Friday, October 30, 2015

Easy Ikea Step Stool Makeover

I can't believe it's Friday again! No complaints here! We are planning to work on our kitchen pretty late tonight and into the day tomorrow, but tomorrow night I have a hot date on the couch with some scary movies and snacks. Hopefully I'll be able to hand out candy to all the cute kiddos of the neighborhood!

We are finishing up our kitchen renovation and it feels pretty great. We still need to finish our island and backsplash, but thats really it. When I think of how far this kitchen has come I just smile. It's been such a labor of love, I cannot wait to see the end result.

So with the renovation we moved the cabinets up a little higher and now I can't reach everything as easy. I'm a decent height, coming in right under 5'8'', but I didn't want to have to struggle to get plates out of the cabinet every night for dinner. So I popped into Ikea for their $15 step stool I've had my eye on for some time now.

Honestly, I didn't do much. I planned to stain it, paint it and then distress it, but once I got the stain on it just looked so darn charming I couldn't make myself touch it! I stained it with Minwax Early American. I can't get away from this stain lately, it's so light and pretty. It reminds me of the color of honey. I then used my newest calligraphy font I got for free on Pinterest to stencil in the numbers. I distressed the edges just a little and that was it! I think the hardest part of this whole project was putting the dang stool together. Darn you, Ikea!! I do plan to do a coat or two of polyurethane because I know it will probably get splashed a lot being so close to the sink. I did add some felt pads to the bottom (which I need to cut down because they look kind of dorky right now ;) so I can kick and move the stool anywhere without worrying about scratches to the floor.

Here is a quick before and after:

Oh and could you just die with the cabinet sneak peak? I am so happy we decided on gray instead of white. I love the color so much. I hope you guys have a fun and safe weekend! I'm looking forward to seeing all of the cheesy family costumes you all have set out for tomorrow. :p By the way, that was not a jab, I can't wait to be that mom one day so right now I just dress up my dog. ha!

Happy Halloween! Xo

Thursday, October 29, 2015

How to Stay Married and keep your sanity at IKEA

I don't want this post to confuse folks. I love Ikea. Like super duper love. I go there way too much. I should have my own parking spot. But I also know how to get in and out LIKE A BOSS. I don't have time to mess around in Ikea. I got other things to do. Like nap. Naps > Ikea. Also, I decided a long time ago that if Justin and my marriage was going to work, we were going to have to stop fighting in the curtain section. So here are 5 of my best tips for surviving Ikea without losing a spouse, or your sanity.

1. If you have to go, do it on a weekday. 

One cold winter day after we moved to Massachusetts I decided I absolutely had to go to Ikea right now. It was around 2pm on a weekday. First of all, I got to park right by the heavenly lit sign in the covered garage without stalking anyone for a good spot. Second of all, I walked inside and angels began to sing, there was nobody in there folks! I didn't have to wait in line for my 50 cent hot dog and most loved cinnamon roll. (Which I only eat the center out of) I waltzed through the store like a puppy who had just been let off of his leash. Why hadn't anyone told me to go on a weekday? Did everyone want me to suffer through the anxiety being surrounded by far too many people brings? Being on IKEA on a Saturday is a death wish, my friends. For realz. I went last weekend and almost had a meltdown in the curtain section. Justin and I nearly split up. Like, I'll take the dog you take everything else kind of split. It was not a good day to take an introvert to IKEA. Listen, I like you guys. I want you to be happy. So just take my advice. Do not visit IKEA on the weekend.

2. Eat First.

This one is important. Justin and I once trucked through IKEA on empty stomachs. Yep, you guessed it. Another melt down in the curtain section. That curtain section has seen more arguments than most places. All because we didn't eat the dang Swedish Meatballs before making our way through the rat maze. Eat the Meatballs, people. It could save your marriage.

