Fit Mom

I have a goal to be a positive, healthy role model for my two daughters.  There’s a lot of pressure on girls and women to be thin and pretty, but I hope to show these girls that the goal in life should be to be healthy and active.  The best way to do that is to start with me.

I’ve complained before about my weight. Particularly after having a second baby.  And while weight isn’t the most important thing my first goal was to fit into my prepregnancy clothes.  In order to do that I had to lose some weight.

I’ve been wearing a Fitbit for years. I’ve actually had it since it first came out, but then I lost it.  So hubby got me a new one.  And then we found the old one (a year and a half later) and now hubby has one, too!  I love that it gives me a snapshot of my activity for the day.  It tells me when I’m being lazy, when I need to step up my game.  I love the dashboard these days because you can link to friends and see how many steps they’ve taken and make a little competition out of it.  I really try to get to 10,000 steps every day.  Even if I don’t get to that number every day I usually average it over the week.

My Fitness Pal has been a great tool on this journey.  I know calorie counting isn’t for everyone and I really didn’t want to do it at first.  I felt like I ate pretty healthy.  Logging my food was an eye-opener.  After spending the better part of 4 years pregnant or nursing I was still eating like I was still pregnant or nursing.  Using MFP to log my food really put things into perspective for me.  I love that most food is already in the database.  If it’s not you can easily add it.  And there’s an app, so you can log on the go.  You set your goals and MFP tells you how to get there.   And for me it’s not about off limits foods.  Nothing is off limits.  Everything in moderation!

Of course none of the above does any good if I’m not active.  I’ve talked about running before.  I’m still doing that!  Actually, I’m doing a lot of that.  I try to get a few runs in per week, which is a little more difficult with our busy summer schedule.  I do what I can even if it means running to and from the pool for swim lessons (it’s only 1.6 miles away and it’s downhill on the way there and uphill on the way down and I’ve got 66 pounds of kids in the stroller).  I also like BeFit.  It’s a YouTube channel with a ton of workout videos.  They’re great for days between runs or when I can’t get a run in (hello, stormy summer, I’m talking to you!).

I’m also participating in Stroller Strength again this summer.  I’ve been doing this program since Cupcake was 3 months old.  I love it.  It gets me up and out of the house at least 2 days a week and the girls see me exercising, so they know it’s important.  I’ve made some great friends and had fun while keeping active.

Clearly the effort has been worth it.

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With a little hard work I lost 10 pounds in 6 weeks.  It was enough to put me in my prepregnancy clothes.  I was pretty darn happy.  After that picture was taken I lost another 5 pounds.  Even some of my prepregnancy clothes are too big now.

I’m not following a strict calorie count any more, mainly because dropping the calories was affecting my running.  I didn’t have the energy for long runs and since I’m training for a 10K and a 78 mile relay race the running is more important.  But honestly my goal is strong not skinny.  I’m living a balanced, active life and I’m loving it!

 

What are some of your favorite ways to stay active?

 

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Summer Reads

Our local library has a summer reading program for kids and adults to encourage people to read, take part in art and activities and get in the library.  The girls have been working hard to complete their reading requirements and we’ve been taking a lot of trips to the library.  We’ve picked up some fun reads this summer, some of which might need to become permanent on our bookshelves.  Here’s what the girls (ages 4 and 1) are loving.

Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Both Cupcake and Pumpkin loves this book with is die cut pages.  As you flip through the book the monster’s features appear one by one until the monster is fully revealed.  Then they disappear one by one until you tell the monster to go away. “And don’t come back until I say so!”  The book emphasizes shapes and colors as well as facing fears.  Cupcake wants me to read this one over and over and over again and she even “reads” it on her own.

