Fixer Upper: Cabinet Remodel

It’s almost shocking how one project can transform a room. Of course, painting cabinets was a bigger project than I expected it to become but it was certainly worth it in the end.

The previous occupant had painted half, yes HALF, the cabinets and the hardware with white acrylic paint. The landowners and I thought it may have been easier to just buy all new cabinets and be done with it. After doing some research online and talking over the costs of purchasing new cabinets, I decided to take on this project head on. It was much cheaper to do it this way and all the blogs online said it would be a quick and easy weekend project.

Boy I was wrong. Well, it was definitely way cheaper but this is no weekend project. Again, don’t think that you can do this all on a Saturday through Sunday and call it good. The sanding alone took a day since the cabinets that didn’t have a horrible acrylic paint job, had a thick glossy coat that was tough to break through. If you were to do this yourself, I highly recommend not skipping the sanding. Most cabinets have a top coat finish that won’t take to paint. Sanding allows the wood to be porous enough to have the paint stick. Even after, I had to do three coats of the off white paint for the top cabinets and 2 coats for the bottom in order to cover everything.

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The inside of the cabinets had this outdated yellow flower contact paper that would make your great grandma cringe. While I tried to remove some of it, I decided to cover it up with a pretty white marble contact paper I found at Lowes. Even though it made a HUGE difference, I developed a small personal hatred for contact paper. It can be very difficult to handle when placing inside a cabinet, and I have very little patience getting the bubbles out. Despite that, it covered the yellow flowers and gave it a cleaner look.

The doors took more time than I would have liked. I had to sand them a few times in order to get the paintbrush marks out. Also, since it was the doors I did about 3-4 coats of paint on both the top and the bottom to hide any imperfections from before.

I used the original hardware which was a bronze metal or painted with the acrylic paint. I went to Walmart and found a metallic spray paint that matched the stainless steel of the sink. Once I got most the paint off, I went to town with doing a few coats.

Installing wasn’t that difficult once I had Colton help me hold up the doors. Without his help, it would’ve taken me much longer for installation. It took us maybe 45 minutes to do both.

Overall, I’m so amazed that this project really helped the kitchen pop. The colors flow well with the light grey walls and the Commick Pine flooring that were previously done. The kitchen looks completely different than the day back in May where I toured the house. We couldn’t have pulled it off without the support of the landowners, our family, and friends. (Excuse the missing drawer in the pictures as I have to install a new drawer mechanism!)

Stay tuned for more home projects!

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1920s Fixer Upper: Lessons Learned

We are officially moved into the house! After 94 hours in 27 days, we have made the home livable. I honestly feel like I don’t remember anything for the month of June since it flew by so fast! What I do remember is the lessons Colton and I learned throughout the journey.

 

Prioritizing Your Projects

This was huge for us. We couldn’t just start anywhere and expect it to go smoothly. We had to sit down and figure out worst-case scenarios and at minimum what we could live with. For us, this was completing the entire upstairs before even starting on the downstairs. That way we could have the carpet installed and have at least one bathroom to use if something happened and we couldn’t get finished in time.  Thankfully, all but one room was painted and livable. Now that we’re moved in we can work on other projects to make the house a home.

 

Working Together

This was our first real big project as a couple. We’ve been together for years img_6868and learned so much so far. However, that was nothing compared to the work that had to be done. There were days where we both were exhausted, hot, and wanted to jump down each other’s throats. But after showering and getting something to eat, we realize we didn’t mean the things that we said or wanted to say. We apologized and understood that this was just building our relationship even more. Our communication has gotten better and we broke those barriers that held us from saying, “I need help with this” or “I need to take a break.” Understanding each other’s limits and picking up slack when the other has a rough day is also important with working together.

 

Compromising

Compromising was hard for me especially. I’m the type of person who wants everything done now. It drives me bonkers when something isn’t perfect or it’s unfinished. We had to move in with the cabinets not done and a whole room still needing to be painted (not to mention the work we have to do outside). Colton had to sit me down and have me relax to help better understand that it’s okay that everything isn’t finished. That’s the whole point of redoing a home. Sometimes you just have to meet in the middle and just bite the bullet on things. We have so much time to finish things and not everything has to be done right this second.

 

Finally, remembering to love each other

It doesn’t matter if the house is unfinished or if it was completely finished, at the end of the day we still had to sleep next to one another. No matter what was said or done that day, we had to take it for what it is and love each other. All of the flaws, strengths, weaknesses, everything. That’s the best thing being in a relationship. We have to love the entirety of the other person in order for things to work. It doesn’t truly matter whether or not it was a good day. What matters is what happens afterwards. We have to remember that we love each other for all of life’s journey, not just for the good parts.

 

All in all, I’m happy that we have a house to live in. The neighborhood is great, the landowners are awesome, and it’s peaceful. We even noticed a change in our dogs’ behavior. They are much more relaxed than we have ever seen them in the apartments we lived in. Everything feels right.

