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.

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:

How to transform an old chandelier

So this chandelier was here when we moved in, but you can find it at Home Depot. It’s really nothing special, they call it a bronzy color at the Home Depot, its really just brown. I did a little online window shopping to see what was out there and didn’t want to pay a couple hundred dollars for a new chandelier when I could spend $4 on Amazon on a can of spray paint to change the appearance of this one.

How to transform an old chandelier

Clean:

With the help of my dad, we removed the chandelier, pulled the wiring through the chain and I cleaned it with some isopropyl alcohol. I washed the shades with soap and water.

Tape:

The next step is to tape it really well since you’ll be spray painting it. Tape both the sockets for the light bulbs and the wires.

Spray:

Find an well ventilated area, thats protected from the elements. I was able to use my shed. Use light short bursts of paint to start covering the chandelier. Don’t worry if its not all coated at once. Plan on multiple coats.

Touch up and dry:

We strung up the chandelier in the shed to allow to dry and reach the more challenging places to paint.

Once the paint was really dry (give it a day or two if you can), we fed the wires back through the chain and re-hung it.

Hang:

It’s a little difficult to tell that its navy when the lights are one, but its considerably better than that brown color. It will look even better when I paint the walls a nice driftwood gray!