 

Not a Box by Antionette Portis

This one is a part of our home library (and it’s one we’ve been gifting to friends) and it is so fun!  See that box?  Well, it’s not a box.  This little rabbit has a quite an imagination.  There aren’t many words in the story.  The pictures tell the story.  I love this book because my girls loves to play in boxes.  They loves this book because they love to play in boxes.  The author has another book out called Not a Stick that I think we’re going to need to get, too…………

Dinosaurs?! by Lila Prap

I have a future paleontologist on my hands.  Cupcake is obsessed with dinosaurs right now so I was looking for a fun book that taught her about different types of dinosaurs, but was easy to read and had a bit of fun mixed in.  This is that book.  It’s recommended for kindergarten and up, but if your child loves learning about dinosaurs you might want to give this one a try.  The illustrations are great and the chickens are funny.  Wait, didn’t I just tell you it was a book about dinosaurs?  Yeah, the chickens narrate the story and talk about how they descended from dinosaurs.  My paleontologist approves!

Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson

This one is a favorite of Pumpkin’s.  We read this at story time at the library in the spring and have since checked it out twice.  And now Cupcake likes it, too.  Joe leads his friends through the forest to show them a secret.  We meet a few different animals that aren’t the usual characters you find in children’s books, like a donkey, a moose and a beaver.  The book is repetitive and rhymes, which is great for preschool age and the secret at the end is too cute!

Cupcake is also into some classics these days, particularly Berenstain Bears.  We’ve been reading those when we visit Noni and grandpa.  She likes to look at the back of the book to see some of the other titles, where she always asks for Too Much Junk Food, so we picked that up at the library this week.  It’s fun reading books that I used to read as a child to her and all the books have a great moral of the story.

 

If you need more book suggestions check out my Kids’ Read page!

 

Have you discovered any great books lately?

 

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Roasted Corn and Coconut

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for simple and delicious side dishes that are a bit more than just roasting a vegetable.  But I also want it to be healthy.  I was so excited when my friend Katie introduced me to Roasted Corn and Coconut.  I know, you’re probably thinking roasted corn and coconut?  But seriously you have to try it!  It’s so good!

Roasted Corn and Coconut #sidedish #recipe

And don’t base your decision not to try it on my horrible photos either.  I’m without my camera.  I know they say the camera doesn’t take the pictures, but I have no control over this camera other than turning off the flash and well, yeah.  I guess I’ll just have to make this again when I get my camera back and retake the pictures.  Moving on.

The funny thing about this recipe is it contains two ingredients that the hubby isn’t really a big fan of, cilantro and lime, but he likes this!  Woo woo!  Cilantro and lime are two of my favorite things, so of course this is right up my alley.  I served it up with Mexican Chicken Burgers and we all gobbled it up!

Roasted Corn and Coconut

 

Roasted Corn and Coconut

Ingredients

  • 5 ears corn, kernels removed (2-1/2 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper, seeded
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree F.
  2. Mix corn with olive oil and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Spread the corn mixture out evenly onto a baking sheet. Roast corn, stirring once, until browned slightly and crisp tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Return the corn mixture back into the bowl and mix in cilantro, coconut, and lime juice. Serve warm.
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Actually, now that I think about it I’m excited to make roasted corn and coconut again once my camera is fixed!

So, tell me.  Are you going to give it a try?

New Playset Canopy

So I’m not all at settled back in from our vacation, but I had to make a little time to sew.  My house is a mess and my kids are off schedule, but they have a new playset canopy!

Playset beforeWe got this playset second hand from some friends who moved thanks to the military.  We were sad to see them go, but happy to get a good deal on a playset for the girls!  It has a few years under it’s belt and we had a harsh winter so the canopy wasn’t looking too hot.

playset canopyIt was pretty grody and the lower canopy had a big rip in it and looked like it was on the verge of tearing again.  That sounded like a project to me!  So I hit up fabric.com to browse the outdoor fabric and found some fun fabric to work with.

playset canopyI removed the old canopies, which was pretty easy to do since they were just held in by screws.  And since I was planning on hanging my new canopies the same way I saved them.  So I was off to the sewing room to get my exact measurements (I had taken rough measurements so I knew how much fabric to order), but there was a problem.

