Friday, March 30, 2012

The Great Kitchen Painting of 2011

   My husband and I bought our very first home in 2009. Being the Huge DIY'ers that we are, we started our list of things to fix (that we are always working on)! Last year we decided we needed to make the kitchen more "us" even thought I did love the original colors, too.

The previous owners painted the kitchen a pale lime green color and the cabinets were white.

Well, after looking at the cabinets closer, I realized they tried to touch them up with white flat latex paint.. but they were old cabinets and originally painted with glossy oil based paint. Latex over oil is a BIG NO NO! The paint will NEVER stick and peel right off at the first touch.

So our two day painting project turned into 4 days, like any home repair, am I right? To fix this problem, we had to sand off the top layer of paint (my husband featured above using the sander like a beast haha). Remember to always wear a dust mask for this, especially if your home is old and could have lead paint!

After to dust settled, we took all the cabinet doors off and laid them out to be painted. Because they had oil paint, you have to use oil primer! This part is confusing, but the primer is ONLY there to stick to the previous surface, you can put ANY type of top coat on, even latex paint, as long as it is just PRIMER.
I used all foam rollers for the cabinets and regular 3/8s nap rollers for the walls because the foam makes the paint come out way smoother on the cabinets.

Here it is starting to come back together. After the primer dried overnight, we started painting the doors and frames with Glidden's Bittersweet Chocolate. 

The wall color I can't even begin to explain, I basically mixed the final product up myself because I couldn't find exactly what I wanted lol.

Here is a picture just to get a laugh because, while I was painting behind the fridge, my dog, Jasper, decided he needed to come back there too and rubbed all up on the wet corner. He had a nice bath that night.

And here is a bad cell phone picture of the finished product. :)

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Family Birthdays

   I am the world's worst at keeping up with people's birthdays! This concept was the most brilliant thing ever!
Instead of using a board or plaque, I used an old picture frame. I also used one inch wooden circles you can get at any craft store, and jewelry wire.

I mod podged scrapbook paper on the inside of the frame (btw the glass was already broken, but I would have taken it out if it was there). I used sticker letters I also found in the scrapbook section. 
The circles were actually easy, I just painted them and wrote the names and dates with marker. On the back, I hot glued an inch long piece of wire, then bent it over to make a loop to allow the circles to hang on each other. The circles are also color coordinated to which side of the family the person is from. :)

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Family Rules

   I am loving all these new modern "subway art" canvases, especially the ones with family rules written on them.  Let it be known now that I am not a very good artist lol.  I can paint my house all day long, but when it comes to painting pictures, it's not a very pretty sight.. but I do it anyway!

I painted the canvas with blues, browns, and whites, then painted the words with black and white.

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Those Leftover Bottles

   I love making things for people, especially for my family. I love Christmas time because I can't control myself, if I see something I just think someone I know would like, they have to have it! When I came across these Adorable reused jars on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to try it!

I made this one first that I wrote Love on with hot glue, then spray painted with grey primer, let that dry, and sprayed again with silver. 

I really liked it, but those pesky strings that come with hot glue made it look kind of messy, so I decided to try puffy paint.

I made this one for my in-laws with our last name on it. This one looks purple because it had Christmas lights in it, but it was spray painted with grey flat primer. I loved the look of it, and I tied a glittery snowflake on it, since it was for Christmas! I made one for me and my sister-in-law too that had our wedding dates on it. :)

Seasonal Wreath

   While my husband and I were in Target, I saw this rosewood wreath that was to die for! But... It was $40! I was like Uh, no. Then, I remembered seeing a paper flower tutorial on dozidesign, and I got to work!
Making so many little flowers took a significant chunk of time lol, but it was worth it.

I hot glued all of them around a foam wreath, keeping them close together.

I made it right before Halloween, so I used black satin spray paint and wrapped red tulle around the top to hang it with.

For Christmas we had our Poinsettia wreath up, but when Valentine's day started to roll around, I took out the flat white spray paint (did I mention I LOVE spray paint?), and after it dried, painted one rosette pink. :)
Soon it will probably be red, white, and blue! 

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Hard Camera Case from an Old Suitcase

Photography is something I LOVE LOVE LOVE! My mother is a professional photographer, and though throughout my childhood I hated being her practice subject all the time, lol I've definitely grown to love it! With the camera I have, the case was small and fit the camera fine, but I have other things for it like the lenses and cleaner and batteries.. There just wasn't enough room.
My husband's grandmother gave me this suitcase because I loved how it looked and she didn't have any use for it. With my creative juices flowing, I put two and two together... and this is what came out!

Before I did anything to it

Here is the inside (and my puppie's head lol)

I filled it with layers of 2 inch foam that I glued together with styrofoam glue (which almost has to dry overnight, and smells VERY strong) and measured holes to cut into them.

I used an extra piece of foam to wrap fabric around for the top inside the lid. I also has no sew pockets in the lid. (I used the iron on adhesive strips)

I took a jersey fabric and glued it to the bottom of the holes in the styrofoam and tucked around the sides and glued there as well.

and Tada! A camera case big enough to hold all my stuff!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Reason

First, Yay for my first blog!

I've been wanting to start this for a long time, I just never really had the time or a reason. I love doing crafty things and I got so tired of having to upload everything on Pinterest. The first thing I posted on there had over 3,000 repins and I was so excited! But then other things I posted, people were upset I had no tutorial or blog to read about it.. Thus Green PB&Js was born! 
If you're wondering, the name is, literally, my name! :) Green is my (very wonderful) family maiden name, but I will always be Green at heart! Pb&j are my initials (all mixed up) now that I'm married! So to your thought process, I do not make green sandwiches... I'm actually in love with cooking! It's one of my many passions!

So to some up my reason, here is my first pinterest hit project!

It was so easy! I had the small and flat 4x6 canvases, I mod podged my photos to the canvases and used a little brown acrylic paint around the edges (this was to also help hide the ugly corners lol). Then I simply made a ribbon bow, hot glued ribbons to the backs of the canvases and to the bow at the top. I love it!

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