Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Kitchen & How I Got Rid of My Grungy Grout

I wanted to share a project I did with you.  I did this project a while ago, but I waited to make sure it held up well before I shared it with you.  I can say without a doubt, it has held up to heavy traffic, cleaning, etc.  Also, let me add that I am not getting paid for this info, just wanted to share this project with you.  When we bought our house, the grout had not been sealed.  Over time, it has just turned colors, and frankly, looks disgusting.  I was in Wal-Mart one day, and found a kit made by DAP to paint and seal your grout all in a couple of steps.  The kit comes with a brush, a grout cleaner, and the paint/sealer.  It was super easy to apply.  It was however, time consuming. (I turned on an audio book, sat down and went to work)  It has held up great, and I am so pleased!
Sorry, I didn't take a picture of the kit before I used it.  But, this is a picture of the grout color bottle.  This bottle did my kitchen and dining room, and I have about a fourth of the bottle left.  Money well spent.
While we are on the subject of my kitchen, I thought I would share some pictures of my kitchen with you.
 My island was a new piece that I painted myself.  You can find out how I did this here: Kitchen Island Makeover

The coffee bar is my all time favorite project!!!!  We get so much use out of what use to be an old T.V. armoire.  Absolutely a project that was well worth the time and effort.  You can find out how I did this here:
 I removed the doors off of this set of kitchen cabinets and added corbels below the cabinets to give the appearance of a shelf unit.  I'm so glad I did this, and really enjoy the open cabinets.
 I haven't done any type of window treatment above these windows, because I can't decide what I really want to put up there.  I'm open to suggestions!!!!
This is the other side of our kitchen.  I love all of my kitchen cabinets!  I also love my built in desk area.  I also use that area to craft.  I would love a separate craft area in my house.  
This is a little vignette on my counter that I love. Oh, and I also used the DAP grout color on my counters also.  

Well, I hope you have enjoyed this little tour of my kitchen.  Have a wonderful week!!!

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Summer Vacation in New York & Pennsylvania

My family and my Sister's family went on a wonderful vacation to New York and Pennsylvania.  We had such a great time, and crammed in TONS of things into one week.  I wanted to share our experience with you.  Enjoy the sights of New York and Pennsylvania via our family vacay.  I know I talk about my Sister a lot, and she may kill me for sharing this picture, but I had to do it.  This trip wouldn't have been possible without her and her awesome travel planning!  Love her tons!  This picture was taken inside Serendipity 3.  We had dinner there, and of course dessert!  I had the famous Frozen Hot Chocolate, and let me just say, it was life changing!  My boys LOVED the dessert also.

My boys and their cousins loved the food trucks!
Little Italy was so pretty
The 9/11 Memorial was beautiful.  It was a very somber being there. 

 Selfie in front of Ed Sullivan Theater
My boys thought riding the subway was great!  They really enjoyed the subway musicians.
Rockefeller  Center-The Teddy Bear shrub was adorable
My son and nephew rowing in Central Park
The Apple Store was crazy! This is all you see above ground.  The store in under ground below the glass block.  How cool is that?
My boys and I in Grand Central Station.  The Whisper Corner was our favorite.  If you have a chance to go there try it out. (I won't go into detail, but you can google it) Something so simple, and they were so impressed.  I won the cool Mom award for that idea.  That doesn't happen often with teenage boys.
We were lucky enough to go see the Yankees and Red Sox play while we were there.  That was a blast.  I've never had Chicken and Waffles, so I had to give them a try at the game.  How cute are the waffles stamped with Yankees logo? Isn't the view of the Bronx from the stadium gorgeous.  The buildings were so pretty.  Such a fun evening!
We went to the Empire State Building at night.  That was so awesome!           

My boys favorite place was Times Square

This was the New York Public Library.  All of the architecture in New York is absolutely gorgeous.  All of the buildings are just amazing to me.
The Plaza Hotel
 The Statue of Liberty with my youngest and Ellis Island
Central Park-I never imagined it was so big
 I believe this is the New York Stock Exchange
Me at Tiffany's
The guys at the Museum of Modern Art "pretending" to be interested.
Cousins in New York!
We also toured Philadelphia.  EVERYTHING was so decked out for the fourth of July.  So pretty!  On our way to Pennsylvania we stopped in Newark to see Carlo's Bakery.  The line to get in was about a block long, so I settled for a Selfie from across the street.

We of course stopped at Pat's and Geno's for Philly Cheese Steaks.  My Sister and I split one of each to try them both.  Yum!
 I had to share this sign.  So funny, but so true!  We ordered Wit and Whiz.
All in all, it was a great trip with great memories.  Even though I came home with Poison Ivy from Central Park, and a cold.  It was all worth it.  If you have a chance to go, plan what you are going to do ahead of time, and wear super comfy walking shoes.  You will walk miles and miles.  My Sister and niece planned our activities ahead of time, and it helped us fit as much as possible in every day.  I highly recommend taking your family to New York.  We had a great time!  Thanks for letting me share our adventure with you.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Shabby, Funky, & Fun Makeover

During my last trip to see my Sister, we found an adorable antique store, and hit the jackpot!
The adorable little piece on the left with the mirror, inspired a makeover for a piece of furniture I had stored in my garage.  I needed more storage in the Master Bedroom, and this adorable mirror gave me an idea!
As soon as I got back home, I pulled this piece out of the garage.  
The poor thing was just sitting out in the garage getting junk piled on top of it.  This was given to my husband and I by his Grandmother, and I just couldn't find a use for it in this house.  Until now!!
I usually paint my furniture with a brush, but this time, I decided to try spray painting.  It went pretty quick, and worked out good.  I did however, brush paint on the top to give it a good smooth finish.  Then, I went to work distressing the piece.  I was trying to match the mirror I bought at the antique shop.  After I brought it in the house and put the mirror on top, I ended up distressing even more.  I used sand paper, and I also used the back side of a hammer to add some scrapes.
I was happy with how it turned out, and could have added new knobs, and been finished.  But, I had seen a piece at a furniture store (out of my price range) and I thought I would try to do something similar.  So, I started gathering "junk".  Some of the things I already had, and some of the things I got on sale at Hobby Lobby.  Then came the assembly.  

I used a mixture of frames, and other items.  I also got new knobs.  I applied E6000 glue on the backs of all of the items.  Some of the items had to be screwed to, or nailed to the doors and drawers.  The door on the far right is layered with a piece of metal, a jewelry hanger from Hobby Lobby, and the flower on the front is a magnet I already had.  The round piece on the bottom drawer was a lid to a little storage box.  I removed the glass and backs from all of the frames before I attached them.  Somehow, it all came together.  It took trial and error, and a lot of thought.  I had lots of fun. 
I love having things that add a WOW factor to my decor.  I think this does just that.  I am so happy with how this turned out, and it adds tons of storage and character to our Master Bedroom.

It fits in well with all of my decor in our bedroom, and the direction I am taking the decor in that room.
Pretty dramatic before and after, don't you think???
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Have a wonderful week!!
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