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Stenciled Faux Roman Shades {tutorial} — Kitchen Sneak Peek

19 Aug


I’m still working on my kitchen redo. I decided I wanted to change things up and make a Roman Curtain for the window above my kitchen sink. And in the spirit of keeping it real, I just want to let you know that the first version was a total sewing fail. I tried to make it no-sew AND Faux and let’s just say that hot glue and white canvas do not mix LOL!

So I started over.

Here’s what I did: 

1. I measured the window and added 3 inches to the length and 2 inches to the 2width. I used my Royal Design Studios Stencil — Chain Link.
2. I found the easiest way to stencil the pattern was the Roller Lite Touch Up Kit from Home Depot.
3. I laid the stencil on the upper corner of the canvas. 
4. After each section, I matched the existing stencil up to the hash marks to be sure it was straight. 
5.I did this until the whole fabric was covered.
6. I used a iron to heat set the paint into the canvas.
7.I used an old bed sheet to make a liner. I stitched the sheet to the canvas, making a “pillow case” and then folded 2 inches at the top over to make room for the spring rod.
8. Then I inserted the rod into the casing and hung the curtain. 
Keeping it real — I discovered that the curtain was a little small for the space, so I sewed some white grosgrain ribbon on each side of the curtain to make it fit the space better. I also think it dresses up the curtain. 

After I made the panel, I posted about it on my TT&J Facebook page, and mentioned was going to make it into a regular roman shade and then Richella from Imparting Grace sent me an email and told me about her “Faux Roman Shade Tutorial” and it was genius.

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So I did that! I just inserted two more adjustable spring rods in the window opening and then just folded the panel over the rods to create panels. Be sure to check out her tutorial for more details!!

Super easy. And since I don’t really need privacy in this window since it overlooks an open space, I thought this was a good solution!

I love that the paint in the curtain is the same as my kitchen island!! 

It was hard to get a picture of the actual color of the paint since the sun coming in the window made the paint look so much darker than it really is. The paint is really a really light bluish-green color. The name of the paint is Martha Stewart Rainwater.

I have to say that I love Royal Design Studio Stencils. Their stencils are made out of a heavier material that doesn’t stretch, like some of the other stencils I have tried. And my favorite part? They have marks on the stencil that line up with the previous stenciled areas. So it is super easy to keep the stencil straight and lined up! And I love all of their modern designs!! You can find out about all of their designs at their main website!
Have a Colorful Day!! 
xoxo
PS — It’s Friday!! My favorite day of the week!! Why?? Because it’s the day I get to see what YOU have been working on and feature YOU! Come link up YOUR ideas at the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! It starts at 6 pm {mst}.
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And, Are you getting for Back to School?? I am sharing NINE Back to School Printable Ideas over at Babble’s Home Ec!!

 PPS — I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Kitchen Remodel Sneak Peek — and a Painted Pantry Door!!

10 Aug

I’ve spent a large part of the summer working on a kitchen/family room remodel.
It started off with my entertainment center redo. And then morphed into painting the kitchen cabinets and island, a slipcover for my sectional, painting my kitchen and other related projects. I think my husband is afraid that this project is slowly encompassing the entire house (shhhhh — he may be right).
entertainment center beadboard remodel
I have a hard time showing little projects along the way. I always think that everyone likes the complete reveal. My friend Shelley was saying that I should do some updates along the way.
So I thought I would share my pretty painted pantry door today.
turquoise pantry door from the side
I love the turquoise and aqua tones that are so popular right now.

