Home Improvement: $3 door hardware update

 

This project may take the cake as the cheapest ever.

It is very easy and is perfect for rookie DIYers. Just follow the instructions below.

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One $3 can of paint covered 12 sets of door knobs.

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A couple of tips to make sure this project is successful.

1. Make sure the hardware is clean before you set it up to paint. Do NOT place the hardware on a plastic bag to spray. Use cardboard.
2. Buy Rustoleum paint with primer built-in. I bought flat black. It worked great. Don’t cheap out on the paint.
3. Do 2-4 light coats with a hour of drying time between coats. Do not spray paint in direct sunlight. The sun causes the paint to do weird things.
4. Do not touch the painted hardware for at least 48 hours! It really takes that long for the paint to cure and defume. DON’T RUSH.

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I seriously can’t believe I didn’t do this 3 years ago when I moved in. It makes such a big difference in the look of our home.

Next up, painting brass ceiling fans!

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Monday Randomness: a new book, caprese garlic bread and I am in love with my washing machine

If you need a real life Christian living book that will make you laugh, cry and challenge you in 10 different ways I highly recommend For The Love.

I listened to the whole thing on Audible in 2 days this past week.

I cannot tell you how encouraging and challenging this book was to me right now.

If you aren’t familiar with Jen Hatmaker go over to her site. She also has a TV show on HGTV.

And while you read your book you probably need to make this caprese garlic bread because it’s delicious.

And since our comedy of errors weekend a few weeks ago I got a new washer and dryer.

And so now if you sit still in my house too long you will get washed.

One of my stepsons sat down on the sofa and asked why the pillows smelled good.

Um, because I washed them.

Guess I should have gotten new W/D a while ago.

Anyway we purchased a commercial grade washer and dryer from Speed Queen.

I have heard great reviews on this brand for years and loved that it had no fancy features.

It just cleans and dries the clothes really really well.

If you are interested here is their website.

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Retail Therapy: Estate Sales and How I Shop Them from Home

You all, we have been working hard getting our house ship shape in order to put it on the market.
One of the areas that really needed some love was our deck. My husband plans to pressure wash and refinish it once the weather cools off, but I also knew I wanted to stage it somehow.
So I started searching Craigslist and estate sales for a simple rod iron set that would give a little life to our deck.

After looking about 6 months, I finally found a set that would work. An over-sized heavy duty comfy set with custom cushions for $130. Then I picked up an umbrella from Goodwill.

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The cushions are not my favorite, but I will recover them once we move and I know what the outdoor area will look like.

If you have ever shopped estate sales you know that they don’t cater to full time working schedules. I miss lots of them because I am at work (or let’s be honest, sleeping in on a Saturday morning).

But I use a website for local estate sale auctions that is wonderful. Seriously. You can shop for used couches from your couch.

Proxibid.com is awesome because it’s an international site similar to Ebay, but specifically for local estate and real estate auctions.

I have gotten all sorts of things from them: furniture, appliances, and household stuff.

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I highly recommend them.

Go enter in your zip code and see if there are any online auctions in your area:)

Snack Time!- plus a free box of snacks

I am not usually a snacky person.

I like meals, not snacks.

But my husband is a snacky person,

which always creates a predicament for me.

What kind of snacks to buy?

Pop-tarts, chips, fruit snacks?

None of it is healthy and I usually feel somewhat guilty buying it.

I do like some of the Trader Joe’s options, but I don’t shop there on a regular basis.

Then Nature Box entered the scene and solved my snack buying problems.

I choose the snacks that would please the snack loving members of our family.

And then Nature Box shipped them to my door.

It’s as easy at that.

You can even include any food allergies in your online profile.

And if you don’t like one of the snacks you receive, they send you a free snack in your next box.

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It’s super easy to use, and I really love the service.

Your first box is completely free of charge. It’s totally worth trying out.

Click here for the link to get started.

Summer Blogging 2015

When April/May 2015 rolled around I had no idea what the summer had in store for us.

But I had plans for lots of recipes using summer produce that I could not wait to get posted.

I started getting phone calls for more decor consultations while we were on vacation in May, and it snowballed from there.

The extra work has been awesome.

We have been able to complete a bunch of home projects that we weren’t expecting to be able to complete because of the extra $$ in our budget.

And that hopefully means we will sell our house even faster!

But because of all the work and projects I have not been blogging much.

But bear with me. New posts are coming soon.

 I can’t wait to share the biggest project: our finished master bathroom.

And once we purchase another home in the spring (we hope!) there will be lots more projects to come.

A Comedy of (Weekend Plumbing) Errors

Friday night we spent lounging around at home, ordered pizza; I took a trip to Target with my sister.

Nothing out of the ordinary.

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Saturday morning we woke up and both went to work because we had things to catch up on.

In the afternoon I noticed that the washing machine and dryer were both on the fritz again. So I was not able to wash clothes.

My husband gutted the master bathroom in a few hours to prep it for the tile guy coming this week.

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Had a nice dinner, watched some TV and went to bed.

After some pillow talk we decided it was time to just buy a new washer and dryer. Even though we really didn’t want to spend the $$$ on it.