Messy sewing roomIt looked like a Thirty-One catalog and a toy store had exploded in my craft room.  I hate when that happens.  So I cleaned up and while I did so Pumpkin pulled my camera strap causing my camera to crash to the floor and rendering it useless to me.  Yeah, it doesn’t work.  It’s in a box, on it’s way to Nikon for repair.  #sadpanda

So I don’t have any step by step photos.

I measured the old canopies and added hem allowances to each end.  I added 1″ to each of the long sides and 1.5″ to each of the short sides.  I folded the long sides under by 1/4″ and then again by 3/4″ and stitched.  Then I folded the short ends in by 1/2″ and again by 1″ and stitched.  That was it.  Except it was a lot of stitching because the larger canopy measured over 100″ long.

I did this for both pieces and then I remembered that I could just steal hubby’s point and shoot camera.

New playset canopyI picked up this large eyelet kit for the project so I could attach the new canopies the same way the old ones were attached.  I lined up the old canopy on top of the new one to mark where my holes needed to go, then used my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the fabric.  I tried to use the Crop-a-dile to set the eyelets so as not to make a bunch of hammering noise while hubby was watching the World Cup, but it wasn’t big enough, so I ended up using the setting tools that came in the kit.

Then it was back outside to put my new canopies up!

New playset canopy #sewingThe good new is they fit like a glove.  The other good news is I only dropped one screw in the grass.  I really could have used another set of hands to hold the canopy in place while I secured it.  The bad news is I still haven’t found that screw.  Anyone have a metal detector I can borrow.

New Playset Canopy #sewingAnd this is how the playset looks now.  Cupcake loves the new polka dot canopy.  Pumpkin doesn’t really have an opinion on the matter.  New Playset Canopy #sewing

Of course I love it!  Yellow and polka dots?  You can’t go wrong!  It’s a pretty straightforward and easy project, so if you have a playset canopy that could be sent into retirement you might want to consider making a new one.  And I think I’ll start removing it for the winter just to help it last a little longer.

Have you been doing any sewing lately?  Or playset updating?

 

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Did You Miss Me?

So last week I was on vacation.  Did you notice I was gone?  I had hoped to get a post or two up before leaving, but it was a crazy week leading up to our trip and it just didn’t happen.  We set out to the lake for our pseudo-staycation on Thursday (the 3rd) and spent 8 days away.  We called it a pseduo-staycation since we were staying at my in-laws’ lake house, which we visit several times a year.  And we didn’t do touristy vacation stuff every day and we spent time with family.

We spent a good deal of the 4th wearing sweatshirts.  It was chilly!  Who’d have thought we would have to remove our sweatshirts to change into bathing suits?

At the beachIt sounds crazy, but it actually wasn’t too cold to swim.  Well, the water temperature and the air temperature were about the same, so there wasn’t a noticeable temperature difference.  And the sun was out so that helped.  Pumpkin preferred to stay on dry land.

At the beachCupcake was all about the back and forth.  In the water. Out of the water. In the water. Out of the water. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  We had the beach to ourselves (we’re apparently the only goofballs willing to take a dip in that weather?) so it was pretty fun.

Because we were in a small town and in the lake region there weren’t any “real” parades going on.  We could have drove 20 minutes into town for one, but who wants to make that drive in and then back out again and deal with traffic?  Not I!  Besides hubby and I had already driven into town earlier in the day to munch on our DiRusso’s sausage sandwich!  Luckily the neighbors had a parade of their own!

Golf Cart ParadeThe neighbors who have golf carts and 4-wheelers decorated their transportation and made their way through the streets waving and tossing candy.  The girls loved it!  And I loved that we just had to walk to the road!

Pumpkin was fading fast after dinner, so we put her to bed, but Cupcake was all about having more fun!  She couldn’t wait for sunset and the festivities that come with the holiday. But first we had to catch fireflies.