They are so soothing. So much of my kitchen and family remodel focuses on these shades, as well as neutrals like grey and white. I thought it would be fun to add a bright POP of color in the kitchen with a happy pantry door.
martha stewart rainwatermartha stewart lagoon
I mixed a little Martha Stewart Rainwater, along with some Lagoon and painted the door. I found it so much easier to do once the door was taken off the hinges. I used an eggshell finish, but I saw a door that was done in high gloss and it looked awesome. I may be painting it again with the high gloss. I think the contrast would look great against the matte grey walls.
Here’s a before picture:
pantry before
I am still looking for a really cool doorknob to add. Here are a few I am thinking of:
I might just buy another doorknob like the one that I put in my Beachy Laundry Room:
doorknob from laundry room
I also miss my chalkboard on the front – it was a great place to put our menu for the week and who was cooking each night. I have quite a bit still to do on the kitchen – today I am working on making some DIY no-sew Roman Shades. Plus, I have a wall treatment I am doing on two of the walls. And a few other things before the big reveal!!
turquoise pantry door needs
 Here are a couple more sneak peek pictures:
kitchen desk
 {this is the color of the kitchen island — isn’t it fun?}
In the meantime – look at these fun painted pantry door ideas. It’s a great way to bring a POP of color into your kitchen. And if you don’t have a pantry, what about an interior door?
View album
 
1. Blue Screen Door — Coastal Living
2. Red Screen Door — Country Living
3. Chalkboard Door — Apartment Therapy
4. Brown Painted Door — C Designs
5. Blue Painted Door– Me & My

Have a {Happy} Day!!

xoxo

PS — Come over and join me in the International Coffee talk community. We’re discussing all sorts of topics that relate to women. It’s a great place to connect with people!!

Create a Kitchen Focal Point — with a beadboard cabinet backsplash for less than $10!!

20 Jul
Here’s a quick update on the kitchen makeover — 
the cabinets are painted!! 
And last night I added a little detail with some beadboard open shelving.
It’s so easy to do!!
All I did was take two cabinet doors off.

Then I bought a sheet of beadboard. 
I measured the openings of the cabinets, and the Home Depot guys cut it for me. 
So easy!!
A sheet of beadboard was $20 and I used less than a third of a sheet for this cabinet.
I bought a sample size of paint —  less than $3 for the paint and got myself an instant kitchen focal point!
 The color I chose was Martha Stewart Rainwater.
I painted the beadboard and then placed it behind the shelves.
The shelves hold the beadboard in place. So I didn’t need to even attach the beadboard with adhesive.
Such an easy project. 
And I love the POP of color it adds to my kitchen!!!

(here’s a little before shot):

xoxo
I am so excited about this Kitchen Makeover. 
I can’t wait to share the whole thing with you!!! 

xoxo
PS — Another fun “Summer Social” project coming up in the morning from one of the funniest and awesome bloggers around 🙂

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make DIY Concrete Countertops!! {tutorial}

8 Jul

 

Hi Tatertots and Jello readers! I’m Jessie and I blog over
at Imperfectly
Polished
.

 I am thrilled to be guest posting here today and sharing a
tutorial on our new concrete countertops!
 
The all important before and
after has to come first:) Here is what our kitchen looked like when we
bought our house two years ago:


And here it is today {with our shiny
new counters}: 

 

 We also got a new sink, faucet, made over our island, added new accessories and a table, painted, added a built-in desk, and lots more, but today, let’s focus on those gorgeous
counters.

Before we get started, let me tell you that this is a picture-heavy post
with lots of steps but totally worth every minute of it.
A kitchen our
size will cost you only about $400 to make concrete counters!!! We
estimated that our counters would have cost $4,400 to be done by the pros!
That’s a huge savings:)

Ok, wanna know how to make them?

Step 1:

Build forms. Start by measuring your current counters. Measure again:)
Make sure that you are exact. We did the counter and the backsplash so
we measured both of them the same as our current counters. Then you will
need to buy melamine board to create your forms. We got this at Home
Depot. This type of board will give your counters a smooth finish. Cut
them to the size of your counters.


Lucky for us, we know some people
with some big tools. We used 3 sheets of melamine to create our forms,
and had a little leftover.

Step Two: assemble the forms. Once
again, double and triple check to make sure you have all the pieces you
need and that they are the correct sizes. Mike predrilled each hole and
then put the screws in place so the boards wouldn’t crack.


Once your forms are built, you’ll need to find an area to pour them. We
have a 3-car garage so we used the area that we don’t normally park in.
We bought two sheets of plywood and shimmed them so they were level.

 

Then we covered them in plastic to protect them from the concrete spills
that are bound to happen.

