Five for Friday

Happy Friday 🙂 I’m working from home today and enjoying the snow views outside my windows.  My mind has been buzzing lately with which projects to tackle next, the amazing sales tempting me to stock up on winter clothes, and planning a vacation to look forward to.  Here’s a couple of my favorite things right now…..

1. One of my favorite ways to start my Friday is by reading the weekly newsletter from The Simply Luxurious Life, Shannon has a great way of including both high fashion and passionate living in her posts.  I get inspired every time I read it.

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2. Ardex Feather Finish Concrete – Kara at Kara Paslay Designs has used this product several times to create faux concrete countertops and teaches classes on the process.  I’m eyeing the grey mix for my kitchen.  Currently my “fabulous” countertop is the original 1984 laminate with a shiny black coat of rustoleum countertop transformations paint that is showing its nicks and scratches.


3. It took all my self-control not to order this shoe immediately, featured by Capitol Hill Style Blog this week. Perfect balance of metallic and neutral colors.


4. Best Pet Cleaner Ever. Amazon reviews are amazing and after trying tons of products myself, this one is worth the money.  Every pet owner should have this on hand.


5. The key to Polar Vortex survival – don’t get sick! I love using shower tablets in the winter, they help to break up congestion and give you a little bit of spa time.  It’s hard to find them in drugstores, I caved and ordered these online from Lavender and eucalyptus smell great, the peppermint smells like your bathing with Tums tablets.


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Pantry Cabinet 2.0

When I left off with the Pantry Cabinet project, I was successfully hiding my Trader Joe’s hoard. But there is obviously still a lot of wasted storage space. Even if I pile things like crazy…..


Lucky for me, I have crafty parents, specifically a father with his own woodworking shop.  So while they were visiting a couple months ago they took measurements for shelves to add to the cabinet.  I returned from the Holiday break with my new freshly cut oak plywood shelves in need of a paint job.


They may not be flashy, but they will add the storage without having to drill or damage the outer walls of the pantry.  I looked at options at Home Depot and Ikea, but everything needed to be drilled, anchored, or affixed.  So thanks to my dad’s skills, I had some sturdy shelves perfectly measured for my pantry with no other hardware needed.


I used the same white paint and primer as on the outside of the cabinet.


After one coat of primer and two coats of semi-gloss, and a few paw prints………I had shiny happy shelves ready to go!



I then let them dry a full 24 hours before throwing them in the pantry.


Here’s the first “leg” going in on the left side of the pantry. Once they other one is in place I just slide in the top of the shelf.  I lucked out in that everything fit perfectly, if it hadn’t, I would have sanded the edges until I had a good fit.


Look at that organizing magic!!! Here’s a closeup of the back corner of the new shelf, to show how snug it fits into the inside of the cabinet.


So pretty, so much more room for hoarding………I should have hid the junk food, only put the healthy snacks in front….. next time.


Now the pantry has gone from sad sad cabinet sitting in the rain, to a four shelf kitchen pantry with tons of storage hidden by cute craftsmanship.




Are you a fellow Trader Joe’s hoarder? Any creative solutions for limited kitchen storage?