Entryway Reveal-Before and After

Happy Tuesday morning! No post yesterday, which hasn’t happened for awhile, but I was gone this weekend with Haley looking at a college. It was a great visit, but a long, very warm day, and then a long drive home. Needless to say, the blog post didn’t get finished. But it’s here now! I finally have the entryway to show you!

Here are a couple of before pictures. There was a closet right inside the door when you first walked in. I took the doors off and then Steve took off the door jambs and finished off the walls. We also removed the old linoleum floors. One thing I really like, is the cement floors underneath all the floors.  I really am not sure what I want on the floor right now, so the easiest thing to do was to paint it! Really!

I found a great tutorial over at Vintage Revivals. She gives step by step instructions on how to do it. The first thing I did was buy the Porch and Floor paint. I found Gliddon paint at Walmart and it was on clearance for $11.00 #cheapskate. It was light gray, but I added little bit of darker gray from Haley’s room to darken it. I just poured it right on the floor and rolled it on! I used a brush to go around the edges. We waited to put on the baseboards until after I painted the floor so I didn’t have to be too careful. I love how it turned out. I think the kitchen is next!

painted floor in the entryway

I decided it was a little plain, so I found a stencil at Hobby Lobby that I liked and decided to try it out. If I didn’t like it,  I could always repaint the floor. The stencil is by Designer Stencils and the design is Jaipur Damask. Oops blurry… I used chalk paint and a sponge blotter .

painted entryway floor and stencil

I chose to paint a random pattern on the floor. I laid the stencil where I wanted it. I dipped the sponge in the paint and then blotted most of it off on a paper towel. After most of the paint was off, I sponged over the design. I didn’t want the design to be too dark.

painted white stencil entryway

Once the paint was dry, I lightly sanded over the top. I wanted a bit of a worn look.

painted entryway stenciled floor

See, this is what I put up with! “Watcha doing, huh?” I’m lucky I ever get a picture without them in it!

painted stencil entryway with dogs

After everything was done and clean, I added a black and white striped rug.

painted entryway floor with striped rug

This is the area where the closet used to be. Doesn’t this look so much better?! Here is the post where we made the Old Door Table.

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This is the area behind the door. I had an old piece of wood I covered with the same wall paper I used the living room. I added some hooks and hung a straw hat and a Ca. tote bag with some flowers. The sign came from Hobby Lobby. Here is a similar one.

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I still want to put a coat of gloss over the floor to protect it. I will get that done when I paint the kitchen. Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope you have a great week!

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A Photo Day at the Zoo

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and Spring break.  I know that I did even though I worked.  But it was still a fun week nonetheless!

Recently I went to the zoo (again, I know) with one of my best friends Elise.  Normally, we go to play Pokemon Go.  Side note: does anyone else still play Pokemon Go?  I literally only play when I’m at the zoo with Elise.  Anyway, we decided that we wanted to go to the zoo this time to practice our photography skills.

PS-neither of us are at all professional photographers, but I love to work on my pictures.

So I wanted to share my favorite photos from the trip we took.

Peccary

The peccary is one of Elise’s favorite animals.  I don’t know why, but I just see them as shaggy pigs.  But, this picture is awesome.  I love the lighting of it and this peccary was so nice to pose for me.

Orangutan

Next was the orangutan.  I know, there is chain link in this picture, but it still looks great!

Macaw

Next is the rain forest exhibit.  There are normally 3 macaws sitting on this perch, but this time there was only one.  He doesn’t look too impressed with me taking the picture, but the colors and lighting were too perfect.

African Adventures

Now let’s make our way to Africa!

Rhino

Isn’t the baby absolutely adorable!  This baby rhino looks so squishy!

Wildabeast

Originally, I didn’t see the second wildebeest in the background.  Great photographer here!  But, it looks awesome, don’t you think?

Meerkat

This picture isn’t the best, but I like how the meerkat is looking at me.  Especially since he is actually looking at me!

Lion

Finally, this was my favorite picture from the entire zoo trip.  I love how this gentle giant is looking at me.  He looks so majestic and beautiful.

I hope that you like my zoo pictures.  I wish I could say that they were in the wild, but I guess the zoo will have to do.

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It’s Been Pretty Quiet Around Here…

It’s Monday again. Back to school and schedules again. Really not wanting to go back, but there are just 6 weeks left and I know we will busy with different activities and time will go by quickly.

We haven’t been around much this past week either. Without a schedule and with spring break, everything got thrown off. We did get to take my little nieces to the zoo and it was so much fun to see it through little one’s eyes again. We enjoyed a beautiful day there and saw a baby rhino and a baby lion. Even a rhino is cute when it’s a baby! My mom and I held our annual yard sale and did pretty well. I’m just glad to get rid of all that stuff and make a little bit of money too! This next weekend, I am going with Haley to visit another college. We will see how it goes! Here are a few pictures from the zoo:

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I don’t have any new projects for you, but here are a couple of past ones you might enjoy! Just click on the title to be taken to the page.