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Stay tuned for the upcoming projects that are being done. Next week, I’m finishing the cabinets and giving them a whole new look!

1920s Fixer Upper: Update 2

I apologize for the late post! Things are starting to get a bit hectic now that we’re coming closer to move in day. We had a minor setback with the carpet installation since the subfloor needed to be repaired and painted from the previous occupant. So now the carpet should be officially in this coming Friday (yay!), which means we can start moving things! After the carpet, the only things left upstairs will be installing the crowning and painting the bathroom cabinets.

Downstairs is another story. We have three more rooms to be patched up and painted, installing the kitchen flooring, and painting the kitchen cabinets. We also have some minor things to repair or repurpose but those thankfully can wait until we’re all moved in.

Enough of the house for now.

I wanted to give a special shout out to my partner-in-crime, Colton. He has been extremely helpful with this whole house process. It’s a big project for the both of us and he took it head on with helping paint, tape, lawncare, and above all, keeping me sane. I couldn’t ask for anyone else to have with me. The bonding we have accumulated since the start of this project is astounding. We had to face some decisions that we haven’t before and being there for one another while we balance the madness of fixing the house and maintaining our apartment. I have to say we have definitely grew more in our relationship and I’m thankful of that. I couldn’t be anymore luckier to have him in my life.

 

Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to moving in!

1920s Fixer Upper: Update

Whoa what a week!

The weathers been getting hotter here in Michigan! I’m ready to be finished with the interior so I can start out on the exterior of the house! Hello sitting on rocking chairs sipping on cold drinks in the beautiful summer weather!

We can see the light at end of the tunnel for the upstairs! Only a few more areas to patch up and paint and we are ready for the carpet to be installed! It’s stunning how much a little love can really update a room! We got rid of all the bright colors and stark white walls; and painted a ray of warm nudes and soft grays. We chose these colors specifically so that if we wanted a change in style for a room, we don’t have to repaint it. Also, it brings a fresh clean look to the house.

 

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE color! And with garage sale season, it’s perfect time to find awesome finds to paint and add a pop of color to a room! I’m collecting all “new” pieces for the house to really make it stand out from before.

 

Stay tuned to see everything that’s happening the next couple of weeks!

1920s Fixer Upper

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I have very exciting news to share with all of you. Over the weekend, I took on the project of restoring a rental home that my significant other and I will be living in. The best part is that we get to (mostly) decide what goes on since we’re doing the work. So far, the wall colors have been decided and we have already started on painting. The catch is that we have 25 days until we have to move out of our old apartment and into our new home! That means most of the interior work has to be completed before the last few days in June so that we can have a few days to move in the majority of our items. Yikes! What a time crunch!

All in all, that’s okay as we decided what absolutely needs to be done before the move.

-10 rooms patched and painted

-flooring for the upstairs

-the kitchen ceiling and floor needs to be done

That doesn’t look too bad on screen. However, the tenant before us did quite the load of damage to the walls where simple spackle cannot patch up. That being said, some major drywall fixes need to happen. We had to push back any exterior work until we’re moved in July as the siding, porch, and landscaping all needs some love. We made some progress this weekend with painting the walls in a few “colorful” rooms. 

All of this is quite exciting and feels like I’m in a HGTV show. I’m in love with this house and all the niches it has! In all due time, I know we can bring out the potential in this beautiful home and give it a whole new life. I’ll give weekly updates before showing off the final project! Stay tuned!

Look of the Day

Every once in a while, I enjoy going outside of the box and do some character/theme makeup. This was an entry to for a goddess contest I did. The goddess I chose was Asteria: goddess of the stars and last immortal to live with man.

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I didn’t have gold lipstick or white eye liner at the time so I cheated a bit. The white is just acrylic paint. The gold is gold acrylic paint with a bronze eye shadow layered on top. In order for the colors to pop for a galaxy look, I took black eye shadow and blended it with my fingers. I wanted it faint enough so that it wasn’t overpowering the look. I did the purple and blue the same way by blending it with my fingers rather than a brush.

Overall, one of my most enjoyable looks to do. I like being able to take an idea and run with it.

 

Working In Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part Three

This past week I had a running struggle. It was like Mother Nature knew when I was out to get out of work to run and decided to rain. I didn’t want to keep me away from being able to get my cardio in so I decided to try something new—self-defense. I’m not talking about practice kicking some guy in the nuts, but rather learning how to actually throw a punch at an opponent with either arm. I also learned how to block and dodge so you don’t get stunned by a hit to the head.

Mind you, this was the difficult part. I’m definitely not one of those graceful woman warriors you see on TV. My right arm is forceful and accurate; whereas my left is wet noodle. It was hard getting used to it and I’m still getting the hang of it. However, I feel more confident knowing that I can (somewhat) protect myself. I’m sure the more I do it, the better I’ll get. Nothing wrong with practice!

