Monday, September 26, 2011

TDC Inspiration - Candy Corn

I've been in the fall decorating mood and when I saw this post from Sarah, I thought super-easy, super-cute and super-cheap.  I haven't broken out the hot glue gun in years and now that it's out, I have many ideas!  I'm thinkin' a window wreath for every occassion - gumdrops or peppermints for Christmas, conversation hearts for Valentine's day...

Anyway, this project should have been super-cheap but I had NO coupons for Joann's when the inspiration hit and foam is rarely on sale.  (I have heard that the dollar store sells faux wreaths, note to self for next time!)  And I'm thinkin' for even more cheapness to buy the holiday candy during the post-holiday sale (as long as I want to wait until next year to display it).

Here are a couple shots of the pre-display candy corn goodness:

I used a TON of glue gun sticks for the wreath.  That puppy is secure!  I didn't have any fabulous ribbon to hang it from so I dug through my fabric scraps and found these black remnants, sewed them into a very long strip, measured how long I wanted it to hang, cut and sewed the 2 ends together to make a secure "loop".  This now adorns our kitchen window and I love it!  (Photo coming soon)

I am determined to not break out the 3 buckets of Halloween decor until October 1st, so things will fill up more in a week or so.!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kitchen Transition - Before and After

Our kitchen has transitioned over the past 6 years.  It has always been a perfectly good kitchen, but I had visions of what my "dream kitchen" would look like.  Adding a bit of farmhouse charm to a new-ish construction house is quite an undertaking, but not impossible if you have a vision and are related to the man(woman) power!

Since moving in in 2005 we have added hardwood flooring, granite countertops and tile surround (fall/winter 2007), new appliances in 2010, painted twice, leading up to Labor Day 2011 weekend when the biggest, least expensive yet most labor intensive, most dramatic change to the house to-date, project started.

Island color: Sherwin Williams "Lemon Verbena"
All other cabinetry: Sherwin Williams "Summer White"
Hardware: Martha Stewart "soft iron"
Ceiling: White beadboard
Labor: Lovestrands Inc.

Details:  Highly recommend using all oil-based primers and paints (and you'll need a good gallon of mineral spirits for the cleanup).  During this project I had pink eye twice.  Apparently no longer a childhood ailment.  Thankfully we perservered with lots of elbow grease coming in from across the yard.  In all, this project took two weeks to complete.  The island took one weekend, we spent the next week removing the rest of the doors/hardware, and a week of sanding/priming/painting.  Oil-based paints take a good day to dry and you'll need a couple coats on each side of the doors. 

Kitchen before.

Kitchen during - sanded and ready for priming.

Father and son sanding team.

Almost there - bases painted and ready for doors!

Kitchen after.
Some day we will figure out our DSLR camera and take the kind of pictures you see on websites, but one thing at a time.