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Kitchen Updates

Hooray, it’s May!!! (And for all you Star Wars fiends, May the 4th be with you!)

So you guys may remember (but probably not) wayyyyy back in August of 2015 when I talked about us FINALLY getting around to updating our kitchen a little. You can see more about that here.  Well, I’m here (21 months later) to give you an update!!! Better late than never, amirate??!?

As a reminder, here’s where we started when we moved in.

It looks like the blah patrol threw up all over everything.

After we moved in, we did a couple of quick updates – namely paint and a new fridge.

The green definitely spiced things up, but I got tired of it after approximately 3 days. Yet it stayed that color for approximately 4 years. *Oops*

But I am thrilled to say that we have actually made some *real* progress now that I’m super stoked about.

So far, we painted the kitchen in one my favorite shades (Semi Sweet by Valspar), got a new table and chairs, took down a couple of the cabinets to replace them with some open shelving/mug rack, painted the remaining cabinets white, and upgraded the stove, dishwasher, and microwave.

Here’s what left on our checklist: hardware for the cabinets, new countertop, and adding a subway tile backsplash. Can.not.WAIT. until this project is officially checked off the list!

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A Space For The Kiddos

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  • January 25, 2016

Confession, guys: I have been guilty of house-envy. Ya know, it’s that thing where you’re watching Chip & JoJo design a perfectly flawless home, and then you look around your home and suddenly hate everything about it.

I have a wish list of things I would like in our next home, but the truth is, we’re not in our next home, We’re in THIS one. And there is NOTHING WRONG with our house. We have enough space and it’s not ugly or outdated. The one thing that’s always at the top of my list when I think about what I would want is more of a play space for the kids. Other than their rooms, we just don’t one. But instead of wishing for something that’s not happening in this house, I decided to make it a priority to find the space. I’m going to stop thinking about a house we may have in the future, and start focusing on making the one we’re in work for us.

Our house is a very open floor plan, so I decided to dedicate a wall at the back of our living area and in between our entry and kitchen to creating a space for our kiddos to draw, color, read, and create.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

The first step in this makeover was painting the lower half of the wall with chalkboard paint. What kid doesn’t love being allowed to draw on the wall?! I then hung a line of picture ledges down the wall separating the chalkboard from the top half of the wall.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

I’m nowhere near finished with this makeover, but for now I’ve got a couple of children’s tables from IKEA there, along with the art display station I redid a while back. In the future, I want to add a place for books/reading and some storage for art supplies. And then of course, I will hang some more art above the picture ledges.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

Roarke has already taken quite the liking to this update.

A Space For The Kiddos | Lemon Drop Life

So, what do you guys think? Do you have a designated space for your kids in your home?

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A Favorite Tradition: Our Christmas Card Display

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  • December 19, 2015

One of my favorite things to do every year around the holidays is to come up with a fun way to display our Christmas cards. Skipping happily to the mailbox is one of the highlights of my day, and I love keeping all the cards on display in our house throughout the holiday season.

This year, I decided that the kids art display station I redid a while back would make the perfect spot for all of our cards!

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

It makes the perfect display! And with the lights around it – gah – it’s SO pretty!!

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

There’s not much of a how-to to this one. I just taped some twine on the backside, and clipped the cards to it with mini-clothespins I got at Target.

This whole area of our house is so cheerful and cozy – it looks so pretty at night!

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My cotton ball/jingle bell wreath is still going strong. You can check out that tutorial here.

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Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas decorations are just my favorite, guys. No ifs, ands, or buts. They’re just the best. The lights, the colors, the lights, the texture…did I mention the lights?! If I could find a way to leave my tree up all year round, I would. Maybe I can just decorate it for each holiday? No??

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

Christmas Card Display | Lemon Drop Life

How are you guys displaying your cards this year?

You can see my past displays here, here, and here.

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Thanksgiving Mantel

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  • November 13, 2015

Well, guys, if you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife), you’ll know that I’m feeling pretty Christmas-y already. I blame IKEA. We were there earlier this week and all their cute Christmas stuff totally pushed me over the edge!

But before I totally move on to snowflakes and reindeer, I thought I’d share what our mantel is looking like these days. It’s still decked out for fall/Thanksgiving (at least for a few more minutes;))!

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel

The copper ‘Give Thanks’ banner is from Target. Isn’t it cute?! They have Christmas ones, too and I’m sooo tempted to go get one!

