I guess yo could say that I am in love with gold foiling everything lately. I started by drawing my lines and then painted the sections with gold and boa acrylic paint. This was easy and quick. Then I added a layer of Mod Podge over the gold paint, sprinkled on some gold leaf and done! I did at least three layers of the gold leaf to get the chunky effect I was looking for and did one final layer of the Mod podge.In the end I decided that I liked the look of random gold leaf pieces in the black areas and added a little more. This was super easy and I love how it turned out.
Now for the GOLD!
My kitchen is nice but not exactly what I would pick if I had a choice. I have been wanting to change things up for a while now and decided to start with the island (yes, the tile is not great and not my favorite). This is where we eat a lot of our meals so it gets a lot of wear and tear. The light color of the cabinets has not really held up well to little feet, as you can see. It is also a little too boring for me.
Here is my inspiration: Absolutely beautiful!
After bringing home swatches and deciding on the color, I cleaned the island and then lightly hand sanded it to ensure the paint would stick. The paint I used does not require you to sand the furniture first but I wanted to be sure it would stick, especially since these are fabricated wood cabinets.Then I removed all the doors, draws and masked down the edges. Now to paint!
This took two coats of paint and some touch ups. I used a small roller and brush to get in all the cracks. This is not a quick process that only takes a couple hours, there is a lot of drying time involved. Ot ensure your brushes and rollers don’t dry out and so you don’t have wash them out each time, just wrap them in saran wrap. It ensures that you can use your brushes all the way through a project.
Once all the paint was dry I started the fun part of the process (the gel stain). I used a black gel stain (wiping stain as they are now called).
I only needed one pass of this to get the look I was wanting and it was fairly easy to work with. I used a sponge brush with the stain and would go in sections, starting with any edges or creases first. I then would wipe down the section around the trim, wiping off any excess. I did the large flat areas last. You want to wipe in the direction of the grain, so for my cabinets I would wipe the cabinets from top to bottom. With the stain I figured out that if I had areas that seemed to be setting in quickly and not really wiping of I could add a little more stain on top and re wipe the area. to save your hands, I recommend using gloves while staining.
I am absolutely loving how my island looks with this color. Now for the final part in this process, I need to seal everything. Two coats of sealant and my Kitchen island will be complete. Except that I of course now have to paint my colorful stools black so they match the island.
This is a little something that I was thinking about while changing the boys sheets this weekend. If you have ever purchased Pottery Barn sheets, you may have noticed that the patterns are printed upside down from the top of the sheet (this may be true on other brands as well). My boys all have them on their beds and if you put the sheet on with the thickest hem up top, like it should be the pattern is upside down.
I my self have never had a sheet with a pattern that needed to be in a certain direction but I have been making my own bed this way for years because it makes beds look nicer when made. If you turn the sheet upside down, where the pattern faces the mattress, you can then pull the comforter back and then fold back the sheet over the top to show the sheet pattern right side up. I do this with my bed just so the sheets can be an accent. You can pull them back at an angle like I have done here or do a straight fold across the top. Now Batman is seen right side up, as he should be!
When the husbands away, this wife will paint! Im not sure why but if he is ever gone for a few hours or more, I feel the urge to paint and change things. This time around it was the fireplace. This was spur of the moment and only took a couple hours, which I did while cooking dinner for the boys. My mantle was black and I had previously painted the brick grey. You could really do this technique over any brick or stone, with or without a base layer of paint. I also recommend taping off all the edges.
I mixed some trim paint that I had with some water in an empty baby wipe container (these things really come in handy). I first dipped my large flat brush in paint and patted of the excess on my drop cloth (old sheet) and then stippled the paint all over in random areas so there was some variation. FYI, you need very little paint for this! The stippling created more texture which I did not really love at first so I wiped it all down with a wet rag to see more of the main grey throughout. Then with a smaller brush I wiped on a different grey color that I also dabbed the excess off first. the other grey tone really helped to bring some depth and variation throughout. To finish it all off and give it a more smooth look I put a little white on my large brush, with the excess paint removed and then lightly brushed over the entire fireplace and done. This was very quick and easy and looks much better. Sorry, there are no in between pictures of each step. Once I started painting, I couldn’t stop until it was done.