Catching firefliesShe’s really good at catching them herself now.  And she is so enthralled with them!  She could catch fireflies all day!

Even more fun was had after the sky got dark!  I scooped Pumpkin up from her bed and took her down to the boat to watch the sky light up!

FireworksWe are so lucky that the fireworks show is on the beach directly across the lake from us.  We just head down the hill, grab a seat on the boat or dock and enjoy the show.  We have a great view with very minimal effort!

Man, that was an eventful day.  And it was just the first day of our vacation!

Saturday was family reunion day, so there was a lot of cleaning up, food prep, food eating, family time, a cornhole tournament, games for the kids, Bingo, dessert, naps, chatting, and more swimming.  And we passed out after the day was done.

Sunday was the family golf outing.  I don’t golf, but hubby does, so it was a girls day at the lake.  We went out to breakfast, I went out for a run, we hung out at the lake and we managed to get in a boat ride!

Driving the boatPumpkin loves to drive the boat.  Though I’m not sure who was more excited about the boat ride her or Oscar.

Boat rideOK, it was definitely Oscar.  He sure loves to go boatin’!

Post boating we got the fire going so we could get roasting!

Roasting marshmallowsIt’s not a vacation without roasting marshmallows!  We love s’mores and the girls were so excited to help make them.

s'mores

Monday was our low-key day to recooperate from the weekend.  Of course we spent the morning on the beach.

Buried in the sandUnfortunately we were stuck inside the rest of the day due to a storm that rolled through.  But we had some fun nonetheless (thanks to the box of toys and the milk crate of books Noni brought out to the house).

Stan HywetOn Tuesday the girls stayed with their Noni and hubby and I headed up north for some kid free fun.  We started off at Stan Hywet Hall where we somehow managed to dodge the two storms that rolled through first by eating lunch and second by hanging out under a covered patio.

Then it was off to Hoppin’ Frog Brewery.

Hoppin' Frog

Hubby liked the beer.  I tried the shandy.  I’m not a beer person, so it wasn’t my thing, but the food on the other hand was amazing!  The guacamole was delish and the jerk chicken tacos were so good!  Oh, and the berry quinoa on the side was so good, too.  I left that place stuffed!  And refreshed because it’s nice to have some me and hubby time.

We spent a good part of Wednesday on the beach.

Playing togetherThe girls had fun building sand castles together and I even convinced Pumpkin to get wet.

SwimmingShe wasn’t happy about it, though.  Cupcake on the other hand seems to love the water now!  She was much braver this year than in the past.

We met Noni for dinner that night and headed to the local park, which has several different carnival rides.  Cupcake rode most of them, but Pumpkin got in on the action, too.  But only when she could sit really close to someone.

carnival rideThey have airplane rides, car rides, a ferris wheel, a carousel, a train ride, swings and a rollercoaster.  Cupcake wanted to try it all!  Including the rollercoaster, which we knew she wouldn’t like (she doesn’t like bumpy rides in the car or when you go over 40 miles an hour in the convertible).  We tried to talk her out of it, but she was adamant that she wanted to ride it.  I’ll spare her the public humiliation, but the look on her face when that coaster came around is priceless!  She was terrified.  The coaster goes around the track 3 times, but after the first go-around they stopped and let her off.  And even gave her a ticket back to use on another ride.  And she cried and cried.  Luckily a ride on the carousel cheered her right up.  The whole way home, though all she could talk about was how much she didn’t like that coaster.

Thursday we headed north again to the Akron Zoo.

penguins at the zoo

The girls had a great time getting up close with the penguins and seeing some of the other animals.  The zoo was a great size for us.  Not too big, so we really got to see everything we wanted and we didn’t have to spend the entire day there to do it.  We also got to visit with some friends who came down to join us. It was great getting the kids together and catching up.

stingray at the zooCupcake was a little disappointed there weren’t any elephants, but I think the touch tank made up for that.  She got to touch a starfish and got to see a stingray up close (she could have touched the stingray, too, but she was afraid).  We really had a great time and I would highly recommend the Akron Zoo for anyone with small kids.  The small size, the easy flow, and the interactive areas made for a great experience.

