Kid’s Play Fridge/Pantry

Christmas is SO SOON!! I can’t believe how fast time has gone by. I’m so excited for Hollis to enjoy Christmas this year. I haven’t been this excited about the holidays since I was a kid. Hollis is 2 and she is obsessed  with all things Christmas. Santa, cookies, presents, carols, Christmas movies, ornaments, etc., etc. She  did the same at Halloween this year, just completely immersed herself in it and it is contagious. I find myself counting down the days along with her.  I think she is going to be really sad when it’s all over and the next major holiday is a few months away.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned that one of Hollis’ Christmas presents was going to be a diy’d play pantry/fridge for her new play kitchen that she is getting from my parents. I originally planned on building one from scratch, there are a few plans on Pinterest, but ended up looking for a cabinet that I could make into one instead. I had seen someone take an upper cabinet, like one that would go above a fridge or stove, and turn it on its side to create a little play fridge. So I set my sites on that and headed to every home improvement store I could think of to find one. After seeing the prices of brand new cabinets, I quickly changed my mind. Then I remembered the Re-Store, they are full of used cabinets and other building materials from houses. As soon as I set foot inside the store, I knew I was going to leave with something that would work.

I found many small kitchen cabinets like the ones I had in mind, but then I stumbled upon a bathroom cabinet that I thought would work even better. It looks like a cabinet that you would hang above the toilet. Totally not what I envisioned, but once I saw it, I thought it would make an awesome pantry. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but after I considered how little work I would have to put into it, I felt better about the price. Literally all I had to do was paint it. Down the road I would like to add another shelf inside, but haven’t gotten to that yet.

IMG_2773I went with navy, because I love it, and also because her new kitchen will be navy too. The navy was a little too dark for the interior, it made it kind of hard to see, so I went with a light gray. The cabinet is solid wood and very sturdy, which was a big selling point for me. I sanded everything really good and gave it a couple of coats of paint.   IMG_2784 IMG_2786IMG_2787 IMG_2789 It’s really more pantry than fridge, but that’s okay. We desperately needed a place to house all of the play food and pots and pans. Before, we just had a small grocery cart to hold everything in. To find anything in it, Hollis had to empty out all the contents and usually I was the one who got to pick it up and put it all away….

IMG_2782Now it all has a home and we can close the doors and not see it! Everything is easy to find and messes still happen, but much less often. We ended up giving it to her before Christmas 1. because I’m terrible at surprises and 2. because I didn’t have anywhere to hide from her.

IMG_2801 IMG_2797So far she really loves it. The kitchen gets played with almost every day. She likes to rearrange all the things in her pantry.  Like I said, I think one more shelf in there would be really nice. There is plenty of room for it and there are already slots for adjusting shelves so it would be a really easy fix. I can’t wait for her to get her new kitchen to go with it!





Upcycled Heirloom

If you know anything about me, you know that I love a good deal. Like a super cheap, high-five yourself, kind of deal. You can call me cheap if you want to, I won’t be offended. I will spend hours scouring flea markets and garage sales and enjoy every minute of it. Anytime I can save our family  money, I feel pretty awesome about it.

The only thing better than finding a cool piece of furniture for a great price, is finding one in our home for free. In our upstairs bathroom, there is an antique cabinet that has been in Brian’s family for years. He said it belonged to his great-grandmother, which I think is so cool. It’s really neat for Hollis that she will grow up with something that belonged to her great great-grandmother.

Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comIt fits perfectly in that little nook. The only problem is, it looks like it has seen better days. The top is wood and has laminate on top of it that has started to chip and come off. The paint on it has also started to chip and just needs a fresh coat on it.

Upcycled Heirloom // Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comI wanted to keep using it in the same spot in the bathroom because it serves as the only counter space in there and has some much-needed storage underneath. But I also wanted it to match the bathroom after I finished painting in there. So I went ahead and helped the rest of the laminate come off the top and decided to paint it white to go with the rest of the bathroom.

Now here is where I would normally show you process pics, but somehow I’ve misplaced them….

