Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Etsy Shop Opened-WillownIvy

I've officially opened up a new prop shop, WillownIvy! I had been selling on Facebook for quit some time, but wanted to take it a step further. By having my new shop I can customize my props in which ever way I want! I am so excited, and can't wait for you to check it out!!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Painted Kitchen And Remodel Reveal

 I am happy to say my kitchen is finally finished! Mostly. Just some walls that need to be painted, but major renovations are out of the way. It has been done for a little while but finding the time to clean it for pictures has taken me a while.

I hope you realize my kitchen is NEVER this clean. We use it a LOT with ten kids in the house.  It seems like the only time I can clean is after they go to bed or when they are off at school. I spent two or three hours cleaning and organizing in here today. I like it clean but it just does not last here.

 Here's what it looked like before. You can see the whole post about our kitchen before here and here.
  When we began renovating our kitchen we wanted to paint the cabinets and change the range hood. If you want to see how we painted our cabinets check out this post.

  We got an idea that raising the cabinets to the ceiling would really change the look of our whole kitchen.

  We debated if we should build an inclosure on top of the cabinets so that it looks like the cabinets go to the ceiling or add a shelf under them.

If we added the enclosure it would be for decorative purposes only. I liked the idea of a shelf under the cabinets but worried it would not be functional.

 We decided to go with a shelf under the cabinets and asked my brother who owns  Intelligent Design Woodwork for his help. He drew it for us so that we could visualize it better, then we took the cabinets to him. I would recommend him to anyone. He did a super job and you would think this is the way our cabinets were built from the beginning! Check out his website, he's awesome and does really unique stuff.

He also removed the appliance garage from the corner. I love how this opens up the counter space and just looks so much better! I don't know what we were thinking when we put that there!

It's nice to have family that help each other out! My brother-in-law installed our back splash and he did a super job. I've never had a back splash and I love how it gives our kitchen a complete look. It just looks finished!  Changing the hardware on the cabinets had a big impact too. I'm glad we didn't just change their color like we contemplated doing.

Our stools really needed to be repainted and I thought they would look cute in the accent color. Some people in the family liked them some didn't. Right now they are staying this color because painting stools is quite time consuming.

 My husband painted the cabinets and installed the range hood, he also installed the lights under the cabinets. He is handy with just about anything and if he doesn't know how to do something he will look it up and learn how. He does everything with perfection and it has saved us a lot of money doing it ourselves. I feel so blessed to have such a great husband, and I sure am enjoying my New kitchen!

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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.

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

We removed the top cabinets and took them to my brother's shop.

All the doors were removed and painted in the garage.

 Everything was taped up and painted with a spray gun.

And here's what it looked like on the other side for two long weeks.
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. 

Glazing was 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

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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.

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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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