Wednesday, July 31, 2013

I Think I Love You (cabinet edition)

I think i love you.
So what was i so afraid of...?
Painting my sad sad cabinets...
a different look I was so unsure of!

Remember that little ditty (or the tune)?
Hello, the Partridge Family, one of the greatest televison group of singing family members I have ever heard (the only other one that was top notch in my book would have been the Zac Attack.. Saved By the Bell!  I would call them a band, but that just seems strange.  Anyways, I've been singing this song for the past few days to my favorite new paint, by Annie Sloan, and my wonderful newly painted cabinets!!!Seriously, why has it taken me so long to do this?  My kitchen was just filled with so much oak, and it make my kitchen feel dark and sad!

It needed a pick me up for sure!
So this past week, Friday, my mutha, sista, and tiny tots loaded up and went to Fayetteville.
The Red Hill,, which happens to be filled with the cutest stuff, carries this Annie Sloan paint.

Now, this paint is kind of like the loch ness monster of paints!
It was almost to good to be true!
I mean really?  No sanding?  No priming?  It can't be for real.....
Well, I purchased 3 quart size cans (did not seem like it would be enough, but the ball of preciousness woman at this store assured me it would cover my cabinets, NO PROB, then I bought the soft wax.  This morning, I returned to get me some dark wax.
All in all, 175ish for the supplies (I was okay with that)
So, Friday evening work time 5-9, I apply 1 coat to almost all cabinets.

(I know what you are looking at in this picture.  I know, how can I pull off such an amazing black on black tee shirt/ legging ensemble, I know.... be jealous).  If you were not looking at that, then perhaps you are gazing at the deer that looks as if it is going to pounce on top of me.  Well, yes, that is Aron's deer, it's other friend is in the garage along with multiple antlers.  That's how we roll, in this house.  It goes nicely with all of my fine china, pictures of French bistros and Tuscan sunsets, and chickens.  Whatev.)
Back to the painting...
(Forgot to mention I did not take 1... Not 1 cabinet door off of the hinges!!)  Cha-ching!
Saturday (my birthday), I paint at 1 until 4ish)
Aron took me out on a date, so the painting had to wait!
Sunday my Aron said he would help me finish (which was so sweet and appreciated), because look at who was trying to assist in the "cabinet presto change-o"...
So Aron begins work...
and we get final coat done

I sanded the cabinets to make them look distressed

and then added the soft wax (which seals the paint). So, that was 1 until 6!
Wednesday, 1 until 6, I apply dark wax (right out of the can, wiped off with an old t shirt)
17 hours of work, yes it may seem like a lot, but so worth it!

The paint was supper easy, and it has just changed the whole look of our kitchen/ house!
Annie Sloan is like the Instagram of the paint world!
My mother is wanting to do her cabinets now, and I have so much furniture I cannot wait to splash some paint on!!
Happy Painting!!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Extreme Home Makeover

Does anyone else miss that show?  I do.  They had such fun over the top ideas for someone's dream home and I just loved to see how everything would come together.  Well, I am pretty sure that Ty Pennington and his crew will never be showing up at my home for a little presto change-o, so this Little Red Hen needs to get busy and do things for herself!  I really want to paint our kitchen cabinets, get new wall colors for all of our rooms (kids rooms are not involved in this), and paint the cabinets in our bathrooms.  I have found such fun ideas, and hoping over the next few months to get busy with them!
First off, kitchen cabinets.  I kind of want them green.  I know that is crazy, but I love it.
Or maybe the bottom of the kitchen island could be green and the top stained super dark??
then the kitchen cabinets could have a glazed look on top of a creamy colored paint?

 For some reason I am loving the cool and relaxing blue in this bathroom, maybe I could do something in that color.  I just love how it looks.
I do not know if it is just a stage I am in, but I am loving all things painted and then a little bit scuffed up.  I simply adore this yellow chair, and it could be no where in my home now, but for some reason I am in love with it!  I would sit in it all day it is so precious!

 Here is the blue again.  I wish I could make up my mind on a great color for the cabinets.  I am so sick of looking at all of this wood in our kitchen!  Bah!  Need a change!
 Love this piece of furniture!  It reminds me of my armoire that my gal Billie at The Green Label painted for me.  Love!  Love!
I kow chevron has been big, but I am thinking I have tagged onto it too late.  Chevron is probably so 2 months ago, but I would love a curtain or at least a pillow with this fun print on it!

So, my aunt is in town, and if we are friends on FB you probably saw the pictures I posted of her painting my Moss' kitchen cabinets.  They are something else!  Simply amazing!  They make me so excited to come home and get to work of my own!

 She even painted the pantry door, which I am in love with this idea!  Who knew, you can paint a door?  I obvi don't get out much!
 The pictures do not even do this brand new kitchen justice, but it is getting me so inspired to work on my nest!  What are some things in your home you would like to change?


Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Power of Prayer

I don't know if you are a praying person, but I am.  I pray in the mornings, noon time, evening before bed, sometimes Sophia will ask who I'm talking to (which I am sure she thinks I'm crazy, and that is fine).  I pray for God to help me to be more loving and kind, I am always praying for patience, I pray for my family, I pray for friends going through hard times, I pray for our country, just everything.  Now, all things that I am praying for do not always work out how I would like, but I know that God hears me when i cry out in prayer to Him and He loves me, and He will work things out according to His perfect plan.
Yesterday, I was so surprised to see an email come across the screen talking about a recent doctors appointment for my girl friend from church Jenn.  Now, Jenn and her husband are in my Sunday school class they have 2 little girls.  When I met her for the first time at a girls night, she was so nice just a sweet spirit, and I thought she was very funny!  Well, this email stated that Jenn was told she has stage 2/ borderline 3 breast cancer.  I HATE CANCER!  She would be having surgery on Friday.  I just could not even understand WHY and HOW this could happen.  I'm mean, she's young, she and her husband have a 5 year old and a 3 year old, heck, they were going to Disneyland next week.  I mean this is just not right!
Tonight, many of my girl friends went to Jenn's home, and just prayed over her.  Hey, a bunch a women praying over a friend, I know that God heard us tonight.
I wanted so badly to pray for Jenn, but I'm such an emotional girl, I would have been a blubbering mess, so here is what I wanted to say....
Dear Lord, I know that You are the One and Only true God.  You are mighty and powerful, and healer of all things.  Tonight, I just lift my friend to you in prayer.  I pray that over the next few days she can feel your presence in every move, every breath, every thought she makes.  Please be with the doctors and nurses that will be taking care of her, guide their hands to remove this cancer. I pray that jenn's body be healed quickly, and that she comes out of this storm stronger and better because You were holding her hand the whole way through it.  We love you Lord, Amen
If you pray, please join me in prayer for her