White Cabinets

This post is the first of series of post that will focus on some of the projects we have been working on in our bathroom… this year. Yep, this first upgrade I started all the way back during The Great Snow Storm of 2014 back in January. While Ml was stranded at work for 2+ days I decided to make use of my time and give our cabinets a little update using our leftover trim paint.

cabinets 4 copy

Nothing fancy and no step by step guide needed. I just simply grabbed my brush and covered each cabinet with about three coats of paint each. Thin layers are key.

I planned to have them completely finished and rehung by the time Michael Luke got back home but as we all know projects are normally a lot quicker in our heads than in real time. Does anybody else struggle with this? Six doors are a lot to paint… especially when you are painting front and back plus three coats each. That’s thirty-six doors!!!

So the storm came and went and the project continued. It continued so much that we went to Hong Kong and back and then settled in with Esther for another two or three months before I finally had enough sanity to complete this little update.

By this point I was actually concerned if Esther would be thrown for a loop once our cabinets had doors. Seriously. I got it done and thankfully it wasn’t too big of a shock for her.

For all it’s hard work and time it did end up consuming it was completely worth it.

cabinet 1 copyWe love the crisp white look and how it accentuates our counters. This little bathroom needs all the help it can get with looking as big as possible and painting our cabinets white was our first step.

So for a little fun here is a before and after comparison.Master bath dolce vita


Not bad, eh? Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of our other bathroom projects. I won’t leave you in the dark though… heres a few hints. Paint. More cabinets. More Paint. Tile pricing.

Now I want to hear from you. Is anyone else thrown off by all this cool southern summer weather? We went swimming yesterday in seventy degree weather!!!! I could get use to this. Maybe even get an outdoors project or two completed.

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I Want to Talk About Me

I realize that often times I’m pretty open with sharing about our house, our adoption story, and my family but for the most part I don’t share a ton about me.

So today, in the words of Toby Keith, “I want to talk about me!”

Back in April I turned 30.  It’s a lot younger than I thought it was when I was five but all in all thirty is an adult number.  I’m no longer a teen or a young adult (even though I still look like a tween), I’m an adult.

That’s ok. I’m cool with it for the most part.  But there is one thing that I’m not cool with.

My weight.


I know.  I know.  I’m not over weight by any means but there is room for improvement with my body.  For starters I still lack six and a half pounds to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight.  I vowed I was not going to be one of those people who kept an extra five pounds or so for each child they birthed.  Well two and half years later and I fall into that category.  It’s time to change that.

It’s also been a long time (like since high school) that I’ve had a flat tummy.  And to be honest I’m probably more active now than I was back then… which means that my metabolism and my eating habits are what has changed.

Let me just be honest and say I love to eat.  I love fruit, veggies, fish, pasta, Indian, Mexican, Italian, Greek, and sweets.  I’m pretty well rounded in my love of food.  I’m not a huge over eater but my selfish nature gets really upset when Michael Luke gets to eat a bigger bowl of ice cream than me because his metabolism is faster than mine.  It’s just not fair!!!

So here I am a couple of months into my thirtieth year and I’ve decided I’m going to make this the best decade so far for my body.  It’s time to shed a few pounds, work on some toning, and to feel comfortable in this body God gave me.  He designed and created it and I should be a good steward of it.

So, here’s my first plan of action.

I have started taking a capsule of peppermint and lemon essential oils twice a day.WEIGHT LOSS s v1.1What does this do?   These Young Living Essential Oils support your bodies digestive, cleansing, and detox functions.  Which means I’m cleansing my body of all the junk it doesn’t need and curbing my appetite at the same time.

I started doing this last Sunday and to prevent my body from cleansing too quickly I started out with 2 drops each of peppermint and lemon in my capsules.  Tomorrow I will up my dosage to 4 drops each of peppermint and lemon and stay at that dosage for the remainder of the time.

So how’s it going?  Well, I’m one week in and down half a pound.  It’s not exactly Biggest Loser weightloss material but this is my first week and I haven’t even made it to the gym this week.  Normally I work out on Mondays and Wednesday’s.  Maybe I’ll get back in the groove next week.  So, I’m pretty proud of half of a pound that I lost… it’s a start. Already I have been able to tell a decrease in my appetite.  I don’t get hungry as quickly and have been a little better at calling it quits at a meal before I finish.  I think that’s Michael Luke’s favorite part because that means he gets more food to eat.