Step Three: prep the boards for pouring. We taped off the boards
and added a silicone bead around the entire thing. This helps to keep the
concrete sealed in and also creates a slightly rounder edge on your
finished counter. Once you get the silicone on, use your finger and wipe
off the excess. Then remove your tape.


Step Four:  spray a release agent on your boards. We used a
small squirt bottle that we already owned and wiped it with a napkin to
make sure it was evenly distributed. Don’t skip this step! Our counters
slid right out when we were done.


Step five: Now it’s time to pour! We rented a
small concrete mixer for the day {cost: around $40}.


We bought a countertop Quikrete mix
through our local Home Depot. They had to special order the mix for us
and it arrived within a week. We had about 45 sq. ft. to cover in our
kitchen so we ordered 12 bags, but only needed 8. This type of concrete
is around $13.99/bag, which is about 3-4 times as much as regular
concrete. You can use regular concrete but you will have to add some
additives for extra strength and crack-resistence. This already has it in
there so you know that your counters will be strong.


Next, start mixing!


The directions say to use about a gallon of water per bag but we learned
the hard way {by repouring a couple} that you really need about a gallon
and a half. Add water until you have the right consistency {similar to
the consistency of a Wendy’s frosty}. Too much water can make your
counters lose strength and not enough can make it rocky so you have to be
careful here.


You pour half the concrete in, smooth it out, then add a wire mesh in the
middle. This helps reinforce the counters. You will need to cut this
ahead of time and leave an inch or two around all sides so that it doesn’t
stick out:) I used a trowel to smooth out the concrete as Mike poured in
it.


Once it is all poured, you will want to walk around the sides of the forms
and vibrate it to get rid of any air bubbles inside. You can use a hand
sander and push against the sides or lightly tap the edges with a hammer.
Either method will work. Then, use a smooth piece of wood {we used a
2×4} to screed the top. This scrapes off the excess concrete and smooths
out the surface for you. This will be the bottom of your counter so you
want it level so it will sit nicely on your counter.


This is how it looks when it’s
finished and ready to harden.


Step Six: Finally, cover your poured concrete
with the rest of the plastic.
This helps the concrete cure and keeps a
little bit of moisture in there.


Step Seven: demolding. Let it sit for a few days before
demolding. If you use the release agent, the counters should slide right
out as you flip them over. You can however, simply unscrew the molds to
remove them as well. Mike unscrewed them all to save his screws:)


We laid them out onto foam board
when we demolded to give them a soft place to land.
Step Eight:  finishing. You will likely have some small holes to patch.


I actually was glad we had some
because they had so much character to the finished piece. We patched ours
with a simple concrete patch from Home Depot and sanded the entire
surface until it was smooth.


We purchased a diamond grit sand
paper {on the recommendation of the many tutorials we watched} but in the
end, we aren’t sure it was worth it. They worked great {and last a long
time} but simple sandpaper would have done the same thing-you just may
have to buy a lot of it:) We used a 50 grit and a 400 grit for finishing.

Step Nine: Once it is all sanded and smooth, seal it up!


We used a high gloss concrete sealer and rolled it on. I did three thin
coats. Then put it in place. We used silicone to secure the slabs down
and to attach the backsplash pieces.


Step Ten: finish it all off with a
polish of carnauba wax
{make sure it is 100% so it is food safe} and enjoy
your pretty, polished counters!


You can see a lot more pictures of the finished product and get more
details on resources, tips, and tricks over at Imperfectly Polished!

I would love to hear if any of
you try this!
 

I can tell you that it was a lot of work, but worth every
minute!
 
We love the high-end kitchen we have now and love the price tag
even more:)

Thanks for having me!

 



Wow Jessie – your counters look AWESOME!! 
Be sure to check out  Imperfectly
Polished
for more amazing DIY projects like: 

 Dressed Up Desk

DIY Mail System {out of old boards}

DIY Sewing Table {out of an old desk}

You will love Jessie’s ideas at Imperfectly
Polished
!! 

xoxox


 
PS — It’s Friday!! And time for you to show off YOUR ideas at The Weekend Wrap Up Party!! I can’t wait to see them!!! The party starts at 6 pm MST 🙂

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Make DIY Concrete Countertops!! {tutorial}

8 Jul

 

Hi Tatertots and Jello readers! I’m Jessie and I blog over
at Imperfectly
Polished
.

