July 06, 2018

Roadside Play Kitchen Makeover

Oh dear friends, you really are ever so patient with me!!!! 

I won't pretend that life isn't getting the best of me lately, because it definitely is. 
But there are so many things to share with you!!!

Let's talk about roadside finds because it's been a minute since I last shared an awesome furniture redo with you guys!!

Look at what I scooped up a couple months ago when a friend texted me that she had seen this little guy sitting curbside: 
(and, yes, we all NEED friends like this in our lives!) 

It was nasty (I mean....SO nasty), a bit water damaged and obviously missing doors or...something... on the front. 

But it was solid and had been well made at one point. A little rough around the edges but it's the kind of piece that made me giddy as soon as I saw it. 

First things first was to get it cleaned up. It took a good bit of cleaner, vacuuming and scrubbing to get the films of dirt and grime off. And a super thorough sanding job to even out patchy areas. 

After cleaning and sanding, I decided it needed a few things added to it. I wanted to create a fridge and oven space and those areas needed doors. Luckily, the compartments were already created, I just needed doors to fit those areas. 

Of course, I wasn't lucky enough to find an exact match among all my scrap doors and pieces so we used an existing cabinet door we had and cut the top off of it to create the fridge door. I reused hinges for everything from my scrap pile of hinges I've collected over the years. 

It pays to hoard, ya'll. 

The oven door was a bit trickier to create. We were using scrap wood here and needed the doors to be able to open freely. I added a 2x4 along the inside edge of the open area to allow the oven door to rest against it when closed and so there wasn't a gap between it and the fridge door. 

I created the oven door out of 1x4s and small trim pieces I had on hand. It was made to fit the piece of plexiglass I had gotten from Lowes earlier which is what I based the size off of. 

With the door built and installed with reused hinges, we were ready for some paint. Be sure to not add your plexiglass in until AFTER painting. Unless you want to tape it all off. 

Oh, and I also added a little shelf into the fridge area. Not the prettiest or most perfect, but we had the extra door lying around so I installed it onto a couple pieces of scrap wood. Going with what we have here, ya'll. 

With doors created and installed, I decided to just go ahead and spraypaint all the pieces I wanted white first rather than try to paint around the main color later. 

So stovetops, oven dials and the little sink & knobs were all spraypainted a glossy white prior to any other painting. 

I also went ahead and painted the insides of the doors, the bottom shelf & the backsplash areas all white too. I planned to cover up the backsplash but didn't want stain showing through any gaps, so I gave it a couple quick coats just in case. 

Then after letting those dry overnight, I taped all the knobs and burners off for the main painting. 

Funny story, I originally planned on painting this my tried & true Mint Whisper (you can see that color more in action in my toddler room revamp here) but accidentally grabbed the wrong paint. 

When I realized it was wrong, I realized I liked it anyways and kept it. I knew it was going in our kitchen so it ended up matching a little better anyways! This blue is called "Watery" and is super pretty too! 

I painted all the rest of the main parts of the kitchen with 4 coats to make sure it was thoroughly covered. And... I used a sample quart from Sherwin Williams. Gasp. 

I won't tell you to use it on everything but I use it a LOT and it holds up fabulously. 

So my PLAN was to use real tile on this cutie but that plan crashed and burned when I started calculating cost of the tile I wanted for a PLAY kitchen. So after much brainstorming and calculating, we had a sudden genius idea to simply create faux subway tile with super thin boards from Lowes. We measured and cut for each backsplash area. 

I won't say that we were the most amazing at this part. 

But it was 1000 degrees out and we were getting cranky. True story. 

I spaced them out the best I could with the penny method and then just hot glued those suckers in there. Easy change out later if I ever hate it. Oh, but I painted them before gluing them in :) 

Wanna see the whole pretty little thing all together?!?! 

How fun did it turn out though?!? 

It brightens up our kitchen so much!!! 

The cute little oven just does me in every. single. time.

The added plexiglass is so cute and I found the perfect handles for the fridge & oven in my stash too. A couple coats of glossy white spraypaint gave them new life. 

Those little knobs were still in great condition and turn perfectly. 
I also added a little touch pop light into the top of the oven area so she can reach in and click it on to watch her cookies bake :) 

Just add a little bit of velcro to one of those cheap touch lights!!! 

The sink was the craziest find in my party closet- I had this random silver bowl that pretty much fit perfectly into the sink area. The kitchen originally already had a piece of wood that supported the bowl from underneath in it so all I had to do was set it in. There was a bit of a gap around the rim of the bowl to where you could see down into the fridge. 

