6.5 2013

Our “Old” Farm Hutch with Downloadable Tutorial

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Wrapping up school and getting into a new routine as we roll out summer is always a fun adjustment. The planning of our summer bucket list and buying season passes to the water park just can’t be beat. I am really enjoying having my girls at home, doing all the fun things that the school year doesn’t give us the time to do.

I mentioned in my last post that I “gave” myself a Craigslist redo for Mother’s Day. I started and finished this hutch on Saturday so that we could enjoy it on Mother’s Day with our family here. This project was really fun for me.  I took a lot of pictures of the process and put together a downloadable step-by-step how-to (details at the end).

Here it is in our almost finished kitchen nook:

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I wanted the wood and the paint to look very worn and rustic, and it definitely does!

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It just makes me smile every time I walk by it.  Not only does it display some meaningful things, but the extra storage is so nice.  We found the wire basket 1/2 off at our local grocery store and I bought the 70 year old bowl from a garage sale a few years ago.

The downloadable how-to is only $1.49 and includes:

    • 10 full pages of pictures and text
    • The refinishing process broken down, step-by-step
    • Prepping, and an explanation of products used
    • Two of my favorite primers and sealers
    • How to create the two-toned rustic wood stain effect
    • The custom color formula for the paint used
    • A great topcoat for stained wood
    • This is not a chalk paint or milk paint piece, but the principles would still apply using those products

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6.5 2013

An “Old” Farm Hutch with downloadable tutorial

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I mentioned in my last post that I “gave” myself a Craigslist redo for Mother’s Day. I started and finished this hutch on Saturday so that we could enjoy it on Mother’s Day with our family here. This project was really fun for me.  I took a lot of pictures of the process and put together a downloadable step-by-step how-to (details at the end).

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5.13 2013

Mother’s Day, and a Hutch.

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I hope all you Moms had a wonderful day on Sunday! My kids and hubby were super sweet to me for Mom’s Day…I was woken to my favorite breakfast in bed with scrambled eggs, grapefruit, and coffee. I received beautiful poetry from Kassidy, a really cool Facebook post from Chloe, and a hand sculpted clay bowl with a momma bird and her eggs, meticulously painted and dried, from Kate. We got ready, went to church, came home, and prepped food to celebrate my wonderful Mom with a family BBQ. It was a fabulous day!

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4.29 2013

New Pinterest Recipe :: Santa Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers

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Okay, I’ll come clean. I have over 300 recipes pinned, and I think I’ve made 3 of them. They look too good NOT to pin, and although I have good intentions I continue to fall back on our usual stand-by’s, which has become a real bore. But, I’ve been looking to make improvements in many areas of our lives, including eating better. I  want my family to expand their personally acceptable list of healthy foods, and look forward to dinner together every night we can without the ‘ol Elvis lip as they stare at their dinner. For me, the best way to be relaxed during the “witching hours,” is to get dinner prepped ahead of time as much as possible. Then, when the kids come home from school I am a better listener, homework helper, and calm when Kevin gets home, knowing dinner is under control.

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4.25 2013

Check out our new kitchen stools!

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We’ve been on a counter stool hunt for quite some time. The island needed something in front of it, and the girls needed another spot for homework or eating. The problem we kept running into was that all the ones we liked were bar stool height. We thought about going with these – this one is from Kevin’s office drafting table:

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