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How To Paint Wood Floors

Hey friends!

This week I decided to do a spur of the moment project. It had no planning whatsoever, luckily I had the right products to complete it sitting around my house.

I had a gallon of white paint/primer and was thinking to myself “Wow those steps are ugly.” So, I decided to paint them. I felt like a total rebel doing this because your supposed to paint your walls, not your floors….and I mean WHITE?! I know I’m a little insane.

The idea actually stemmed from watching Safe Haven on Netflix the other day. The lead character decided to paint her floors “lemon twist” yellow. Although I’m not brave enough to indulge in such a bold color, I still found the idea of painting the floor intriguing.

You Will Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • 150 Grit Sandpaper
  • Damp rag
  • Wood floor cleaner
  • Vacuum
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Polyeurethane

Step 1: Prep the Surface

  • You should use 150 grit sand paper to do this.
  • The goal is to roughen them up a little so the paint sticks to the wood

Step 2: Clean the Surface

  • I vacuumed the steps and then wiped them down with a damp rag with water (no soap).
  • You may choose to use wood floor cleaner
  • Let the floors dry (I’ve seen other posts that say to wait 24 hours to let them dry, but I just waited about an hour because I didn’t get them very wet and it worked fine for me..)

Step 3: Prime/Paint

  • Prime your floor
  • OR start painting if your paint is a combo of paint/primer with a paintbrush (rollers can cause bubbles easier than brushes)
  • I used 2 coats of paint + primer and let them dry an hour and a half in between coats. (Probably best to wait longer…it’s recommended to wait 24 hours in between coats of paint, but I’m impatient and it turned out just fine)
  • Since I was doing stairs, I started from the top and worked my way down.
  • If you are painting the floor of a room, don’t trap yourself into a corner.

Step 4: Let it Dry

  • Let your paint dry for 24 hours before putting on your clear coat or walking on it

Step 5:  Apply “Clear Coat”

  • You don’t have to apply a polyeurethane topcoat, but it really does make it last longer and much easier to clean.
  • Apply 1-2 coats of polyeurethane with a brush.
  • Depending on what brand of polyeurethane you use will determine how many coats you will need and the dry time in between layers, the container should tell you. If you don’t know, wait 24 hours in between coats to play it safe.

Step 6: Allow Polyeurethane to Dry

  • The polyeurethane should dry for at least 24 hours before walking on it.

They look so clean and fresh now! I am very excited about how this quick and inexpensive project turned out. I think the shiplap wall needs some spunk…maybe a gallery wall?? Hmm. There really are an endless amount of projects to do… good thing it’s my favorite hobby 😉

 

 

Crockpot Creamy Chicken

Hello friends!

This is one of my favorite meals to make. It is super easy and tastes delicious.

Ingrediants:

  • 1 lb of boneless chicken breasts (thawed out)
  • 2 packets of chicken gravy
  • 22.6 oz cream of chicken (family size)
  • 1 3/4 cups of water
  • salt & pepper for taste

Instructions:

  1. combine chicken gravy, cream of chicken, and water in crockpot
  2. mix together (may be a little clumpy but that’s okay!)
  3. add in chicken (cover chicken completely with mixture)
  4. sprinkle salt and pepper on top
  5. Turn crockpot on low for 8 hours or 4 hours on high
  6. When time is up, shred chicken (I use two forks to do this)
  7. Serve over biscuits or mashed potatoes

 

Lesson Learned Crockpot Chili

Hey friends!

To start off, all of my recipes are super EASY. Many of them make great meals for people learning to live on their own, or they are just something simple to make.

Second, majority are not striving to be healthy meals that’ll help you drop weight. They’re just easy and taste great.

Third, I suck at cooking and I can even make this. If I can, anyone can.

Crockpot Chili:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef (browned)
  • 1 (15 oz) can of dark kidney beans (drained)
  • 1 (15 oz) can of chili beans
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 1 packet mild chili seasoning
  • 2 cups of water
  • chili powder
  • Optional: Cheese and/or brown sugar.

Directions:

  1. Brown the ground beef
  2. Drain the beans
  3. Combine and stir the ground beef, kidney beans, chili beans, seasoning, tomatoes, tomato sauce and water in a crockpot
  4. Sprinkle in brown sugar and/or chili powder if desired
  5. Set crockpot on low for 8 hours
  6. After 8 hours you may add cheese while serving.

I never heard of putting brown sugar in chili until Wade came along, makes it a little sweeter.

I should tell ya’ll a story about my first time making chili…It was about a year ago and I found a “simple” recipe on Pinterest for crockpot chili. I was really excited to use it, even though I didn’t know what half the ingredients even were.  I never cooked before moving on my own. Majority of our meals the first year consisted of frozen pizza and take out.

So there I was with my little shopping cart being a boss in the supermarket, throwing things in like I knew what I was doing. I had absolutely no idea and just guessed what things were.

I got home and attempted to follow the directions. Eh, so I was a little off. Whatever. Dumped the ingredients in the crock pot and wished for the best of luck… about an hour later I come into the kitchen smelling cookies.

