Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lacqure Painted Kitcen Cabinets


I'm so excited to have my kitchen cabinets painted! It has been on my to do list for a long time. The finish was wearing off and they were looking pretty bad. I researched and read how the paint held up for other people. Most people said the acrylic paint was starting to chip a little after about a year. We needed something stronger with the use our kitchen gets.


 With the help of my brother who is an awesome cabinet maker we decided to paint with lacquer paint. My husband has experience using a paint gun(on cars) so we decided to do it ourselves. We learned a lot on the way and it was not easy, but definitely worth it in the long run. It took us two weeks to complete because we also glazed the cabinets.We are still waiting to install the counter-tops, back splash and range-hood, so here's a little before and after just of the cabinets.


We made other changes to the cabinets while we were at it. With help from my brother at Inteligent Design Woodwork we raised the cabinets to the sealing and added a shelf to the lower part. We also removed the breadbox in the corner. He did a great job and you can't even tell the shelves were added on. If you get a chance check out his website, he does some really unique things and everything he builds is made well to last a looong time. He said we now have custom cabinets and I'm so glad he could do them for us. 



Here's a close up from two years ago. They looked even worse now. You can see the post on our kitchen before here.


Glazing is kind of tricky with lacquer paint. With acrylic paint if it doesn't look right you have a lot of flexibility and it's pretty easy to fix mess ups, lacquer is different.  On our first try the places where the paint was ruff from over spray soaked in more glaze than the rest. We tried sanding it but that left scratch marks and more dark spots. We repainted everything and were planing on leaving them white. We took all the tape and paper off and then stated researching how to glaze (smart:) We found that if you rub lacquer paint with a brown paper bag you can smooth it out. We tried it and it worked pretty well. Now we kept going back and forth for a couple days; should we do it, what if it was a disaster again?


  After about three days of debating I finally decided I would try again. I'm glad I did it when everyone was out of the house because things didn't go smoothly the whole time and I could work better without the pressure of everyone watching while I fixed it up. I'm so glad we did it because it adds so much more character. I liked it white but I love it glazed! Our top reason we glazed was to hide some of the some of the mess and with a house full of kids I know we made the right choice! I can't wait to get the rest of the kitchen finished and show you all of it!






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Friday, July 25, 2014

DIY Wedding Invitation Tutorial

One of our cousins (Doris) is getting married in September, so Emily has been helping her come up with ideas. Doris is doing a rustic elegant wedding, and is trying to do as many things as she can DIY! Emily has been working on her invitations, the last couple of days. It took a little while to figure out because we probably did it the long way.

We started by writing the invitation out in Word using free fonts from different websites! She got almost all the free fonts from Dafonts. So, after Emily wrote the wording out how she liked ( in Word), she then went to PicMonkey. PicMonkey doesn't let you upload and edit PDF files, so don't make your word format in Word and then try to design it in PicMoney, because it won't work. If you decide to use PicMonkey they normally have a free week of Royal, which allows you to use all the cute stuff! Find all the extra designs that you want to add to your invitation, and one at a time add them to the white board and save them. Then, go to back to word, with your invitation open, and start adding your decorations.


 This is the final invitation


Emily went off of this invitation that she found on Pintrest.


 Start by having your invitation fully typed in Word.




Go to PicMonkey and pick which graphics you would like to use. Crop the graphic as much as you can, so the white doesn't show in Word. Then "save".


Do the same for all the other graphics.



Back in Word, click "insert", and then click the "picture" button.



"Insert" your graphic, and then right click. Scroll to "Wrap Text" and then "Behind Text". This way you can move the graphic without it getting in the way of the text.


Leave a 1/4 inch space on each of the edges, so nothing gets cut off when your print it out. When you have the look that you are going for, click "File" and then "Save As". Make sure you save the document as a "PDF File". You can do this by clicking the drop down menu titled "Save As Type". I had a hard time finding the PDF file after it was saved. You can save it in "Computer" to find it easier. If you don't save it as a PDF file, the invitation will not print clearly.


That's it! This is a great way to save money if you have a tight budget for your wedding.I will post the final print as soon as I can. If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them.

Cost of buying 150 invitations: $140- $200
Average cost of printing DIY: $60-$80 (depending on print shop)
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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Painted And Glazed China Cabinet

We bought a dinning room set that came with a hutch when we first moved into our house. We have outgrown the table but still use the china cabinet. Except I no longer like the color. It was a blond/pink looking color that matched our cabinets, and we're planing on painting those soon.


 I painted the hutch white then added a brown glaze so that fingerprints (we do have a lot of those)don't show up as well as it would on stark white.


Here's what it looked like before.


In the pictures it doesn't look like a big change but in real life it's huge.


Here's what this side of the kitchen looked like last year.


If you want to see my kitchen when I first started blogging you can check it out here.



I like the new arrangement on top but I'm not quite happy with how everything is arranged inside. I'll be shopping garage sales and be on the lookout for things in this spot.


I'm really happy with how this turned out, I think the cabinets are next!



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Painted Wardrobe

 A few years back I bought a huge furniture set at a garage sale. It worked great for a while in a room without a closet. Then we had a closet built in that room and we found new homes for some of the pieces. We conveniently set the big wardrobe down the hall in our room, since it was so heavy. It did not match with the rest of our furniture but it became useful for storing baby clothes. So it sat there for a couple more years.
The other day I was thinking that I should clean up the top of this wardrobe, since it is the first thing I see in the morning when I open my eyes. I  thought a collection of vintage stuff would look good up there, but not with the cherry color. So I decided to change that with a little paint. I am totally loving it and can't believe I didn't think about doing it earlier!


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Monday, July 7, 2014

July Blooms And Gardens

 We have had beautiful weather here so far this summer! July is here and it's heating up. Today we're  headed to the pool, because summer flies by so fast and we want to enjoy the heat while it's here!
Before we head out  I want to show you what's blooming in my gardens.


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Monday, June 30, 2014

Bridal Shower


 It's wedding season, and I want to show you some pictures from a friend's bridal shower we attended a few weeks back. The ladies who put this together did an awesome job! The flowers were beautiful, the food was amazing and we all had a fun time.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Vintage Engagement/Wedding Decor

This past week has been so busy for our family. We have been doing a lot of shopping in preparation for our daughters' trip overseas. Our church also held VBS and we all volunteered, and as soon as that was over we set up for my brother's engagement party. Monday morning we drove our girls to the airport and I'm ready to relax!
We actually had a lot of fun putting it all together and I want to show you the results. It was in the basement and there isn't much natural light so excuse the quality of photos.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What's Blooming in June

 I've been taking a little break from blogging after the birth of our tenth child. I have actually accomplished lots of stuff around the house (just nothing blog worthy). I have cleaned the basement, garage, and under my porch. We also stained the porch with help from the girls. I've also done some gardening, so today I want to show you my flower beds.
 

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