And should I be ashamed to say that I found a random piece of rubbery material in the garage, cut it to fit and then hot glued that sucker in along the edge of the hole to fill in the gap? After a couple coats of paint, you can't even tell. 

The cute little burners got a little vinyl action to become a bit more realistic. 

And the subway tile completely has my heart. 

The wonkiness of it just adds to the charm :) 

Oh and those tiny little vinyl stickers for the knobs were just too much! Eek! 

One of my favorite things ever is that we took Maggie Grace to the thrift store and let her pick out a bunch of random dishes- she thought this was the BEST thing ever. You should have seen her light up!!!

I took them all home, cleaned them up and gave them coats of either pink or white spraypaint. 

She loved helping pick out which colors to make them!!! 

Will the chip? Sure! They are toys. 
I sprayed them with a top clear coat to help a little but the chips just mean they are well loved and well played with. And nothing a touch-up later on can't fix. 

We added white cup hooks to one side to hang her 'new utensils from. 

This is seriously one of my most favorite transformations EVER. 

Check out these side by sides if you need a little reminder as to how amazing she looks now vs. the day I picked her up....

We did a ton of the work with materials/items we already had on hand so it cost us right around $20 to get the plexiglass, thrifted dishes and materials for the subway tile!!! 

What do you think of this little roadside rescue??? 

I'll be back SOOON with an update on our Master Bedroom since I've FINALLY gotten around to getting photos of it :) 

Talk soon! 

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February 07, 2018

Simply Sweet Valentines Mantle

Let's talk Valentine mantles, shall we? 

As soon as Christmas came down, I was craving something light & pretty so we settled with an early onset of Valentine love around here :) 

I think it's pretty for winter too though! Every now and then, you just need a dash of pink. 

I stuck with lots of whites & neutral wood tones wish splashes of pinks throughout. 

You can find the simple how-to on this heart nail art here

That pretty little weathered, chippy candle holder was a flea market find and is seriously one of my favorite touches in most of my set-ups. 

This fun piece is a shiplap inspired backdrop that I like to use to change out different wreaths & hanging decor. I made it at Christmas, intending to gift it as a sign and it just so happened to be the perfect size for a wreath I needed to hang and it's just stayed :) 

I added the floral hoop I made for Little Miss' Belle birthday this past summer. 
I promise those pictures/posts will be coming soon. 

The pretty little weathered shelf was a Micheals find. 
The painted teacup is another piece from our Belle party- I redid some thrifted teacups to match our theme. More coming on those soon too :) 

These cute little marquee letters were Michaels clearance finds- under $4 for both! Score! That pretty metallic candle was a Target score.

The glittery books? Another DIY from our Belle party. It was amazing, guys. Be ready. 

I kept my tried and true "Crazy Love" sign that I made last year because it makes my heart happy. And the floral bouquet is a floral pick from Micheals that I wrapped in sheet music for a pretty touch. 

The pretty garland is from EmptyNestHomeGoods and she is amazing with party decor!!

There's our simple little Valentine set-up and I'm sure it'll be staying around longer than Vday so I'll be sure to let you know when it changes to full on Spring around here! 

Hope you guys are having a lovely week, see you soon! 

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February 02, 2018

A Week of Valentine Printables: Day 5

We have made it to Friday friends!!! 

And today is made even more special because Hubby & I are celebrating 5 years of marriage so I guess you could say that this printable resonates with that just a little bit :) 

Here's your last freebie of the week and I hope you have enjoyed this week of freebies just as much as I have putting it together!!!

Download your free print below: 

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February 01, 2018

A Week of Valentines: Day 4

Thursday is in the books, friends. 

Another fun freebie for your enjoyment today :) 

How about a little retro love to add to your day??

We are picture/camera obsessed around here so these are perfect for all you mommarazzis!!! 

A little bit retro, a dash of pastel and you are all set!!!

Download your favorite by clicking below: 

Happy Thursday friends!! 

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January 31, 2018

A Week of Valentine Printables: Day 3

We've made it to Wednesday, friends, which is no small feat!!

If you missed yesterday's freebie, you will want to run there pronto.
The cutest printable valentines you've ever seen. 

Today's freebie is simple but sweet. 

If you're still watercolor obsessed like me, you'll love this sweet print. 

Perfect for framing or adding to a quick banner for a beautiful addition to your valentine decor. 
I even like just printing these as 3x5 cards, folding them in half and leaving a sweet note for your sweetheart. 

