Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pinterest Challenge: Nutella Brownies

If you are anything like me, than you must also spend countless hours sitting on your phone looking up anything and everything on Pinterest, it can become an easy distraction when you are waiting for the kids activities to end (or you are bored to death like myself).  Either way, I love that you can find literally anything you are looking for in there.  

Now that my kids are right smack in the middle of their summer break, I find that I need to keep some sort of  baked good lying around, otherwise I get the usual "I have nothing good to eat" complaint, even though the pantry and fridge are both filled to the brim, and please don't get me started on the feeding frenzy a certain teenage boy is goes thru (seriously, where is all that food going to?  because he's a skinny minnie) I went ahead and baked a boxed brownie mix, only to realize that it was way pass it's expiration date and tasted stale, yeah, that wouldn't do. I went ahead and looked up how to make a brownie from scratch, and stumbled upon this recipe. It's like a chocolate overload, in a good way, will definitely be making it again.  And for those who care, I only made half of the recipe, otherwise, yours truly would be eating it all.  You can find the recipe here, and if you need help with cutting a recipe in half, go here.  Enjoy!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Our Kitchen Transformation, Part 3

Well, the dirty work of the backsplash installation has been completed!  They were able to do the whole thing in one day, and if you asked my husband, he would tell you that it looks like a one day job.  I'm just happy that I finally have a backsplash that I love, and I did not have to lift a finger to get it done :)  

I choose to do a glass tile backsplash, and I have to tell you, the reflection that it gives off is just phenomenal!  I do wish they had carried more colors in this size tile though (2 by4) as I'm sure I would had probably gone lighter.  The color of this tile is beige, but it has more of a green hue to it, still matches the granite, which was a concern of mine.  So, without further delay, here is our kitchen with the granite, painted cabinets, and new glass backsplash:



When we first moved here, we had a big ugly fluorescent light fixture box for the light.  I was able to remove that ugly thing, with only minor patching to the ceiling.  In it's place, I installed a three light tract fixture.  It did the job nicely for a while, but I always knew that I wanted something different for this space.  I looked and looked, and finally decided to go with this light pendant from Pottery Barn.  I would had loved the bigger one, but it cost way more, and I don't think my makeshift ceiling electrical box was going to stand a chance (no, I'm not an electrician, I just you tube everything).  So this pretty thing is now living in my kitchen, and we love it! We also got a new vent hood, one that actually works and doesn't drown out every conversation.  

When we first moved here, I was able to install the under cabinet lighting, as well as the rope lighting on top, so as you can imagine, this kitchen was pretty dark and boring.  I can honestly say that I'm very happy with every single change we have made to it.  The only thing I'm still considering is painting the kitchen island (can't decide on a color) and the walls.  Then, this room will be D.O.N.E.


Cabinet color: white dove by Benjamin Moore Advance in semigloss
Hardware:  D. Lawless

Hope everyone has a great week!

Sharing at: My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,

Monday, March 24, 2014

Our Kitchen Transformation, part 2

Well, hello there, guess who decided to join the blog world, and do a post today?  Could be because I'm sick with a stomach bug, and I am doing absolutely nothing because of it (really, this has hit me hard, and I'm just trying to keep the world from spinning).

I've been meaning to do this project for about 2 years now, I was just not sure if I could do this myself, as I knew it was a big project to take on.  We decided to finally get a new backsplash installed (it's happening as we speak) and that was the motivation I needed to get started on the kitchen cabinets.

I decided to this while my kids were on spring break, poor things were bored out of their minds, but hey, I figured it gave them lot's of time to relax ;)  

I was trying to take my time, and do things correctly, but by the last section, I was just so ready to finish it already, so it's far from perfect.  I did learn a few things as I went, and if I ever decide to tackle something like this (not too likely though), I now know what to do.

So, let's start by showing you the before:

two toned ugliness

We got our new countertops about a year and half ago:

Don't know if I mentioned it back then, but when the new countertop was installed, it left a pretty big gap between it and the old backsplash.  I put some caulk in there, but it just look messy, and I felt we were doing the countertops no justice by leaving that gap like that.  I was finally able to convince the hubby to get a new backsplash, and I'm so excited that it is finally getting done.

