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.

Sun Sail DIY

This back yard was a disaster when we moved in. The picture below is from the listing, but it basically looked like this when we moved in. Some of the yard had been trimmed, and they left a pile of yard waste in the middle of the dried back lawn. 

This what the yard looked like before the sun sail project. We added the gazebo shortly after we moved in because it helps to shade the master bedroom which is west facing, and is not tied into the central air so it can get quite toasty in the summer. We also did a ton of pruning and weeding. We took down a lot of the white lattice work too. We have a plan for that wall, which is to eventually do horizontal boards across.

DIY Sun Sail

Supplies needed:

1″ Electrical conduit pole

conduit mounting pieces… I don’t know what they are called but you can see them in the base support we built.

Small and large rocks (sand too) | I used one bag gravel and two bags decorative rocks.

eye bolts for mounting | I needed one for the conduit pole and two for mounting to the house

wood scraps to built base support

nails

pot or container to mount pole in (drill drain holes if you can)

sun sail | I chose a 12 x 12 x 12 , but measure your space to find the best fit.

carabiner clips

Tools:

hack saw, jig saw, cordless drill, clamps, screwdriver, wood glue, ruler/ triangle, pencil

Building the base support:

We wanted the base support for the pole to be really sturdy so we built this brace piece to help support it. We cut two circles the same size and drilled holes in the middle (one hole slightly larger) to accommodate the conduit pole and mounting hardware. We glued the circles together and fastened the conduit pole pieces. We also made a rectangular base using scrap 2×4’s and drilled a hole in one to fit the pole.

Rigging the conduit pole:

The pole we bought was 10 feet tall, way too tall for the yard so we knew we had to trim it down. But first, we drilled the hole where we wanted the eye bolt to go. Pre-drill with a smaller drill bit first, then match the size of the bolt and drill. Use a hack saw to cut off the excess, in our case, we went with an 8ft pole. Sand down the pole to get rid of the rough bits.

Filling the base:

We placed a couple of cinder block and brick scraps in the base first. Here is where we think sand would be nice too. Didn’t think of it until after we had filled the base but the sand would really help fill in the smaller cracks. Use small construction gravel first and decorative river rocks on top of that.

Raising the sail:

The sail I bought came with some rope that we used initially to raise the sail, however we went with carabiner clips in the end to hold up the sail. Pre-drill holes with a drill bit and then install the eye bolts. Tie temporary into place to get the sail up and then make adjustments. When you are satisfied with the placement, use the carabiner clips to secure the sail.

pro tip: use a screw driver to help screw in the eye bolt.

Finish: