Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm addicted to....

 I've been working so hard you guys!  And I'm finished painting all the trim and doors in the main part of our house and bathroom.  We painted all of the ugly brass hinges, and doorknobs oil rubbed bronze and it's made everything lovely!  All I have left are the three bedrooms and master bath.  So basically I'm halfway there.  It's gorgeous and I'll be sure to show photos soon... but in the mean-time we're also getting ready for our tiny construction project and included in our bid, my man asked for an additional light socket above our super-huge-feed-a-threshing-crew table.  (Have I mentioned that I love my man??) I've been souring places for inspiration with the perfect light fixtures.  Because it gets complicated when you have two.  At least for me it does.  I knew that I wanted the same finish as our kitchen fixtures- oil rubbed bronze. (I have a slight addiction with that finish.)
 And then I found them.  Barn pendant lighting.  They were $30 each.  Seriously.  I guess when you buy lights for your barn, you don't want to spend a lot.  Ha!  (I found them at Lowes, fyi.)  I just hated the shiny metal finish.... so I did what any normal, sane, DIY girl would do.  I sanded them to remove the shiny-ness factor...
 ... and coated them in "antique copper" spray paint....
 .... and then after that was dry, gave them another coat of oil rubbed bronze. (Still wet in this photo.) Once dry, I hit them with a soft scuff sand, to reveal the coppery dimension underneath, and make them look a little dirty and worn.  I might have an addiction with making things look like that.  You'll have to wait until they are installed to see how they turned out... but I'll give you a hint-  I'm having a hard time waiting to get them up!!!  I have a feeling it's going to be my favorite thing we've done in this house, to date.   It seems I'm doing my level best to turn this spec. house into an old, inviting farmhouse.  Ha!
 While I watched our trim paint dry, I worked on a few old frames..... I'm calling them my "Farmhouse White" collection.  I turned a few of them into chalkboards.  Cause I have a slight addiction to chalkboards.  And the word "farmhouse." 
 I kind of want to leave them sitting here because they are so pretty to look at... but this is where my wall is soon going up and they are for sale in my little shop...
And my last (and newest) addiction today... Egg muffins.  I can't for the life of me get breakfast down lately.  I'm a total breakfast girl but I seem to be having "kids are almost done with school and I want to sleep in til the last second itis" scheduling conflicts. Ahem.  I saw these all over pinterest and gave them my own twist. Not because I was uberly creative in the kitchen, but rather because it's what I had in my fridge.

 Egg Muffins
12 eggs, beaten with salt and pepper.  1 TBSP real bacon pieces placed into the bottoms of all the sprayed muffin linera, top all evenly with egg, and to that, scoop 1 TBSP fresh, grated parmesan cheese.  Bake at 375 for 20 minutes.  
135 calories each. 

What's your latest addiction?


daisy said...

Words with Friends!!!

thelocolife said...

Ummmm...dark chocolate caramel sea salt bar. Deadly!

Kristin said...

Oh gosh, I CAN'T WAIT to see your light fixtures up!!!! I have a sneaking suspicion they are kind of beyond fabulous :-D Hope your evening is a good one Sash!

carissa at lowercase letters said...

amazing lights. i'm glad there is hope for our builder installed fixtures from 7 years ago. and for cheap, too! you have made my year! : )

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Yes EVERYTHING in this house was builder grade brass. Ugh. We bought this place new but it was already built so I didn't get to choose anything but the fence! And seriously what woman gets excited about fence choices? LOL

Farmgirl Paints said...

So proud of all your hard work. Those lamps are awesome. Love that they've been Sashafied. Just made a new word. It fits:) Gotta try those egg muffins. I'm a breakfast girl too.

Barbara said...

You have been busy, it all looks good.

Victoria said...

Those lights are great! Way to be brave and do what it took to make them yours. Can't wait to see the final product! Those chalk boards are great too. I just found an old chalk board with a plain, ugly wooden frame. I am definitely going to figure out a way to make it pretty,

Mary said...

those lights are wonderful!
and we love making those egg muffins! so simple and yummy!

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

"Sashafied"... that totally sounds like a word you would say!! I love it.

I'll make you egg muffins when you come visit. :)

Jensamom23 said...

The lights are terrific and I am trying the egg muffins today!

Anonymous said...

You are too cute!! I am new to your blog, and it is addicting. Your decorating taste is divine. It is simple and elegant, allowing each object to stand out on its own. Also the photos you take are artwork themselves. I have a cottage type theme, so i really know what you mean that things we find need to be modified to work for us... I usually need to sand the edges of things or "white wash" them a little. Love the chalkboards!!!

Anonymous said...

I so wish I were like you....creative, encouraging, fearless in starting new projects, etc. Were you always like this or is it something you've learned? Is there any hope that I can change/learn?

Scott said...
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Erin McG said...

This is one of my favorite posts. I love the energy in your writing. It's inspiring! Where do you get your frames? I'm looking to do a family portrait wall going up my stair case and those are just what I've been looking for. Thanks!
(P.S. Sorry about the deleted comment by "Scott". I was accidentally signed in as my hubby.

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Awww so sweet of you to say... and actually I wasn't always like this... I've always been creative and lots of energy to burn, but timid about what to do and how to do it... I was always afraid of wasting money or messing up but little by little I'd have creative successes and they built on each other. Now I just go for it because I am confident that I can do it. I've had my share of "flops" too of course, but I've had more successes than flops so be encouraged and go for it! :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

You cracked me up... Okay I find my frames all over. Thrift stores, antique malls, consignements and places like that. Every now and then I score a truly fantastic vintage item and I do a little dance. :)

Erin McG said...

Awesome! Thanks for the tips. I'll be keeping and eye out. Do you usually have a price in mind that you are willing to pay? Like "I will not spend more than ___ for a frame?"

Meaningful Nest said...

I love how you are transforming your brass! I want to do that too! We have a builder-grade home that we have lived in for 5 years. We didn't build it, so it has the ugly brass knobs and hinges. I never thought about painting them! Do you use spray paint or what kind of paint? Can't wait to see your lights when you hang them!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Those lights are going to be fab-ulous! I adore your home and think you've done an amazing job at making it "you".

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