Friday, June 27, 2014

Moist Almond Poppy Seed Cake

I decided it was time for more food around this place, so I'm back with another recipe. Funny story about this almond poppy seed cake. Not funny-haha, more like funny-hang head and cry.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Darken Cabinets WITHOUT Stripping the Existing Finish

My bathroom makeover may possibly be the slowest in history. It started last year when I removed the hideous, cheap light bar above the vanity and replaced it with 2 beautiful light fixtures

The next step was to add moulding to the wall-mounted mirror, and I shared some tricks to make that process easier. 
And that's where things stayed... for months and months. Recently, I finally found the motivation and decided it was time to tackle updating the vanity. If you have lived in a house built in the last 25 years, the odds are pretty good you have lived with cabinets like these. Typical, builder-grade oak, finished in a gold/honey color. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Easy Geometric Wall Art

This post originally appeared as a guest post on Home Coming.

Lest you think I have been slacking, I have been elbow deep into 2 huge projects this week. I'll give you a hint, they both involve my bathroom vanity, trips to Home Depot, and making a huge mess. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mighty Metal Cabinet

Last week, I shared how my husband gave me the coolest birthday trip ever. On that trip, I picked up a couple cool, small items as well as a piece I truly fell in love with. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Easy Built-In Bookcases

Remember when I talked about my good friend Maegan and her amazing entertainment console? Well, she and her adorable husband bought their first home last year and wasted no time starting the upgrades. 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

How to Rivet Wood and/or Leather

"Rivets? Like as in Rosie the Riveter? Why would I need to know that?" You may be asking yourself. Holy crap! Rivets are my new favorite thing people! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Best Birthday Gift Ever!

Today happens to be my birthday, but I want to share about this past weekend! Last Thursday my husband suggests that I pack a bag for the weekend, but won't give me anymore information. Friday, right after work, we drop the kids off with Grandma and Grandpa and hit the road.

He has me drive, turns on navigation on his phone, and laughs as I follow the little voice telling me when to turn, while I shout out guesses of where we may be going.

Eventually, we turn off the highway in Globe, one of my favorite destinations for "pickin". I follow the navigation until I hear "Your destination is on the right."

This is the Noftsger Hill Inn and it is SOOO cool! It was originally a schoolhouse built in 1907, and now its a bed and breakfast. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Cool New Friends: Rafterhouse Tour

Hi everyone! I am beyond thrilled to introduce you to my new friends at Rafterhouse

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Rafterhouse is a company located here in Phoenix that specializes in taking older, outdated homes and completely transforming them. Yes, there are a lot of "flippers" out there, but I guarantee you have not seen homes like these before. I am so inspired by their work, I HAD to share their latest remodel with you. They aren't paying me a dime, I truly just had to share with you all!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Wood and Leather Sling Chair

I swore I wouldn't, but I've totally jumped on the mid-century/ danish bandwagon. Honestly, I've always been attracted to more masculine looks and I've come to appreciate the engineering in the minimalist design. I've actually had this chair built for a couple weeks. "Then why haven't we seen it?" you may be asking.