In the meantime, I was able to complete the cabinets in about 6 days.  Like I said, I was trying to take my time.  The color I used was White Dove, by Benjamin Moore.  I used their advance line in semigloss.  I was able to use two coats, and it the coverage was amazing, but I do think it did help that I used this primer beforehand:

I was very hesitant to spend the money for this primer, but I figured it would still be cheaper than to hire  someone to come and fix the mess I would have done, if things went wrong.

And here is how the kitchen currently looks:

Amazing how the white cabinets make the backsplash look dirty!

We also got new hardware, and I'm really loving the look.  

I can't believe how light and airy the kitchen already feels.  Amazing what a gallon of paint can do to transform a room.  I still have a few more changes to make in here, but I'm SO glad this part is over.

So, what do you think?  I'm personally loving the whole white kitchen trend, just can't believe it took me this long to join everyone else.

Hope you have a great week!


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Styling the Striped Wall

Now that I finished painting the wall with stripes, the fun part of decorating it began...  

I tried re-using what I already owned, but did want a large (very large) picture of my kids.  I purchased the frame from Ikea, and ordered the picture from Costco...for a grand total of $35.  

The only other purchase was the wreath I got from Target, I had been eyeing it for  years now, and decided it would look great on the wall, as a pop of color. 

A little gold paint went a long way with this Ikea bookcase.  I was inspired by the frames I did a while ago.

Love how the green of the wreath makes the gold stripe "pop".



Hope everyone likes the after as much as I do.  Will be back soon with my Christmas home tour.  Have a great week! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Striped Wall and Tip for Attic Doors

Hello everyone, hope your weekend went well, it was unusually warm here this past weekend..for someone who has been enjoying the cooler temps, this was very much an unwelcome change.  

If you follow me on Instagram (thevelvetdoor), you have gotten a glimpse of what I have been doing for the past few days.  I have wanted to do stripes somewhere in our home for a few months now, and I felt a little motivation kicking in last week, so I went ahead, and picked a wall that has been on my to do list for a while.  Here is how it looked before:

It’s not that I did not like it, I just felt like it was not me anymore.  After pinning away some inspirations on Pinterest, I decided to go ahead, and keep the current color I already had, but to use a much lighter shade for the other stripes.  I had also seen pictures of multiple stripes, with different shades, and that left me thinking that I should also add an accent color as well.

The tan color is rattan by Benjamin Moore, the light color is white navajo by Benjamin Moore (colored matched to Glidden) and the accent color is Martha Stewart metallic paint in golden pearl. The stripes are all far from perfect, I even had a little mishap when removing the tape:

Nothing a little free hand painting could not fix, but it was still a headache, and I can’t figure out if it was the tape, or the paint that caused this.  I did learn a little tip thanks to Jennifer and Sarah:  Next time, after the tape is up, paint along the lines where the new color will go with the same color as the current one on the walls, after that dries, paint with the new color, and (this is very important) peel tape off after last coat is up!  Do not let it dry with the tape on.  Nothing good will come out from that, trust me.

And while I was at it, something kept bothering me.  I had looked a few weeks back what I could replace this gorgeousness of a pull string with:

Found some things, but was not willing to pay the money for it, so I basically made my own:

and this to help pull it down with:

Got the knob at Hobby Lobby on clearance for a $1.06, the wooden dowel at Walmart (for less than $3) and the hook I had on hand from a previous project.  I might get crafty, and paint or decorate the dowel in the future, but for now, it’s staying as is.  This works great, and took care of the ugly pull string situation. 

Now, the really fun thing about this whole thing:  decorating that wall.  I have a couple of ideas, and will give some a try, since I know I’m bound to dislike some once they are up on my wall.  As soon as that is ready, I will be back to share.

Hope everyone has a fantastic, and hopefully cooler, week!