Dreaming of a Kitchen Reno

Last week I told you that I’ve dreamed up an entire kitchen renovation, which stemmed from a leaky faucet on our kitchen sink. And dreaming is exactly what I’ve been up to. . .

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Ever since I started thinking about going white I’ve been itching to get the paint out and over haul the whole thing.

I’ve been reading tutorials on how to paint your kitchen,

How to paint your kitchen cabinets in 10 easy steps

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 and how to make your own countertops from concrete and recycled glass.

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As well as building custom drawer organizers, under the sink storage and vertical storage for baking sheets.

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You know, as well as new light fixtures, hardware and a backsplash. No biggie.

To say that we hope to accomplish this task soon would be a lie, in fact our greatest hope is to complete it in 2014 so I think slow and steady will win this race. We have plans to break the re-haul down into manageable chunks, the first of which is a trial run on the smallest piece of countertop between the stove and the door to the garage.

Here we go!

2014 Christmas Stockings

That’s right, you read correctly, I’ve already got 2014 Christmas plans in the works.

You see, in my family, each ‘kid’ has an elaborate Christmas stocking that looks something like this.

Original StockingPretty awesome, huh? They’re made from a kit and the company, Bucilla, is still in business today. (Sold here)

Since Phillip joined our family almost 5 years ago I’ve felt bad that he hasn’t had a ‘matching’ stocking and with the soon-to-be addition of my sister-in-law Elizabeth, I decided to take the plunge and make one for both of them.

Bucilla Stocking Kit

I ordered a kit for each one of them and I’m starting now with the goal of having them completed by Christmas. I feel like it is a bit lofty but still attainable. To keep things organized, I purchased a small, shoe box sized plastic bin for each kit.

Organized Stocking Kits

There are THOUSANDS of tiny pieces!!

Stocking Kit Details

So wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted!

Ikea Hack: SMYCKE Wall Clock

SMYCKE Clock Transformation

Welcome to the first Ikea hack on The Front Poarch! What’s an Ikea hack you ask?? Great question! An Ikea hack is when you take something pretty basic (from Ikea, duh) and make in infinitely more awesome! (There’s even a website dedicated to it.)

I started with this SMYCKE Wall Clock, which I’d been eyeing for sometime.

Ikea SMYCKE Clock HackThis particular clock is pretty cool to begin with because it’s made up of small, hexagon plastic tiles that can be configured to any shape.

Ikea SMYCKE ClockIt comes with a set of connectors that allow you to freely join different pieces together.Hexagon tiles fit togetherFor this hack I wanted to change up the color scheme of the tiles so I selected a few from the original set. I chose to keep the white, green and a few of the gray tiles as-is.

Original hexagon tilesSince I already had lots of regular spray paint in my stash, I purchased this Valspar primer for plastic and it worked like a dream.

Use primer for plasticEach tile then got a coat of a different shade of green, blue or purple. Once they were dry, I sat down on a sunny afternoon and set to work.

Painted clock, ready to assembleI began by laying out the tiles and playing with the arrangement. . .

Hexagon tiles around Clock. . .however, I soon attracted some unsolicited help.

PicMonkey CollageOnce I had a layout more or less complete, I started piecing the back together and pretty soon . . .

Add connectors to the back. . . the clock was complete.

Clock on wall SMYCKE Clock

Ikea Hack- SMYCKE Clock

 

Bu-bu bu-bu Bubblin!

Are you guys ready for Christmas?? I think it’s safe to say that I am not. . . I still have presents to make, in addition to wrapping. . . forget about decor because I still haven’t started on the cleaning that needs to be done before guests arrive!

I did manage to get 1 quick project in last weekend though. I’ve been working on our guest bathroom for some time and have been dreaming of ways to hang ‘bubbles’ above the shower.

Under the SeaI’ve been eyeing clear, plastic Christmas ornaments for about a year now but I never ran across any that were reasonably priced. A few weeks ago I just happened to be in Walmart and they had some for just $.88! They even come in 2 sizes!