Thanksgiving Mantel

The window was a yard sale find – only $10! It’s a fun way to show off my bebes! Oh, and Roarke insisted that Captain Hook get in on the shot 🙂 #kidstyling

Thanksgiving Mantel

Thanksgiving Mantel | Lemon Drop Life

That basket on the left is sneakily hiding our internet box and Time Capsule. Gotta hide that ugly stuff when at all possible!

So what about you guys? Are you decorating for Thanksgiving or are you already in Christmas mode, too?!

 

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Kids Art Display Station

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  • September 23, 2015

Happy Hump Day, y’all! I’ve got a really cute project to share with you today so let’s get to it!

You might remember a few weeks back when I visited the World’s Longest Yard Sale and hung out with Krylon as they made over pieces for their first ever Pinterest 127 Yard Sale. (read more about it here). We got to check out tons of Krylon’s products that day and I walked away with something I was WAY excited to try out: chalky finish spray paint.

That’s right. Chalk paint in a glorious little spray bottle. Basically, that means busting out spray painting projects even quicker because you can cut out the prep step. Consider me sold! And I already had a perfect candidate for a makeover.

Earlier this summer, I picked up a folding screen that had a bunch of slots for pictures. Something like this:

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

How bout that lovely orange-y oak. No bueno. BUT I instantly imagined this being turned into a fun way to display my kiddos art. And with a little help from Krylon’s Chalky Finish spray paint in Misty Gray, that’s just what I did!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Let me just say, this stuff goes on like a dream. It sprays evenly and has great coverage. I almost covered the entire screen (front and back) with one can. And my favorite part? All I had to do beforehand was wipe everything down with a lint free cloth. No deglossing. No sanding. No priming. That’s my kind of project!

Now let’s take a look at our new display station!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

This was such an easy project – the spray painting took me about 15 minutes and then I just taped some of the artwork we had right to the back. Easy peasy!

Each window had a piece of acrylic and a backing to hold photos in place. I decided to paint a few of the acrylic panes with some chalk paint to give my kids another place to draw and play!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Eventually, I want to make this whole area a little art area for the kids. My plan is to move that (recently redone) desk up to our guest room and get a small table for the kids so they can have their own place to sit and create!

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Kids Art Display Station | Lemon Drop Life

Our home is a place where I want our kids to feel free to run, play, and have fun; I’m so excited to start working on this little space for them!

Feeling inspired? Well, I’ve got a treat for you. The other bloggers that I hung out with at the Krylon event are also posting fun project makeovers for you today! So be sure to hop around and check out their projects! (Note: I’ll update this post throughout the day as their posts go up.)

Vintage Desk Makeover from Kimm at Reinvented

Step Stool from Pam at House of Hawthornes

 

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DIY Faux Marble Painted Table

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  • September 9, 2015

A couple weeks ago, I posted my plans for sprucing up our kitchen. And I”m happy to report that I’ve made a little progress! Namely, in they way of updating our kitchen table.

If you’ve been a long time blog reader, you may remember way back when our whitewashed our table (which I got on Craigslist). It’s been that way ever since. But in my DIY newbie-ness, I didn’t seal it as well as I should have and it was a bit of a mess. The finish was worn down and scratched in many spots, so I was always a bit embarrassed to have guests sit down at our table. Picture me trying to strategically cover every scratch with table runners, plates, cups, you name it. “I’m sorry you can’t reach your plate, Mom, but I really need it to stay in that spot, mmkay? Thanks.” Not terribly convenient.

I have long been a lover of marble topped tables (who isn’t?!), but the real deal is pretty pricey, not to mention probably not the most baby/toddler friendly option. So, what’s a DIY-er to do? Duh.

I surfed Pinterest for some tutorials and they were all pretty similar. Then I came across this one from Gorgeous Shiny Things that had a video of her demonstrating the technique. This was TOTALLY helpful for a visual learner like me. I can read tutorials over and over, but if I can see it, I’m sold.

Her video is awesome, so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here but I will tell you that when I first started painting my base gray-wash on the table, I was scared. Real scared.

IMG_1601I apologize for the low-quality pic – I was snapping these with my phone, as I was  too scared to step away from my table for fear it might turn into some angry faux-marble monster.

BUT. I persevered and it got better.

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

So, my biggest tip for this technique is BE BRAVE. And don’t give up just because things looks bad.

Geez, this is turning into a regular ol’ motivational speech.

