From Nightstand to Play Kitchen!

I’ve seen plenty of furniture makeovers that involve a new coat of paint and hardware but this nightstand-to-play-kitchen isn’t anything I’ve seen before. I absolutely love it!

A little description via Kelly (the proud mommy):
“My inspiration was kitchen from Pinterest.
We used my husband’s childhood nightstand, which I painted white about 7 years ago.

Some items that we had on hand to use were; a bowl for the sink, all of the paint, and the faucet (salvaged from my recent bathroom remodel), and the owls are from Thailand. We bought items from Home Depot (Plexiglas, oven light, metallic spray paint, hinges, and magnet catches, knobs, and handle hooks, wood for the door frame, back, and shelf), the Dollar Store (baskets to hold produce, muffin tin, whisk, measuring cups, strainer), and Micheal’s (plywood circles for burners, mini-chalk board, ribbon to trim the shelf, spice shakers, and stickers.

We had so much fin putting lots of TLC into this play kitchen. We cannot wait to have our daughter cook us some delicious food! Thanks for allowing me to share.”
Kelly and her husband finished this transformation in just a few days. Very impressive!

Before:

After:

DIY Your Own Blake Lively Inspired Painted Jeans

Blake Lively is beautiful. And her style is right on point too. And her painted pants blew us out of the water! So you know what? You should have a pair of Blake Lively inspired painted jeans too!

Yes, You Should Have a Pair of Blake Lively inspired Painted Jeans Too

You know you want them! I don’t know about you but I don’t have $495 to spend on one pair of pants. So what do we do when we want something way out of reach of our budget? We find a way to make it ourselves!

This post is inspired by my sister-in-law. She was the one to first introduce me to Blake Lively’s painted pants. She made me a pair out of a pair of vintage Levis. And they turned out amazing! So I got thinking, how fun would it be to make a pair for each of my girls?! So I asked S and G if they wanted a pair and of course, they said yes. So we began.

Now, this tutorial is not ground-breaking by any means. But what makes our tutorial special is that my girls were able to help! I come up with lots of projects for me to do myself but rarely do I come up with ones that the girls can help with. And since strengthening family relationships, spending more time together, and making time to do fun things for me (this project killed three birds with one stone) were major motivating factors to starting this blog, I wanted to do some projects that the kids could help with.

Our pants don’t look exactly like hers, but we love them. That is one of the great things about DIY projects. You can make them your own. And the girls love them and in the end that is all that matters. And I want them to know that they did an amazing job! I want them to enjoy creating and have confidence that they can create amazing things!

The Supplies:

  1. A pair of boyfriend-style jeans. If you need ideas of what would work, here are some ideas. How cute would these be for little girls?!! Here is a good pair for women.
  2. Paint (we used acrylic but fabric paint would work just as well. We probably should have added a fabric paint medium to our paint but we forgot. So if you use acrylic, use a fabric paint medium also) The colors are up to you. If you are re-creating Blake Lively’s pants exactly then you will want white, a darker pink, a light pink, and black.
  3. Paintbrushes and a foam paintbrush (You want something with a round stick for the handle. A foam brush should have this or a dowel would also).
  4. Newspaper or something to put under your pants while you paint them

Let’s Begin

  • If your pants are not distressed and you want them that way, then distress them first.
  • Next, begin by painting white paint all over your pants. You could splatter it, drip it, use big brush strokes or small ones. Really you can do it however you want. Don’t forget the pockets! Let the white paint dry before moving on to the next step.
  • Using the black paint and your smaller brush, paint the branches that your blossoms will be on. You can do them where ever you want or you could do them like Blake’s pants. If you are doing them like Blake’s then you will want branches on the right front pocket area and the left knee and shin area. On the back, you want a branch in the back left pocket. Let dry completely before moving on.
  • Once your black paint has dried, use your darker pink paint and whatever round stick you are using to paint on your dark pink circles. You can do them thick like S did or you could make them more spread out. To recreate Blake’s place your pink dots in a flower shape using five dots and make these “flowers” more spread out. Again, let dry.
  • The last step in making your super awesome Blake Lively inspired painted pants is to paint your light pink blossoms. Using the same round end you used in the last step, paint your light pink painted dots. Again, you can do it however but if you want to continue like Blake’s, repeat the last step but use the light pink paint. And bam, you are done.
  • Let your pants dry and then wear them like a boss! Now, if you are still hesitating, maybe even wondering why you would need a pair of pants like this in your life, let me provide you with some reasons.