Start with clear Christmas ornamentsTo make your own ‘bubbles’ here’s what you’ll need:

  • clear, plastic Christmas ornaments
  • fishing line
  • clear thumb tacks
  • scissors

Bubble Supplies

Start by taking off the ‘top’ of each ornament. . .
Remove the top of the ornament. . .and remove the ‘cap’ so that you just have the hanger left..

Ornamets to Bubbles

Now you’re ornament, looks more like a bubble!
Remove the capUsing a long piece of fishing line, loop the line through each of the hangers.

Bubble ClusterOooooohhhh pretty.

Using your clear thumb tacks, hang each bubble above your shower at varying heights.Hang the bubbles*Hint* Putting your step ladder actually in your shower makes this task a lot easier!

Step stool in the shower

Hang a few ornaments and it’ll start to take shape!
Bubbles in progressIn order to vary the heights, you might have some extra fishing line. No problem, just trim it off when you’re done.

Trim extra fishing line

I hung 7 ornaments total but I think I’ll look for a few more small ones to balance it out.
Hanging BubblesI know this is risky to say, but my Under the Sea bathroom might actually be finished!

Under the Sea

 

Party Stash: Santa Beard Tutorial

As I mentioned earlier this week, I made a few Santa beards for mom’s annual Christmas card and today I’m back with the quick and easy tutorial!Santa Beards!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • beards shapes cut from cardstock (more on that in a minute)
  • popsicle sticks
  • cotton balls – about 200 for 8 beards
  • school glue
  • hot glue

DIY Santa Beards

I started by purchasing a beard shape from the Silhouette store and cutting 8 beards with my Cameo. They we’re approximately 6″x6″.Make beards in Silhouette studio

To assemble the beards, put a generous amount of glue on one side of each cut-out. . .
Use lots of glue. . .and start stacking cotton balls. I found the best finished beard was produced when I started with 5 cotton balls across the mustache. Then outlined the edge of the beard and then the mouth.Glue cotton ballsFinish by filling in the center for a full, fluffy beard!

Full fluffy beardOnce the glue is dry, use your hot glue gun to attach a popsicle stick to the back.

Attach a popsicle stickMy sticks were a little weak so I decided to use 2 per beard.

Glue beards on a stick

I loved the finished product and they looked great in our Christmas card photos!Phillip & Leah Poarch
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Christmas Card Photos

Over Thanksgiving all of my siblings were home which is becoming a rare occasion so for the fist time in a long time, we took photos for mom’s Christmas card with whole family!Walter FamI made some simple Santa beards for our ‘funny’ pictures and they turned out great! Don’t worry, a tutorial is coming your way later this week.

Santa Beards!

This is my favorite.
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We also took a few sibling pics just for fun.

Siblings FamilyAnd a few of Phillip and me.

Love the beard

Ho, ho ho! Merry Christmas!Phillip & Leah Poarch

Party Stash: Custom Display Cards

With the holidays just around the corner,  I am amping up my party stash. What’s a party stash you ask?? It’s the collection of all things awesome that lives hidden deep within my craft room which I use for decor, parties or other celebrations. (Or, as my brother would say: crap.)

A few years ago I made these DIY Place Card Holders which I use all. the. time. Decorating, holidays, parties, baby showers, wedding showers, etc. I typically just use a small piece of cardstock but I thought some new cards were in order for the recent shower that I threw for my brother and sister-in-law.DIY Display CardsI purchased a few arrows from the Silhouette Studio store and chose a few other embellishments then printed them on some thick gold wrapping paper I had in my stash.

Silhouette Aarow DesignI chose purple and green cardstock squares (also from my stash) and glued a white paper square on each one for labeling.

Display Cards

I mixed and matched the embellishments onto the squares and glued them in place. Easy and simple!
Make your own display cardsCustom Display Cards

White Out

I’ve been swooning over white room palettes on Pinterest lately.

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They’re just so clean and crisp. . .and they seem so bright and cheery.

