Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kitchen Redo $200 Budget Pt. 8 :Painting Kitchen Countertops

I was seriously beginning to wonder if I was ever going to work on my kitchen again.  It has been two months and I have been looking at a partially done kitchen all that time.

Over the last couple years we have very very slowly been paying off some debt, not real serious about it but chipping things away here and there.  Well this summer we decided we are tired of dragging it on, we want to be done with debt.  We cut up our credit cards and started paying some big payments every payday.  Now we don't have an outrageous amount of debt but trust me when I say we have enough that will take us a little while to pay off.  Our goal is to pay off everything including our car then start doubling house payments.

Anyway, when we made this decision the kitchen work halted because we just didn't want to spend any money that we didn't have too.  In 2 months we have made some good progress but looking at my partially done kitchen was starting to get the best of me.

So on Tuesday while shopping with my Mom she gave me my birthday money early!! Yay!  So I took that $100 and went straight to Home Depot.  So the kitchen project begins once again.

 When I left you last time I had just painted a lot of blue.  All the orange was covered up and I was really pleased.  It looked just like this until yesterday!  

My total spent at this point was $111, so I will just save the suspense and let you know that I will be going over the $200 budget just a teeny bit.  All I can say is that this project has been one long mishap after another.  LOL  Talk about learning some lessons along the way.

I bought the Rust-Oleum Countertop Paint in Pewter.   It cost $20 which brings me to $131.  This stuff is really pretty cool.  First of all make sure you can really ventilate the area you are working in.  Imagine a strong nail polish times about 100!!  This stuff stinks sooooo bad!

 It went on pretty easily my only problem is that I can't leave well enough alone.  After 2 coats I had a couple areas we some very minor imperfections that you couldn't see unless you were right up on them.  I however kept trying to fix them only making matters a little worse.  When will I ever learn?! :)
So there are a few imperfections but they really truly are not noticeable unless you are just on top of them so I figure for $20 this will work until we can afford to actually gut the kitchen.

I tried taking so many pictures.  This stuff has a light sheen that is not really noticeable until a bright flash hits it.  I tried taking pics without the flash and they were so dark you couldn't really tell anything.  So when you are looking at the pic just imagine that the backsplash isn't so shiny.  LOL
So the coutertop has to cure for 3 days before I can put anything back on it.  So I won't be doing anymore kitchen work until at least Monday.   I think my next step needs to be the Refrigerator,  I already have the supplies, it's just figuring out the best way to do it.  

For the Refrigerator I am using Rust-Oleum Appliance Epoxy.  My Grandparents used this on their refrigerator and it looks like it was made that way.  We will see how it turns out for me.  
If you haven't read the posts that got me here you can check them out now.
Pt. 1 Wall Primer
Pt. 2 Wall Color
Pt. 3 Trim Work
Pt. 4 More Trim
Pt. 5 Admitting Defeat
Pt. 6 Starting Over 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Emeri's First Homecoming Dance

I still find it hard to believe that she is in High School!  This past Saturday she went to her very first Homecoming Dance.  Since Emeri is not allowed to date yet she went with two of her girlfriends to dinner and then to the dance.

In true frugal fashion we did everything ourselves to get her ready.  We shopped very smart for everything we purchased.  I did her hair, toenails, fingernails and makeup.

This night really showed us how grown up she is getting to be.

Below is my very favorite picture of the evening!!  Her Dad said "Give me Your Best Chuck Norris!".  Then told her that this is what she needed to do if any boys asked her to dance.  LOL

Somehow I doubt she listened! ;)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Blast From the Past: Making Old Furniture Almost New

First I will tell you that these pieces of furniture were painted more than 2 years ago, at least all but the desk. Before I had my original blog and before I would have ever considered to do before and after shots.

When we bought our house 4 years ago we knew there was ALOT cosmetically to be done.  The house is in wonderful shape structurally however the decor throughout just didn't fit us.  Still 4 years later we are not done but there have been several obstacles (health issues) that kept me from doing any work.  One day I may have it the way I want it! LOL

 The first room we painted four years ago was our bedroom.  We went neutral with just a teeny bit of color.   We got this lingerie dresser from my inlaws and it needed some love.

The body of the dresser is painted with the same paint on my walls however I put a coat of shellac on it which darkened it up.

With the darkened tone it coordinates perfectly but does not just fade away into the walls.

The drawers and pulls match a pretty set of curtains I found on clearance at Walmart and that became our accent color.

Hopefully this Fall/Winter we will be doing bedroom updates and this dresser will be getting a new makeover.

The second room that got a paint job was the girls bedroom.  For now they share a room since we only have 2 bedrooms.  We have a full basement however it is not finished out yet.  We are hoping to do that while the girls still live at home but right now we are working at being debt free so I don't forsee a job that big until all our debt is paid off.

This shelf was in the basement of this house when we bought it.  Believe it or not it was some type of OLD cigarette vending machine.  What we use as the front was actually the back .  On the back side were slots and and pictures of specific cigarette brands at the end of each slot.

