Thursday

Painted Bathroom Cabinet DIY Makeover Tutorial

I’ve been busy updating my hall bathroom.  I’ve already picked out my paint to cover up my outdated faux finished paint, and now I’m moving on to the messy fun stuff.  This weekend I tackled my bathroom cabinet.   Here’s a peek at the finished product:

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial
Here’s what I started with:

 Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial  
It looks pretty good in the photo.  But it really hasn’t stood up to the abuse my two kids dish out every day.  Up close the finish looked like this:


Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial 
Meet my Minwax friends:  MinWax PolyShades, and Wipe-on Polyurethane.  I have used Wipe-on Poly before and I just love it.  It is so easy to apply and the results are fantastic.   So much easier than the brush on products.

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial
I took the door, the drawers and the top dummy panel off and gave all parts including the base a good sanding.  Then I brushed on a thin coat of Minwax PolyShades in Classic Black Satin. 

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial  
I allowed it to dry overnight, then I took some fine steel wool and distressed the edges.  I followed up with a coat of wipe on polyurethane.  I  replaced the brushed nickel knobs with some simple black ones and I was done.  
 

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial

I’m very happy with the finish.  It definitely has a high-end cabinet look, not just a home-depot stock cabinet redo look!


Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial 
Sorry for this rotten photo.  The bathroom is pretty narrow, so it was really hard for me to get a good photo of the whole thing.

Painted Bathroom Cabinet Makeover DIY Tutorial

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Wednesday

Cedar Chest DIY Makeover with Paint

Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next?I bought this cedar chest at a consignment store years ago.  It’s been quietly sitting in the corner of our bedroom for the last several years.  Most of the time, it’s covered with stuff.  Books, laundry that need to be folded and other miscellaneous  stuff.   

One of my goals this year is to turn our bedroom into more of a relaxing sanctuary.  That means getting rid of clutter catching items like this cedar chest.   So I decided to move this piece of furniture out of the bedroom and into our living room. 

That means a new paint job.   Take a look at this beauty.  Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next?I gave it a light sanding and I painted it in my favorite Behr black:  Black Suede.  After just a bit of  distressing, it was ready to go! 

Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next?It looks great in my living room.

Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next? My dog Rosie thinks so too.

Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next? Hi Rosie.  You’re in the way.   Go get in your bed.

Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next?

Have you ever revamped a piece of furniture just so you could move it into a new room?


Cedar Chest Makeover with Paint.  Easy DIY Redo.  Maybe a coffee table next?
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Monday

Easy Tailored Bedskirt Tutorial


Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
I just whipped up this super easy, super cheap tailored bed skirt. 

Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial 
I was tired of looking at all of this stuff peeking out from under the bed.

Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
Here’s a close up just in case you didn’t notice all of the crap important stuff shoved under the bed.  This is hubby’s side of the bed, and in his defense, we have really small closets, so lots of things get stored under the bed. 

Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
I found these window panels at Target on clearance.  They rang up at $1.98 each so I bought three.  They are the perfect, neutral woven fabric.
Here’s how I did it:
 Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial 
I cut the panels lengthwise into two 20” by 63” pieces.  I zig zag stitched along the raw edge since they seemed to be unraveling like crazy.  Then I joined them together along the short edge so I had a piece about 20” wide by 124” long.   
 
Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial 
Since the long edge was already hemmed, I didn’t have to hem the edge.  
  Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
I trimmed off both edges so the ends would be nice and straight.   Then I measured the side of my bed, added 1” for each side hem, and 8” for each pleat, and cut my long fabric piece to this length.  I sewed a 1” hem on each side edge.

Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
This is a really badly drawn diagram of the pleat.  Because the pleat folds back on itself, each 2” pleat adds 8” to the required measurement.  I pressed my pleat and then stitched across the top raw edges to hold it in place.

Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial 
I pinned it directly to my box spring using safety pins.  Couldn’t have been easier.
 Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
Now everything is hidden away.  So much better!

Easy DIY tailored bedskirt tutorial
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Thursday

Just got my Fix!


I'm probably late to the party, but I’ve been hearing for a while about Stitch Fix and finally decided to give it a try.  Super fun!  

You fill out a personal profile, answer a bunch of questions about your sizes, preferences, etc, and a stylist sends you a box of things to try based on your answers.  You even get a style card showing different ways to wear each piece.  Super fun getting that surprise box!  You have a few days to decide what you want to keep and what you want to send back.  I kept two super cute tops.  

Can’t wait to get my next Fix!  Perfect for me since I’m not a natural-born shopper. 

If you check out Stitch Fix via my link and end up signing up I'll get a referral credit.  

Have you tried Stitch Fix?



Friday

The Power of Protein

It's easy to understand the excitement. Protein is an important component of every cell in the body. Hair and nails are mostly made of protein. Your body uses protein to build and repair tissues. You also use protein to make enzymes, hormones, and other body chemicals. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

Along with fat and carbohydrates, protein is a "macronutrient," meaning that the body needs relatively large amounts of it. Vitamins and minerals, which are needed in only small quantities, are called "micronutrients." But unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body does not store protein, and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply.

WHEY/SOY VS. ARBONNE VEGAN (Yellow pea, brown rice & cranberry blend) Protein
SOY - Is an allergen and cannot be used to build muscle because of its low incorporation levels, it contains phytoestrogens that can lead to estrogen dominance which leads to fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, increase risk for chronic disease and feminization of men.

WHEY - Is a mild derivative, it is allergenic (not just milk allergy), it is loaded with bovine white blood cells. It is hard to DIGEST so it can deposit in the intestinal track and colon and it can lead to long term kidney and liver problems.

Arbonne Vegan Protein - Yellow pea, brown rice and cranberry blend is the MOST EASILY DIGESTIBLE PROTEIN WITHOUT ALLERGENIC REACTIONS (100% hypoallergenic) that dairy & egg protein creates. Because it is so digestible it decreases the gas and bloating and can be absorbed and used to create muscle, promote healing, etc.

Arbonne Protein has an AMINO ACID SCORE of 100 = HIGH quality.
Amino Acid Score is a method for evaluating the relative nutritional quality of different protein sources based on the digestibility and usability.

If you cannot DIGEST IT, YOU CAN'T USE or...ELIMINATE IT PROPERLY! Amino Acid Scores <100 = low quality protein sources, Amino Acid scores =100 = High quality!

I hope this helps you understand how to chose the BEST protein sources for you and importance of having the right kind protein in your diet!

HEALTH TIP OF THE DAY from Carleeta Nelson, ENVP in Arbonne and former Nurse Practitioner. 

For a sample of Arbonne’s vegan protein, drop me an email.  100% soy free, dairy free, gluten free!  100% delicious!