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And yet every time I convince myself that I want a room to be white. . . I can’t ever quite follow through.

House Tour New CouchI love color. Like, really really really, not afraid to paint my hallway teal, love color.

And  yet, I want to love white too.

Hallway Reveal 6I often long for a room that is neutral among my sea of bold color, but then I wonder, will it stick out like a sore thumb?? Will it seem out of place?

We had a white couch which caused me to immediately paint my living room because I couldn’t stand the neutral-ness of a white couch and tan wall. And then we sold that couch less than a year later, I just couldn’t hack it.

House Tour Old CouchThe Nester wrote a great post on going white slowly in their previous home and it worked wonderfully, but I’m still nervous.

Our kitchen is quasi white but again, the thought of painting my walls white is not appealing.

Kitchen - September 2013I also often think, ‘If only I had hardwood/laminate flooring, then I would be happy with going white.’ This could be true, as in I’m over compensating with color on the walls so as to draw your eye away from our hideous flooring but I don’t know that new flooring will cause a complete change of heart.

What do you think? Is there a trend that you love but just aren’t sure that you’ll love it in your home?

Have you ‘gone white’ and loved it? Hated it?

Gold Rush

You may have noticed. . . but I’ve been on a gold kick lately. . . .

Like this Remote Caddy Upgrade,

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lots of things in our Master Bedroom Reno,

Jewelry Display from thefrontpoarch.com Master Reno 3 Master Reno 2 and this DIY Mustache Wreath.Make your own mustache wreath! thefrontpoarch.comI haven’t always been a fan of gold but the more I use it, the more I love it.

I love these Dipped Branches,

Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnail I LOVE my golden pumpkin, Fall Painted Pumpkin this Circle Garland has a special place in my heart, Zemanta Related Posts Thumbnailand of course I’m still swooning over the Tassel Garland I jut made.
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DIY Tassel Garland

Have you guys seen these beautiful tassel garlands that have been floating around Pinterest for months now? I have to say, I’m in love. I’ve been itching for an excuse to make one and I finally broke down last weekend and made one.

DIY Tassel Garland front thefrontpoarch.comHere’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • tissue paper – 1 sheet makes 1 tassel
  • scissors and/or and exacto knife
  • cardboard (to cut on)
  • glue gun
  • straight edge – I used an envelope, a ruler would be better
  • string/yarn

Supplies for Tassel GarlandStart by separating out 1 sheet of tissue paper, fold it half one length wise and width wise. Grab your exacto knife and straight edge. . .

Tissue paper, exacto knife and straight edge. . . and cut 1/2″ strips in your tissue paper.

Cut the tissue paperWork your way across until the entire piece is cut into strips. I did this both with the knife and scissors and I have to say, scissors make the process much easier and faster. You’ll probably get more precise lines with the exacto knife but it does take a good bit longer.

Cutting tissue paperWhen you get done, unfold your tissue paper so that it looks like a giant centipede.

(Before you do this, plug your glue gun in so it will be ready.)

Open Tissue PaperNow start rolling.

Do your best to keep the roll as tight as possible but know that it will still look great if it gets a little loose.

Roll Tissue PaperWhile you’re rolling, you’ll notice that the tassels start to twist together. Stop every few inches and untwist them, otherwise you’ll have a tangled mess at the end.

Untangle tissue paper

Now that the whole thing is rolled up, begin twisting the center part, twist until the 2 sides kind of fold over to make the tassel.

Twist the two halvesFit your tassel over your string or yarn and then grab your glue gun. Add a small drop in the middle of the fold and press and hold until the glue is set.

Glue onto stringNow, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking, ‘1 sheet of tissue paper?? That doesn’t seem like it would make a very big tassel.’ You (and me) would be wrong. I made my first tassel a ‘double tassel’ and this is what it looked like.

Only use 1 sheet of tissue paperIt was HUGE.

So let me save you the hassle, 1 sheet is enough and in fact, you may even want a half sheet.

Attach all of your tassels to your string and you’re all set!

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