I’m not making cookies btw, it’s the chili. Apparently I screwed up on the seasoning..I figured I could fix it by dumping garlic salt in?? Yeah idk, just go with it.

So I did a little taste test to see if the garlic helped and oh god it was awful. I waited for Wade to get home to try it….maybe my taste buds are just out a whack.

He walks in the door and asks if I’m baking cookies…I was in tears, not sure whether to cry or laugh my ass off. So I proceeded to force a spoonful down his throat and he spit it out. Needless to say, the dog wouldn’t even eat it… and I didn’t attempt to make chili for about 6 months out of fear.

Moral of the story here….USE RECIPES YOU CAN UNDERSTAND! Lesson learned and I now use the recipe above…doesn’t taste like cookies 😉

 

 

 

Updates and Catching Up

Hello friends!

So initially this blog was to be strictly home décor, well I’m changing my mind. Like I often do. I love home décor and renovating, but there’s only so much a girl with a tight budget can do. You know what I’m saying?

I am going to be adding posts about easy recipes and possibly beauty. I think with a greater variety of topics to share with you all, the more I will be inspired to create new posts. 😉

What’s going on my life since I haven’t written in a couple of weeks? I have interviewing away and searching for a career. I never knew it could be this difficult. You think once you get a degree that you will be able to find a job right away…wrong. Employers are not only looking for education, but experience as well. Not the easiest task fresh out of college.

The saying “Everything happens for a reason” replays in my head about 50 times a day. “You didn’t get this job because it wasn’t the right one…there’s a better one coming!” It’s hard to stay positive when your scraping for pennies. The best thing to do in my situation is to TRY to stay positive.

Stay positive that things will get better and this is just a minor slump. I’m filling out applications and sending in resumes left and right… I’m doing everything I should in my situation….right?

When times are rough like this, it’s important to enjoy and embrace the little things. AND ABSOLUTELY NO ONLINE SHOPPING. Right now I have the time to reflect on what I really want to do in life and what my goals are.  It’s an opportunity to see what you can do with little money. I also have time to finish things around the house that I couldn’t do while I was working…There’s always a bright side if you just give yourself a chance to look.

Other than my job hunting, we are done with the drywall and painting in the new office! Next on the list is the ceiling!

 

 

New posts are on their way!

Paint Your Outdated Sink

Hello friends!

Well I had some extra time on my hands this week, so I decided to complete a project that I’ve procrastinated for about a year. Last year I redid most of my bathroom. I added shiplap, bought a new shower curtain, painted my cabinets, made a ladder, and decorated.

We bought a couple new light fixtures, faucet, and a shower head… but we never got to them. Well, I finally got some motivation and had all of them installed! I had the lights put in about a month or two ago and did the rest this week! Now, the sink wasn’t AWFUL before…but the creamy faux marble clashed with the white shiplap.

I looked at new vanities online, but they were way out of my budget. Besides, there’s nothing wrong with this itty bitty vanity, other than the sink color…. I went to my local Ace Hardware and found Homax’s “Tough as Tile” kit.

This product was around $35 at the hardware store. Rustoleum makes a similar product for about $30.

Types of surfaces “Tough as Tile” works on:

  • Fiberglass
  • Porcelain
  • Glazed Ceramic Tile
  • Countertop Laminate

Supplies needed:

  • Tough as Tile paint
  • Steel wool
  • Surface cleaner
  • Tack cloth
  • Paint brush
  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Painters Tape
  • Respirator mask

Total time for project:

  • 2-3 Days

Step 1: Remove faucet if you plan to replace

  • I actually cheated this part because I wasn’t sure where to shut the water off  (we need new valves under our sink), and I’m sort of impatient…..but you’re SUPPOSED to remove it before painting. 😉
  • When you take off the old faucet it can get pretty dirty, so that’s why it’s best to do this before cleaning.
  • If you plan to keep your faucet, tape around it after you clean the sink and faucet.

Step 2: Clean

  • Use a surface cleaner and steel wool to get all the gunk off your sink.
  • Rinse your sink out and let it dry.
  • Use tack cloth to remove any dust.

Step 3: Paint

  • Stir the paint before applying, don’t shake!
  • For the love of God, don’t get this on your hands, wear gloves. ( oops. )
  • Apply a thin layer of paint to your sink.
  • Try going in one direction with your paint
  • I painted horizontal with the curve in the bowl of the sink, rather than vertical
  • Allow 4 hours to dry in between coats with the Homax brand
  • It took me a total of 4 coats to completely cover.

 

Step 4: Let It Dry

  • Allow 2-3 days for the sink to completely dry

Step 5: Put New Faucet In

  • After you have put your new faucet in or removed the tape from the original faucet, you are finished! ♥

Eventually, I would like to do a different tile in here, get a new tub, and tile the shower… but it’s progress! AND get a quality camera so my pictures can dazzle you….One day at a time, but at least now I can take pictures of this room without trying to hide the “bad spots”. This project only took a couple days and saved me a lot of money!! So far the paint is staying on great, I will keep you posted if that changes!