Monday, November 30, 2015

Easy Dog Friendly Pumpkin Pie

Happy Monday, friends! I was so sad to see Justin leave this morning after a long weekend together. I love the holidays, but they never last long enough. We soaked in our long weekend with a huge feast, lots of sleeping in and movie watching, and some work on our living room makeover. This was also the first year in as long as I can remember we didn't go Black Friday shopping! I told Justin I really wasn't feeling it this year and he surprisingly agreed. We went to bed at 7:30 on Thursday night and woke up at 4 in the morning for a piece of pie. True story.

We weren't sad at all to be by ourselves for the holiday because it has been a crazy year. We have had more company this year than we have ever had, so taking the week off was really great for the both of us. Next month we will have a houseful of people again, so I'm really glad we got to have a low-key Thanksgiving. And speaking of Thanksgiving, Hudson's birthday happened to land on Turkey day this year!

Every year I make him something special to celebrate and this year was no different. I made him a dog friendly pumpkin pie and it was a huge hit. I also splurged and got him a fancy new collar because he turned 4 and his baby collar finally gave out on him. I nearly cried. So he got an upgrade and he looks so cute! I wanted to share a link where you could order one, but they are sold out! Boo! Keep checking to see if they restock.

Moommm, you're embarrassing me with all this attention! 

 Happy Birthday, Hudson! Every single day I love you more. You bring us so much joy! I hope you can feel how loved you are. Xoxo

1 Refrigerated Pie Crust 
15oz Pumpkin Puree (Homemade or Libby's)
1 tsp. ground cinnamon 
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees
Cut down pie crust to fit into muffin tins
Mix pumpkin, cinnamon, and eggs in a large bowl & scoop into pie crust
Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 40 minutes
Cool as long as necessary and if you're feeling extra sweet, add a dollop of fat free cool whip for your pup and serve!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fireplace Inspiration

I wanted to keep this short and sweet today and just do a little fireplace inspiration. This weekend my fireplace stripped down naked. And I have never been more scared in my entire life. We have done a lot around this house and the projects always seem to come together, but this one has me anxious. One thing you need to know is that my living room is my least favorite room in the entire house. I don't even like hanging out in there. It's ugly, an awkward shape and I have no idea how to decorate it. Let me paint you a picture:

See all of those awkward door openings and weird walls? That's a thing. Right now the furniture is pushed all the way back to the wall, but its soooo far away from the fireplace. And unfortunately the tv has to go in the living room (god help me, I would throw it out if I could:p). The living room size is 20x12. I am stumped. And don't even get me started on what to put on the walls. I have never hated a space more in my life. I even thought of hiring an online stylist to give me some tips, but I didn't want to spend $400+. Having a room so long and skinny with so many doorways to work around is giving me chest pains. My potential design hopes and dreams might shrivel up and die right inside this hideous room. 

But that's enough drama for one day. 

I'll keep you updated with how the living room comes together (or doesn't). Instead of freaking out about the living room I'm going to freak out about our fireplace. Naked, remember? Here is a before picture of the space on closing day in April:

And here is a picture of it right now:

Hold me. I'm scared. 

We are planning to give it a face lift and add some lovely builtins to each side. Now for the fun part. The design inspiration:



Shiplap and marble and builtins oh my! The challenge we are facing is the fact that our fireplace is not built off the wall so the builtins wont look exactly like the inspiration photos. But we have seen it done both ways and feel confident enough to move forward. If there was ever a man for the job, its Justin. 

So that's our fireplace inspiration. I gotta say, I won't feel better until this room is completely done. Right now its all torn apart and I'm terrified. Who decided to take on such a huge project just weeks before the holidays? Oh yeah. That would be us. Send help. Or a therapist. 

Happy Monday!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Kitchen Q&A

First of all, wow. You guys are the best. I said this on social media, but you guys truly blew me away when I clicked publish on our kitchen reveal. I received so many comments, phone calls, emails, and text messages. I walked around for the whole day with the biggest smile on my face. You guys rock!

I did get a lot of questions that came with the reveal so I wanted to take the time to address those. Here we go!

Did you guys really do your entire kitchen for $3000?
Yes we did! We didn't include flooring or baseboards into the cost of the budget because those were in budgets of their own since we renovated our entire house. If they would have been included it would have been a bit more. We were very serious about staying on budget since we do not have a ton of wiggle room when it comes to home value. It would not make sense for us to pour $20,000+ dollars into this home because we would be losing money in the end.

Is it hard to paint the cabinets? How did you get rid of the grain?
The honest answer to this question is YES. It was quite the task to paint these cabinets. I threw many fits. I whined about it. I told myself I would never do it again. But the truth is, I would do it again because it gives new life to an old kitchen and it really was worth it. The paint itself is called Alkyd Semi-Gloss Enamel Cabinet Paint in the color Coast Guard Gray. This color is very similar to Ikea's gray cabinets if that helps. To get rid of the grain we applied some wood filler to the front of the cabinets. We did not care so much about the inside. I just did not want the grain showing through because I didn't want them to look like oak cabinets anymore. The wood filler did help, but it was kind of a pain. After we used the wood filler and sanded it down, we applied 5 coats of paint. We used a cabinet roller instead of spraying. Everyone has their own methods, but it just worked best for us. The grain was still slightly visible around the edges, but no where near what it was and I'm really happy about it. We had a guy from the gas company come out the other day and he just stared at our cabinets and said, how did you get rid of the grain?? So I call that a win. :p

Did you guys build the island?
Justin built the island. We bought one of the nicer butcher block tops from Ikea and he tackled it in a day. I feel like the island needs a little bit more love so I'm actually going to do a post dedicated to the island where I can be a bit more specific about it.