I’ll keep you posted as my weight loss continues and would love for you to join me on this adventure if you are seeking to make this the best decade of your life as well.  Why shouldn’t it be?  Let’s make it awesome… and healthy!  For more information about my family and essential oils check out Color Transformed Family’s Essential Oils tab.


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This is a project that was long overdue.  It turned out so easy that it is really a shame that I took so long to get motivated to get the job done.  What is it?

DIY upholstered bench 3

Reupholstered benches. I’m still blown away by the fact that I was able to do this project but y’all I’m telling you it was so easy. spring 2012 dining tableAltogether these benches went from black leather-want-to-be to not-your-grandma’s-floral. DIY upholstered bench 3 I absolutely love the large pattern and tad bit more contemporary pattern for our house.  It’s part of our whole gradual shift to brighten up this place. You know… the little designer’s trick of making small spaces feel larger. Ok, now to the good stuff.  The why did you pick that? What was wrong with the black benches? How did you do it stuff? As I grow older and realize that I myself will never outgrow my messy clumsy habits and that my children are prone to dozens of accidents a day it is clear that I must design around this.  And in this instance even though I chose upholstery instead of a wipeable leather, pleather, or vinyl I chose an indoor/outdoor upholstery. From here on out it’s going to be my only choice of fabric. Indoor/outdoor fabric has come a long way over the years and often times it can be hard to distinguish it between normal upholstery fabric. My goal is for our house to look good but function efficiently (like our kitchen rug). We just can’t be one of those families with furniture you can’t sit on because it might get dirty.  Reupholstering our benches is something that Michael Luke and I talked about for a while… years possibly.  I bought this fabric back in 2013 but I remember thinking about it in 2012 too.  

What took me so long?  I missed my opportunity to purchase a good indoor/outdoor fabric in 2012 so I practiced my patience and waiting all the way until the end of the summer season last year and scored this beautiful fabric at Hancock Fabric for 50% off plus I was able to use a store coupon.  Which means this entire project only cost me around thirty dollars.  So even if we ruin the fabric in a couple years we aren’t out that much money. Anyway, I bought the fabric last year at the end of summer.  I brought it home and then it sat.  And sat.  And sat some more. It’s a good thing it did really because this ended up happening while I was painting the dollhouse for Noah’s birthday. 2013-10-23 15.11.19 So for another six months or so we went about life with paint splattered, peeling benches.  The benches started peeling a year or two ago… that’s why we originally wanted to recover them. It was bad. People would sit down and then part of the bench would come up with them.  I was constantly sweeping because they were constantly peeling.  I’m not sure what made them do that.  These benches were from World Market and our leather-want-to-be bench from Target hasn’t even started peeling yet and it’s years older than these. Spring came this year and I decided it was time to tackle this project.  I wish there were progress pics to show you but honestly all I got was this!

I’ll walk you through it though.

How to Reupholster Your Bench

  1. Measure the length of your bench.  (Including the ends.)
  2. Measure the width of your bench.  (Including the sides and allowing room underneath to staple the fabric.)
  3. Purchase your fabric.  Before purchasing decide how you will make your cuts to determine your yardage.  (It’s ok to ask for help on this part.)
  4. Make your pattern for the ends of the bench.  I used scrap paper to trace the end of the bench and then added an extra inch or so for sewing.
  5. Cut the lengths of fabric. Don’t forget to allow room underneath to staple the fabric.
  6. On the reverse side pin and sew the end pieces to the length of fabric.
  7. Remove pins and drape over bench to make sure it fits like you want.
  8. Staple the fabric to the bench pulling tight and even.
  9. Flip over and admire your job well done!

DIY upholstered bench I added and extra step before stapling our fabric.  I took the benches outside and gave the legs a quick touch up with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  Now they match the feet of our table and look a little more classy. It was such an easy project.  One I knocked out for the most part during the Kentucky Derby back in May.  It was easy but look at the wow factor it gave our dining room! What projects have you completed lately that really ended up with a wow factor?  Anyone else shocked that the “summer” is half way over?  Or that the World Cup is about to come to an end in just a few short days?

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