3. Have a Game Plan Before You Go.

I know this isn't always possible. Especially for IKEA virgins. (Oh the virgins. You can spot them a mile away. standing in the middle of the aisle, mouth agape, taking it all in. Yeah yeah, I get it, this place rocks, but can you move now? Also, how hard is it to follow an arrow? I mean it's not rocket science. You follow the arrow the way it points because for the love of god that's how sanity is kept. FOLLOW THE ARROW PEOPLE.) But Ikea has a great online catalog. Scope it out before you go. Almost everything is downstairs so if you're in a rush, just find the aisle and bin number, take a screenshot and skip walking upstairs altogether. (Except the meatballs, do not skip the meatballs. See #2)

4. Do Not Buy Everything from IKEA.

Just don't do it you guys. I see moving trucks at Ikea all the time and I just want to find the driver and tell them how their dresser is going to fall apart in less than a year and their paper lantern they just HAD TO HAVE for their dorm room is going to rip while putting it up. I say this out of love. I am a die-hard ikea fan. I live 15 minutes away, so I'm there alot. The first few times I went, I spent over $200 a trip. And guess what? Most of that stuff is either trashed or donated because I decided it wasn't that great anyway. If you don't super duper love something, don't get it. Chances are you won't love it in 6 months. And as for the furniture, its hit or miss. Be smart about it. The things I always without a doubt get at Ikea are gallery frames, toilet scrubbies, meatballs, (ok ok you guys get it, I know) storage bins/boxes/ and things like that. I would be less likely to buy a dresser or a bed just because I know how cheap the stuff is. (Oh great now Ikea is going to hate my blog and everything I stand for) I only speak truth, people.

5. Reward Yourself With a Soft-Serve Cone. 

I mean did I really need to mention this? You did it. You made it through Ikea without throwing a fit in the curtain section or cussing out a virgin for talking up the whole dang aisle. You're still married and nobody has to set up visitation rights with the dog. High five. You're like a pro or something. Walk yourself to the little 50 cent hot dog stand and get yourself a dollar cone. Because you deserve it. And I hear that what happens at Ikea stays at Ikea so technically the calories don't even count. You're welcome. ;)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Easy and Inexpensive DIY Halloween Costume

I can't believe its already Halloween week! I love everything about Halloween. The cute kiddos dressed in their costumes, warm drinks, soups for days, spooky movies on tv. It's the best. And even more exciting are the fun holidays that follow! This really is the best time of the year.

For the last five years I have sat by my front door on Halloween night sooo excited to pass out candy to all the cute kiddos dressed up and for the last five years I have had zero trick or treaters. Yep. None. I was so depressed I ended up eating all the candy. :p Anyway, I have high hopes for this year because we live in a subdivision. I mean kids live in subdivisions, right? If not, I literally give up. I can't keep going through this heartache.

So with that being said, I decided it might be fun to dress up this year. I decided to practice before the big day. I suckered Hudson into being the Cowardly Lion with a few treats and I gotta say, he totally nailed his part. I went as the modern day Scarecrow. I tried to get Justin to dress up as Dorothy, but he declined. I originally planned to dress up as Dorothy myself, but I only found the slutty Dorothy options and I'm just not into that sort of thing. :p Besides, I didn't want to spend that much money. Especially if my doorbell doesn't ring at all on Saturday night. So here is what I came up with for about $5 and 20 minutes of my time.

Nailed it, Hudson.
Don't worry Mommy, I'm not really scary. :p

 So what do you think? Super cute and easy right? Here are a couple of closer pictures of my makeup. I used everything I had on hand. Although I would suggest a dark black eyeliner for the lines since it will really bring it out more. I only had brown and I did not feel invested enough in this costume to run to the store. ha! I put my makeup on as normal and then just used some red lipstick and eyeliner for all of the fun scarecrow looking stuff! Anyone could do this, and I hope you do!

Source List-
"Straw Hat"- Had
Flannel- Had but probably bought at Target
Overalls- $5 at Savers Thrift Store
Lion Costume for Hudson- $7 at Target

That's it! What do you guys think? Easy peasy. I love that silly dog of mine! Oh and things are moving right along with our kitchen, I think I might be able to reveal in a week or so! Yay! Happy Tuesday!