I ended up choosing tile to finish the top, I really wanted something that would be easy to wipe down and that could stand up to getting wet. I went with a small octagon tile. I wanted a timeless look, so I stuck with classic black and white. The tiles came on 12″ x 12″ sheets and were easy to lay and trim to fit. I also used a quick-dry grout which was really simple and easy to work with. I plan on going back and adding some trim pieces around the edge on the front to give it a more finished look. Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comFor the rest of the cabinet, I just primed it and painted it the same white as the trim. I figure, if I ever repaint the bathroom, (which is inevitable), the cabinet will still go with everything. I reused the glass hardware that was already on the cabinet. It just needed a little soak in some vinegar and dish soap to make them extra sparkly.

Upcycled Heirloom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpcycled Heirloom // So there it is. I’m really happy with how it turned out. Hopefully it will survive at least another generation!






Toddler Room Update

Hollis' Room // It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Hollis’ room so I thought I’d give a little update. Her room is constantly evolving and changing depending on her current needs. The biggest change being that we have taken down her crib (sob!) and put up her toddler bed. She has been sleeping in it for a while now and is doing really well sleeping through the night….just not sleeping through the night in her own room. She likes her toddler bed, but it allows a little too much freedom and she climbs out and wanders. I’m super paranoid about her wandering down the stairs in the middle of the night or getting into something she’s not supposed to, so for now we’ve moved her bed into our room where I can keep tabs on her until she gets used to staying put.

Hollis' Room // I also ended up getting her some new bedding for her big girl bed that she will use eventually and for now is an extra bed for when we have guests. I had my heart set on a nice white fluffy bedspread, but I just couldn’t find one that I really liked. I found this black and floral number at Target and liked how it brought out the black detail on the curtains and felt a little more cool and not so cutesy.

Hollis' Room // I also repurposed some furniture for her room. I love repurposing furniture, it’s such an easy way to save a little money and to customize a piece. The nightstand in her room is an old side table that Brian and I have had in every place we’ve lived together. It’s been many different colors and used for many different things. Most recently, I took it from orange to white and gold to match her room.

The dresser in her room was one of my first projects for her nursery in our old house. I painted it white and mint with some gold hardware to go in her mint green nursery, but I love that it still works in her new room too. Hollis' Room //

Hollis' Room // I picked up this little shelf at a flea market for a whopping $5 and thought I could use it in her room for books or toys. It was a nice sturdy shelf, but the finish was pretty worn and ugly.

Hollis' Room // I covered it with a good primer and gave it a fresh coat of paint. I added a back to it, because I kept picturing tiny toys falling behind it. I just used a piece of foam core board which I cut down to size, then sprayed it with adhesive and attached a fun fabric to it. After that I just attached the whole thing with some tiny nails.

Hollis' Room // I like how it turned out, but the shelves on it are actually quite short. It makes it hard to put very many books or toys on it. So I’ve moved it to the closet which was needing something for shoe storage. The shelves are just the right height for little shoes and there is room to grow for bigger shoes too. It really fits in there perfectly, happy accident!

Hollis' Room // Hollis' Room // Hollis' Room // Well now you are up-to-date….I’m sure it will change again in a few weeks. Toddlers, am I right?!

And just for fun, here is another look from where it all started. Hollis' Room //


Minty Fresh

Our upstairs bathroom is in need of a serious facelift, but we’re settling for a minor facelift right now. I’ve been painting my little heart out trying to make the space a little brighter and happier. I was extra motivated to get everything painted because we had family coming to visit this weekend. That’s just the best kind of motivation for me! Before, everything in here was a little too brown for my taste. The walls were brown, the floor is brown, the trim was brown, even the tub was brown. I decided to paint, for a quick and cheap little facelift.

Here is a look at it before and after.

thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI just used up some leftover mint green paint that I originally used in our entry way. It’s light and neutral and I knew it would look nice with the dark trim as well as white accents.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comThe trim throughout the bathroom needed to be painted. The trim around the doorways and window haven’t been touched, but the baseboards were all painted brown. I decided since they were already painted anyway, I would go ahead and paint them white to continue with lightning up the space and to match the rest of the painted trim in the house.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comWe removed the cabinet above the toilet and it really helped bring in a lot more light in there. It really felt like a dark cave before. I was worried I would miss the storage, but removing it has really helped open up the space. (You don’t feel like you are going potty in the closet anymore.)

