Problem Solved, Problem Created

 

So in solving the problem of the wood floor, I created a new problem…

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…a dark kitchen. {This picture is just natural light.}

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Even with the lights on it is still a little dark for me…also throw in the fact that the floor is raw wood in this picture. After varnishing it, it will look something like this {the floors age makes gives a varied color affect}…

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…the cabinets will definitely be too dark together for my liking. I had thought about painting my cabinets a light grey…Stately Graystone by Valspar. I just don’t know.

imageMy real problem is I love farmhouse kitchens and am really attracted to white. Which is ridiculous because 2 labs + 2 kids + 1 landscaper hubby = a lot of dirt. Painting my cabinets grey give me another problem, I will definitely need to repaint the kitchen. I can’t find a color that I like to go with the grey AND I always like a color that will coordinate with my Christmas decor {I know, I know…weird}.

I would love to have my kitchen look like this…

Minus the chrome fixtures…and I would love a double basin drainboard sink!

What do y’all think, should I be brave & white or not??
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The Best Tool

I have been putting a lot of thought into a “best tool” or the “top 5 tools” post for awhile. I would have said a drill, a circular saw, and sander years ago. That’s what we had starting off. Then we got upgraded to a touchy table saw and used miter saw. This past year my hubby finally realized the gem we had in the barn in the way of a Makita table saw. It is amazing how well a good tool will work 20 years later.

All the tools in the world won’t help you if you don’t have knowledge. Two ways you can get this knowledge is looking & listening and experience. Working on our farmhouse, we have learned a lot by “experience”. Sometimes it is the hard way and sometimes it’s the even harder way.

The one tool I wished we would have utilized is the internet, granted 10 years ago when my then fiance bought the farmhouse neither one of us thought to use google. {I’m wondering if google was even popular then?} The one thing I am happy about though is all the demo we got out of the way at the beginning. We gutted every room except the kitchen, which I wish we would have done then too. {I have plans to demo one of the walls…maybe this summer.}

When we pulled up the 70’s carpet…believe me it was gross…they had put tar paper over the milk painted wood floors. I knew we had gorgeous wood from the spots that had been left bare.  We were smart when we “covered” it up, we just laid glue-less linoleum over it in the kitchen and floating laminate in our living room.

Fast forward to 2 years ago…I want wood flooring in the kitchen but that involves cutting out the old wood floors and then laying new down. OUCH on co$t!! I had always wanted to salvage the floors. I know people thought I was stupid. Or crazy. Well after scraping up the tar paper and layers of milk paint with wood chisels {yes wood chisels} in my hallway, I decided there had to be an easier way. Enter the internet…that blessed thing we didn’t have in the house the first winter. I do not know who the person was that stumbled upon this diy gem, but THANK YOU!!! I finally found the back, time, and sanity saving way to get all the layers of “good stuff” off my kitchen floor. A wallpaper steamer!!! Can I get a Hallelujah?!?!?

Before….
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…After!

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Internet…best tool ever!

DIY Hanging Baskets

I love diy…and flowers.

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So naturally hanging baskets would come into play.

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I used dark purple wave petunias, blue lobelia, and burgundy sweet potato vine.

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Some were a little pot bound…

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…but that’s easy to solve.

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I threw in some Gardener’s Special {a slow release fertilizer} for some summer lovin’!

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Beautiful!!!

{please ignore my messy porch}

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Vintage Bar Stools

So the hubby and have been given a big job…furnish our neighbor’s house! Well not really the WHOLE house…but definitely lots of pieces!
The most recent project is bar stools…specifically Vintage Bar Stools by Ana White and Killer B. designs. They are fabulous and we even managed to dress them up with some added details.

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image{Perfect height for using the scroll saw!}

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image{It’s all in the details.}

image{Painted in Dairy Belle by Valspar…}

image{…with Rustoleum Java Glaze.}

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Functional Fabulousness!

DIY Planter Box

A simple diy planter box even the kids can do!

We started with 2-8″ cedar boards 6 feet long. I cut 2 at 18″, 2 the actual width of the board and 1 at 16 1/4″.

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I did all the cutting and drilling and my handsome helper put them together.

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I put some holes for drainage.

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Tada! Some fabulousness from a 5 year old. Only $10 each {we had nails and screws}!

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Then my gardener took up where handyman left off. The kids picked out some annuals when we got the cedar boards.

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I think they look fabulous!

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Puppy Chow Chili

I was on a creative streak while working on the Hamburger (And More) Patties.

Presenting…

Puppy Chow Chili!

Now this most tantalizing recipe is not only for pups but people too! BONUS!

  • 1 cup dried black beans
  • 3 large chicken breast and ribs {can be substituted with any other kind of chicken or turkey}
  • 4-5 chicken hearts/gizzards
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 – 12 oz cans of tomato paste
  • 1 small handful spinach, shredded
  • 1/2 handful of finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or 1 clove pressed
  • 1/2 cup water

I started off by overnight soaking my beans and cooking the chicken breasts in my crock pot overnight {high 5-6 hours, then it switches to keep warm}. The next morning I cooked the beans for 1 1/2-2 hrs in water. {You can use canned beans if you want. If using canned beans and ground chicken/turkey I would just throw it in the crock pot all together.} While beans are boiling, I pulled apart the chicken breasts and removed the bones and prepped the veggies and seasonings. When beans are done, add the beans, then veggies and seasonings into crock pot with chicken. Add tomato paste and 1/2 cup water. Stir ingredients in well and let cook for an hour on low in crock pot…just to get flavorings through out.

Some pics for ya of the process…

 
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Hamburger {& More} Patties – Review

I have an awesome cookbook for my dogs. I purchased it last year when Duffy was hit with a rough diagnosis. Feed Your Best Friend Better by Rick Woodford {here on Amazon.} I tried a couple of the recipes last year and just tried another one last night.

Hamburger (And More) Patties

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley.

In a large bowl, beat the egg with a fork. Add all the remaining ingredients to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Divide into eight portions and roll into ball. Press flat to 3/4″ thick and 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Cook and serve after cool. {For more details on recipe and portion sizes please look into getting your own copy, it’s worth it!}

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Paint becomes a Stain

I never throw paint out. I have gallons upon gallons, as well as quarts and samples in my basement. And I am a color freak…it has to be just right.

I am working on a fabulous new piece to replace the never finished storage ottoman. Shanty 2 Chic is one of the talented people I love to follow! {Click links to check them out!} I am totally in love with there Bench Coffee Table!

It was super easy to build…despite my silly goofs from being to tired.

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You can see my first set of legs I cut totally wrong. Still it took me less than a day to get it cut and put together.

I let my bench coffee table sit for over a week so I could really think on the finish I want to give it. I decided to put a base stain in gunstock {I never know how much stain I want showing, hence the stain all over} then layers of different colors of paint on top.

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{Gunstock}

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{Sloppy coat of light blue}

When you have as much paint as I do laying around you usually have the right color in hand. The problem is I am finding that some of my older paints, even though they haven’t been opened in years, are now acting almost as a water based stain…showing the grain and stain through the paint. Like the gorgeous blue above. I like using the paint that has become a stain to my advantage!