Kitchen Update: Faux Granite

Pinterest has a few suggestions of how to apply a faux granite to kitchen and bathroom counters. I skimmed over some of those instructions and decided to go about it my own way using supplies I had on hand. I found painter’s tape in the garage, primer from our bookshelf project, a sanding block from finishing wall texture, and acrylic paint from my craft box. The extra supplies were around $25, making this project great for any budget!

Supplies
Painter’s tape
Primer
Block hand sander
Sea foam sponge
Acrylic paint
Polycrylic
Paint rollers

Tape off the area where you don’t want the paint to make contact then lightly sand counters, wipe clean, and roll on primer – this part is messy so use extra care when applying.

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I rolled the primer onto the counters one time through and could still see the original pattern underneath so I went with a second coat. Once I had the desired coverage, I used the sea sponge and lightly applied black paint.

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 I let the area dry and then added grey {our cabinet paint}, tan, and finished with brown, letting each color completely dry between applications. Once the pattern dried, I sealed it with 3 separate coats of polycrylic.

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This finish has drastically improved our kitchen space. The primer application almost got the best of me but I couldn’t go back after reaching that point so I carried on. I hope you try this out for yourself if installing granite isn’t an option for you. Leave a photo or link in the comment section if this post leads you to update the counters in your home. Overall this project was like attending a painting class, you’re unsure of your work at first then you wake up the next day and think, “Oh that looks wonderful!”.

Be Blessed!

LG12

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Kitchen Update: Wall Texture How-To

We started updating our kitchen before I was pregnant with Elijah. I didn’t love the direction we were going so I became uninspired and eventually pregnant {a wonderful excuse to not do anything}. Our kitchen has been all over the place for over a year and we’ve finally picked the project back up.

lavbeforSo here it is — the cabinet stain, red walls, and the original wall print. We decided the stain was too dark and we conveniently had a gallon of grey paint in the linen cabinet so we went with that instead. I’m in love with the new cabinet color, it’s so fresh and lightens up our small kitchen. For our walls we went with the texture I did in the living room, you can’t beat an $8 wall finish!

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To texture your walls you’ll need ready-mixed lightweight joint compound that can be found at any home improvement store. Start by spooning some into a large bowl. This stuff washes out of everything and cleans up easily.

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Once spooned into a bowl, mix the compound until all the air bubbles are out and you reach a smooth consistency. I used a 6 inch wall putty knife for application. Take the putty knife with a good amount of compound on it and apply it to the wall. Start near the ceiling, smooth it down, get more compound and repeat to get a good sized area going. You don’t want it too thick nor too thin but once you start applying it you will see what works for your needs. Take the putty knife and work from right to left and move your hand in a downward motion. Try to make long, smooth, crescent motions onto the wall. When you do this some of the texture will come off and accumulate onto the putt knife, just put it back into the bowl. You don’t have to be precise while making the texture and if you see clumped areas don’t worry about it. Once dried {about 6 hours}, you’ll go back with a small hand sander block and smooth out the hard edges and clumped up compound.

cabtexHere you can see the texture before sanding. There really isn’t a correct way to do it, just try to have fun and be nice to yourself. Once sanded and painted it will look wonderful. If you have any additional questions please leave them in the comments below!

Be blessed,

LG10

Solution for the “Lived-In” Home

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I was planning to wait awhile before sharing Young Living because I wanted to have a complete knowledge of the products and personal experience using them. I realized it would be quite some time before I could try every oil, cleaning product, nutrition supplement, and personal care item. Also, I fell in love with my essentials kit and found so many uses that it’s hard to not share. Although I’ve only scratched the surface with essential oils, I’m convinced we will be together forever. Soon after I received my oils I set a mixture to diffuse before I left our home and when I returned later that evening our home smelled fresh and invigorating. I didn’t know this experience was possible and in my head I was holding hands with an oil bottle suited person and skipping off into paradise. There it was, we had found one another.

We live in an older home that has its own set-in, permanent, everlasting “smell”. Not an odor but a… signature smell. I would mask this with a candle or a wax warmer and the fragrance would last as long as the wax was burning/melting but now I’ve found a solution that outlasts that “lived-in” fragrance. I took to pinterest and essential oil blogs in search of inspiration and I found just that. I learned that you can utilize the oils in your home without using a diffuser. I personally love the diffuser and I want one for every room but I also like being able to take a bottle and spray whatever room I’m in.

I also found cleaning mixtures for all areas of the house and I put them to use. Now I can spray my own furniture cleaner without holding my breath and being concerned if it’s going to make contact with the kids. I can blissfully spray away and inhale the air around me without ingesting unknown chemicals. I know what I put in the bottle, I know what I’m breathing in.

 And now I share with you my latest discoveries…

room

Room Freshener
4 oz bottle
2 oz witch hazel
2 oz water
5 drops of purification

counter

Counter Cleaner
4 oz bottle
4 oz water
3 drops of lemon
2 drops of citrus fresh
5 drops of thieves

laundry

Laundry Freshener
{spray in dryer}
4 oz bottle
2 oz witch hazel
2 oz water
10 drops of lavender

I will be putting more information about Young Living on the blog soon but if you have decided you’d like to join me, click here to sign up for your own wholesale membership! {I signed up with the Premium Starter Kit & highly recommend it}

Be blessed!

LG4

When Our House Became a Home

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We have made our life in the town I was raised in, in the home I was raised in, and I never saw it coming.

Like most of my peers, I wanted to graduate high school and move as far away from our hometown as possible. I wanted to leave and never look back to that terrible place where your parents provide everything for you. And I did, I moved four hours away to finish my undergraduate degree and I even journeyed to Hong Kong and China for three weeks. I was a fashion major and had dreams of moving to New York or California after graduation {says every fashion major}. I had no plans on how to make this a reality and I was becoming increasingly obsessed with my boyfriend and dreaming about our future. He didn’t want me to move across the country and I wasn’t paying for my apartment so I told him I was moving back home to figure things out. Without hesitation he decided he was moving too, our obsession was mutual. We found a teeny tiny studio apartment in the city located near an airport. We would visit my parents on the weekend and Ryan loved to be out there. He grew up in the city and preferred the slow, spacious, quiet life instead {I never saw that coming}. Time went on and my parents decided to purchase a new home in town, their own dreams were coming true. They offered the house to us to purchase but we decided to rent instead, that was the less permanent option. I was thrilled that we were no longer living in a 525 sq. ft. apartment but I couldn’t see myself living there for a long time. Occasionally Ryan would mention the idea of purchasing the house and making it our home to which I replied, “I refuse to die in the house I grew up in”. In my practical head I was already making plans to purchase the 400k custom dream home beautifully located off a winding, woodsy road. I was still working at the time so I thought this option was completely obtainable {it really never was, but you can’t tell my determination that}. And then something happened, my heart started to change toward the house. God started to speak to me about his provision, contentment, and this dream of raising our children at home.

I was in the car with a friend on our way to an orphanage when the subject of the house came up. She listened and spoke encouragement over me. Through her words I gained revelation and everything just clicked in my head, it was the confirmation I didn’t know I needed. It was then that I decided we would make the decision to purchase the house and make it our own. I couldn’t wait to get home to tell my husband my news and when I did he plainly said, “that’s what I’ve been saying this whole time”. Note to stubborn self: listen to your husband the first time, he knows.

My encouraging friend taught me how to texture our living room walls, to help me create a space that reflected my personal aesthetic. Within a few months I had our living and dining room walls textured and painted, our interior doors replaced, and converted built in china cabinets to book shelves. I started to embrace everything we had been given from our parents and utilized it to make our home beautiful. Loving our home was something I had to go through to learn what needed to be changed in me. In the process I learned contentment and found freedom from the tiresome pursuit of “better”.

I have the privilege of training up my children in the same house I was raised in. All my childhood memories are here and my children will share their childhood memories under the same roof. When I think of that thought I hear “generations” and “legacy”. I can’t imagine living anywhere but here and now I have the honor of saying that I live in the house I grew up in.

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