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It’s hot in the kitchen! The before and After.

This summer has been big for redecorating in our house, which is really weird, because we normally only do home improvement projects during the winter. I guess the near daily rain might be changing things up for us..

Although we hadn’t intended to work on the kitchen, Ayden had other plans – apparently, he was done with the neutral wall color, as well as the bubbling paint (due to the previous owners painting over this bad 70s wall paper) that his father and I had been ignoring for.. well.. years, and took matters in to his own hands. One poke at the bubble, one tear of a perfect strand of paint, and it was painting time for us. At the time, we wanted to hang him out the window by his toes were thinking of all the reasons we loved him, but now realize, of course, that he did us a favor by lighting a proverbial, and much needed, fire under our butts. It also helps that we are so happy with the results!

After many, many hours of removing wallpaper and repairing walls, and a bad iPhone picture of before, we were ready to paint.

We initially planned to go neutral again, but something came over me in the paint aisle at Home Depot and it was screaming “Don’t be such a pansy! Go bold!”. Normally, I try to ignore that voice, because it always leads me to trouble, but in this case, I listened. I went bold. It doesn’t get much bolder than bright red!

We chose “Silk Lining” from the Martha Stewart Living collection, with Glidden Duo Paint  from Home Depot in an eggshell finish. Here it is, mid-painting, with a view in to our den, which was littered with objects to keep Ayden busy – excuse the mess. That is the room we were actually working on when Ayden pulled the paint strip, but given that we were about to have company over for our Camp-in party, we had to shift gears quickly. As for the toys, I’d love to say it doesn’t normally look like this, but that would be a. Big. Fat. Lie.

It was around this time that we started talking about moving some furniture around. When Shay and I got married, we merged two houses. Shay’s house had 9-foot ceilings and an open concept, resulting in much of our furniture being of a size that would fill a house with 9-foot ceilings and an open concept, which our current house does not have.

In the above pictures, you will see a monster of a dining hutch. As much as we loved it, it was blocking the doorway in the den, and making the space feel much more cramped than it already was. However, by the same token, it provided storage, as well as an area for decorative accents that we frequently changed out with the season, as you can see here in a shot from a Halloween past. We didn’t want to lose that.

So. We decided to just lose the top of the hutch, and add a grouping of shelves.

This gives us the best of both worlds – We can keep the storage, and add the decorative elements, in a smaller footprint. In addition, we gain serving space for parties, which is a huge win, because our annual Halloween party is quickly approaching. And, the biggest win – we gained space for walking! No more tucking the elbows in while walking by, and hitting the old funny bone on a weekly basis.

The bottom shelf originally was white and had lived in the girls’ room when they shared – we painted it black using my go-to Behr Premium from Home Depot in Black Suede. The other shelf, I picked up at Goodwill ages ago for $5.99, with no idea of what I would use it for. It’s been sitting ever since. Who knew I was psychic?  Here is what it ended up looking like, with a few fun accents that may or may not be staying around, and a new chalkboard pantry door to add a bit of drama – because we need more of that around here.. Huge difference, no?

Next step – styling those shelves! Stay tuned!

How to Make Spicy and Sassy Spice Jars

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My kid’s husband like to play a fun game in our house called “put the dishes wherever they’ll fit” when emptying the dishwasher. We’ve lived in this house their entire lives, and yet, they have no idea where anything goes in the kitchen! Cooking dinner is an adventure that requires scouting every door and cabinet for whatever item I may need, and I’d be more irritated by it, but I hate doing the dishes more than pretty much anything, and so, I’m willing to put up with the mystery location of my favorite spatula every night.

I’d love to tell you it stops at the dishes but this was also the case with my cabinets, drawers, my unorganized pantry and until recently,  my spices. It’s amazing how crazy things can get in a kitchen without a proper storage solution. We needed to get on that ASAP!

Still, I wanted a solution that is pretty, as well as practical and that doesn’t break the bank. Enter these Kate Spade inspired spice jars made from tall baby food jars!

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HOW TO MAKE SPICE JARS FROM BABY FOOD JARS

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Tall baby food jars
  • A gold sharpie pen
  • A round, foam stencil brush
  • Mod Podge
  • A paintbrush
  • Painter’s tape
  • WD-40
  • Black Spray paint and craft paint
  • Puff paint in black
  • Optional: White paint

 

WHAT TO DO:

CLEAN THE JARS

Using-WD-40Remove the labels from the jars. Pull off the paper label. Spray WD 40 on a cotton ball and rub over the residue until it begins to disintegrate. Wash the jar with soap and water to remove the greasiness left over from the WD40, and you have yourself a clean jar.

PAINT THE LIDS

Spray-paint the lids in a flat black and allow to dry. I used black craft paint with a q-tip to touch-up and painted the edges of the lids. To bring texture to the lid, add dotted puffy paint in a circle pattern. When dry, paint over the entire lid in a final coat of black craft paint.

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PAINT THE JARS

The jars were done in two different finishes – A milk glass style and a clear glass style. Guess what? As much as I loved how the milk glass style turned out, I got tired of the amount of work involved pretty quickly – I painted six, but, since I needed a total of 32 jars.. well, you do the math.  I do love them though, so, I decided I would still share them with you with the caveat that they are time-consuming! Regardless, this is what I did:

For the milk glass style,  I added a window on the side by cutting out an oblong oval with painters tape and adhering the cutout to the glass. I then applied multiple coats of white craft paint, allowing each coat to dry thoroughly in between. When the white was dry, I removed the painters tape, revealing a window to see the spice through.

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APPLY THE DOTS

Using a small stencil dauber (a round sponge) carefully apply the gold dots on to the plain bottles, and black and gold dots to the milk glass style bottles, in an alternating pattern. I wanted my dots to be relatively opaque and therefore carefully applied at least three coats of both colors. I then baked the bottles in the oven at 250 degrees for an hour and allowed the bottles to cool completely before removing them from the oven. This both hardened the paint and made them dishwasher safe, as well as increased the shine and metallic in the gold paint.

applying-dots

CREATE AND ADD LABELS

To easily identify what spices I had in the drawer, I added labels on both the front of the jars and on the lids. For the bottle labels:

  1. Cut 1.5″x 1.5″ squares out of black cardstock and write the name of the spice gold sharpie pen
  2. Mod Podge the label to the jar, using an elastic to hold the tag in place while it dried.
  3. Apply three additional coats of Mod Podge for durability.

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For the jar lid labels:

  1. Draw out the design directly on to the lid using the gold sharpie pen. This works perfectly on the dark finish!
  2. Let the ink dry then apply two coats of mod podge to protect the written label.

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Fill with spices and enjoy!

spice jars in drawer

At less than a dollar a piece, these jars are air tight and super cute – exactly what I wanted. The size is perfect for my beside-the-range spice jar drawer, and the largemouth size makes them ideal for being able to spoon directly from the jar. It’s so wonderful to be able to locate what I need when I need it! Now, if only I could locate my can opener!

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