Kitchen Organization Planning [Free Kitchen Subway Art Print]

Hey all, Bride here. 🙂

If you haven’t noticed, Kaylie (Poor Chick) doesn’t much post on this anymore (not that I do a lot either, but hey, I post here and there :P). Anyway, she’s off on her adventurous journey of having a real job as a hair stylist and also she’s back to college this semester as well. Needless to say, we’re both pretty busy and blogging isn’t our number one priority most of the time.

Still, I do like to document my house journey on here, and so here is the latest update…

Upper cabinets for the kitchen are finally painted! I’m not going to post pictures just yet, though. (I’ll wait until they are hung, my wonderful dad is helping do that tomorrow). Needless to say, this is a very exciting time for me… I’ve been manically plotting carefully planning out how to organize everything. Here’s a basic layout of where I want everything to go:

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As you can tell, it’s a very detailed sketch. Yes, I’m kidding. (Notice the “non” missing in front of the word “perishables”. And the arrow marking the switch of the baking cabinet and the food cabinet. Yep. Super professional!)

I have been once again scouring Pinterest for ideas on how to organize everything. I’ve decided to go with a magnetic spice rack inside one of the doors to the food cabinets, using tins from World Market. On the other door will be all of my measuring spoons and cups, and possibly a conversion chart. I plan on using an upside-down wire shelf to hold/organize my canned goods as well. Below are my inspiration pictures. (I’ll be sure to post what my final results look like when I’m all done!)

Source: A Lo and Behold Life

I ordered the same tins online from World Market, but they only offer the silver tins. You have to go in-store to purchase the blue ones.

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Source: Inffarantly CreativeWire shelving for canned goods

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And with all of the cabinet planning, I have also realized that my kitchen space is about to change again. Right now we have a huge industrial shelf in the corner, with lots of cooking/baking/etc items on it. When the cabinets go up, all of those items will be moved and the shelf will be taken out to the garage to be used for more storage. That will leave a nice empty corner (until we buy more cabinets for the “L” where we will be putting in a breakfast bar later on). I think I may move my baker’s rack over there (right now it sits against the wall in between the hallway and the dining/great room. My plans for that wall were originally to put in a nice china cabinet or hutch, but I’m thinking of using some shelving to make a banquette there instead. That will leave a large space on the wall above. What could possibly fill it?

At first I thought – giant chalkboard, duh! But the giant chalkboard Kaylie and I made at the apartment will soon be getting framed and put up in the great room. I don’t want two giant chalkboards in such close proximity. So I Google’d “kitchen wall decor” and saw some awesome kitchen subway art prints. I love subway art, and loved these, but I knew they weren’t going to be big enough to fill the space. The wall is almost 8 feet long, and the shelving I have in my head would be at least 4 feet wide in the middle of the wall.

My next thought was an engineer print. These are all the rage on Pinterest. You take your file on a usb drive into any office store (Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, etc) and ask for an engineer print. You get a black and white giant photo on paper, which you can later frame or attach to foam board/plywood. I then set out on making my own kitchen-themed subway art on Ribbet.com (the site that replaced Picnic) that would be a big file size to keep it crisp when enlarged. This is my final result:

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It only took me an hour or two to make. Oh well, I say it was time well worth it. I can’t wait to get it enlarged and put up on my wall!

By the way… feel free to save and use for yourself! KitchenSubwayArt8.5×11.pdf

Let me know if you like/use it, I’d love to get some feedback since this is the first subway art I’ve made.

Alright. This post has gone on what feels like long enough. I will be posting more updates soon about all the fun kitchen decor and cabinetry organization!

~bride

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Kitchen Updates

After a long, long time…. Here is another house update. We have a very livable house now. No, I’m not kidding! And it’s still nowhere near done, but compared to other pictures on my blog… it looks fantastic!

So I have recently been painting my kitchen! We went with a gray beige from Menard’s, and I love it! I told the fiancĂ© I wanted a griege, and he found one! Literally – the name of the color is simply “Greige”. We have all but one wall in the kitchen done, but I am waiting to do the one that stretches into the hallway until we patch up the drywall in the hall.

Below you can see the wall color compared to the white inside the window.

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And next is the kitchen! Paint, counters, appliances, cabinets, & all!

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Our appliances are Kenmore stainless steel. The countertop is from Lowe’s, and almost everything else construction wise is from Menard’s. We live just down the road from one, so it is hard not to shop there!

The next order of business is to finish painting. After that we need to sand the rest of the upper cabinets, then prime, paint, and install! After that, my open storage shelving will leave and take up residence in the garage to make room for more cabinets!

My living is also in the middle of a facelift! Eventually I want it to be yellow, white, and gray. Until I can finish a slip cover for the couches, it’s hard to move on from the stained wood to white paint. But I’ve been able to bring in my yellow! Here is my Christmas mantle with yellow walls around it!

