I’m kind of obsessed with the gold trend these days. It makes everything fancy. And if it’s not fancy than I don’t want it-ha!
Jerri gave me these gems for a birthday present. I love them. Especially the giraffe and his little tongue sticking out.
Before the gold goodness:
After–Now the little buddies reside on our bookshelves.
Stay tuned for more gold popping up soon.
J and I were talking at lunch today about Lent and how this is a season for us to die to ourselves to become closer to Christ. One of the ways to do this is reflecting on our marriage and what needs some work. As we discussed this we started doing some reminiscing..I started feeling old, but it was OK. I later found myself looking at old pictures after work and ran across these gems.
I met my husband in 2002. I love love love the fact that we have grown up together. It is such a stinking blessing to reflect back on our silly ways. I was 19 maybe 20 years old in the first photo (yikes). J took me to Grand Rapids for a date night. It was my first time in the big GR. Some random stranger took our picture on this bridge…still not sure what I’m doing with my mouth.
The second photo was taken in 2006, one of our first trips to Asheville. My memory is terrible..so I need to start writing this junk down. Thank you blogging.
When I look at both of these pictures I see a young L&J. Especially J…he looks like such a baby face! I have been so lucky to watch him become the man that is my husband today. We were such kids when we met..seriously. Super selfish, crazy passionate about Indie music (before it was popular..thank you very much), weird piercings (me), refused to wear jeans (J), a dream to be serious journalists (woah..glad that ended), J’s love for bacon (oh wait, that hasn’t changed) and our stumbling towards Christ in all the wrong ways (oh wait..still learning there). Ahhh…memories.
I’m so excited to share my kitchen cart project with you. It has added some lovely color and much needed counter space to our drab rental-home kitchen.
This project was extra fun because I got to try some new materials. This was my first date with Benjamin Moore paint. This paint is a bit more difficult to find. Here you can only purchase it at ACE Hardware and it ran me about $20 a quart. Regardless, it was worth every stinking penny. It was like painting with butter..whipped butter. Seriously, it was so luxurious and easy to use. Originally I wanted to try the BM Advance paint that I heard about on Young House Love but I couldn’t find it locally. So I settled with their Aura satin finish in Bahaman Sea Blue. I was not disappointed. This paint is low VOC, self-priming, and great for high traffic areas. Since my cart was untreated, unpainted wood I only needed one coat!
For the top of the cart I wanted to keep with a butcher block feel. I stained this with MinWax Wood Finish in Natural. I used two coats of stain.
Lastly, this cart was going to need to stand up to bangs, scratches, water, cleaner, etc. So I knew I had to put a finish on it. I was dreading using a poly or lacquer because of the toxic fumes and being stuck inside my house to work on this. After some research I tried Safecoat Acrylacq which a water based, low VOC, environmentally friendly lacquer type sealer. I had to purchase this online because no local dealers here..boo. I used two coats for this. This stuff was very low odor and I used it indoors with ventilation and it was just fine. So far it is holding up to use and cleaning. I love love love it and plan on finishing most of my high use pieces with this.
For the finishing touches I drilled a few holes on each side and added a towel bar. I bought a larger drawer pull from Lowes to fit the smaller space. Worked like a charm. Finally, I added a lovely Scandinavian tree tea towel from West Elm to finish it off.
Hope you enjoy it!
IKEA Bekvam cart---BEFORE
Getting ready for the towel bar
Zoey photo bomb--hilarious.
Partay-ing over here: