Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Big Barrel of Rustic Goodness

Hi Friends,

If you haven't figured it out by now, I love anything with a rustic or vintage look.  When I laid eyes on this beauty, he had me at hello.

Would you look at those curves?  That weathered wood?  Ahhh.... another aged beauty to add to my collection.  Remember the vintage crate I snagged for $9.99 from E-bay?
So here's the story with my whisky barrel.  As I planned the hubby's 30th, I knew that I needed the perfect spot to display his cake.  I thought... I searched... I tried to find something perfect that I already owned, but the picture I had in my head wasn't lining up with anything that was currently at The Cozy Cape.

During an impromptu thrift store shopping spree with my friend Ashley from It Rocks To Be A Knox, I mentioned to her that I had barrel envy. You see, her in laws gave her an old whisky barrel as a wedding gift.  She entertains a lot and her barrel always steals the show.
Here it is:

I told her to keep her eyes peeled for a barrel that could come live in the Boyd casa... preferably one that wasn't $300 bucks.  Let me tell you, Ashley can find a deal!  And she didn't let me down this time. 24 hours later Ashley called to say she spotted an old barrel on the side of her in-laws home.  Her in-laws had bought a barrel for their friends but said friends never came and picked it up. So Ashley quickly got on the phone to see if they'd be up for selling their barrel.  Well, they said YES (it sounds like a marriage proposal)!  One day later, I was the proud owner of a rustic barrel.  And all for the low price of $50 dollars.  That price is unheard of!  And even if you could find one online for that price, shipping is at least another $100 dollars.  Thanks Ash!

But the deal finding doesn't end there.  I knew I wanted to get a piece of round glass cut to place on top of the barrel to make it more table-esque.  Well, when I called a local glass cutting shop, they wanted $60 buckaroos.  Um... No thank you.  So with all of my fingers and toes crossed, I ran into the Habitat for Humanity store five minutes before they closed, with high hopes they'd have a piece of round glass big enough to don the top of my new old barrel.  Well, they did! I snagged the perfect piece of glass for less than $10 dollars.  Take a peek of it doin' it's job at two parties.

But wait, there's more (I feel like a bad infomercial!).  While I was at the Habitat store, something caught my eye.  One aisle over from the round glass, there was a mini barrel sitting all by its lonesome.  It was $5.99. Sold! And  I hunted down a square piece of glass for $2.99. Sold!

I used the mini barrel as a favor display for both parties last week.   

The moral of the story here is ask and you shall receive. 

P.S.  Posts to come this week:
1)  Party details for both the 30th birthday bash
2) Party details for the surprise baby shower
3) A post on some more kitchen updates

Also, don't forget to like The Cozy Cape on Facebook!  I'd love to see your smiling faces!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

More Than Fluff

Hi Friends!

It's been a party filled month over here at The Cozy Cape.  Last weekend I threw a birthday bash for my hubby's 30th birthday.  I shared these sneak peek photos in my last post:

And today, I threw a surprise party baby shower with three of my friends.  

I can't wait to share some of the adorable details of both parties... but that will have to wait until I've recovered.  I. Am. EXHAUSTED!

In the meantime, since I'm in the partying mood-- and I'm a sucker for anything on a stick, I thought I'd share some amazingly adorable couture marshmallows.  I stumbled across these sweet treats from Icing Designs via Living Locurto, (the following four photos are courtesy of Icing Design via Living Locurto.  Let me tell you, this isn't your childhood marshmallow fluff!

(Above left) Chocolate Peanut Butter – Dip your marshmallow in melted peanut butter chips, let it dry and dip again half way up in melted mik chocolate.
(Above right) Smores- Dip in milk chocolate and roll in crushed graham crackers.
(Above left) Chocolate Peanut Butter – Dip your marshmallow in melted peanut butter chips, let it dry and dip again half way up in melted mik chocolate.
(Above right) Smores- Dip in milk chocolate and roll in crushed graham crackers.

The above two are covered in white chocolate and sprinkles! 