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Okay, well I think that is about all for now! Off to work more on some secret projects! 😉

~poor chick

New House Update (and Picture Overload, of Course!)

So the renovation on the new house has been going pretty well! We were going to clean all the soot off, but later decided to just re-drywall and then clean what’s left. This means lots of fun trips to the building department!

At first the demo was just a lot of removing drywall. Now we are getting down to taking out insulation and old drywall screws… nice and tedious! You can tell how much fun it is! I can’t wait until it’s time to paint! I will probably pull a lot more weight on the project when we get to that point. This demo stuff isn’t my strong suit… We still have a long way to go to get there, but in about a month, painting is definitely where I want to be!
Here are some pics from the first few days!
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Above is the fiance, looking sooty as ever!

Below is a picture of the front living room, taken from the kitchen!

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IMAG0161Above is Richard tearing down drywall in the hallway, and below is a picture of the great room, taken from the kitchen.

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IMAG0164Above and below are pictures of the office/bedroom. That is the first door on the left side of the hallway.

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IMAG0168Now even more walls are coming down – you can see the master bedroom in the back, not just the first bedroom. You can also see through the closets.

IMAG0171Above is a picture of the kitchen, taken from the front living room.

IMAG0174Leila (Dad’s girl), looking ready to rumble!

IMAG0175Dad, above. Grandpa, below – mowing the crazy tall grass with his tractor. The fiance’s dad is working on getting us a mower right now, but until then we have to keep making trips to mow the grass  that is growing like wildfire.

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Mariah's house cleaning up after the fire 035And last but not least, my lovely Grandma has started planting some flowers for me out front! I love her so much! I know the inside of the house is more important right now, but I just really want to work on landscaping right now!! Haha!

So there you have it – the latest updates on the house. Next steps will be getting the drywall up and cleaning, cleaning, cleaning! We will have to clean the floors, the fireplace, and more. Plus we get to rearrange closets and configure cabinets! How exciting! 🙂 I can’t wait until we call this place home!

~bride

PS – I paid my last month of rent today! Wahoo! Now we just have to pay Richard’s last month and we are free! Freedom!!

FIRST PLACE!! (80’s fashion show)

The actual 80’s fashion show was today! I landed first place!! I took my model Tiffani and gave her sort of a crazy train whitesnake mix!! Her make-up is all MAC and Hard Candy products. Her hair is teased and sprayed to the max! This was so much fun!

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The full outfit shot! Rockin’ the high-wasted leather pants  and leather coat!SAMSUNG

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With a concealer of MAC, a liquid foundation of MAC, LA colors face powder,hard candy liquid eyeliner,mascara,and eyeshadow, Concrete pure minerals eye shadow, max lipstick and covergirl highlighting blush and a steady hand, we got this! SAMSUNG

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Another friend in the show today!
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First,Second,and Third place today! ….ya…..my models first;)

I hope that there are more fashion shows to come at school before I graduate!
~poorchick

Princess Peg Dolls Craft

So a few months ago I became obsessed with this pin from Pinterest:Princess Doll Tutorial

Finally, even though I had no particular reason to make them, I went out and bought supplies to make my own princess peg dolls! I pretty much followed her tutorial exactly, although I did change the look of the dolls dresses/hair/etc a bit. This post will explain exactly how to make them, but to see her tutorial, just click the picture above or here: DIY Princess Peg Dolls.
I purchased my dolls from Jo-Ann’s for about $2/bag (they came in bags of two). They are also called wooden game pieces. You can buy these in bulk online, if you plan on making lots and lots! Just Google them, or check Amazon. The acrylic paints used were just the one and two dollar bottles from Wal-Mart!
I looked on Google Images for quite some time, to get a better idea of the outfits for the princesses. After that, the real fun began!
First, I drew on the basics in pencil… (Below are Aurora to the left and Ariel to the right).

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Then I began to paint! (Here are Cindy, Snow, and Jasmine!)

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I used one color at a time, and when all the dolls needing that color were done, I would move on to the next color. (The buns were wooden beads I hot glued to the dolls’ heads!)

The next two are from during the process (Please excuse the mess!)

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Here is the final product!

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You might notice I changed up Mulan’s outfit from the other pictures – I hated her – and now Mulan is definitely my favorite! But I also love Tiana’s dress… so cute! I might need to add bling to Cinderella and Belle, not sure yet if that will ever happen or not..!
I like the more classic look with small, black eyes that are fairly far apart, so all of the dolls have the same face.

Oh, and here is a picture of the backs as well!

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There you have it! New princess peg dolls! I currently use mine for board game pieces, but I’m sure when my niece Addison gets older she will play with them! And hopefully a daughter someday…!

~bride