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

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.

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!

DIY Onesies iron-on

 

If you recall, back in February I threw a shower for my cousin who is having twins (really, any day now). We did a fun Forest Friends theme. I made these DIY iron-on onesies as a gift that doubled as decoration for the shower.

DIY Onesies Iron-on

Step one:

Create your graphic. I used Canva.com to create mine. Make sure you do a couple of test prints before you print on your T-shirt transfers. Your design should be mirrored so that when you transfer it, it reads the correct way.

You can download mine here (best friends iron on template) for your own personal use, keep in mind they work for twins or siblings. If you make your own, share them in the comments!

Step two:

Gather your supplies and get to work. I used Avery T-shirt Transfers for Inkjet Printers for Light-colors and I got 3-6mo onesies at Target in a 5 pack. You’ll need an iron and a hard wood surface to iron on, as well as a printer. Follow the instructions on the T-shirt transfers.

 

Back Story: Twin Brain is a family joke we have, my brother and I look and act a lot alike even though we’re 2.5 years apart we joke we’re 2.5 minutes apart.  We tried to convince strangers we were twins when we were in High School. My cousin has since also joined in on this as “cousin brain” because we also think alike. The three of us were really close growing up. Even though we’re all grown and live far apart, we try to make time to Skype and FaceTime regularly.

Baby Tag Toy DIY

Baby Tag Toy DIY

I actually made three of these in one sitting they are that easy to  make. Two for my cousin who is having twins (see Forest Friends Baby Shower) and one cousin who had a little one last summer. I know of a few more babies this spring and summer so I imagine I’ll be making more of these here shortly.

Supplies needed:

fabric (fat quarters or scraps work well)

crinkle material (optional – I used a clean cereal bag)

Ribbon

basic sewing supplies

How to:

Start by cutting your fabric and crinkle material, I chose 5″x5″, you really could make it larger or smaller. Also cut your ribbon – I went with 4″ pieces folded over to 2″ pieces.

Create a sandwich with your fabric and ribbon. Fabric right sides together with the ribbon between the two, add crinkle on top of sandwich.

 

Sandwich like this!

 

Next, sew all the way around your square, leaving an opening (~3″) to turn the project right side out.


 

Trim your corners to easily turn the fabric.

 

Stitch the opening closed once you’ve turned the fabric and top stitch 1/4″ all the way around.

 

I added chains to the gifts so they can be attached to carseats or strollers.