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comIt was so dark in there before that I didn’t even notice that the ceiling was blue! So I got to add, paint the ceiling to my list of things to do….yay.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comSince we lost the storage we had with the cabinet that was hanging over the toilet, I wanted to add some shelves to replace it. I decided to re-purpose some shelves that I tore out of Hollis’ closet back here. I thought I had three shelves, but when I unwrapped one, I realized it was broken. 😦 So two shelves it is!

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI didn’t have a whole lot of hope for these shelves since they were wrapped in contact paper. I was expecting it to be a big ordeal, but the paper actually came off with very little effort. And that paper was sticky, as demonstrated by little helper below.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI was planning on having to sand and paint the shelves, but after unwrapping them, I really liked the wood finish. They are stained the same color as the trim. The hubby also like the wood look, so I decided to just leave them, at least for now. I like how they look a little bit rustic and they tie in with the rest of the wood in the room. I just added some simple brackets that were less than $2 at Lowe’s.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI was a little worried that I would hate the floor after painting, but I’m liking it a lot more. It looks a little more coppery and interesting, and it ties in nicely with the dark wood trim.

Upstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comUpstairs Bathroom // thegoldbrickroad.comI still have lots to do, but at least the walls and trim are painted (and the ceiling)! It feels a lot less Debbie Downer and now it’s minty fresh. Like a toothpaste commercial. I will go into more detail on some the projects later, but here is a look at my updated to-do list:


  • paint the walls something light and calming
  • paint the baseboards white
  • makeover the antique cabinet
  • add some wall shelves above the tub
  • add a towel rack near the tub
  • add some shelves above the toilet
  • paint the tub
  • find some sort of window treatment that still lets natural light in
  • find/make a vanity for the sink
  • add some artwork


  • change out the light fixture
  • add feet to the tub (if possible)
  • add a shower and curtain rod

Fireworks and Flea Markets

Hollis and I headed to Kansas City to spend the July 4th weekend with my family. (Brian had to stay here and cut wheat). We usually get together and stuff our faces and then blow some things up.  The fourth has become one of my favorite holidays. It’s just so relaxing and stress-free. There’s no gift buying or wrapping or slaving away in the kitchen. Everyone is happy just grilling and eating pasta salad all day and homemade ice cream….can’t forget the homemade ice cream. Along with the food, there was also sun rays being soaked up, outdoor games being played, catching up with family, and Sangria!

This was Hollis’ first 4th of July and her first look at fireworks….she wasn’t a fan. Luckily her Uncle Tyler brought some glow sticks which she was a BIG fan of. She was also a big fan of everyone fawning over her (only grandchild on my side) and her furry cousins (my furry nieces) running around. The weather was beautiful and made the day extra enjoyable. Normally we don’t really venture out of the house until it gets late enough to cool down, but the whole day was sunny with a nice cool breeze. Perfection.



The next day we had a relaxing morning (love it when the 4th falls on a Friday) and then my parents took us to Cockrell Mercantile. I’ve heard my mom talk about it forever, but I had never been…Now I’m going to want to go every time we visit. It’s made up of 4 or 5 buildings and each one is filled to the brim with kitchen goodies, housewares, accessories, and antiques. I fully intend on doing all of my Christmas shopping there, not just because I know I will find something for everyone, but because it gives me another excuse to go and oggle  look around. My mom and I got to leisurely stroll around and shop while my dad entertained the baby. (thanks dad!)

I walked away with this beauty…my kitchen was practically begging for it.



And I couldn’t pass up this little dinosaur creamer. I mean who doesn’t need a dino creamer?



On our last day (Sunday) we headed to church and then for some Chinese food. This is a big deal for me because I cannot get decent Chinese food out here in Central KS. Which is probably for the best as far as my waistline is concerned. Luckily I got to burn a lot of calories off by walking around a nearby flea market! Basically the best kind of exercise, ever. My mom had been there before and said that it’s kind of hit or miss. Of course it was a big hit for me because I had limited trunk space. If I had brought the truck and had plenty of room, I’m sure I wouldn’t have found anything.