Seriously, though. While I wouldn’t say this is a foolproof, can’t-fail technique, I would say it’s forgiving and what you might perceive as an ‘imperfection’ can be used to your advantage. I would say the key to this technique is a great blending brush and lots of layers of gray and white. Even when I was finished, I dipped my sea sponge in white paint and sponged lightly over the whole table.  So, it just takes lots of back and forth. A little gray here, then cover with some white, then add in a little more veining, etc. I will say one thing I would’ve done differently is starting with a lighter gray to begin with. As you can see from those photos above, my gray was pretty dark, so I ended up added a lot of white layers to really lighten it up. Save the dark gray for your tiny veining. Or maybe you want that really high contrast look; that’s the great thing about this technique – no two people will do it the same!

Enough blab – wanna see the finished product?

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DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I sealed it with a gloss poly to try and add to that looks of stone and protect it really well. And I used plenty of coats this time – momma doesn’t want this finish scratching!

And who could resists styling up their newly refinished table for fall? Not this gal!

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

Funny story – I clipped the yellow flowers from one of my neighbors yards. Not their yard, per se, but from the end of their driveway where they had a bunch of these growing up along with other weeds around some trees. They literally had their garbage cans sitting practically on top of these. And the homeowner pulled up while I was clipping them. Picture me, red-faced and flustered as my neighbor says, “Can I help you?” No, don’t mind me. I’m just clipping weeds from your yard to use on my kitchen table. I think they thought I was trying to case their house for a potential robbery. Neighbor of the year, right here.

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

DIY Faux Marble Painted Table | Lemon Drop Life

Isn’t my little helper the cutest?! He was smelling the “pitty fwowers”.

Now on to tackle the rest of my kitchen to-do list!

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Kitchen, I’m Comin’ For Ya

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  • August 21, 2015

Happy Friday, lemon-droppers! We’re almost to the weekend and I couldn’t be happier about it – hubby has been in Houston this week and I can’t wait for him to get back him tonight! Single-parenting two rambunctious babies is rough, ha!

After Everly was born, JP and I discussed looking for a house with a little bit more space. We really wanted something with a basement and a little more room for the kids to play. But after lots of discussions and prayer, we decided that wasn’t the direction we should go.

I haven’t shared this on the blog yet, but a little over a month ago, I made the transition to stay home with our kids, while also working part-time at our church. It was a big decision for us, and one I prayed about a lot. I loved my job, but after I went back to work from Everly’s maternity leave, all I could think about was being with her and Roarke all the time and savoring the precious moments I have with them while they’re little. So, JP and I decided to do what we needed to in order to make that happen. And that included agreeing to stay where we are for several more years.

When we moved into this house (almost 4 years ago), I had a specific idea of what this house would be. We would live here for 4-5 years, probably start our family here, but then move on to our forever house. This was our ‘just for now’ house.

Let me tell you, folks, that was a bad mentality to have.

It’s only recently that I’ve realized just how crippling that train of thought has been. Yes, we’ve made nice updates to the house, but I’ve refrained from making some of the changes I’d like because I’m always thinking about the fact that we’ll be reselling this. And why go to all the effort of changing a house that you’re going to be leaving soon?

BECAUSE THIS IS OUR HOME. That’s why.

And now that I know we’re going to be here a few more years, I’ve realized it’s time to make this OUR space. I want to love every inch of my house and I want it to be meaningful and functional for us.

So in my quest for home-iness, I’ve been giving our kitchen major side-eye lately. I haven’t touched our kitchen since we moved in and painted it. But that’s about to change.

Let me share a little mood board I made that gives an idea of some of the larger elements I have in mind.

Kitchen Mood Board | Lemon Drop Life

I apologize for the low quality mock-up, but you get the idea.

One thing I’ve known I wanted to do for a long time was paint the walls a deep gray. This is the same color (Semi Sweet by Valspar) that I used for the planet wall in Roarke’s room and our little hallway and I absolutely fell in love with the color. I’ve been picturing it for our kitchen ever since.

I’ve spent hours poring over tile selections and backsplashes and I always come back to classic subway tile with dark grout. So, maybe it’s overdone, but I can’t fight this feeling anymore. I’ve forgotten what I started fighting for, you guys.

I’m also itching to incorporate a couple of open shelves for the kitchen, and I’m really excited to make that happen!

I’ve long been a lover of the beaded chandeliers and I’m going to try my hand at a DIY (read: cheaper) version.