We got one last dip in the lake on Thursday night before declaring ourselves officially worn out.

Last dipFriday morning we packed up the car and headed home.  We spent the weekend getting back into our normal routine and getting ready for the fun this week is going to bring (like swimming lessons!).

I’m really glad we decided to vacation at the lake house this year.  We had a lot of fun and got to try some new things without spending a ton of money and without needing a vacation after our vacation.

Anyone else vacationing lately? 

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry

We’ve been spending a ton of time outdoors this summer, but Pumpkin still takes an afternoon nap, so most days we head back indoors for the afternoon. Naptime is the perfect time for messy crafts and activities that we can’t do with Pumpkin around.  Making Straw Bead Jewelry was one of those crafts!

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry #craft #preschooler #boredombusterCupcake loved this activity!  It’s so simple, but it’s great for motor skills and a perfect summer boredom buster!  And it’s cheap (or free!).

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry #craft #preschooler #boredombusterWe picked up these colorful straws at the grocery store for $1.  We already had straws at home, but they weren’t as cute.  :)  I dug some yarn out of my crocheting stash and pulled some scissors out of the junk drawer and we were off!

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry #craft #preschooler #boredombusterWe started by snipping our straws.  If you trust your child with scissors you can let them do the cutting, otherwise just start snipping.  We wanted beads off all different lengths, so we just snipped, snipped, snipped.

Then determine how long you want your piece of jewelry to be.  Are you making a necklace or a bracelet?  Do you want a long necklace or short?  Snip a piece of yarn and start threading.

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry #craft #preschooler #boredombusterCupcake had no problem threading the straw beads onto her yarn, but you can put a little piece of tape around the end if your yarn is starting to unravel.

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry #craft #preschooler #boredombusterThread in random order, make a color pattern or alternate long beads and short beads.  Make it into a fun and educational activity!  Cupcake had so much fun making necklaces and bracelets for her and Pumpkin.

Kid Craft: Straw Bead Jewelry #craft #preschooler #boredombusterBoth girls like their straw bead jewelry so much they both wore their necklaces and bracelets to the library on Monday!

 

What’s your favorite straw bead look?  A whole strand of beads or just a few?

Dino Days and Sorority Girls

 

 

What a blog post title, right?  This is my life people!  And I wouldn’t have it any other way.  This summer so far has been action packed!  We’ve had Stroller Strength and Summer Recreation two days a week.  We’ve played in the outdoor mall fountain with friends.  We’ve gone hiking. We’ve gone to the park.  We’ve participated in park programs.

One of the programs we did last week was a dinosaur themed event and Cupcake loved it!  She’s very into dinosaurs at the moment.  She was so excited to get a T. Rex painted on her face.

Face paintingMiss Kate did a great job painting and she wore that thing all day!  She was so excited to show daddy when he got home.  There were also crafts, a bounce house, a fossil dig and games!  Cupcake’s friends were very into the fossil dig.  She liked it, too, but she was much more interested in playing games.

Volcano tossShe rocked the volcano rock toss!  Future basketball star perhaps?  Or mud volleyball player?  It had stormed the night before and the field was quite squishy.  As you can see by Cupcake’s dirty jeans and leg she hit the mud coming out of bounce house.  We had only been there for 5 minutes when that happened!

The activities were for ages 3 and up, so poor Pumpkin got strapped to my back and just had to watch.  Though she did get to do some fossil digging.

Fossil digging

We have some awesome parks in our area and I love that there are so many fun (and free) programs to participate in!

Oscar on the other hand loves the new end table.

Oscar under the table

Lazybones.