 I am thrilled to be guest posting here today and sharing a
tutorial on our new concrete countertops!
 
The all important before and
after has to come first:) Here is what our kitchen looked like when we
bought our house two years ago:


And here it is today {with our shiny
new counters}: 

 

 We also got a new sink, faucet, made over our island, added new accessories and a table, painted, added a built-in desk, and lots more, but today, let’s focus on those gorgeous
counters.

Before we get started, let me tell you that this is a picture-heavy post
with lots of steps but totally worth every minute of it.
A kitchen our
size will cost you only about $400 to make concrete counters!!! We
estimated that our counters would have cost $4,400 to be done by the pros!
That’s a huge savings:)

Ok, wanna know how to make them?

Step 1:

Build forms. Start by measuring your current counters. Measure again:)
Make sure that you are exact. We did the counter and the backsplash so
we measured both of them the same as our current counters. Then you will
need to buy melamine board to create your forms. We got this at Home
Depot. This type of board will give your counters a smooth finish. Cut
them to the size of your counters.


Lucky for us, we know some people
with some big tools. We used 3 sheets of melamine to create our forms,
and had a little leftover.

Step Two: assemble the forms. Once
again, double and triple check to make sure you have all the pieces you
need and that they are the correct sizes. Mike predrilled each hole and
then put the screws in place so the boards wouldn’t crack.


Once your forms are built, you’ll need to find an area to pour them. We
have a 3-car garage so we used the area that we don’t normally park in.
We bought two sheets of plywood and shimmed them so they were level.

 

Then we covered them in plastic to protect them from the concrete spills
that are bound to happen.

Step Three: prep the boards for pouring. We taped off the boards
and added a silicone bead around the entire thing. This helps to keep the
concrete sealed in and also creates a slightly rounder edge on your
finished counter. Once you get the silicone on, use your finger and wipe
off the excess. Then remove your tape.


Step Four:  spray a release agent on your boards. We used a
small squirt bottle that we already owned and wiped it with a napkin to
make sure it was evenly distributed. Don’t skip this step! Our counters
slid right out when we were done.


Step five: Now it’s time to pour! We rented a
small concrete mixer for the day {cost: around $40}.


We bought a countertop Quikrete mix
through our local Home Depot. They had to special order the mix for us
and it arrived within a week. We had about 45 sq. ft. to cover in our
kitchen so we ordered 12 bags, but only needed 8. This type of concrete
is around $13.99/bag, which is about 3-4 times as much as regular
concrete. You can use regular concrete but you will have to add some
additives for extra strength and crack-resistence. This already has it in
there so you know that your counters will be strong.


Next, start mixing!


The directions say to use about a gallon of water per bag but we learned
the hard way {by repouring a couple} that you really need about a gallon
and a half. Add water until you have the right consistency {similar to
the consistency of a Wendy’s frosty}. Too much water can make your
counters lose strength and not enough can make it rocky so you have to be
careful here.


You pour half the concrete in, smooth it out, then add a wire mesh in the
middle. This helps reinforce the counters. You will need to cut this
ahead of time and leave an inch or two around all sides so that it doesn’t
stick out:) I used a trowel to smooth out the concrete as Mike poured in
it.


Once it is all poured, you will want to walk around the sides of the forms
and vibrate it to get rid of any air bubbles inside. You can use a hand
sander and push against the sides or lightly tap the edges with a hammer.
Either method will work. Then, use a smooth piece of wood {we used a
2×4} to screed the top. This scrapes off the excess concrete and smooths
out the surface for you. This will be the bottom of your counter so you
want it level so it will sit nicely on your counter.


This is how it looks when it’s
finished and ready to harden.


Step Six: Finally, cover your poured concrete
with the rest of the plastic.
This helps the concrete cure and keeps a
little bit of moisture in there.