The table won’t be exactly like that, as I’m going to be repurposing our existing table, but that gives you an idea of what I’m going for. And my plan is to do a combination of the wooden x-back chairs and a couple of upholstered captain’s chairs on either end.

I am SO excited to get this started and finally turn this place into a real home that reflects our family and our style!

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Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Desk Makeover

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  • August 17, 2015

Wait, what’s happening? Am I actually posting something home decor/DIY related?? YES! Yes, I am. ‘Bout time, right?!?

Last month, I was browsing our local Goodwill and came across a really adorable midcentury style desk. For $15 dollars.

Chalk Paint + Dip Dye Desk Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

Yep, that’s right. $15 dollars. It was really in pretty good shape, too. What can I say? Sometimes even a blind squirrel finds a mid-century modern nut.

When I saw this desk, I instantly had a vision for what I wanted it to look like – I was picturing a rich army green with gold dip-dyed legs. And because I LOATHE furniture prep, I knew chalk paint was the way to go. I’ve heard lots of good things about the BB Frosch Chalk Paint Powder, so I decided to give it a go. 

Basically, the powder allows you to transform any latex paint into chalk paint – cool, right?!? The formula is simple: 2 tablespoons of powder + 1 tablespoon of water + 1 cup of flat finish paint. I went with Forestwood by Sherwin Williams. They recommend just mixing up a cup at a time, because the paint goes a long way. I ended up using a full cup and still needed just a bit more for some touch ups so I mixed up another half cup to finish this desk.

Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

The coverage for the paint was great – it was really easy to use! And the best part is, I still have a ton of powder left to use for future projects! I taped the legs off and sprayed them with my beloved Krylon gold spray paint.

Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

It’s good, right?! I also hit the hardware with a couple coats of ORB spray paint – so much better!

Chalk Paint + Dip-Dye Makeover | Lemon Drop Life

I put a couple coats of Polycrylic on the drawers and table top to seal everything off.

My plan is to move this baby up to our guest room – I just have to get our exercise equipment moved out to make some room! Have you guys ever tried any DIY-type chalk paint methods?  What’s your favorite?

Note: This post was in no way sponsored by BB Frosch – I just enjoyed their product!

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Etsy Crush: United Thread

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  • April 24, 2015

Whoops. I accidentally went almost an entire month without a blog post. My bad. It’s kind of crazy how easily that can happen when life really gets going. Since Roarke’s 2nd birthday (I probably won’t blog about it, but I over-shared a ton of photos on IG so go follow me there: @lemondroplife), we’ve had Easter, my brother’s wedding (which I will share photos of on the blog because it was gorgeous!), and both kiddos getting the stomach flu. Yippee!

I’m going to start doing a new thing on Fridays. Maybe not every Friday, but at least every other Friday. I’m going to share some of my favorite Etsy shops with you!

Today’s shop is one of my favorites – United Thread. I have to wipe the drool off my keyboard while browsing these prints. How fun is this honeybee one? I love this for a kitchen.

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This alligator print is one of my favorites. As soon as I can figure out the perfect spot for it in my house, this bad boy will be mine.

alligatorandclematis_unitedthreadScoring one of her original pieces (like the one below) would be pricey, but a total dream.

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This fiddle lead fig print is a great option for those hopping on board with the botanical prints trend. And this might be the only fiddle leaf fig I could hope to keep alive.

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Happy weekend, all!

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DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites

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  • March 20, 2015
Hello, lovelies! I hope you’re all enjoying some spring-like weather today! It’s gloomy here today, but I’m crossing my fingers that we’ve seen the last of the snow for this winter!

My baby boy is turning 2 on Sunday (how did that happen?!?), so I’ve been deep in the midst of party planning. If you follow me on Instagram (@lemondroplife) you know that we’re doing a Mickey Mouse party, as my guy is obsessed with that little mouse. He can sing the Hot Dog song with scarily accurate pitch. I’ll be sure to share all the party details with you guys next week, but for now I thought I’d show you the adorable invites I made.

DIY Mickey Mouse Party Invites | Lemon Drop Life

Forgive the iPhone photo, but I realized after I started this post that I forgot to take any pictures with my good camera before I mailed all the invites out. Whoops.

These were pretty straightforward – cut the Mickey Mouse head shape out on black card stock, cut a half circle from red card stock, glue together and add a couple buttons! But remember: don’t glue the top of your half-circle down, so that you can slip your invite inside!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and get to enjoy some sunshine!

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