I spent the weekend in Nashville for my sorority’s biannual Leadership Institute (if you hadn’t already noticed by my Instagram and Twitter posts).  Which means today is a day of playing catch up.  Hence the late post.  I’ve got laundry to do. Unpacking to do. And snuggling with my kiddos (Oscar included) on the agenda.  It was the first time Pumpkin was away from me for more than a day and she’s trying to make up for lost time by being at my side at every moment.  There was an epic meltdown this morning when I tried to use the bathroom and I closed the door!

 

I hope you’re having some summer fun, too!!  I’ll be back on Wednesday with a fun craft for the kiddos!

Parmesan and Sage Pork Chops

Now that my kitchen is back to normal, well, is now a new and improved normal I can cook again.  I seriously felt so stressed trying to cook in the construction zone that I goofed up the simplest of recipes!  Needless to say my desire to cook went drastically downhill.  But now I have a working kitchen again, so good dinner is back on the table!

And today I’m going to share the pork chop recipe that made me like pork chops with you.  These Parmesan and Sage Pork Chops are so good!  And this is coming from a gal who typically doesn’t like pork.

Parmesan and Sage Pork Chops #dinner #recipeIt’s the breading on these pork chops that really shines!  The sage is so good, but it’s the bit of lemon zest that really sets it off.  The two compliment each other so well!  This recipe made me want to expand my pork chop horizon, but I keep coming back to this one!  Perfect for a weeknight meal and so tasty!

Parmesan and Sage Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoons rubbed sage
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 4 boneless pork chops
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F . Lightly grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and ground pepper in a shallow dish. Beat egg in a shallow dish. Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, sage, and lemon zest in a shallow dish. Gently press pork into flour mixture to coat and shake off excess flour. Dip into beaten egg, then press into bread crumbs.
  3. Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet over medium heat. Brown pork chops on each side, about 4 minutes per side, then transfer to baking dish.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until juices run clear and a meat thermometer inserted into the middle of pork reads 145 degrees (10-15 minutes).
  5. Remove from oven and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.
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This is a winner in my house.  I hope it’s a winner in yours!

Parmesan and Sage Pork Chops #dinner #recipe

 

Are you a fan of the “other white meat”?  Or is beef “what’s for dinner?”  Or chicken?  Even without a catchy slogan we eat a lot of chicken. 

Chevrons and Polka Dots

Now that I’m done DIYing the kitchen I want to sew!  Actually I did get a bit of sewing done while waiting for paint to dry.  I made a pair of shorts for Cupcake with this cute striped denim that I found in the remnants section.  I used a McCalls pattern and completely goofed up the sizing so the shorts were way too big in the waist.  The length looked good, though.  I tried to see if I could squeeze out another (smaller) pair with the remaining fabric, but I just didn’t have enough.

I also made Cupcake a shirt, but I used the correct chest measurement and it ended up too short.  I’ve also got a shirt for myself in progress, but I’m not quite done with it, yet.  What I did complete was a cute chevron and polka dot number for Pumpkin!  I bought some fabric and a pattern completely on a whim when I was out doing some solo shopping on my birthday.

Fabric store findsThat pretty fabric right on top was destined for Pumpkin’s new outfit.  And peeking out behind the eyelets and elastic is the pattern!

Chevrons and Polka Dots outfit #sewingAin’t she cute!?!?!  The pattern is McCall’s M6912 and is one of their Easy patterns.  And it really is an easy pattern.

Chevrons and Polka Dots outfit #sewingI loved the little cross back style.  And those little bloomers poking out!

Chevrons and Polka Dots outfit #sewingThe contrasting neckline!  And pockets!  I’m glad I went with the contrasting pockets.

Chevrons and Polka Dots outfit #sewingI was really happy this pattern worked out well with the sizing after having two failed projects in a row.  Momma needed a win!  And well, how could she wear such a cute outfit without a matching hair bow (which she might have dipped in pasta sauce before this photo shoot, which required a wash, which is why the bow isn’t very perky).

Chevrons and Polka Dots outfit #sewingThat sweet girl rocked her new outfit and I can’t wait to put her in it again (and again!).