Celebration! Our Peacock Graduation Party!

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Recovering My Outdoor Swing (I Cheated a Little!)

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Springtime Concrete Painted Planter

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Hope you all had a great week and enjoy reading these posts!

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A Spring Tablescape Contest

It’s Spring Break this week! Yay! I was actually out of work 2 days last week too, because I didn’t feel well, but went back on Friday for our Jesus Lives party. The kids really enjoy that. We do some crafts, listen to the Bible story, dye eggs, decorate cookies and go on an egg hunt. It’s a fun filled morning, and now I am ready for the break.

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This weekend I was putting some tablescapes together for a blog post, when Haley decided we should do a competition. We used to put together a place-setting complete with menu for 4-H competitions. She stated we should do it for the blog. We won’t tell you whose is whose and you can vote in the comments. The winner gets bragging rights, and if Haley wins, we will never hear the end of it! We collected all these things from around the house and had a great time teasing each other about who would win. So here we go!

  1. Retro Turquoise Chic

This tablescape starts out with a white tablecloth and is layered with a turquoise, grey and white patterned napkin. A white plate is layered with a grey plate and a white napkin and silverware are laid by the side. The wood and white cake stand is topped with turquoise mason jars and a topiary to bring in some texture and coziness. A retro turquoise fan will keep you cool on those hot summer nights. Perfect simplicity for a summer dinner under the stars.

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2. Summer Chic

This is the perfect tablescape to add a little glam to your table! A navy blue tablecloth is layered with a bright pink runner. A stack of plates combines white and gold, both solid pieces and ones with designs. Silverware is packaged into a crisp white napkin. Simple details, such as a white bunny with gold ears, white and pink peony and a green fern add to the chic. Add a few candles for the perfect dinner with someone special.

tablescapes 2017 gold, spring, bunny

3. Seaside Charm

This tablescape features a white tablecloth with a burlap runner. A white and turquoise chippy metal charger is layered with a grey rattan plate holder and a turquoise plate with white trim. A grey swirled napkin is topped with a starfish.  Flatware tied with rope adds to the coastal look. A twine wrapped candle inside a rope and glass candleholder adds some ambiance and charm. Glass floats and a little burlap treat bag bring in some character and texture. Great for imagining yourself at the sea.

tablescape 2017 nautical turquoise, blue and grey

So, which one did you like the best? Let us know in the comments and I will let you know next week who the winner is! This was a lot of fun for us and we hope you enjoyed it too! Have a great week and a blessed Easter!

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Mint Chocolate Donuts??????

Hey everyone!  I hope you are reading this in the morning before you eat breakfast because I can almost guarantee that you will want to leave to get breakfast after reading this.  Or you will be extremely hungry, your choice.

As some of you may have heard thanks to social media, Krispy Kreme donuts and Ghirardelli chocolate have teamed up to make the epitome of all donuts!  So when I heard this, I knew that my roommate Amber and I had to go and taste test them.

So, we jumped in the car and drove 15 minutes to the closest Krispy Kreme to get ourselves some donuts.  At 7 pm….

Roommate Edit

So we arrive at Krispy Kreme and we start drooling.  There were so many choices to make and we knew of 2 different donuts that we were testing.  So we picked a third and went on our merry way.

So here are the different kinds of donuts we picked and how we ranked them from worst to best.

Our Donut Edit

1. The Mint Chocolate Donut

Mint Chocolate Donut

This donut is like a Thin Mint cookie to the extreme.  There is so much flavor in a single donut, it a bit overwhelming.  The donut has a dark chocolate top with chocolate chips and mint frosting.  But, it has a mint kreme filling that is too much.  If there wasn’t so much Kreme in the middle it would be a lot better.  Rating: 3/10

2. Strawberry Icing with Sprinkles

Strawberry Sprinkle Donut

These are not part of the Ghirardelli line (is that what you would call it?), but we wanted a “normal” donut.  Honestly, I think they look a bit fake in this picture lol.  But they were really good and we enjoyed them.  Rating: 6/10

3. The Salted Caramel Donut

Salted Caramel Donut

If you love chocolate and caramel, then you will be in heaven with this donut.  It is so sweet and so delicious and it’s amazing!  There is dark chocolate frosting with caramel drizzle and salt.  And, there’s caramel in the middle!  It’s absolutely perfect for a sweet donut!  Rating: 10/10

So there you go!  The two chocolate donuts will only be around for a limited time so go to your nearest Krispy Kreme and buy yourself some donuts!  You can thank me later!

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