Monday, October 24, 2016

{The Abode} Painting the Family Room Built-Ins White

I'm excited to share this update with you today.  It's been a long time coming and now I wonder why we waited so long to do it!
Here are our family room built in cabinets before. They've been that light honey oak since we moved in eleven years ago.  We're thinking about painting our kitchen cabinets white and decided to try our hand at the (slightly) less intimidating built ins.
The first step was clearing them out.  I moved some of the items to the bottom of the cabinets to get them out of the way.
 Did you know I had this wall paper behind the shelves? I don't think many people noticed it but I was ready for a change.
 We started our project with an oil-based primer.  We painted right over the wall paper.
I only had a few minutes to make up my mind about the behind the shelf wall color so I went with Hale Navy from Benjamin Moore.  I knew I loved their Newburyport Blue from our master bedroom and den so staying on the same color card felt safe while also a little bold since we were going darker.
While Mr. Click did the inside work, I painted the doors.  First they are getting the primer on each side (allowing dry time before flipping them over).
This Handy Paint Cup from Lowe's is genius.  It's got an ergonomic grip for holding it and there's a magnetic spot near the lip to hold your paintbrush up and out of the paint when you're not painting. I highly recommend buying the liners for the cups too because they make clean up a breeze!
 It's so exciting when you see it all starting to come together!
We used a product called Rustoleum Cabinet Transformations in Pure White.  The kit comes with everything you need(minus the primer) to paint a 100 square foot kitchen and you pick either the dark kit or the light kit. The store tints the color for you and there are a lot to choose from.
And ta-da..the finished room! 
I'm so glad we chose a bold color for the back of the shelves.  The navy really sets off all of our objects.
 It was fun to style the shelves.  There's that wooden tray I recently got while thrifting. I knew I'd use it somewhere!
 Most of the items are thrifted or from other rooms in the house.   I continue to edit them and enjoy seeing them evolve.
I decided to move all of the scrapbooks to the cabinets below for a neater look.  I also purged those lower cabinets so this turned into another organizing project! They were driving me crazy.
The mantel got a makeover too and I love how fresh and clean it looks now.  Still no change in the creep cherubs under the mantel. We're afraid to remove them.
I can't change where the tv goes in this room so I styled the two upper shelves around the cable box, speakers and other tv related black boxes.
One final "after" shot.  What do you think?
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Thursday, October 20, 2016

{Get Thrifty} Thursday 10.20.16

I went thrifting on my birthday a few weeks ago and came home with a nice little haul.
I also treated myself to a cappuccino thanks to my Starbucks birthday reward.
The items are (in clockwise-ish order): little round black mirror, marble-esque trashcan (still can't decide if I love this or hate it) that I'm using in our powder room, fun paper flag straws from Target, mini chalkboard labeled jar, wooden cutlery, Finding Dory post-it note pad that says "I remembered something!" and a large wide mouth mason jar (I got rid of the lid and fabric).
Hope you're having a great week!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

{Recipe} Asian Inspired Broccoli Slaw with Avocado Dressing

I brought this salad to picnic and it was SO good!  I was in the mood for some broccoli slaw and also had a few ripe avocados on hand so I came up with this winning combo.
(10-12 servings)
2 bags of broccoli slaw
1 bag of shredded carrots
1 bag of shredded red cabbage
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1 bunch of scallions, chopped
1 can crunchy rice noodles (like La Choy brand)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds, toasted*(how to below)
2 TBS sesame seeds
Creamy Avocado Dressing (see recipe below)
 To make:
Combine all of the vegetables in a large bowl.
 *Toast sunflower seeds in a dry pan until lightly browned.
 To make the dressing. 
Combine 2 ripe avocados(peeled and seeded), 2-3 TBS maple syrup and 1-2 TBS of fresh lemon juice in a high speed blender. Add some water to thin as you blend. Add as much as you need for a dressing-like consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
 Just before serving, add in mandarin oranges, sunflower seeds, sesame and crunchy rice noodles. Add the dressing and stir gently to combine.
Season to taste with salt & pepper.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Ashley's Senior Session

My neighbor Ashley has grown up into such a lovely young lady.  I was fortunate to work with her recently and shoot some of her fall senior photos.  

She's a natural, don't you think?

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