Tuesday, June 27, 2017

How to Paint Laminate Countertops



Hey guys! So this past winter I bought a house that needed some major TLC. The room that seemed to need the most work was the kitchen. And with this being my first home I wanted to make it everything I wanted because I spend quite a lot of time in the kitchen. Because I had such a tight budget I was looking into various ways I could make my kitchen look like a million bucks without breaking the bank. I did three major improvements to the kitchen:


  1. Painted the cabinets white
  2. Painted the backsplash white
  3. Painted the countertops
Today I am going to talk about how I painted my ugly cream color countertops! I did a TON of research on painting countertops and narrowed down it down to a product that is seriously amazing!
I ended up going with DAICH SpreadStone Mineral Select 1 qt. Onyx Fog Countertop Refinishing Kit. It is only sold online and at Home Depot. One thing I will say that I hate myself for is that this actually goes on sale around Black Friday time for $75! So when I went to go order and it was its regular price of $125 I was a little upset with myself. But lesson learned the hard way. So I chose this product because I had watched several tutorials on it and really like how it looked compared to other kits. Also I picked the color because all of the walls in my house are a light gray color. 




So when it comes to painting your countertops, it will take at least 2 to 3 days, because of the drying process in between each layer/coat of paint. Also after reading numerous reviews it advised to not use your countertops for at least 7 days so all the paint could fully harden. 

Now when you get your kit it comes with everything you need to complete the painting process.

When starting the process follow the directions!!! They are very detailed and super simple to follow. They even have video tutorials on how to do it, which I watched several times. The only parts that were a pain were:
  1. Taping all the edges
  2. Sanding the entire countertop numerous times
  3. Painting corners, around the sink, and edges
  4. Vacumming after each time you sand
  5. WAITING
However after several days of painting, sanding, vacuuming, and waiting, you will be left with beautiful counters that were super cheap! 

Here are the before, during, and after photos of the countertops :)
 

Before








During





Now
(Only have a close up because I was cooking)





Until next time 

<3 Em

Target and Gap Clearance Store Haul



Hello!!! So it's been a crazy year since I moved back home to Louisville. Long story short, I started teaching middle school (used to be elementary), moved into my dad's basement, bought a house, renovated my house, moved in, and finally finished the school year. Only to interview and get a job to go back to elementary. A LOT has been going on and it's finally summer break, I now have some down time to do some shopping, cooking/baking, DIY projects, and even more work on my house! 

Anyway I have been stocking up on a lot of clothes from Target's clearance section and I also made a trip up to Northern Kentucky and had to make a stop at the Gap Clearance store. Hope you enjoy everything and go out and get these deals for yourself!




Target:

Dresses

Gray Cold Shoulder Dress
$7.48




 Navy Floral Dress
$8.98



Striped T-Shirt Dress
$8.98




Navy Off the Shoulder Dress
$17.48



Pink Off the Shoulder Dress
$17.48


Black Floral off the Shoulder Dress
$8.98



Teal Lace Dress
$11.98




Tops

Bee Button Up
$9.00



Green Floral Cold Shoulder
$7.48



Rompers

Black Floral Cold Shoulder Romper
$7.48



Pale Pink Floral Romper
$7.48




Gap Clearance Store:

Tops


Black Floral Top
$6.99



Black Lace Top
$5.00




Cream Cardigan
$6.99 



Navy Cardigan
$5.00 



Dresses

Navy Floral Dress
$5.00



Black Floral Accent Dress
$5.00




Scarves

Navy Pineapple Scarf
$6.99




Tropical Scarf
$6.99





Until next time 
<3 Em









Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Bridal Shower Brunch - Menu, Decorations, Games, EVERYTHING you need to know!

Hello!!!

I know it has been a loooong time since I last posted, but my life has been so crazy since I started my new job; which happened right after my sister's bridal shower was complete! This is going to be a long post because there is soooo much stuff.

First thing I am going to talk about is the decor/decorations. I am extremely lucky, because my step mom is an artist and is able to recreate anything that I show her. So I went on good old Pinterest to find some ideas on signs that she could make for me. Below are the signs and posters she made for me.

Decorations:




For the decorations like the tissue paper flowers in the picture above, I went to Dollar Tree and got a ton of stuff for super cheap there. Below is a list of items I got from Dollar Tree:

Table covers
Tissue paper flower garland
Giant hanging tissue flowers
Glass cups
Glass plates
Veggie Tray 
Glass bowls
Tongs
Brown paper bags

I'm sure there's a lot more that I got, I just can't think of it now. Anyway, always start at Dollar Tree you will save so much money!

For the plates and eating utensils, we ordered stuff online from Party City and Party Source. I went with a gold and pink theme. Pictures of everything will be below with the food!


Food:
Now if you are a maid of honor, you know that a bride can be very picky or particular about a lot of things. Well for my sister she is very picky about food, so I finalized the menu with her and added a couple items myself. Below is a list of all the food items and there will be pictures to follow!

Menu:
Hashbrown Casserole
Croissant Egg and Cheese Sliders
Pasta Salad
Ham and Cheese Sliders on Mini Hawaiian Sweet Rolls
Vegetable Platter
Cherry Turnovers
Yogurt Parfait Bar with Fruit and Granola
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Funfetti Cupcakes
Mimosa Bar 

Hashbrown Casserole and Veggie Tray

Buffet Spread



Mimosa Bar



 Yogurt Parfait Bar



Party Favors:

When it came to party favors, I kind of went all out. I made three different things that each person got to pick up and put in their own take home bag.

Party Favor Items:

To-Go Cupcakes with Spoon


Homemade White Chocolate & Sixlet Pretzels



Passion Tea Lemonade kits




Here is what the party favor station looked like!




Games:
When it came to games I found a lot of my ideas on Pinterest. I had several paper and pencil games which were fun because it involved everyone getting to know the bride a little more! Here are the following games I had:

Guess How Many Sixlets
Pearl Bobby Pin Name Game (Said grooms name, take the pin, whoever had the most wins!)

Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Game

Paper Games:
Purse Scavenger Hunt Game
How Well Do You Know The Bride
Wedding Word Scramble



Game Prizes:
I have a blog post completely dedicated to this :) Go check it out!



Location:
I also got really lucky with where we had the bridal shower. My sister works for an apartment/leasing company. So I was able to use one of their model apartments to host the shower, which was for free. All I had to do was put everything back and clean it!


Invitations:
Again I found a template for free on Pinterest for the invitations. I printed them off in color at my dad's work and then got pink envelopes to match the invites I used. There are tons of cute templates out there that are free! You can even use an evite website to save even more money! I ended having to use it also because we changed the day of the shower.



That is everything I can think of for now, but if anything pops up that I can remember, I'll make sure to add it in!

Hopefully this all helps out, if you are planning a shower soon!

-Em