Kitchen Refresh + Coffee Bar

Kitchen Refresh

If you’ve been following along on Instagram recently you may have seen that I was on a painting roll recently. I painted the bedroom hallways, the living room, the dining room and the kitchen! I’m hoping to get to the family room next month. It’s so nice to have put our own personal touch on our house and not have that horrid brown color. It was also all flat paint, which is not ideal for a kitchen area so it’s nice to have a surface that can easily be cleaned now.

I’m tempted to add a stainless steal backsplash piece behind the stove like this one here.

Paint is Toasty Gray by BEHR found at The Home Depot. I chose to do the same color for the dining room, living room, bedroom hallways and the family room since they are all somewhat open to each other.

Coffee Bar

I’ve been wanting to do a coffee bar in the kitchen for a while now and after painting the kitchen it seemed like the perfect time. I love being able to hang up my pretty mugs and have all of my whale-y fun coffee and tea stuff out. It helps that the kitchen is big enough for this. For specific items you see here keep reading.

Coffee Bar details:

Rail | S hooks | Under cabinet lightMugs | Cream and sugar set | Reusable coffee pods | Coffee scoop, similar here and here| Whale bowl, gift but you can find similar and similar | Whale spoon rest/ tea bag holder, also a gift but this one is cute | Tea box, similar here |

Nectarine Blueberry Greek Yogurt Cake

You may have also seen on Instagram I posted a picture of a nectarine blueberry greek yogurt cake. Recipe can be found here

Guest Bedroom Refresh

Before:

Here’s the bedroom shortly after we moved in. My original plan was to have the room be purple and gray with a bit of teal but it made the room feel much too dark. The purple duvet cover was from when I was in college too.

After:

Please forgive the questionable quality of photos, my nice camera is acting up and sadly I’m out of practice shooting things. Until I can get the nice(er) camera working again and get back into practice taking pictures these will have to do. The room has a nice new refreshing paint color, called permafrost by BEHR. Scroll down for all the individual details about the room and where to find it all.

I’d love to update the light fixture, find a different clock and replace the carpet. The closet doors are mirrored currently (not pictured) but I’d love to frost those over as well. There is also one more picture that needs to be framed and hung up. Also, doors for the bottom half of the book case to hide all of our old college text books… maybe? or I guess we could just donate them because they are so dang heavy and every time we move thats a lot of weight.

In the room:

Curtains: similar here | Shades | Curtain rod: similar here | Lamp: shade, base, and here | Bed frame| Duvet | Sheets | Quilt: I made it, check it out here | Paint | Rug tutorial here | Hook rack tutorial here | Bookcase| trunk: similar here | Magazine file holders | Side tables: here and an old piece that I spray painted… can’t find anything similar | Art: custom 😉 but check this place out | Picture ledge tutorial here | I’d love to add this light fixture | How cool would this clock look? |

This room features quite a bit of my gramma’s watercolor artwork.

Want to make your guests feel at home? Provide your wifi password in a cute frame! Sometimes we feel like we’re running a bed and breakfast with the amount of people visiting. Its not a bad thing by any means, we missed seeing people frequently while we were in Virginia. California is a better vacation destination for our west coast based friends and family.

This quilt I made after I graduated college, it’s a twin sized quilt so it works well as a throw on this guest bed. Not that this bed needs more bedding on it because it stays relatively warm here in southern California. It’s more for ‘decoration’ haha.

The vase is something that my brother got for me in Montana, isn’t it cool?

This trunk is from J’s old academy days. Honestly we’re surprised it’s lasted this long. At least it looks kinda cool in the guest bedroom?

DIY Hook rack

DIY Hook Rack:

Aren’t those whale hooks cute!! I got one as a gift and then I happened to find two more at Hobby Lobby of all places. I knew once I had a set of three that I should make a hook rack for somewhere in the house. I finally settled on the guest bedroom where it should get plenty of use.

