Spray Paint Upcycling- Kitchen Canisters

spray paint upcycling

Spray Paint Upcycling Frenzy! Have I mentioned that I have been on a spray paint upcycling frenzy?  I have realized that spray paint can change many crusty old things into cool new items.  Now, I look back in remorse at all of those dingy household items that I got rid of over the years because they were just tired.  Now I know, all these things ever needed was to meet up with a can of spray paint and they could have looked better than ever and stayed with me.  Of course, you may find me one day buried under a pile of spray painted household knickknacks but at least they will look good.  I spray painted these metal candle holders that I had sitting outside for a long time and now use them to hold kitchen utensils and red wine bottles.  Some people call it "upcycling" but that might be a short and trendy way of saying "I am a hoarder and it's the year 2013".  Whatever you call it and however it ends up, at least you will end up in style and hopefully not under style. Here are some … [Read more...]

Fantastic French Toast

Fantstic French Toast by Sensi and Bijou

    This is the most Fantastic French Toast ever!  Thanks Sensi and Bijou! We got this recipe from allrecipes.com.  It is the best french toast we have ever tasted.  The secret is the flour. Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 20 Minutes Ready In: 30 Minutes Servings: 12 Ingredients: 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup milk 1 pinch salt 3 eggs 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon white sugar 12 thick slices bread Directions: 1. Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth. 2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat. 3. Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.   Measure 1/4 cup of flour into the mixing bowl. Whisk in the milk. A pinch of salt. Keep whisking!  We kind of lost … [Read more...]

Kitchen Reveal Somewhat

Kitchen Before and After

This is my kitchen revealed somewhat but it is not a true kitchen reveal. Is it ever really a final reveal?  Because things change and morph and blend and nothing stays the same forever.  I also can't bring myself to the final reveal for a reason that is very obvious to me.  I didn't take enough "before" photos to show you exactly how far along we have brought this kitchen to get it to a place that it can be revealed as a final reveal.  In this context revealing is: Permitting an elucidating glimpse or a perception of something intimate or concealed: a very revealing biography; a revealing gown.  (www.thefreedictionary.com/revealing) When you completely forget the "intimate or concealed" part, i.e., the "before" photos, you are just unable to give that "glimpse" or "perception".  You don't have a true reveal.  There is no way to get back to the decorating errors of the previous owners; the board above my  kitchen sink that was delicately covered with green laminated vine … [Read more...]

Party On Food

Single Serving Party Food collage

Hi all!  Have I mentioned that my husband and I are running for local political offices?  Well we are so things have been a little busy lately.  For the past few weeks, we have been frantically getting ready for our campaign party that we had at our house this past Saturday.  One of the best things about the party was that we were pushed to finish up a hundred unfinished projects around the house.  Another great thing was that I was able to use all of these cute single serving recipe ideas that I have been collecting and Pinterest and wanting to use: the Fruit Kabob, the single serving chips in fancy cut small paper bags, the single serving veggies and dip, the single serving potato salad and the single serving seven layer bean dip.  I also made barbeque chicken (not pictured) which turned out to be very tasty.  It was a great party and we are still cleaning up so I will be posting recipes and how-to-makes soon!     … [Read more...]

Penny Tile Trim

Penny tile trim in place.

I have finally found the solution to my penny tile trim debacle. If you have been following me at all you would know that installing my penny tile backsplash has been an adventure.  What I found out along the way, is that installing penny tile is a much more "interesting" task than I anticipated.  If you go to my fireplace makeover, you can see that I installed mosaic tile on my fireplace a few years ago.  The penny tile installation was a little trickier than my square fireplace tile because it is made up of circles and not straight lines so getting it to line up was a little trickier and figuring out what to do with the edges was just mind boggling to me.  I looked at those edges forever and could not figure out what to do with them.  I had one tile guy come look at it and he suggested that I put up pvc tile trim.  You can go to penny tile trim idea to take a look at my post about this.  The problem with that was that I had already tiled around the edges so I would have had to rip … [Read more...]