Nowadays everyone should know some sort of defense. The scary stories we found on the internet in middle school are nothing compared to what we hear on the 5 o’clock news. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a city or in the rural areas—almost nowhere is safe from predators. Now before we tie tinfoil on our heads and shut ourselves away from the world, we should always know one thing. We shouldn’t be ashamed of who we are whether we are tall, short, strong, weak, or anything else in between.

It feels good for the soul practicing to be able to defend myself at any time. It’s one step closer to making sure I’m safe and relaxed in any environment.

May Lush Haul

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I recently went into my nearest Lush location and was hooked up with all sort of goodies. I have only tried Lush once in my life and that was years ago. I heard nothing but incredible reviews on their products (and it was pay day) so I wanted to really give them a try.

First off, the sales associate was magnificent. She asked all the right questions to help me look for that perfect product, and was extremely knowledgeable of all their line. She probably could have sold me the entire store if my paycheck allowed it. Plus, she gave me a few free samples.

Second, their products are absolutely amazing and well worth the price tag. I cannot emphasize the quality of their products. Lush is against animal testing, 100% vegetarian, all of their ingredients are carefully picked from local or global sellers who actually care about their products, their packaging is recycled, and it’s all homemade!  They certainly have something for everyone from bath bombs to face masks, to hairdyes and even toothpaste!

My May haul contained some awesome goodies! Below is what I got and a small description about it.

Rose Jam Bubbleroon. This has an amazing smell to it. However, it’s not really rosy rather than sweet and fruity. I love it for Lush cocktails as it produces a bunch of bubble, a very pretty pink colored water, and makes your skin feel so incredibly soft.

 

Milky Bath Bubble Bar. Another favorite to mix with Lush cocktails. It has a comforting scent and very subtle sparkles. Plus, the shape is adorable.

Floating Island and Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment Bath Melts. The Floating Island and the Milky Bath is a perfect combination to help you relax and feel refreshed. The Floating Island is vanilla and sandalwood scented and really moisturizes your skin. The Mmmelting Marshmallow Moment has a candy-like scent and a perfect match to the Rose Jam. I prefer to cut these up and use them for multiple times.

Cocktail time! I decided to mix these four together to create an aromatic and colorful experience. I do like the mixture of the sweet scents with the more delicate ones. My skin felt positively amazing and smooth afterwards.  I added one of my personal rose petal bath bomb to the mix! The water turned a pretty purple color and the aroma helped my body and mind relax.

Don’t Rain On My Parade Shower Gel. I love love love the scent of this shower gel. It’s has a fresh scent mixed with blueberry juice and violet perfume. I was unsure at first when I was in the store but after trying it, I use it practically every day. I love it for my morning shower especially since it helps wake me up.

Lastly, I picked up the Sea Monster Fun. The best way to describe this product is that Fun is bath Play-Doh that does fantastic things to your skin and hair! Sea Monster is lavender and lime scented and it’s very soft to play with. Perfect for kids (and adult kids). I didn’t even mention the best part about their Fun products. About 2.5% of the profits they make from selling Fun goes towards a charity called FunD, which helps create safe places for children to play in the affected area of the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

Overall, I am very satisfied with what I got with this haul. I will definitely be going into Lush again soon to try out some more of their products. Any suggestion post in the comments! I’d love to hear what you have to say about Lush, their products, or anything that I should try!

Look of the Day

 

I’ve been loving vibrant colors lately, especially this NYX yellow. 

 

Eyeshadow:

  • “Tempera”, “Golden Ochre”, “Love Letter”, and “Venetian Red” in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette.
  • “Psychedelic” from NYX Cosmetics Single Eyeshadows.

Liner:

  • NYX Cosmetics Felt Tip Liner in shade “Jet Black”.

Brows:

  • Brow Zings Tame and Shape Kit in shade “3”.
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Brow in shade “Medium Brown”.

 

Working in Fitness While Working Fulltime: Part Two

I got to admit it. It’s not easy to workout with no music. I know a few people who are able to be successful with this. However, I’m definitely not one of those folks. I enjoy anything that is upbeat and fast to help me fight through cardio. Here’s one of my go to running playlist.

  • Unstoppable by The Score
  • Thunder by Imagine Dragons
  • Money Run Low by The Score
  • Calabria 2007 by Enur
  • GDFR by Flo Rida
  • #thatPOWER by Will.I.Am
  • Cheap Thrills by Sia
  • Shape Of You (Stormzy Remix) by Ed Sheran
  • Get This Party Started by Stevie B
  • DJ Turn It Up by Yellow Claw
  • That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
  • Let’s Be Friends by Emily Osment
  • 100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters
  • Rock That Body by Black Eyed Peas
  • Warrior by Havana Brown
  • Just Hold On by Steve Aoki and Louis Tomlinson
  • Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd

Enjoy!