We needed somthing vertical for a little entertainment area and this has worked perfectly.  I just cleaned it up and painted it to match the room.

This piece will also be getting a makeover soon, since both bedrooms will be getting updated.

We did not tackle our Living Room until summer 2009.  I kept putting it off because I knew it would be a massive undertaking and boy was I right. 

This desk was in my sisters bedroom growing up.  It started out a cream color then when my girls were little they had a Bubble Gum pink 50's room with Poodle Skirts and Records on the wall and it was painted white and black.

We didn't have room in this house for bunk bed, a dresser, entertainment area and this desk in their room so I brought it to the living room for me.

I painted it this brown which is almost the same color as the curtains in this room.  At the time of the picture I was trying to find the same hardware that I have on our entertainment center that my Grandfather built and to this day it has no hardware.  I haven't found the other and can't bring myself to buy all new.  I should just give in and buy something a little different. :)

Linked to: Domestically Speaking

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Homemade PMS Relief! Aromatherapy Bath Soak

1/8 cup of sweet almond oil
1/8 cup of grape seed oil
3 drops of clary sage oil
3 drops of lavender oil
2 drops of rose absolute oil
2 drops of juniper oil
Mix all of the oils together and bottle until
ready for use. On your first soak test out how much of the oil you want to use. You may want to try and just add a tablespoon at first then continue adding as you go to get your desired aroma.
To use add the oils to your warm
running bath water and mix well. Relax and soak
yourself while the oils do the work. If your stomach is bloated use a few
drops of the oils to rub gently and directly onto
the area.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Homemade Ketchup Update!

Do you remember back when I first made homemade ketchup?  Well I said I would update....I should have updated sooner but it kept slipping my mind.

We went through this 38 ounce container in just a little over a month and a half.  It tasted just as good at the end as it did in the beginning.

For those of you who weren't sure you could eat this much ketchup before it went bad I am sure you could easily halve the recipe. 

As of yet I haven't attempted freezing it since we can definitely eat it before it goes bad.  :)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Buttery Cinnamon Cake Recipe

First of all, sorry for the fuzzy pic.  I only took one because everyone was wanting to have cake and I didn't check to see if it came out clear or not.

Monday we did a lot of nothing!  We just hung out around the house and watched a movie or two.  That afternoon we were wanting a sweet treat and I was wanting to use what we had on hand.  So I found this recipe for Buttery Cinnamon Cake and it hit the spot!  I will warn you know this is not low cal at all.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 1/3 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and lightly flour a 10 inch Bundt pan. Stir together the flour, baking powder, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat shortening, 1 1/3 cups white sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating for at least 1 minute after each egg. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack. Remove cake from pan while it is still warm, and poke holes around the top of the cake with a fork. Pour the warm cinnamon syrup into the holes and onto the top and sides of the cake.
  4. To Make Cinnamon Syrup: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup white sugar, butter, water, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon. Heat and stir until butter melts. 
My only change was to sub butter for the shortening and I used a 9X13 pan instead of the bundt pan.  It only took about 30-35 minutes in the 9X13.
After the cake was already in the oven I read the suggestions on the recipe site about adding more cinnamon to the cake and the syrup, next time I will do that.
The cake was very good, everyone enjoyed it and it didn't last very long.  I do however think the extra cinnamon would give it some oomph. 

Linked to: The Thrifty Home , Me and My Bucket


Friday, September 3, 2010

Friday Favorites and a Family Moment 9/3/10

lI had every intention of posting this earlier however my husband got home from a business trip to Texas late last night and then he took the day off today.  So we just hung out for the day.  :)

On Sunday our Church had a block party with lots of food, friends, music and fellowship.  Emeri, our oldest daughter (14) and one of her friends sang "We Cry Out" a capella.  Emeri sang the first verse alone and then she was the louder singer throughout the rest of the song.  It was such a blessing to see our little girl up the singing to the Lord.

She also performed in a dramatic dance but we didn't manage to get that on tape.  It was a fun evening for all!


Now for my Friday Favorites!

I am in LOVE with these Mod Podge Shoes from Sugar Bee Craft Edition.

Sumo's Sweet Stuff managed to put all of my favorite things in her Dipped Nutter Butters.  Yummo!

An Oregan Cottage took and old Church Pew and turned it in to a lovely bench for her front porch.

Seriously How Sweet are these Kitty Handpuppets at Just for Luv!

and lastly the Button Ruffle Scarf at Living with Punks is too cute but not quite as cute as the little girl wearing it.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Relaxing Golden Milk Bath Recipe: Only 3 Ingredients!

Relaxing Golden Milk Bath

This is a perfect bath recipe for use at the end of a long day.

4 cups of milk powder
1 cup of boiled water
1/2 cup of dried chamomile or 6 chamomile tea bags

Steep the chamomile in water for about twenty
minutes. After twenty minutes strain off the
liquid if you used the dried chamomile and

then mix the strained or tea bag liquid with the
milk powder and then add it to your warm running
bath water.

Linked to: Somewhat Simple