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My Cup Runneth Over: August 2013

Saturday, August 24, 2013

CLOSET DOOR UPDATE

Hi there!  How was your week?  It has been a busy one for us!  The Bug is heading to first grade and we were very excited for Meet the Teacher night!  

Today, I wanted to show you a simple update I recently did to our closet doors in the dining room.  (I know, closet doors?  in the dining room?  our house is so teeny that the coat/linen closet is in the dining area ... fun fun)

When we re-did the dining room awhile back I originally stained all the molding with Jacobean stain from Minwax.  To keep it similar I thought staining the closet doors would be good.  OH how I was wrong.  The staining elves were having a good chuckle at how they turned out.  
Bad, right?  Not only was the stain job terrible, but the 4 dark doors sucked the light out of the room.  UGH.  I debated what to do.  I finally decided to paint them the same color as the ceiling.  A creamy white.  
They look better!  I also helped with the light-sucking problem.  Gave the room a bit of a boost.  The other thing I added this time was handles!  Really pretty, simple handles from Lowe's (allen & roth).  
I just love them.  It is a great little touch to make it look a little classier. 
What do you think?  Improvement?  I am so excited about some of the things coming up for the blog!  I can't wait for you to see them.... I hope you are having a great weekend!! 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FRAMED COOKIE CUTTERS

Happy Tuesday!  I am gearing up for school to start next week!  I'm working on something fun for the tweens.  Can't wait to show you!

For now though, I wanted to show you my framed cookie cutters.  I have been receiving many gifts from my grandmothers.  I just love knowing that I can use the same cookie cutters they used when I was a kid.  It's so special for me and for my kiddos.  
I was putting all my cutters in a tin to store them and I realized that they were just too cool to hide away.  I wanted to show them off!  Here's how I did it.
1.  Materials: large frame, thick piece of cork board (I used 2 - 12X12 pieces together), a piece of fabric to cover the cork, a hot glue gun, Liquid Nails Clear Sealant, and straight pins (preferably with heads).  

2.  Clean the glass really well on your frame.  Lay cork on top of fabric and hot glue edges to the back side of the cork, making sure to pull it tightly.  

3.  After hot gluing fabric on cork, spread the Liquid Nails Clear Sealant over the back side of the cork.  Place back side down onto the top of your glass frame.  I put it on the glass for easier clean-up.  Also, you can always change out the paper / fabric behind the glass in the frame for each season if you wish.  
Pull out all your cookie cutters and arrange them on the fabric covered cork.  Once you have them where you want them, place straight pins in the cork for the cookie cutters to "hang" on.  You may need to place the pins where they can go through holes in the cutters. 
I wanted mine to be invisible, so I tried to hide the pins the best I could.  There you go!  A cute frame for your kitchen with hanging memories!  Plus, the fun part is, I can take them off at anytime, wash it off, and use it!  
It made my kitchen feel a bit more complete.  I'm so happy with the result!  Have you done anything fun with your family's memories?  I would love to hear about it!  

Have a happy week y'all!
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Friday, August 16, 2013

KITCHEN WALL REDO

Hey There!  I apologize for all the technical difficulty this week with the pictures on the blog.  UGH.  Needless to say, I hope you will still come back and visit.  The kinks are being worked out... translation: technical gobblety gook.  

So, I have been slowly working on many projects around the house.  One thing that recently got a bit of an update is the kitchen.  A while back, I showed you how we slimmed down our old TV cabinet to make it a pantry.  When I showed you the finished product it was a blank slate.  Click here to see how we slimmed it down. 

This is what the wall looked like before.
BLAH.  White walls.  Bad molding.  Because it is in the kitchen so close to the stove, it looks terrible.  It was driving me nuts!  I broke out the leftover paint from the dining room and got to work.  I just did the one wall because I'm not entirely sure what I am doing to the kitchen.  
Looks better, right?  I added a frame to the wall and just a couple items on top of the pantry.  I just love a bit of greens!  Makes things feel fresh.
The frame on the wall is something I was so happy to finally complete.  I'll be sharing a tutorial on Tuesday on how I did it - plus, of course, closer pictures.  I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!  
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