For a softer and smoother look, I would skip the dabbing all together and just do the last step with a small amount of white paint lightly brushed all over. Its basically like when you are painting a wall and decide you need more paint on your brush. That is when you have the right amount of paint on your brush to wipe all over. I thought for sure it would take Craig forever to notice. I decided to see how long it would take him but I broke an hour in asked if he noticed anything different. Damn, Im pretty sure it would have taken him days or even weeks. What are you making pretty today?
After making the sign for my kitchen, my mom said she had to have one so naturally I made her one for Mother’s Day, along with a #shiplap shirt from Magnolia Market. Yes, this is very similar to the post I wrote with my kitchen sign but I painted the wood a little differently and actually like it better than the one I did for me. I also couldn’t post it before Mother’s Day and let my mom know what I was up to.
I used the same size board as mine, used a darker stain and then did a white wash of paint over the piece. All you need is white paint and a little water. Oh, yeah don’t forget some inspiring music and a tasty drink (I prefer an ice cold tea). I let it sit for about a minute or so, then wiped it all off. Then I added a little more paint to the edges with a dry brush and wiped it off as well to get the look I wanted.
I laid out the text on my computer to be sure the letters fit perfectly, printed them out two at a time and then transferred them to the wood just as I did for my kitchen sign. I find it’s better to lay them all out where you want them first and mark the edges of the paper with a pencil so that you can place them exactly where you want them before transferring them.
After hand painting the letters with black paint, I distressed each letter along with the edges of the sign. For the final step I sprayed the entire sign with a satin sealant so it will last forever. Now to surprise my mom with her custom Mother’s Day present!
Now if only I could get my mom to send me a picture of the finished project in her kitchen. She is one busy mom!
There are many uses and benefits of using apple cider vinegar, which you may have heard of. Here are more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (some of which I still need to try). One, I know works for sure (removing raised moles). I did a test run on a few of different sizes and in different locations. If you are one of those people who doesn’t have any, good for you. I on the other hand are pretty much covered with them and have several that I would rather not have.
I soaked a small piece of cotton with the apple cider vinegar, placed it on each mole and covered with a band-aid over night. There wasn’t much of a change after the first night. After the second night the moles started to look clear and then started to scab over on the third and fourth nights (depending on size). I repeated this process until the mole was completely scabbed over and then let it heal. Its works best if you don’t skip nights in between. After the scab is gone it may be a little pink for a while but eventually goes away.
I was absolutely amazed when all of the moles I had applied the vinegar to were gone after the scabs were gone. I then just had a red area that went away a little more each day. it was so easy and pain free! Here is a picture of the area with very little scabbing left. The area is mostly red, but healing great. Every day it looks better and best of all, the mole is gone! The process really is amazing!
We are turning this drab shelving into bright and fun shelves in what will be the boys playroom. I originally wanted to put wood behind the shelves on either side of the entertainment center as an accent and then decided to update the faux wood that is already behind the shelving. This not only saved some money but lots of time. I also painted the shelving white and created a little reading nook on one of the bottom cabinets.
The most extensive and laborous part was painting all of the shelves and cabinets white. Two coats and several months later I discovered that the paint I purchased was no good and would easily roll right off when wiped down. UGH! There will be many paint touch ups in my future (which is evident from the pictures) but the shelving is now perfect for my little guys and all of their toys and books.
For the reading nook, I removed the cabinet doors, cut out the front cross bar and added a little cushion for them to sit on.
For the wood grain backdrop, I simply brushed on the paint color of my choice and then went over it with water to tint the faux wood to the color I wanted. I repeated this a few times until I was satisfied with the color. After it was all dry I placed the painted shelves in place and started adding toys. Now my boys have super cute shelves to hold all their treasures and a fun reading nook. The colorful cloth bins have held up pretty well but are in a little distress after being used as race cars, boats and everything else.
I know, you are thinking how dare I post this picture of clean and perfectly organized play room. If only you could see the mess behind me right now. I did some staging and had to pull things off shelves and move several toys out of view. With three boys, the only time the playroom is this clean is for the three minutes it takes them to run down the stairs after their nap (because I have just cleaned and organized it during their nap). Then it’s destruction all over again.