Princess Ariel was there to greet me so I knew it was going to be a great trip…



I was in the market for a bench for our entry way, I also told myself I could use a telephone (or gossip) bench instead if I found one. Well….I found both! So ended up getting the telephone bench AND a bench for the entry way. They were only $25 and in really great shape. So I decided I would take them both and see which works best for the entry way and find a home for the other.

I’ve been seeing these telephone benches all over Pinterest and it has given me ideas on redoing it, but for now I kind of like him as-is. So until I figure out where he’s going, I’m going to just clean him up.



Here is the bench I also snagged for $25. I know, I know…it has hearts on it. It’s VERY early 90’s country-chic right now BUT I have some ideas on how to eliminate or at least disguise those hearts. I picked him up, not only for the price, but because he is solid wood and very sturdy. He’s also the perfect size for our somewhat narrow entry. I had to take him apart to fit in my trunk for my trip home, but I was able to easily screw him back together. (luckily!)




This copper tray jumped out at me and made me bring him home too. And for $5 I obliged.



This wire basket also grabbed my attention, he needs a new paint job, but for $3 I can handle it.




I was keeping an eye out for frames, they’re something I always need and try to look for at flea markets and garage sales. My grandma caught me about to buy one and told me not to buy anymore until I look in her attic at some old frames she’s no longer using. She let me take a whole box full of frames I could use and would have shelled out money for at the store, for free! Hollis also approves of my new frames…



My grandma also sent me home with this beautiful tapestry. Aren’t grandmas just the best?! Mine is. It’s so pretty and I love, love, love the colors. I don’t know for sure what I’m going to do with it, but I will find something. It’s enormous. It’s large enough that I could use it for a queen size bedspread…and maybe I will.



Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!

Inspirado: Coffee Bar

Hope everyone had a great Memorial weekend! Hollis and I got to head back to Kansas City to visit my family while Brian stayed and got some things done on the farm. It was a busy, fun-filled weekend, just the way I like it, but I did have time to do one itty-bitty project.

In our old dining room, we had the perfect spot for our little bar. It was great for extra space for when we had parties or gatherings to set drinks or appetizers on. It was also necessary for housing our wine glasses and other barware. (That forest green carpet still haunts my dreams…)

292055_595008822515_2172023_nHere in the new house, we really don’t have a formal dining room, we just use our eat-in kitchen. We also have the great built-in cabinet in the living room closet that we have designated as our new ‘bar’ area.

photo 3-007Now that we have a little one who is becoming more and more mobile every day, I like that we can keep any adult beverages and breakable things up high out of her reach. We also like the fact that we can shut the door and lock it to keep curious little people out of it. I still really love our old bar though, and I don’t want to get rid of it. I would love to re-purpose it and take advantage of the awesome storage it provides.

I’ve seen drink stations all over Pinterest and I think it’s the perfect way to re-purpose our old bar. I make coffee or tea almost every day, usually multiple times a day (thanks to a teething baby). So having a space to consolidate all of my coffee, tea, sugar, creamers, mugs, etc. would be soooo nice. I made a little inspiration board of things I would love to add to mine one day.

coffee bar^^ Rectangular Serving Tray with Handles. Apilco Cow Creamer, Williams-Sonoma, Marimekko Siirtolapuutarha Cup, Crate & Barrel, Keurig K65 Special Edition Home Brewing System,

Chemex Glass Handle 6-Cup Coffee Maker, Crate & Barrel

Here are a couple of pics I pulled off Pinterest for inspiration. I like how simple, yet functional they are.

Coffee BarCoffee StationAnd….

Here’s what I came up with on the fly (sorry for the ugly wires). I just used things I already had, but I would love to add some things to it to make it a little more posh. I need to find something to fill in the wine bottle cubbies…any suggestions? Right now they are housing some travel mugs, but they aren’t very pretty.


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