Before and After: Above the Kitchen Sink

by kissesandcakem

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!

Love, M