Download yours below: 

Only a couple more days until the weekend!
Until then, two more freebies await :) 

See you soon!!

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January 30, 2018

A Week of Valentine Printables: Day 2 {Bracelet Valentine Printables}

I have the most AWESOME surprise for you guys today!!

Usually I leave my favorite until the end of the week but there's a special reason as to why I'm pushing it to today!! 

One of my favorite Valentine traditions to do with the kids each year is to come up with unique & fun valentines. 
We did Harry Potter last year. 
And these cute Pokemon ones another year. 

BUT believe it or not, I have yet to have had a chance to do some super fun girly ones!!
Little miss is finally at that age where she is super excited about giving out cards to her friends and these have got to be the most perfect, girly Valentines ever!!

It makes me even more excited that it incorporates one of my most favorite handmade shops ever, Brooklyn Rose Beads!!! 

Check these cuties out...

They are the cutest things ever!!! 

Snag yourself a couple of the gorgeous bracelets in her shop and get ready to have the cutest Valentines around!!

Here's the quick rundown on how to make them: 

Printable Cards (see below for the download link) 
Cardstock for printing
Bracelets (I highly suggest Brooklyn Rose Beads for these!) 
Washi tape
Scissors or cutter

First, print off your cards. 
My suggestion is to download and then go to your print options. 
I printed these as 3x5s and make sure to unclick the box 'fit picture to frame' so it won't distort the image. 
Make sure to select the number of images you want printed- mine printed 4 to a page.
Cardstock is HIGHLY recommended for this. You need the weight for a pretty print-out and for supporting the bracelets. Grab some at Walmart :) 

After your cards are printed, cut them out carefully with your cutter. 

Lastly (the fun part!) tear off small pieces of washi tape and secure your bracelets to each card right in the middle. Two should do it just fine. 

Suggestions for making it boy-friendly would be to grab some candy bracelets instead of the accessory kind! 

You'll have the hottest Valentines around!!
Not to mention be the Superstar mom in your own house :) 

There are three different designs, mix & match as desired!!

Click below to download your free print: 

I so hope you enjoy these!! 
Be sure to swing back around tomorrow for another fun Valentine freebie!! 

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January 29, 2018

A Week of Valentine Printables: Day 1

You guys....

my FAVORITE week of the year!!!

I know, I know, I've kept super quiet about it because I really didn't decide to do it until, well, last night. Cue the craziness. 

But I couldn't let it slip by, it's become the best tradition ever :) 

So here it is...

So every day this week I'll be sharing a new FREE printable!!! 

Printables are so easy and fun to use, they can be used as decor, backdrops, flatlay fillers, valentines, anything you can think of!!

Here's what's up for today...

some pretend play fun!!

These are fun & super simple to use, perfect for pretend play or for photo props- we did both :) 

We have a bakery set-up in Little Miss' room for her ice cream, donut & cake shop that these are just perfect for! We added a free Valentine's sign and a little envelope & mailbox to have some pretend play leading up to Valentines. 

The XOXO banner is easily printed and strung up across the front or use it as decor in some other part of the house too. Print it bigger or smaller depending on your need. 

Outfit sources: 
Black & White Leotard: Cutie Q's (Code Maggie20 to save)
Tutu: Lola & Wren
Necklace: Tassel Thief Co (Code Maggie)
Bracelets Brooklyn Rose Beads
Bow: Lillybellemarket (Code Maggie15) 

Click below to download your free print: 

Cake sign: Download HERE

Free Valentine's Sign: Download HERE

Cupcake Sign: Download HERE
Valentine Menu: Download HERE
Valentine Banner, Letter X: Download HERE
Valentine Banner, Letter O: Download HERE

If you're stuck on how to use printables, here are a couple ideas I've done in the past...
-Print & frame (the most common)
- Print them smaller and stick them in a lunchbox, dash of the car, etc for a sweet note
- Print them and cut them into different shapes for cute banners- I've used them in the middle of paper banners with pattern papers around them. 
-cute tags for gifts

I hope you enjoy them!! Be sure to stick around this week for other fun freebies!!!
Happy Monday!!!


Need more Valentine's ideas?? 

Get the incredibly simple how-to on making this darling V-day banner here

Check out my DIY Valentine Dinner that we do every year here

Have a Pokemon lover in the house this year? 
Check out these adorable, free printable valentines to be the coolest mom around!


Printables are intended as gifts for Tattered and Inked readers only.
As with all my free printables,
these are for personal use ONLY.
Please do not claim them as your own or alter them.

For a complete list of all my free printables,  head to this page

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