Game Changer

Yes, my friends. I have found it. A quick drying, no nonsense top coat. Essie’s Good to Go, about $8 at Target, WORTH IT. image Mmmm, no chips, no smudges. This was after about three mins and it was at that not tacky point, but not FULLY dry, yet still dry enough to move around haha. I’d give a solid 5-10 if you have time. Either way, I’m impressed. imageWhat’s your favorite top coat? I’m an OPI fiend, but I haven’t been happy with their base coat, so I switched it up this time around. Thinking I may be adding more Essie to my repertoire! – xoxo, Jess

Closet makeover!!

Exciting things our happening in the master closet!!

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Stay tuned for more!🙂

– xoxo, Jessica

New Home Makeover Step 1: White Wash Fireplace

So when we were talking about moving in, my husband made me list what I absolutely NEEDED to have done in order to live there. I said hard wood floors installed…he didn’t think it was funny😉

One of my main *wishes* was to paint. We were lucky to have been able to fix up the place before we moved, so I wanted the majority of the interior painted while it was empty. Our old living room had an awesome navy wall that I loved, but I didn’t want to stick with the same exact colors so I searched for a dark teal.

Here was my Pinterest inspiration…

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Grey, Dark Teal and Pops of Chartreuse❤

One problem to my vision…

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This fireplace was really pissing me off. Frst of all, the stone is awesome, but the yellow and orange tones were throwing me for a loop. I talked about completely redoing the fireplace with my father in law and husband, but it just wasn’t an option at this point. I didn’t want to paint it because that always looks weird to me. I stumbled across a technique called whitewashing that tickled my fancy. You take white paint, water it down and it tones down the color. This is used a lot with brick walls and fireplaces, but I could not find a stone tutorial for the life of me! So…I decided to go for it anyways.

BEST DECISION EVER!

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I had already stained the mantle, which was not the best timing. I definitely would have waiting until after the mess of whitewashing to do so, but whatever.

ImageLook how much better it is! This was the half way point. You can see the stark contrast now, but I think the stone keeps it’s natural integrity. It’s definitely not screaming PISS YELLOW at me any more!

ImageHere was the fireplace after I finished. For those wondering, I picked a flat interior off white color, it was Behr. I threw it in a bucket, dumped water into it (think 1 part paint, 3 parts water), no I did not measure, that’s not my style. I used a rough bristle exterior brush and tested one stone. I played with the water amount until I liked the tone I was getting. The water will drip and you will worry if you’re doing it right, but after a few minutes of freaking out it will work.

Let’s just take a break and look at that table. SICK. This is what moving looks like people. This is real like I’m showing you! Haha!

Without further ado…FINAL REVEAL

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I could not be happier with the results. Honestly, I was planning on tearing up that black slate at the bottom, but the whitewashing makes it not so offensive to my eye any more.

Yay for step 1!

This same stone work is on our exterior. I’ve already began playing around with the idea of using the technique out there, but haven’t committed. Only time will tell!

– xoxo, Jess

Um hi, remember me?

So…I don’t know where I’ve been, but hello WordPress! SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED.

I lost like, a lot of weight.

We bought a house.

My adventure with Origami Owl is better than ever.

Where to begin??

Duh, house!

*drum roll*

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A 1970’s TIME CAPSULE!!! YAY FOR US!!!

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wheeee!!!

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Oh yeahhhh

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CHECK OUT THAT VANITY! One of my besties walked in and goes, “oh, sweet camo sink”

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Pros: Generally clean, brand new carpet in bedrooms/hallway, 3 bed – 2 bath (what we wanted), 2 car garage, decent backyard and patio space, freshly painted walls – ready for color, AWESOME neighborhood. I know, because I grew up down the street. If you’re good at math and assumptions, YES, we just moved a street away from my mother🙂

Cons: We moved a street away from my mother (lol – kidding), carpet (*gag* I’m a hard wood type of gal…yes I read that and am still going to post it), disgusting appliances, needs exterior paint BADLY, no closet space anywhere.

I’m looking forward to posting updates of what we do with this house. Despite my sarcasm, I do love it. We wanted a fixer upper so we bought a fixer upper. I PROMISE, I will be posting before and afters soon, but for now I’m dealing with this…

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Hi there leak! Right into our master closet! YAY FOR HOME OWNERSHIP!!!

-xoxo, Jess

WTF?

This is being sold at GAP right now…

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…for $89.99

1) Kimmy Gibbler called, she wants her backpack back.

2) WTF. NINETY DOLLARS?

That is all.

– Jessica

A Very Thrify Christmas Swap: Reveal

I participated in a fun little bloggy adventure this Christmas. It was hosted by Lara’s Vintage and it was really fun!

Here were the rules:

1) Thrift a gift for a Blog partner (chosen by Lara)

2) Spend no more than $25 including shipping

3) Send it by the 17th

I was partnered with Megan from Simple Mum🙂 who, based in the short description I received from Lara, was looking for things for her kitchen. Well, I went thrifting and found this beast for $2…

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Functional…but worn down to the bone. The chalkboard was just…done for…the corking destroyed, but in general it was sturdy and would be perfect in a kitchen, so I thought, why not make this thing my bitch and DIY it into perfection.

Step 1) Chalkboard paint
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Step 2) Paint the edges

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Step 3) Re-cork…I forgot to take a picture of that nightmare haha SO HARD to cut to the right size, but I did it….here’s the final product

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I think it ended up pretty cute, I went back and forth on if I should paint all the wood white, but I liked it with just the edges. Megan can always add more white, distress it, whatever if she wants🙂 Since I was still under the $25 mark (I had to buy cork which is pretty cheap, already had the white paint and chalkboard paint), I found a pretty cute Chicken picture kitchen-y thing at a different thrift store and an old cookbook to throw in for good measure! Of course I forgot to take a picture of those things, but whatever….

NOW IT’S TIME TO REVEAL WHAT I GOT!!!🙂🙂🙂

In my description I described my Christmas decor…that’s about it. I went into this for fun, so I wasn’t expecting anything over the top, but Megan delivered in a BIG way

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See? Look at that big old box! I was literally like a kid on Christmas just because of the big box haha

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She found me THE CUTEST Christmas countdown Santa! Even added in some berries which totally goes with my decor.

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At first, I didn’t see that all the numbers were in the box and was excited anyways…then I FOUND ALL THE NUMBERS tucked under a corner of the box and was even more blown away! Also, Megan threw in a few of her homemade spices in cute little chalkboard jars (great minds think alike haha)

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They look amazing! Can’t wait to try them  all🙂

Thank you Megan for the awesome loot and thank you Lara for hosting this amazing little swap.

VERY FUN!

– Jessica

 

December Nails

Hello Christmas mani!

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Feeling festive!
What’s your go-to look for Christmas nails? Mine will alway be RED
– Jessica