Dinosaur Bookends

dino bookends

My daughter turned 20 last week. I can hardly believe that this little peanut is so old :( These days, you are more likely to see her like this…   It feels like just the other day when I posted about her 18th birthday, and here we are two years later! Time sure does fly. Of course, present buying is always a bigger task when the birthday girl says she doesn't know what she wants, but I've figured out that just scoping her Pinterest board for "products I love" will always … [Read more...]

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A Few Before and Afters

boat shelf after

Happy St. Patricks Day! In my family, we have a few Patricks - my dad, my brother and my nephew are all named Patrick - and my son's middle name is Patrick too! I'm waking up my little guy this morning with a bagel covered in green cream cheese! He's either going to love it, or think it's disgusting. LOL! In the last few months, I know I haven't posted much, but I have been busy. Here are a few of the little projects I've worked on. I have a pretty large collecting of silver platters. I've … [Read more...]

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Painting the Kitchen Cabinets

Sherwin Williams Snowbound on the top cabinets, Gauntlet Gray on the lowers.

For as long as we've been here, I have disliked our kitchen. I didn't like the color of the cabinets, or the copper accents (drawer pulls, pot hanger, etc) I was especially not in love with how the black backsplash and the black counters  made it look like a black hole. As much as I'd love a complete kitchen makeover - new cabinets, new layout, new countertops, etc - it's crazy expensive. In an effort to update the kitchen without getting too expensive, over the last few … [Read more...]

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Quick Mirror Update

Krylon Silver Leafing Pen

When we re-did our master bathroom last year, I couldn't find the right mirrors. First they were too big and too square... Then they were WAY too small... Then I found the perfect size and shape at, of all places, my friend Cricket's house! Loved the size and the shape, but the only thing that didn't work was the inside rim of the frame had a gold tone to them. So, I picked up this Krylon Silver Leafing pen from Michaels (used a 40% off coupon, of course!) I know … [Read more...]

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Little Orphan Annie

Annie - on the way to Petsmart

Early one Monday morning, I got a phone call from my husband. It was odd that he would call me so soon after leaving for work, so I was a little worried that he had been in an accident or something equally worrisome. "Someone abandoned a puppy at the office" is the first thing he said to me when I answered. "She is so skinny, honey. And she's really cute." Oh, no. This is not a good sign. Seconds later, I hear a ping in my ear telling me that I have a new message… I look down and see that … [Read more...]

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What Do You Think of Black Window Frames?

Black rounded windows

HELLO!! I know, it's been a while. Sorry about that - hope you didn't miss me too much. I took a little break and now I'm back. No big reason or story, except I needed to take a much needed mental break  :) While I was gone, I got a few projects done - more on those later. I've also been contemplating which direction to go with some of the rooms in my house. One thing I've been thinking of changing is to paint the frames of our windows black. The window frames in my dining room and living … [Read more...]

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My Favorite Comfort Food: Last Minute Chili – Blog hop and Link Party

Last Minute Chili

If you are stopping by from At Home on the Bay, welcome! I can't wait to try Mary's Cheddar Jack Cheese Potato Casserole! That looks so good! Of course, anything with cheese and potatoes is okay with me! :) Is it just me, or do you start to crave comfort foods once the calendar flips to October? What's a comfort food, you might ask? Comfort Food: noun.  1.  food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated … [Read more...]

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Diet – Day One

give me my coffee, and no one gets hurt

It's no secret around my house that I absolutely am the world's worst dieter. Every day, I wake up determined that this will be the day that I will stick to a diet. Any diet. It is usually a bust before noon. Well, today, I decided that since I can't count on myself to be accountable, I'd come here and ask you to help me. I need to have someone that will hold me to my plan... I know eventually, it will all come down to me, but it would be good to have some back up, ya know? Okay, so here's my … [Read more...]

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Checking Vintage Furniture for Lead Paint

3M Lead Check Swabs

As a person who frequently  buys and repaints vintage furniture, I am always worried about lead paint and whether it was used on the piece I'm about to sand and re-paint. Lead is not something I ever want to mess with, let alone get into my lungs. When we were at the Haven Conference, 3M was handing out these little packets of Lead Check Swabs and I grabbed a pack. They can detect lead on painted wood, metal, vinyl, plastic and in dust! I know when we bought our old house in NJ, it would have … [Read more...]

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Painting the Doors Black

hallway looking at the laundry room and bedroom

If you follow me on Pinterest (and you really should be!) you would know that I have a board called "Black Doors". I fell in love with the look of interior black doors months and months ago, but didn't know if I would love them in our house. Well, I did paint the inside of the front doors black a looonnggg time ago - you can check them out here in the post about painting the floor tiles. I was especially worried about it in the hallway to the kids bedrooms, since there isn't any natural light in … [Read more...]

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Pins I’ve Tried: 52 Things I Like About You.

52 Things I Like About You

My daughter has been dating her boyfriend for almost a year now.  And yes, I still feel like, at 19, she is completely too young to date, but that's a story for another day :)   She wanted to do something fun for him for his birthday and stalked Pinterest for some ideas. She saw this pin and thought the idea was cute, so she went with it. You will see that I didn't link this picture to the original site - and that's because it tracks back to a scraper website :(  And even going … [Read more...]

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Pins I’ve Tried… again: Bamboo China Cabinet Makeover

Faux Bamboo China Cabinet in Sunrise Red

I know I just posted about the black bamboo cabinet I painted using the same method/paint, but I recently painted this cabinet and wanted to give you the details on my experience. Here's the deal: I have wanted to try the paint and color  of Natty's dresser out for a while now. In her post, she says that the Rustoleum paint is made to self level, leaving a practically glass-like finish using a paint brush.When I tried to use it on the black dresser/cabinet, it didn't exactly work … [Read more...]

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