Step Seven: demolding. Let it sit for a few days before
demolding. If you use the release agent, the counters should slide right
out as you flip them over. You can however, simply unscrew the molds to
remove them as well. Mike unscrewed them all to save his screws:)


We laid them out onto foam board
when we demolded to give them a soft place to land.
Step Eight:  finishing. You will likely have some small holes to patch.


I actually was glad we had some
because they had so much character to the finished piece. We patched ours
with a simple concrete patch from Home Depot and sanded the entire
surface until it was smooth.


We purchased a diamond grit sand
paper {on the recommendation of the many tutorials we watched} but in the
end, we aren’t sure it was worth it. They worked great {and last a long
time} but simple sandpaper would have done the same thing-you just may
have to buy a lot of it:) We used a 50 grit and a 400 grit for finishing.

Step Nine: Once it is all sanded and smooth, seal it up!


We used a high gloss concrete sealer and rolled it on. I did three thin
coats. Then put it in place. We used silicone to secure the slabs down
and to attach the backsplash pieces.


Step Ten: finish it all off with a
polish of carnauba wax
{make sure it is 100% so it is food safe} and enjoy
your pretty, polished counters!


You can see a lot more pictures of the finished product and get more
details on resources, tips, and tricks over at Imperfectly Polished!

I would love to hear if any of
you try this!
 

I can tell you that it was a lot of work, but worth every
minute!
 
We love the high-end kitchen we have now and love the price tag
even more:)

Thanks for having me!

 



Wow Jessie – your counters look AWESOME!! 
Be sure to check out  Imperfectly
Polished
for more amazing DIY projects like: 

 Dressed Up Desk

DIY Mail System {out of old boards}

DIY Sewing Table {out of an old desk}

You will love Jessie’s ideas at Imperfectly
Polished
!! 

xoxox


 
PS — It’s Friday!! And time for you to show off YOUR ideas at The Weekend Wrap Up Party!! I can’t wait to see them!!! The party starts at 6 pm MST 🙂

"Summer Social" Guest Project — Decorative Tile Message Board {tutorial}

21 Jun

Hello, Tatertots and Jello readers! My name is Amanda and I blog about crafts, thrifty decorating, recipes, and home life at Serenity Now. I love mochas, shoes, and Target.

As a stay-at-home mom of two little girls, I spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink washing dishes. 

Today’s project is a very simple, easy craft that will give you something cute to look at while you scrub those sippy cups!

Decorative Tile Message Board

Supplies:

  • Large Ceramic Tile from a home improvement store (only $0.77 apiece at Lowe’s)
  • E-6000 glue
  • White Spray Paint
  • Ball Knobs (with one side flat) from craft store 
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Velcro
  • Rub-ons from craft store or Silhouette/Cricut and vinyl

Here’s how I did it!

1. Choose your rub-on (or vinyl design) and cut to fit your tile.
2. Lay your designs out and be sure they are spaced where you want them.
3. Follow the manufacturer’s directions and be sure your rub your design (or vinyl) down all the way.
4. Carefully peel away the rub-on backing or the Silhouette transfer tape

5. Apply E-6000 to the flat side of your knobs (after you’ve spray painted them white and they are dry)
6. Firmly press the knobs onto the back of the tile
7. Cut a small strip of velcro and apply to the back of the tile.
8. Apply the other side of the velcro to the pen and secure it to the back of the tile.
Now your memo/message board is inclined to make writing easier!

I wrote the most profound quote I could think of:

The dry erase marker should come right off with a paper towel. Wet it just a bit if the marker is older or stubborn.
These make great gift ideas! I love words and quotes. It makes washing those dishes slightly less of a chore when I have something fun to look at. It’s also great for Bible memory verses, funny notes to your husband, to-do lists, and more. It would also be cute sitting on a small easel.
You can pick up a pack of rub-ons at the craft store with a coupon for a couple of dollars if you don’t own a Silhouette. I used my Silhouette to cut some vinyl to make a separate Menu Board:

I’d love to know if you make one, and I hope you’ll come and visit me at Serenity Now soon!
Jen, thank you so much for sharing your blog with me today. Your sweet spirit and generosity are inspiring. I appreciate you!

