No More Naked Cabinets

Remember when our kitchen looked like this?! No More Naked Cabinets //

And my little helper was just a squishy baby?!

No More Naked Cabinets // thegoldbrickroad.comI can’t believe it’s been over a year since we refinished our cabinets. We are still really loving them. I wasn’t sure how painted cabinets would hold up, but they are doing really well. I have had to do a few touch-ups here and there, but that is really because there is no handles on the cabinets, so they endure a lot of extra scrapes and scratches.

No More Naked Cabinets // thegoldbrickroad.comI have been wanting hardware for the cabinets since we moved in, but I had been waiting for a good deal and I had moved onto other projects, so it kind of got pushed to the bottom of my to-do list. I finally got around to searching for hardware. I wanted something simple, and somewhat modern, nothing fussy. I also wanted a brushed nickel finish to match our other fixtures. The best deal I found was on (this is not a sponsored post), I paid less than $2 for each handle.

I splurged on a cabinet and drawer template to drill holes for the hardware. It was a huge help and made the job go a lot faster. It also came with a drill bit that went through my cabinets like buttah, totally worth the $10 I spent on it. No More Naked Cabinets // thegoldbrickroad.comAnd now the kitchen is looking like this.

No More Naked Cabinets // No More Naked Cabinets // No More Naked Cabinets // No More Naked Cabinets // No More Naked Cabinets // thegoldbrickroad.comI think the cabinets were looking a little naked before. I still have a few projects to tackle in here:

  • change out the light fixtures
  • new counter tops
  • new backsplash
  • adding a pantry

Sianara Summer

I like Summer, but I don’t LOVE Summer. I LOVE Fall.

As a kid I loved Summer, but really only for the sole reason that we were out of school. I hate the super hot temps and crowded parks and playgrounds. I get all giddy this time of year when the weather starts to cool down a bit and I don’t have to run the AC at full blast. I can’t wait to get out my hoodies and comfy sweatshirts. Especially now while I’m pregnant and have the awkward, early baby belly (you know the one where people can’t tell if your preggo or just packed on a few pounds). I also love swapping out some decor around the house and burning my fall scented candles. It really is my favorite season and it seems to go by so fast.  Here are a few of my Fall favorites:

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1.  A nice Fall-scented candle. I love this Farmstand Apple scent, it instantly makes the whole house smell like Fall.

2.  Comfy, casual boyfriend jeans. They just go so well with sweaters and boots. Perfect jeans for fall weather.

3.  I have my eye on this sweater jacket. It can be thrown on over anything to leave the house or to snuggle up with inside on the couch.

4.  These gold-dipped glasses add just a touch of Fall and would look great all the way through New Years and beyond.

5.  I NEED to add these Burgundy boots to my collection…

6.  This is the time of year I like to pull out my cozy throws and drape them on the couch for easy access.

7.  I have been wavering on this poncho trend, but I think now is the perfect time to go for it. They look so comfy and can fit around the growing baby bump.

8.  Adding metallics is one of my favorite ways to transition the house for Fall without going full harvest theme. This copper bowl be a great accent anywhere in the house.

Hurry up and get here Fall!

The Human Project

This is just a quick post to tell you all about my latest project. Not one of my typical projects though. No paint, or tile, or hammer required. Nope. This is a human project. As in I’m making one….in my belly! Brian and I are very excited for baby number two! Our first little one turned out so awesome, that we just can’t wait to meet her little brother or sister. She is pretty dang excited too. Hollis is only 22 months so I know she doesn’t really understand the concept of having another baby in the house, ALL the time, a baby that doesn’t go home with a different mommy and daddy, a baby that will share her toys and things and probably claim some of them as their own, and a baby that will suck up a lot of mommy’s time. But she does talk about the new baby and say hi to he/she in my belly, so that’s a start. The Human Project // “Sooo….you mean, there is a person living in your tummy?” The Human Project //“And they come out of where??…” The Human Project //“This baby IS pretty cute….” The Human Project //“I guess we can be friends, as long as their not cuter than me!” Of course being pregnant just brings on a whole new list of projects I feel I need to tackle. But I’m taking those projects on slowly, and only when I’m not super nauseous, which is pretty much always the last few months. This pregnancy has been completely different from my first pregnancy. I can’t wait to find out the gender so I can really get some projects going!

Garage Sale Art Makeover

Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comHollis’ room has been evolving little by little as she grows. I’m trying to get used to the idea that I have a toddler now and not a little baby anymore. (Sob!) We’ve been using her dresser as a changing table up until a couple of months ago. She is still in diapers, but just too big for the changing table. Lately, her bed or the floor are safer for her wiggly toosh to get changed.

I had a baby-friendly gallery wall above the dresser, but I also bought a mirror to go over her dresser one day when she was a little bigger. It’s a big, heavy-duty mirror, which I’ve been storing it in the bottom of my closet where it is just begging for me to drop something on it just right and shatter the thing. So I was really excited to finally get to hang it up where it actually belongs.

Of course after I got the mirror hung, my gallery wall just wasn’t feeling right anymore. It needed something. to help balance out the large, round mirror. So I dug through my latest garage sale haul of pictures and frames. Nothing I had would work as-is, but I did have a frame that was just the right shape and size. It just needed a makeover.

I went with this little gem. I had no hard feelings about painting over this masterpiece. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comI wanted something easy, but that would carry out the colors in Hollis’ room. I decided a quick abstract painting would do the trick. I took the beautiful picture out and just decided to paint over the heavy card stock that came with the frame. I like it when abstract pictures have some texture and a really easy way to cheat and easily add texture is to just Modpodge some tissue paper before you paint. I purposely let it wrinkle in some spots and ripped and layered it in other spots. It also provided a nice, white background to start with.

Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comNext I grabbed a craft brush, I liked the sponge tip brush for spreading color around. I squeezed dots randomly in a couple different shades of pink and some white and then just brushed the dots around. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comThen I added some black, sparingly. I didn’t want it to be too girly with all the pink.Garage Sale Art Makeover // Lastly, I grabbed a can of gold spray paint (which I ALWAYS seem to have on hand) and sprayed a few random spots. I really liked the shimmer from it and I went ahead and sprayed the frame gold too. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comHere you can see the texture from the tissue paper. Of course you can also create texture with paint, but I just have time for that. Garage Sale Art Makeover // thegoldbrickroad.comAnd here is my little 10 minute art project (not including drying time). It won’t win any awards or anything, but a big improvement and will work in Hollis’ room.

Garage Sale Art Makeover // Garage Sale Art Makeover // Garage Sale Art Makeover // The wall is not done yet. I’d still like to add a couple little things to the wall, but it’s so nice to finally have that mirror hung up and some original artwork. Garage sales are my favorite place to snag cheap art and frames.