Thursday, April 28, 2011

$3 Sample Paint

While redecorating and remodeling this house, I have learned a lot of lessons the hard way. One of those lessons is how important it is to buy the $3 sample can of paint before committing to a paint color.

The picture on the left is the color that we were originally going for. A nice gray with a hint of blue. The one on the right is what we actually ended up with the first time around. A baby blue that looks almost lavender. Blech!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

How To Paint Edges Freehand

I few months ago I learned how to paint edges freehand instead of taping them off and it has made a HUGE difference! I think it is also called "cutting in" the paint? I don't really know what the technical term is - I just know that I will never use painter's tape again!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

How To: Use a Caulk Gun

The crown moulding in the kitchen is finally complete! It was the only room on the main floor that didn't come with crown moulding so I like how it ties in to the rest of the house. It also just makes the room feel more finished and put together. I love it!
It didn't start out that way though....

Monday, April 25, 2011

Link Party Monday 16

As usual there were lots of amazing and inspiring links in last week's party! My top picks of the week are:
This Coffee Sack Art from Housing A Forest is awesome. I love coffee and the vintage style of these sacks is perfect!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Kitchen Flooring

I was going to take a break from the kitchen makeover and show you all of the changes that we have made in the living room but today is the first time all week that it has been clean enough to take a picture of and of course it is completely overcast. So you are stuck with yet another update on the kitchen. :p
As promised, here is the new flooring that we chose!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Link Party Monday 15

Happy Monday! I have been working on the kitchen and my husband, Shelby, helped me out with it all weekend. We have made a lot of progress and I can't wait to show you guys! All of the little details probably won't be finished until next week but I will show you progress pics tomorrow. It is turning out even better than I pictured! :)
Alright, on to the link party. First things first, my top picks of the week! Check out all of last week's links here.
My son would flip out if he saw this Darth Vader Lamp by I'm a Mom Not a Professional.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chicken Stuffing Bake

The timing of this recipe may be a little late now that grilling season has begun but I just couldn't wait until fall to share it. It has instantly become a family favorite and we have it at least once a week. It's so yummy that it is hard to believe that it is low fat!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Cheapo Curtain Rod Finials

When we decided to brighten things up in the living room, one of the first things to go were the dark burgundy curtains. I love them but they made the room a bit dark and depressing.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Link Party Monday 14

Once again you all amazed me with your projects! You can check out last week's links here. My top picks of the week were:

This Strawberry Freezer Jam from Ms. Not So Perfect is making my mouth water!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Link Party Monday - Take 13

Happy Monday!!! Thank you all for your supportive comments on my post last week about my recent blogging funk. I guess I'm not the only to go through these phases. In fact, it seems to be happening to a lot of people *right now*. I blame the weather. :( Spring is finally here though and spending the weekend grilling out and spending time in the sun has definitely lifted my spirits!
When I logged into blogger today I noticed there has been a lot of traffic here the last few days as well as several new followers (hello! :)) so I checked my stats to see where all of the traffic is coming from and discovered that Dollar Store Crafts featured my blog! They put together a post called 65 Craft Blogs We Love and Polish The Stars was one of them! How exciting is that?! I think getting featured by one of my all-time favorite blogs has officially snapped me out of the blogging funk. :)
Alright...back to the link party. You can check out last week's links here. My top picks of the week are:
Cherry Blossom Artwork from I'm a Mom Not a Professional