Before and After: Above the Kitchen Sink
Good morning, good morning! And happy Friday. :-)
Don’t you just love Fridays? There’s something about the upcoming weekend that always makes me feel so refreshed by the end of a Friday workday. I know a lot of people feel tired and want to relax on their weekends, but me, I like to be busy. I like to have plans and ideas… I like to go to coffee shops and read or work on wedding plans. I just like to be out doing things. And if a weekend passes and I don’t do much, I have to be honest — I feel really sad and let-down. I’m not sure why. I guess I feel bad for just sitting around and doing nothing sometimes. Do any of you ever feel like that?
Yesterday after work I didn’t end up going to get fitted for my dress. It was a hectic day and I was totally frazzled by noon, so I called my mom and let her know that I wanted to reschedule for next week, which was fine. I went out for dinner with my dad, which was so much fun, and then we grabbed a coffee together. My favorite Starbucks ever has recently been remodeled, and I love the modern look they have gone for. It makes the coffee shop feel even more luxurious than it did before. I can’t wait to go there this weekend and sit in one of those cozy chairs. ;-)
Greyson and I received some very sad news yesterday morning. A very young member of his family was killed over in Afghanistan. He was a Marine. This hits very close to home, not only because Ryan is part of the family, but because Greyson is in the military, too. I truly believe that as a parent, losing your child is your worst nightmare, and I cannot even imagine what is being felt by Ryan’s mother and father. Please, if you can, keep Greyson’s family in your prayers — it was a sad day yesterday and it broke my heart to see the pain inside of people I love so incredibly much.
After work yesterday, I went to Hobby Lobby. Yes, again. I swear, I have found my new hobby: Crafting. It seems I can’t get enough. When I walked up to the checkout counter, new project in my cart, the adorable, bouncy girl at the checkout counter said to me, “Wow! Third day in a row, huh?” I looked at her, my face turning red, and replied, “It’s a sickness. Don’t tell my fiance.”
Here is the Before:
A little dark and dismal, yes? Don’t get me wrong — I love the photograph that was above our kitchen sink, but not for that particular space.
While I was at work yesterday, I was thinking about what exactly I pictured up there. At first I thought that I wanted a framed print of some sort, but upon further digging inside of my brain, I realized that what I had really been craving was a shelf for my cookbooks, and some sort of cool DIY artwork below it.
Well, insert Hobby Lobby here. I found a shelf that needed to be painted; a wood frame; a small, gold letter ‘M’ (no, not for ‘Maria,’ you weirdos, for ‘Morley’ — Greyson’s last name, soon to be mine, too!); paint; sponge brushes; and, in lieu of bookends (I couldn’t find any I liked at Hobby Lobby and didn’t want to make an extra stop), some awesome glassware to decorate the shelf instead.
I started by measuring out where everything would go once it was painted. This definitely took some time. I’m not the best hanger-upper (not by a long shot — just ask Greyson), but I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t trying to hang things up that had been freshly painted.
Next, I began painting the shelf. I used Ceramcoat acrylic paint because it is fast-drying, and I chose an ivory color for both the shelf and the frame. I didn’t want full coverage (especially on the frame) so I found a pack of six sponge brushes for $1.99.
Then, I started to paint the frame. I really just squeezed a glob of the ivory paint on my sponge brush and lightly brushed over the frame. I thought of doing the sides as well, but decided against it — I liked the way it looked with the sides a bit darker than the top.
For the letter ‘M’ (which, I’m sorry to say, I don’t have a “before” picture of) I wanted almost a black metal look. This was definitely accomplished, and although it’s hard to see in pictures, it turned out exactly the way I wanted it to. It was originally a gold color, but I painted it black. I used the same brand of paint (Hobby Lobby’s price was $1.27, but all acrylic paints were 50% off — see why I love this place?!) and it went on/dried fantastic.
I let everything dry for a couple of minutes, and then I started to hang it all up! I found my three favorite cookbooks, and stacked them up in the order I thought looked best.
I arranged things for a little while, but I am so happy with what came out of it all…
Oh, my gosh! I am in love! It really turned out even better than I’d hoped. I am one happy girl. :-)
SO — that was yesterday’s project! And the total cost was $30. For everything. If I had bought things elsewhere, or a shelf that was already painted, or a print that had to be framed, it definitely would have been more expensive. That’s why I am DIYing. There’s just no reason not to, when you can. And I am certainly finding that out. Marshall’s, Ross, and T.J. Maxx are fantastic stores, but I am really just enjoying the process of making these fun things for our home. I feel even more womanly and creative than usual, and I am loving every minute.
Do you have any before and after photos of projects you’ve done for your home? If so, I want to see them! Send your before and after pictures to kissesandcake1 (at) gmail (dot) com.
I hope you all have a wonderful day. Remember — it’s Friday!