Monday, April 30, 2012

I LOVE glass milk bottles!

I love milk.  I always have.  I love milk with cookies and cereal but I'm also quirky in that I love milk with  pizza, spaghetti, even a burger.  :-)  But I am not thrilled with the plastic milk containers.  They take up so much room in the fridge and are heavy to pour when it is a fresh gallon.

Recently, on a trip to HomeGoods, I saw this little beauty.  It is a bluish clear glass with a sealed top and has the image of a cow being milked on the front.  It was only $4.99 and so I couldn't pass it up.  A few days later I saw this smaller bottle at the Christmas Tree Shops and it was only $1.99.

Now, when I bring home milk, I pour it into the bottles, rinse out the plastic gallon and recycle it.  Did you know, according to the EPA, only 29% of the plastic milk containers get recycled.  The rest end up in the landfills.

That is awful when so many amazing things are made out recycled milk cartons.    Like an igloo.  :-)

It may just be my imagination but the milk seems colder and tastes better coming out of a glass bottle.  And it looks so much cuter on the kitchen table at meal time.  Give it a try!  Once you go glass, you'll never go back!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I did it! Painted my patio doors black!

I have been thinking about doing this for a while and finally decided to dive in and do it.  NO REGRETS - I love it!  I don't want to show off too much of my kitchen until it is closer to being done but I just had to share my new black doors.  (Pay no attention to the green ceiling and messy room).

I decided not to paint the door casing so it is consistent with the rest of the trim in the room and I love the way the white frames out the black.  It also keeps the black from being too overwhelming.

I painted the doors with a brush and used about four coats of Martha Stewart paint which is on clearance at Home Depot since it is discontinued.  So I was able to get this huge change for less than $7.00.  YAY!  I spray painted the window grids outside.  Here is the before:

I have removed the wall treatment on the slanted wall and I have bought blue ceiling paint to cover the green ceiling that is there now.  I bought blue wall paint to cover over the very bright green and I love the few changes I have made already.

I am working on the slanted wall treatment.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do and then I found a picture which perfectly exemplified the idea in my head.  (I love Google!)  Here is my inspiration picture from the blog Infarrantly Creative.  She did an amazing job on her wall.

Ok, that is my progress thus far.  I have all of my paint and materials so hopefully in the next few days I can make some headway on the entire kitchen.  More pics to follow!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Habitat for Humanity "Re-Store" Kitchen light! Woo hoo!

I really had no intention of changing out my kitchen light.  The one that is there is fine and I spray painted it black about two years ago and I like it.  But today I took a trip to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in South Bend, Indiana - I love this place!  It is about 10 minutes from the University of Notre Dame.  It had the most awesome molding too but I didn't have a way to get it home today.  I will be back!

In their lighting department, there was this gorgeous light hanging there.  It was listed as a carriage light and was NEW in the box.  It is black and has beveled glass.  It was only $35!  It looks like it will be perfect for over the kitchen table.  And I joined their preferred club for $5.00 and got another 25% off!  SWEET!  I also bought a new 5 x 7 area rug for only $36.95 I am going to use for my kitchen but I am going to give it a slight makeover with some fabric paint.

The light is quite large at 32" in length, but I love the look of an oversized lantern over a table.

I am still trying to decide on a kitchen paint color.  I thought I had it all figured out with ICE RINK by Martha Stewart but then I was looking through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and found HEAVEN ON EARTH by Benjamin Moore.  I only want to to this once so I am taking my time to make sure it is the perfect color.
Martha Stewart:  ICE RINK
Benjamin Moore:  Heaven on Eart

But now I am totally motivated because I want to put up my light so the paint color decision needs to get done.  More updates to come...