Supplies needed:

wood piece | spray paint | tape – blue painters tape and washi tape worked for me | craft or leftover interior paint | small paint brush | hooks | back mounting hardware |

Start

I took yet another piece of leftover side yard gate fence wood and trimmed the edges up. I then sanded it down and cleaned it off. I stained it a mahogany color and then sanded it a bit to ‘distress’ it.

I then cleaned it off again and taped the different sections that I wanted to remain stained.

Make sure you prep your area for spray paint. Using an old moving box worked for me.

After spray painting, I filled in with leftover bedroom paint color for the other blue stripe.

Once the paint was dry I coated it in a clear sealing spray paint.

I measured where I wanted the hooks to go and added the screws to mount them. I also added hardware to the back to hang it up.

 

Its now on display in the guest bedroom! I know for sure I’ll get some use over the next could of months.

Mustache and Beer Bash

 

Memorial day weekend was almost a month ago, I can’t believe it! Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating my dad’s 60th birthday with a Mustache and Beer Bash theme. The party included beer flavored cupcakes, a beer tasting and pub snacks, temporary mustache tattoos and fuzzy stick on mustaches, and custom decorations. Read all the way through to find the free printable!

Mustache and Beer Bash

The giant ’60’ was from another memorable 60th birthday at the cabin that we were able to reuse for this event. My mom made the wood and bottle cap ‘Beer’ sign using hot glue. Turned out pretty great! The letter J covered in bottle caps was also a crafty idea of my mom’s while I made the frame with the bottle caps and all of the graphics. We reused 6-pack holders for snacks such as popcorn, peanuts, cheese-its mix and pretzels.

The beers were selected from World Market, we tasted in order from light to dark. There were actually two rounds, the second round had another dark beer, a sour beer, hard root beer, hard iced tea, hard ginger beer and hard pear cider. Twelve drinks were tasted in total, which seems like a lot however we used small party shot glasses with mustache stickers to taste the different beers. Don’t worry we didn’t fill them full. We also tried to take our time consuming the drinks. Gramma seemed to really enjoy the drinks too, and she doesn’t usually drink!

We used a bunch of pictures of my dad through the years to decorate as well as custom beer bottle labels. I brought my Instax mini Camera to capture some of the mustache shenanigans. I also made Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting adapted from this recipe. The wood rounds may look familiar from the Forest Friends Baby Shower!

Check out more Mustache and Beer Bash ideas on my Mustache and Beer Bash Pinterest board.

Free Printable:

grab a ‘stache

birthday chalkboard

Cloth Napkins DIY

 

My brother made a request for cloth napkins for his birthday this year. It took me a while to find a fabric I was happy with, I found this one at a new quilt shop in Snohomish, WA. This cloth napkin DIY is super easy, beginner sewing project that make a wonderful gift for birthday, house warming, mothers day, holidays, anniversary, wedding or shower. Plus, cloth napkins are eco-friendly. Instead of buying disposable paper ones, you can use these over and over again.

Cloth Napkin DIY

Supplies needed:

I purchased two yards of fabric, washed it and cut it down to 18″x18″ squares. Two yards make 8 cloth napkins.

hemming ruler

rotary cutter and ruler

sewing machine

iron and ironing board

matching thread

pins

How to:

I used the little hemming ruler to measure and iron 1/4″, then fold that 1/4″ over and ironed again. I pinned the hem in place.

Stitch 1/8″ all the way around, I did a pivot turn at the corners.

Pivot turn. Make sure you tie off the threads at the end by pulling through to the underside. You  could also do a couple of reverse stitches at the beginning and end to ensure that they last a long time.

Finished napkins are about 17″ square. Perfect lunch sized napkins. Typically dinner sized napkins are 22″-24″ while buffet napkins are 27″, cocktail are 6″ while Hors D’oeuvres are 13″. So, if you want to create a whole collection of napkins you could plan on making the different sizes for different occasions.

I suppose if you wanted a more bohemian/ eclectic look, you could collect a bunch of coordinating fat-quarters and make napkins with those. But I like how these ones turned out, slightly modern with a little asian inspiration. If you really wanted to you could dye your own fabric and make napkins too. You could even make your own napkin rings to go with!