These little birthday marshmallows had me at hello!  
These seem like they may be a little more complicated to make.  
Dip the marshmallow in white chocolate and let it dry. Then dip the top in chocolate. Add some sprinkles and put a chocolate candle on top. 
Get directions for making the candle on Icing Design.

Who knew marshmallows could be so cute and couture?  I'm only wishing I saw this post before my two parties!  For all the "How-To" details, head on over to Icing Design.

Ladies, thanks for sharing these with blog land.  
I can't wait to make these!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Kitchen Floors Are Done!

Hey Friends!

I'll make this all about the pics and less about the words.  It's late and it's been way too long since my last post regarding the kitchen.  My camera cord was MIA so I had no way of showing off my hard work.  So without further adieu, here it is!

As you can see, I decided to distress the floors.  

Last week, I was stressing about distressing... so I asked for your opinion in this post after showing off this pic. 

(pre-ditress treatment)

(post distress treatment)
I'm really happy with the distressed look.  It really matches my inspiration pic:

(inspiration pic courtesy of The Painted Home)

And just for giggles, here's the before pic.  

Can you believe this is even the same kitchen!

I have lots of little details to share with you.  
We are moving closer to the full reveal of phase one.

Thanks for your patience.  The camera cord got swept up in a massive quick cleaning as I prepared for Brandon's 30th birthday.  

Here's a sneak peek of his birthday.

I'll be sure to share the details of Brandon's birthday bash later this week. 

Linking to the following blog party:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

TV Appearance: Our Struggle With Infertility

Hi Friends,

I've got a hand sander in my palm as I type.  I hope to have a distressed floor to show you tomorrow!

In the meantime, I wanted to update you on the adoption process.  Many of you remember that I opened up to those in blog land and shared our struggle with infertility here.  My husband and I were asked to share our story along with three other people with The 700 Club Interactive show. I wanted to share that story with you:

It was nerve-wracking sharing such intimate details of our life with the world... so if you are struggling with this, I hope this acts as a reminder that you aren't alone. 

As far as our adoption:  We are at a bit of a standstill. We are putting out feelers in all directions: parental placement, adoption through foster care, private agency adoption... but it is all so slow going.  Our schedules don't meet-up with the foster care classes that we'd have to take in order to become foster care parents (so we'll have to wait until next year to take those) and raising money for private agency adoption seems like such a tall mountain to climb... just one dollar at a time. 

It's frustrating but I'm trying to remain positive and patient.  I keep reminding myself it's all in God's timing.

My hope is that our story speaks to many people!  Years down the road, I want to look back at this time and say that each delay was for a reason and that our child just wasn't ready yet.  

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Friends: I Need Your Opinion! (Kitchen Floor)

Hey Friends!

This will only take a moment.  
Hubby and I finished painting the kitchen floor last night.  It turned out out great!  

Just as a reminder, here's what it looked like before:

We still have some touch-ups to do.... but before we add the polyurethane, I need your opinion.  

This is my inspiration picture:
(photo courtesy of The Painted Home)

See how the inspiration picture looks distressed and a little worn?  
Should I add a little distressing to my squares?
Or should I leave them solid black?

I plan to add polyurethane tonight before I go to bed... so leave a comment soon, because I just can't make the decision on my own!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Don't Call Me "Poly"-Anna...


Gripe zone ahead 
(all in jest of course).

There's nothing like a cheesy play on words to get the blog day started, right?
 This is anything but a "Pollyanna post"(since in the children's classic Pollyanna had an optimistic outlook on everything.)  You may not be able to call me Pollyanna because this post is all about the complaining... but you can call me "Poly-anna" because polyurethane and I are fully acquainted and we now have a love hate relationship.  I just spent an hour shellacking the heck out of the kitchen cabinets with polyurethane.

Does anyone hate the polyurethane process as much as I do?  In theory it's good because it protects hours of hard work... especially in high traffic areas like the kitchen. But seriously, it is one of the least satisfying DIY projects.  