Thanks Amanda — what a great tutorial!!! 
Those tiles would make a great teacher, birthday or neighbor gift too! 
Amanda is one of the sweetest bloggers around. Plus, she has really fun ideas!! 
{I love Amanda’s thrifty Office space. She thrifted almost the whole space!}
{I Love Amanda’s Ruffled Bag and Headband tutorial}
And Amanda has a fun party where you can share your craft cutter projects — like Cricut, Silhouette, etc. It’s always full of great ideas!! 

Plus, she has her weekly “Weekend Bloggy Reading” Party where you link up your favorite projects from the week to share! 


Thank you Amanda!! 
I love those little round feet you put on the tiles!
xoxoxo

PS — We rode “The Tube” all over London yesterday – so fun!! And the weather was pretty nice until evening when it started to rain and we had to buy some umbrellas – lol! We also had the most delicious curry for dinner last night. Yum! I hope you are having a great week!!

PPS — I am loving the discussions that are happening over at BlogFrog’s International Delight Community. Come on over. It’s a great place to get to know people and get great Summertime ideas!

Guest Project — Make a Kitchen Garden Wall!!

8 Apr

 Hi friends!! I’m Michelle, from Ten June. I’ve got a big smile on my face today. Why? Well, first of all, I’m really excited to be stopping by over here at Tatertots and Jello today- Jen is one of the most creative gals around and she features so many amazing projects! Whenever I click over to Tatertots and Jello, I leave with at least four new bookmarks in my “inspiration” folder!

 

I’m also all smiles because SPRING is finally here! Hell-ooo sunshine, flowers and Easter candy! In honor of spring’s arrival, I thought I’d share a fun project that I just did in my breakfast room– a garden wall! It’s fresh, it’s fun and it’s eas-y! A few weekends ago, I saw a little contraption at Ikea that I just fell in love with.

 

 It’s a metal tin that hangs on the wall and can be used to hold anything- utensils, plants, pens, etc. I absolutely loved the concept as soon as I saw the tins and I knew I had to recreate this somewhere at my house. Luckily, my mom recently gave me a bag of our wedding decor that she found in her attic. Part of that loot included some metal tins that we had used to line the chairs at our wedding ceremony with hydrangea stems. Aw, sweet memories. My little love buckets!!

 I decided to put my little love buckets back to good use.

With the help of a few picture hangers, my love buckets and the garden section at Home Depot, I’ve got myself a garden wall! I am sure that there are allll kinds of green thumb no-no’s about putting plants on a wall like this, but I don’t care. I’m a rebel like that! Each of these are house plants that cooperate well with the indoors. Also, my breakfast room gets a lot of light… hopefully they will survive!

 
 I am absolutely loving the fun, fresh color it brings into my kitchen and breakfast area. It’s the perfect way to bring spring indoors, but without the pollen which is currently all over my backyard! Ah, spring in the south.
 
 

 In addition to a few basic house plants, I threw in a few of our favorite fresh herbs. That basil smells DE-LISH! Can’t wait to fix up my favorite- caprese salad- with some!

 Before the garden wall, I had some colorful plates hanging on the wall, but they never really looked like they fit just right. I’m not sure if it was the size or the plates themselves, but the love bucket garden wall works so much better! It really makes such a difference in the room. 
 

While I was in the gardening section, I also found this adorable little succulent. I couldn’t resist! He’s sitting in a tiny little watering can on my kitchen windowsill 🙂

So that’s my breakfast room/kitchen garden wall! And for the record, it’s been a couple of weeks and my plants are still alive! Just call me Green Thumbs Michelle : )

 Thanks so much for having me, Jen!
Thanks Michelle! 
 I love the idea of having an herb garden in my kitchen. Brillant!! 
Michelle has amazing style. I love her striped office walls: 
And check out this Bamboo Sunburst Mirror that Michelle made: 
And I love this Quatrefoil Wine Rack project: 
Be sure to check out the creativity going on at Ten June!!
xoxo
 PS — Check out Shelley’s GroopDealz today. I love this Dry Erase vinyl – so cool!!
And, it’s Friday!!! 
Time for another fun par-tay!!!
I can’t wait to see YOUR projects! The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts at 6 pm {MST}.