Why You Should Have A Pair Of Painted Pants

It is looking like painted pants are the next big thing! And you want to be cool right? right! 😉
They are fun! And we like fun around here and you should too!
They are surprisingly versatile. You could go casual with a tee and sneaks or you could dress it up with a silky shirt and heels. And those are just a few options.
They are unique. While everyone is still wearing their black skinny jeans with the distressed knees, you are rocking something new! (Disclaimer: black skinny jeans with the distressed knees are still super awesome. I am hoping a pair joins my closet family soon!)
Deciding you need a pair allows you to create. And that is always a good thing in my book.
They are comfortable. A great pair of perfectly loose boyfriend jeans are always comfy yet keep you looking chic.
They are flattering on everyone! Blake Lively even said she wore these because they are post-baby body friendly. Which means they would work for anyone with or without some fluff around their middle. Nothing wrong with a little fluff. 🙂 I have fluff. Because I like cookies. And chocolate. And Dr. Pepper. And… 😉

So there you have it. How to make your pair and why you should do exactly that. Now go and do it!!!!

***Not sure how to wear your new favorite pants? Check out this post here for 18 outfit ideas to get you started!

DIY copper and rope vase

When I was in Melbourne, I saw a coiled rope vase in a little boutique that I thought I could easily DIY. the original plan was to recreate this bad boy.

But then I saw another rope vase on the @ispyDIY Instagram feed that featured some copper accents, and I was inspired to take things in a new direction. I think I will still attempt the silver (or maybe gold) version above, but decided to go with the copper accented one first.

Supplies you will need:

Rope, liquid nails, caulking gun, a plastic vessel to wrap your rope around, and the copper pipe thingies. You will also need masking tape.

Processed with Rookie as you can see, I ended up choosing a ketchup dispenser as the vessel because it was the right diameter and height. I started the project by cutting off the top so that I was working with a cylinder. I found it was easiest to flip the vase over and start at what will be the bottom of the vase. Then, I put a line of liquid nails down three sides of the vase and then attached the rope to the liquid nails using a piece of masking tape to secure it in place while it dries.

If you are in a nice studio with qualified assistants, you can ask them to competently feed on a copper thingie when you are ready for it. If you are like me, and your assistant is a 4-year-old you don’t even trust with safety scissors, and you are working in an old dairy barn, I would suggest feeding all of the copper pieces onto the rope at the beginning.

This way, when you are ready to insert on into place on your vase, you can easily feed it down with one hand while you are holding the rope on the vase with your other hand. Just disperse the copper accent pieces wherever you feel they look best, and wrap them till you get to the bottom (which is really the top). At that point, flip it right side up and add an extra dab of liquid nails to secure the end piece of rope, securing with masking tape until set.

Once dry, peel off the masking tape, fill and admire 🙂 I think this vase is perfect for a Thanksgiving tablescape. It would also add a bit of industrial flair to a nautical-inspired room. What do you think?

Water Kefir

For the next couple of posts, I want to talk about kefir. There are two types of kefir: water kefir and milk kefir. I make both, and I love drinking both. I look at water kefir more as a healthy beverage, and milk kefir as an excellent source of nourishment for the body. We’ll get to milk kefir later. For now, let’s learn how to make a delicious glass of healthful fizziness.

Part of what makes water kefir so great is its natural carbonation. You can read more in-depth about water kefir on the Internet, here, or here, but simply put, the grains feed off of the sugar, and in return, you get probiotics in a fizzy drink.

What you need:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of kefir grains
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 jar that has a capacity of over 4 cups

Directions
Dissolve sugar in water. Pour over kefir grains in a jar. Cover jar tightly with lid and let the mixture sit on your counter for around 2 days, or until bubbles emerge when the jar is disturbed and the drink doesn’t taste sweet. When the water kefir is ready to be drunk, just drain out the grains through a sieve and repeat the process all over again. It’s so simple and so easy. You will love it.

The number of kefir grains that you use can differ. I had probably around a 1/2 cup of kefir grains in 4 cups of water, which I just barely split yesterday. So really, this is just something you play around with. But the water to sugar ratio that I use is consistent.

Now, here’s the fun. Let’s say you are trying to overcome a crazy addiction to soda. You know all that sugar is bad for you and all you’re drinking is poison in a can. You try the water kefir and think it tastes pretty good, but you are missing your flavored soda. Don’t be discouraged. That’s the beauty of water kefir…you can flavor it any taste you want.

Here is how you do it. Once you have your plain water kefir drained out, transfer it into a clean jar and add whatever fruit or vegetable you want to flavor it with. Let it sit on your counter for another day or two. The length of time depends on the taste you prefer. The longer it sits, the fizzier it tastes, but the sweetness will also fade as the friendly bacteria continue to feed off of the fruit/vegetable sugar.

Just don’t leave it on your counter for a week! I don’t want you drinking rotten stuff. And don’t place your grains in direct sunlight either. Just a nice warm place in your kitchen will work fine for it.

Some of my favorite flavors:

  • Pink Strawberry Lemonade
  • Grape Juice
  • Watermelon
  • Ginger Apple
  • Cucumber Apple
  • Orange citrus