OK, I just got a package in the mail yesterday so I’m off to play with those new sewing goodies!  And then I’ll show you what I made.  :)

 

Painted Kitchen Cabinets: Before and After

It’s here!  The moment you’ve all been waiting for! I know you’ve all been sitting at the edge of your seat just waiting to see the painted kitchen cabinets after I showed you the first bit of the process 2 weeks ago.  Except maybe for Joanna because she saw them in person this weekend.  My kitchen cabinets are no longer orange oak.  They have been painted!  And the doors are hung and everyone is happy!

One more time for funsies, the before.

Kitchen BeforeAnd then I painted the walls.

Grey kitchenAnd I think painting the walls grey made me despise the cabinet color even more.  I didn’t know that was possible!

Entry viewMan was I tired of this view every time I walked into my house.  Those cabinets just jumped out at ya!  Not a happy welcome.

Close upAnd the wood was quite worn.  No amount of cleaning made these look good.

So I removed all the doors and hardware.  I put all the all the drawer pulls and their screws in a storage container for safe keeping.  I threw all the tarnished brass hinges and their screws in a gallon sized bag.

I scrubbed the doors, drawers and boxes with TSP to get the grime off.  And then I hit everything with some 150 grit sandpaper.  I cleaned up all my sanding dust and primed with Zinsser primer (because I had just bought a new gallon of it a month or two ago).  And I sanded again.  This time with 220 grit sandpaper.  And then I got painting!

Wait, I lied.  Before I primed I drilled new holes for the new hinges I bought!

New holes for hingesThe middle hole is for the old hinge.  The other two are for the new hinge.  And I used the world’s weakest drill for the job and it was not easy!  (and then hubby bought me an awesome new Ryobi drill and driver!!)

I used a small foam roller for the the job, rolling whenever possible, but using the angled brush to cut in.

Cutting in

You can also see where I patched some holes.  Bye bye baby proofing!

After rolling

I used one coat of primer.  Two coats of paint (Benjamin Moore Advance) on the lower cabinets.  Three coats of paint on the upper cabinets?  Why the differing numbers?  Because I went with two colors!

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIY

There it is!  OMG I love that the oak is gone!  I won’t declare this a true after photo because there’s still stuff to be done in here.  New light fixture, new countertops, new floors, new oven.  But most of these things won’t be happening any time soon.  Unless of course I find a money tree.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThe view from the living room.  When I had this floor tiled a few years ago I really wanted a black and white floor, but I was afraid to go too bold and went with bland.  And I really wish I would have gone bold.  But man, how about those cabinets?

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThis room gets so much sun light and I love how bright it is in here.  Especially now that the oak isn’t all up in my face.  I would have loved an all grey kitchen (the color is Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore), but I was afraid it would be too dark.  I didn’t want an all white kitchen either because I have two young, messy kids.  And kids and white don’t mix.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYA much better view as you enter the house now.  Just ignore the vining hops blocking the light from my sink window.

Kitchen After - painted cabinets grey and white #DIYThere is some definite wood grain still going on with the cabinets, but I’m OK with that.  I knew that going in.  And I wasn’t trying to hide the fact that the cabinets are wood.  I was just trying to disguise their ugly color.  And I think I nailed that!

It feels so good to finally have this project checked off my to do list.  I’ve been wanting to paint these cabinets for so long.  And I know why I waited so long.  It was quite an undertaking, especially since I did all the work myself (hubby did reattach one cabinet door and 5 drawer pulls).  Honestly, though, I’m surprised I got the job done as quickly as I did.  But it pretty much was the only thing I did in my spare time for almost 3 weeks!

And did I mention that this transformation only cost about $180!?!?!?!  Seriously!  That’s a much better price tag than new cabinets!

Now, who doesn’t love a little side by side (or up and down) comparison?

Painted Kitchen Cabinets Before and After #DIYOK, I feel like this is already a long post, so did I forget anything?  Any questions?  Do you like it?  (please say you do!)

 

 

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