Because there are no pretty before and after pics.
There's no, "Aww, look at what I just accomplished!"
Instead, "I just spent an hour of my life on a project and it looks the same as before" sounds more familiar.

It's smelly. 
It's toxic. 
And now I can't touch the cabinets for 4 to 6 hours.

So here's the before...

And the atter.

They look EXACTLY the same.  No eye candy to see here. :)
I'll just relish in the fact that my hard work is now signed, sealed and delivered.  

I smell the sweet fumes of polyurethane luring me in.  Round two, here I come.

Catch you later!

(AKA: Poly-Anna)

Friday, July 8, 2011

1947 Vintage Auer Farm Bloomfield Conn Milk Box Crate

Hey There!

Look what I just won on E-bay to the tune of $9.99!

It's a vintage 1947 farm milk crate.  

I love its aged appearance. 

.  Wouldn't it be nice if everything looked better with age? 
Yeah, that's a pipe dream!

I have plans to use this aged beauty as a display at Brandon's 30th birthday party... kind of like this.
(Photo courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess)

She's a beaut!  I can't wait until she shows up on my doorstep.  Gotta love E-bay!
Hope everyone is having a fabulous Friday!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

"Check" This out (Kitchen Floor Update)

Hey Guys! 

Here's another kitchen update for you.  Last night I left you with this kitchen update post and this picture...

but after I pressed "publish" I turned into crazy DIY woman and slapped on two coats of white paint over the primer.  So when I finally went to bed at 1:30am, the floor looked like this:

Today, we were ready to begin painting the checkers but the pattern was too daunting a task for me to handle it on my own.  So I enlisted the hubby to help with the hard mathematical stuff. 
Here he is hard at work:

See that fancy camera work?  You'd never know that hubby was tackling this task in nothing more than his boxers (except for the fact that I just told the entire blogger world! Whoops!)

The taping project was a family affair.  Even Brinkley the Goldendoodle wanted to get in on the action:

And here's where we are tonight. We have checkers!

 We still have plenty to do but it's coming along nicely!

I'll be sure to post a tutorial once I've completed this project.  I want to make sure I figure out and fix all mistakes prior to giving instructions to you!

Whatcha' think?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pardon Our Mess: Under Construction (Kitchen Update)

Hi There!

The kitchen is coming along.  I spent ten hours painting today and there's still plenty more to do.  I managed to prime and paint all the cabinets today.  I also painted all the trim and spruced up the breadboard.  I never realized how dingy our paint looked until everything else in the kitchen got a fresh coat of paint!

Here's a reminder of what the kitchen looked like a month ago:

And two weeks ago, it looked like this:

And as of today, here's the progress: 
(I'm keeping it real with all the junk piled high on the countertops.  I had to empty drawers as I painted)

 But today's tasks didn't stop with cabinets.  Nothing was safe from the the brush and the roller.  You may remember talk of painting the kitchen floor in a previous post.  Well, I took the plunge and started priming the floor today. There's no turning back now!  Here's what the floor looked like before I took a roller to it:

I couldn't stand the orangey cheap teak wood flooring that the previous owners installed... especially because it butted up to real wood floors.  It wasn't in the budget to tile or install real wood...but you know what?  I'm not sure I would install tile or wood even if I had the moolah.  I'm kind of diggin' the thought of the a painted floor.  Just one more beach cottage detail that I'm bringing into our home.

Here's the primed floor:

You can't tell in the picture, but the wide boards really show through the primer.  It's looking really great already!

This is the look I'm going for:

I still haven't settled on a color of the diamonds yet... but this one from The Painted Home is really calling my name:

Ellen from Designing Main Street spotted this amazing distressed painted floor and said she immediately thought of me.  Gotta love good blog friends!

 I need to make the color decision soon; but no matter what, I think the painted floor will fit right in with the painted stairs that I tackled last year.  

 I have a lot more work to do and a deadline creeping up on me because of the hubby's 30th birthday that I'm hosting right here at The Cozy Cape in just a few short weeks.  

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I'll be back with another update in the next couple of days... hopefully with some color on the floor!