And I planned to go to a laundry mat on Sunday afternoon to wash all our clothes.

Then around 7am Sunday morning my husband noticed that something was not right with our plumbing.

And sure enough the pump that sends the sewage out of our house was not running.

Like it was dead. Taking showers, washing hands, running the dishwasher, flushing toilets would all lead to our basement being filled with lots and lots of sewage water.

There is nothing worse than contemplating raw sewage plus $$$$ for repairs. Uck.

So we slightly panicked.

And then regrouped.

And then panicked again.

We knew the pump needed some work, but it had never just quit.

After calling my brother-in-law for advice, we got the number of a plumber to use.

Of course it was a Sunday so no one could get the parts we needed to get it fixed.

I called around to all the hotels near us to see if any allowed pets. Of course a few did. But most of them were a little too close to a “pay by the hour” kind and we just weren’t up for that kind of adventure. 

Finally, my husband said let’s just get an hotel to take showers and wash clothes, and then we can come home and sleep. IMG_20150719_212216

We decided on a extended stay place because at this point we weren’t sure how long the repairs would take.

And let me tell you we basically had to sign our life over at one point just to get a reservation, including signing a form that said we weren’t sexual predators.

So Monday morning we woke up, quickly gathered our things, did a sprint over to the hotel to go to the bathroom and get ready. 

All this to say, we spent more money this weekend in home repairs than we have on anything else ever in our short married life.

Thankfully while making a mad dash to the hotel Monday morning we just stopped and laughed because at that point there was really nothing else to do.

And I am happy (but broke) to say we are the new owners of a Speed Queen washer/dryer set and a sewage pump.

Hopefully our roof does not cave in next weekend, but at this point all bets are off.

Summer Hair and Summer Dresses

Summertime means little make-up and no hairdryers to me.

Also sundresses.

Two things I have discovered this summer to help with the overachiever goals above?

No-Heat Headband Curls and Skimmies.

I have done the headband curls 4xs already this summer, and they are perfection.

I just wash my hair before bed, comb it out, let is air dry for about 20 minutes and then I follow the tutorial below.

When you first take out the curls in the morning, they look a little crazy. But DON’T touch them. Let them relax on their own.

When I do my hair this way my get-ready time in the morning is 15 min. I don’t care who you are. That’s impressive.

I found the headband I needed at the Dollar Tree, but you can find them at any drug store or Target.

click the photo below for the full tutorial with tips.

Okay, on to the summer dresses.

This is sorta a sensitive subject. Or at least one that most people don’t talk about.

Sweating (perspiring, glistening whatever your preferred term is) while wearing a summer dress is not pretty.

At least not when you have to sit down and stand up.

I am just going to say it. Butt sweat is the worst.

Drum roll: There is a solution.

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Jockey Skimmies Slip Short

click the photo for the shopping link

These are not Spanx-like at all. They are just a super thin silky short that feel like a dream to wear.

I instantly felt cooler and like everything under my dress was in place. TMI?

I think they would be perfect under thin white pants when you need a little extra coverage too.

Target also sells a version for $12. As far as I can tell they are exactly the same.

The packaging looks like this.↓

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click the photo for the shopping link

Do yourself a favor and go buy a pair or two!

You will love them!

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Recipe Review: Peach Tomato Salad

I have been meaning to make this simple salad for 2 years.

It’s been sitting on my Sensation Salads pinterest board just waiting.

Thankfully I finally got around to it this weekend after a trip to the produce stand.

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Initially, I was not sure about the peach tomato combo, but it’s a match made in heaven.

It is delish!

I used fresh mozzarella for my salad b/c it’s easy to find.

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Balsamic reduction was my shortcut to the dressing. I also think it would be yummy with a white balsamic vinegar.

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I have a feeling I am going to making this a lot this summer.

Click here for the link to the recipe.

Enjoy!

A Turkey Burger Public Service Announcement

I have been a turkey burger naysayer for quite a while because I thought the grinding of poultry was a crime against nature.

But I must confess: I have been misguided.

These burgers are GREAT. Seriously. I have already made them twice this summer.

(click the photo for the recipe link)

They work great on the grill if you make the patties a few hours in advance and then refrigerate.

Each batch makes about 5-6 burgers.

Heat the grill to 500ºF and then turn it down to low before placing the burgers on the grates.

I would guess they take about 4 min on each side because I make mine pretty thin. Top with cheese and guacamole.

Home Improvement: A Built-in Pantry

So this odd little closet is stuck in behind the A/C return on the other side of this wall.

It originally had bi-fold doors in front of it, but the doors were awkward so we got rid of them.

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Then a couple years went by, we painted our cabinets and updated a few other things.

And then it became very obvious that it was TIME to do something about this eye sore.

I came up with a game plan of removing the white wire shelving and replacing it with painted shelves.

We also added the same ship lap paneling that I used on the back hall project a few weeks ago.

After:

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Project Total:

Stair treads used as shelves: $40

Paneling leftover from the hall project: $0

Paint and caulk leftover from previous projects: $0

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It now holds all my baking staples, dish cloths, paper products, towels and trash bags.