it. Im trying out things I want to sell in my own home to make sure Im doing it all just right. The right seal, polys, paints, fabrics and so on. I want them to be sturdy, cozy and great quality. I want to start of by selling some of my small furniture peices that can easily be brought and bought at that kind of venue. My mirrors, benches, little shelves and end tables, my pillows and chalk boards. And then get into some kind if shop to sell my bigger pieces.
Ive read a lot on make-your-own-chalkboard-paint, so I decided to test for myself. I made this one using the store bought spray paint and the girls and I have been testing it out...a lot:) Next week I am going to make one with the homeade paint and see how it holds up compared to the store bought.

What do you think? Wouldnt they be fun to have at home for the kids, for a shopping list, orginizer/calender station, weekly menu??

Friday, December 2, 2011


I'm really big on traditions. My husband used to think it was silly how into it I was, but I can tell that he enjoys it now too.  I remember when I was little we had these little advent calenders for the month of December. You opened a little cardboard door and got a chocolate each day. Yummy:)
I've been wanting to make the girls their own advent calender for awhile now. Of course I waited to actually do it until December 1. We are on a tight budget at the moment, so my goal was to make it with only things I already had at home. It ended up taking me 4 hours, but I think its just lovely for what I had to work with.

I did half with little envelopes and the other half with cards.
Yesterday was an envelope and each of the girls got a little chocolate Santa in it.
Today was a card that I wrote :

"Today you need to make at least 3 people smile or laugh. Making others happy will make you happy too. (Some ideas are to tell them a joke, tickle them or give them a compliment.) "

We had a little talk about their task for the day and they thought it was so fun. Macie was planning out who and how she was going to do it today.
Tomorrow says

"Share at dinner time tonight two things you are thankful for."

There are some with fun Christmas movies they have to watch that day.Hopefully I can find them on that day:)
On Christmas eve (#24:) we will all read the Christmas story out of the Bible.

I am trying really hard to make sure the girls remember the real meaning of Christmas and don't get lost in the 'gift' part of it. They seem to think its a fun thing to do every morning...and of course they love the countdown to THE day:)
Next year I'd like to sew one to use every year.....Good thing I have 12 months to work on that:)
Another tradition Ive started is getting the girls jammies each year to wear Christmas eve night. Its the one present they get to open on that night. Who doesn't want to be in new cozy gear Christmas morning?!?!
What Christmas traditions does your family have?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lovin me some yellow #10

I got this peice in the lumber pile at the dump before I left. I knew pieces were going to have to be left behind if I didnt get them done, so I decided it was time to try out my yellow idea. I had wanted to do an entire peice a bright, but bold yellow and I figued this was the piece for it. It wasnt too big and needed a lot of life.

I did the hinges and these pulls I had taken off a drawer at the dump in white, but I'm thinking this part of her will change. She lives quietly in my new closet, as there is no real extra little space to put her in the townhouse. She holds all my beautiful jewelry and yummy smelling goodies.

Any ideas on hardware or colors? Im going to go look at my favorite clearance hardware bin at Anthro since we have one here:) For now, shes hiding out and loving her new makeover:)

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


We took a trip to Long Beach a couple weeks ago to see our lovely friends, the Smalls. The girls got to experience their first time at the ocean and at the San Diego Zoo! I remember both of those things as a child, so it was so fun to get to show these two things to our daughters! We kept talking about how they would react to the ocean since they are so used to the lake, and their reactions didn't let us down. They were jumping over the waves, running from the tide and giggling the whole time.  It was so fun to watch. They had a blast too, especially getting to reunite with their friends from Idaho. Here are some of my favorite shots of the weekend.
I couldn't for the life of me get them to jump at the same time:)

Go Abbi!

The cute Smalls
Our super pose

Our 'race'

Which turned into..."Hey, where'd you go??".....
Which turned into this. I should of known:)

The three blondies

Best Buddies

They were pressed up on the glass right by us! You could see each hair on them!

Emmys giraffes

A Mommy hippo and her baby!

Are you still with me???  Lots of photos for lots of fun! We had such a great visit and cant wait for the next!