Where did you get your sink? I've only seen expensive farmhouse options. 
We bought our sink at Ikea. It was very inexpensive. Unlike most farmhouse sinks, it sits on top of the counter. I think most people are scared off by that. We were not. $189 compared to $600? That was a no brainer for us. It is a gorgeous sink, I love how big it is and I can't wait to have a baby so I can wash them in it! :p I highly recommend it.

Did you put the small rectangular window in?
The window was always there. It was just awkward and a little ugly before. Justin made a custom sill for it and now I really love it. I actually considered closing the window up when we first started the renovation but now I'm so glad I let him handle it because it is really charming now.

Where did you get your entryway shelf?
I was browsing Michaels minding my own business when I saw this unstained, galvanized cubby shelf in the clearance section. I had to have it. But it didn't have a price. I walked up to the front with it and asked the lady. She already put it in my bag like I was going to buy it no matter what the answer was. I said to myself, be strong girl. If it's more than $10, you don't want it. The manager came back and said, eh you can have it for $3, does that work? Talking to myself again, be cool girl, be cool. Sure, that sounds ok. :p I took it home, stained it, added my own hooks, some cute Ikea plants and now it's the cutest entry shelf I've ever had.

That just about wraps up all the questions I can think of! If you have any more, feel free to ask and I will try to answer them individually.

I started thinking last night about how we might not stay in this house forever and I immediately got mopey because we have poured so much into this little place. I love it so much. It's weird because we lived in a newer, "nicer" home in Florida but I never loved it the way I love this one. I think this house is so much cozier than our Florida home and I am 100% ok with being a homebody these days.

Have you guys put up your holiday decorations yet? Everyday I see more and more holiday decor and it's starting to break me down. The only thing that keeps me going strong is our fireplace project. I don't want to bust out the decor before that's finished. More on that later. Hang in there, tomorrow is Friday!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kitchen Reveal

Today is the day!!! It's reveal day! You guys. I can hardly contain myself. When we bought our house in April the kitchen was the first thing I wanted to rip apart. It was u-g-l-y, you ain't got no alibi, you ugly. Yeah, yeah, you ugly.

Did you just chant that? I bet you did. Don't worry, you can tell me, this is a safe place.

There was pink salmon colored tile, dark brownish pinkish granite, dark oak cabinets and an awkward open space just begging for an island or a table. We budgeted $3500 for this space and I'm pleased to announce we spent $3068. High five for being under budget! I will list everything at the end of the post. But enough of the small talk, you're here for the pictures aren't you?! Of course you are!


Are you ready for the afters?

 Ahh! Amazing right? I don't say that in a toot my own horn kind of way, I say it in a, wow this was a LOT of work and I am so proud of all it took to get here kind of way. And you guys. Justin did so much of the work in here, I am so impressed with him. To designing the backsplash, creating a custom window sill, making me an island, installing the sink, ugh. That man is the best. This is my dream kitchen. Minus a double oven, but we'll get there. ;) Here is a break down of everything we did:

Removed tile and updated with hardwood (part of the flooring budget, I didn't include it for the kitchen)
Painted cabinets with Home Depot's Behr Alkyd semi-gloss enamel paint in color Coast Guard Gray-$40
Raised cabinets 4 inches & cabinet above microwave 8 inches
Added molding to tops of cabinets for height and more of a custom look-$70
Added new hardware-$120
New granite counters(our biggest splurge)- $2123-$200 we sold old granite for = $1923
Subway tile backsplash in herringbone pattern with dark grout-$180
Farmhouse style sink(Ikea) and new faucet(HomeDepot) (nearly impossible to do in a corner sink, but Justin worked his magic and made it happen because I would cry if he didn't  he loves me. $185 for sink $150 for faucet
Changed out outlets and outlet covers $50
Added window sill and molding$10
New blinds$80
Built a butcher block island-$160
New barstools-$100
Taller baseboards (also not apart of the kitchen budget)
Microwave for over the stove instead of range hood (broke even with the sale of the range hood)

What do you guys think? What's your favorite part? I have to say, I was a little nervous about the gray cabinets. Mainly because we painted them before we got our new counters in so they didn't look too great. I was definitely questioning myself at that point. I even thought if we painted them white we probably could have kept the granite we had and saved even more money. I'm so glad we took the leap though. These cabinets are exactly our style now and I don't know if I would have ever been happy with the old granite. I love everything about this kitchen now and cooking it in (especially with the island) is so much fun, no exaggeration. I cannot wait for the upcoming holidays, preparing meals in here is going to be amazing!

Also, I know everybody and their mother is all about that open concept life, but for a hermit  an introvert like me-a closed off kitchen like this is the dream. Our dining and living room are open to each other, which I love. But when I need to take a minute if we have company, I get to sneak in the kitchen and prepare dinner without anyone looking across the room at me. Another huge plus is that if the kitchen isn't 100% clean and I have unexpected company, they don't really see it. So the space really works well for our wants and needs.

Now that we have this gorgeous kitchen wrapped up, we are on to the next big project we are trying to knock out before the holidays, the fireplace! Wish us luck! Justin might murder me if I think of any more projects. I've decided for Christmas I'm giving him a couple of months off from projects around the house. I'm such a nice wife! :p

One more time, just because I love before and after shots so much:

I can't believe this is my kitchen! Justin is going to have to drag me out of this house if we ever relocate because I'm not sure I'm going to want to leave! :p Happy Tuesday friends! Xo

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