Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Re-purposing Our China Cabinet

So this past weekend was literally so busy I can't even wrap my head around the fact that it is Tuesday. With the holiday weekend along with a home project, that of course took way more time than anticipated, the past three days have literally been a whirlwind. However, I am so thrilled to show off my latest home project!! Re-purposing my grandmother's old china cabinet into a funky updated bar. I am so in love with it and even more in love with the fact that it was my grandmother's. Now I will always have a little piece of her with me.


We have been using it as a formal china cabinet for almost 3 years and I have been talking about re-doing it for about that long. I finally decided to just do it, and re-purpose it and make it more functional for our lifestyle.


I found the super awesome "BAR" sign at TJ Maxx and fell in love! It was kind of the whole motivation to finally do something with the cabinet.

I loved bringing new life to this little piece of family history and just love our dining room now! See step-by-step how I refinished the cabinet here.

Step-by-Step :: Refinishing My China Cabinet

I love bringing new life to old pieces of furniture. Our china cabinet belonged to my grandmother and after using it for nearly 3 years in its original state, I finally got up the courage to make some changes. It turned out so beautiful that I can't believe it took me so long to do it. Here is how I did it.

I started by disassembling all of the doors and hardware.

Up next, was priming the whole cabinet and letting that dry over night. No sanding necessary!!! After doing a little research on what product to use, I came to the final decision of using Kilz Original primer from Home Depot. 1 Qt. was more than enough for the entire cabinet. I loved the product and will definitely be using it in future projects. Just be aware of the very strong smell (i opened the windows) and that it is oil based, so don't use a very expensive paint brush as you will have to throw it away.

After everything was primed, I painted everything using a white semi-gloss paint that we already had in our shed (previously used to paint all of the trim in our house). Why let good paint go to waste. I only did one coat of the white, because I liked that you could see some of the brush strokes in it, and because it was primed, one coat really covered it well. I like using a satin or semi-gloss because it gives a little bit of shine (plus semi-gloss is WAY easier to clean). Keep in mind if you have pets or children.

And to give the cabinet a little something extra, plus a pop of color, my husband helped paint the backdrop three shades of blue (giving it an ombre effect) using acrylic paint I already had. Almost looks like the sky to me. 

After letting the paint dry for 24 hours we reassembled and added this awesome "BAR" sign. After careful consideration we decided to use the original glass and hardware. Against the new white paint they look so much better. I love the combination of old and new.

Last, but not least, was putting the dining room back together. Now that everything is totally complete, I absolutely LOVE our dining room. It is so different and the perfect combination of traditional and modern. I guess you could say we have an eclectic style.

Cost to refinish the cabinet:
Kilz Primer: $7
"BAR" sign (TJ Maxx): $100

That is a grand total of only $107 including the BAR sign. Which means if I simply wanted to refinish the cabinet it would have only cost me $7. Now that is a good deal!! It is amazing what you can do using things you already have lying around your house. 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Ultimate Homemade Bubble Recipe

After going through our 20th bottle of bubbles I thought it might be a smart money saving tactic to look into making our own bubbles. So yesterday I scavenged Pinterest for some homemade bubble recipes. I ended up finding quite a few, all basically the same. So, using items I already had in my pantry I adapted this Crazy Deluxe Bubble Recipe from Baby Savers. It's simple, easy and makes pretty awesome bubbles!

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons Dawn dish soap
  • 1 Tablespoon Corn Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
How to make your bubbles: Combine dish soap, corn syrup and sugar in a medium bowl. Gently stir in warm water until sugar has dissolved. This recipe yields a small amount of bubbles, so feel free to double, triple, quadruple, etc. as needed! Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!!

Check out Baby Savers site for more homemade bubble recipes, including All Natural/Non-Toxic Bubbles! I will be making those next time :)