Monday, March 31, 2014

Pantry Reveal

Our pantry was out of control.


A good cleaning and organizing was long overdue.  So, I took out everything, sorted it, and tossed anything that was expired.  It felt really good to get into spring cleaning mode.


I realized halfway through that the clutter would inevitably return, items will get misplaced, and it'd need to get reorganized time and time again.  So, it was time to get creative!


We have wooden pull-out drawers in the pantry, which help tremendously while digging around for ingredients.  I decided to paint the front of these drawers with chalkboard paint, and then label them with what's located in each drawer.


To do so, I painted the front panels of each drawer with three coats of the chalkboard paint.  The consistency looks and feels like normal paint, but dries to a chalkboard texture once done.  


A lesson I've learned from previous projects -- it's best to let the paint dry and cure overnight before using chalk.


We have a ton of kitchen magnets and magnetic bag clips over our refrigerator, and I've always wanted to simplify things by removing them.  Since they're handy to have, though, I couldn't just get rid of them.  So, I decided to simply hide them, and make this pantry multi-functional. To do so, I measured the backs of the pantry doors and bought four sheets of metal flashing from the hardware aisle at Lowe's. They can cut these sheets down to size for you, too, if you wish.


Using an all-purpose interior adhesive and a caulk gun, I lined the backside of each metal piece with rows of adhesive.  Then, I pressed them firmly to the interior part of each cabinet door.  This adhesive doesn't dry very quickly, so I used clamps to ensure that the metal sheets didn't slip down in the meantime.


Ready for the reveal?


Here's the before...


And here's the after!




A few details:



These easy, inexpensive changes have really helped us keep our pantry more organized.  I also love that the magnets are off of the fridge!  Love simple ways to keep our busy lives a little less cluttered.  Do you have other great ideas of how to organize your pantry?  

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Breakfast of the Week: Scrambled Eggs Florentine

My mom and I made up this recipe on a whim, and it very well may be my favorite version of scrambled eggs.  Even my husband, who doesn't particularly care for spinach, really enjoyed this healthy breakfast.  It's a really easy way to perk up traditional scrambled eggs.

Scrambled Eggs Florentine

Ingredients (for two):
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 tsp. dried dill
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. garlic salt (or garlic powder and a pinch of salt)
- 2 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
- 1/4 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

Crack the eggs into a small bowl.  Feel free to use egg whites only if you wish.


Add the dill, black pepper, and garlic salt to the bowl.  Mix well with a whisk.


Add the egg mixture to a large skillet over medium heat.  I don't preheat the skillet beforehand -- it may just be me, but I feel that that dries out the eggs too quickly.


Then, scramble the eggs however you wish.  For me, my preference is when you scrape the pan constantly with a spoon.  Once the egg begins to cook, it'll begin gathering up and become scrambled.


When the eggs are halfway done, toss two big handfuls of fresh spinach leaves to the skillet.


Stir well, and continue scraping the pan to scramble the rest of the eggs.  The spinach leaves will wilt quickly and reduce in size.


Right before the eggs are done, add your mozzarella cheese.


Stir well again.  Once melted, remove the skillet from the burner and serve immediately.


Enjoy!


I like to sprinkle on a tiny bit of cheese before serving.  Just makes it that much more savory to me.


The eggs are light, perfectly seasoned, and regardless of whether or not you used whole eggs or egg whites only, are bursting of flavor and taste really refreshing.


I absolutely love this take on scrambled eggs florentine, and will be making it time and time again.  Hope you'll give it a try!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

Monday, March 24, 2014

Laundry Closet Reveal

One project I've been wanting to tackle for some time now has been our laundry closet.


It was certainly functional as-is, but I just wanted to make it fun.  Because why shouldn't laundry closets be special, too?



Mostly what it needed was a thorough organizing and purging.  I did exactly that, and donated anything we no longer needed and tossed others that were trash.  I then reorganized everything so it fit in individual baskets.  


Then, I prepped the area for its makeover.  This included scrubbing the walls and floor, dusting the metal shelves, and repairing holes with spackling paste.  The part that scared me the most was moving around the washer and dryer.  It turned out not being too difficult, however -- I just turned off the water to the washer (should be a shut-off valve nearby), unplugged both appliances, and shimmied them out of the laundry area.  Goodness gracious was there a lot of nasty stuff under those appliances that needed to be swept.


Then, I brought in an air compressor, brad nailer, and brad nails to install board and batten on the lower half of the walls.  A full tutorial of how I did this may be found in my original board and batten post.



Once done with the installation, I painted the lattices, cap boards, and the lower portion of the walls with one coat of primer and two coats of Olympic's "Crumb Cookie" paint.  I chose a semi-gloss finish on the paint because it'd make the walls more scrubbable -- especially since this is a laundry closet and it's prone to mess.


To spice things up, I decided to paint the the upper portions of the walls with Olympic's "Georgian Leather" in a semi-gloss finish.  I adore this color and used it for our living room, too.  I added a packet of Valspar's gold paint crystals to the gallon of paint just to make things a little more exciting for the laundry closet.


Then came the first of two fun organization projects.  I had a bunch of mason jars on hand, so I decided to make use of them to help organize my craft supplies that otherwise didn't have a home.  To do so, I removed the lids of each mason jar and tied three pieces of thin wire around them.


I hung each lid under the bottom metal self by wrapping the wire around the rungs.  Once secured, I snipped off the excess wire.


Then, I screwed the mason jars into place.


Another organization project was to create chalkboard labels for each of the baskets.  To do so, I cut a bunch of 3" wood pieces from an extra board and batten lattice using a miter saw.


I sanded each piece down to remove any splinters and applied three coats of Valspar's chalkboard paint for each.


It's best to let these dry and cure overnight before actually writing on them with chalk.


Using an all-purpose interior adhesive and a caulk gun, I dabbed a line of adhesive on the back of each label...


... and then applied one label to each basket.  


Ready for the reveal?


Remember the before...


And here's the after!







A few details: 



My favorite things are these mason jars.  I had my craft supplies stashed all over the house before, and it's nice to have them all in their own designated places.  And the jars and wire were items that I already had on hand!



These chalkboard labels, too, have proven themselves as lifesavers.  It's handy to know where everything is at a moment's notice and feels great to have everything organized.


In all, this project cost me a total of $50 for board and batten materials and various paints.  Not too bad for a weekend makeover!  Hopefully the cheery space will make me more enthused to do laundry now... one can hope!


Hope you like it as much as we do!

You may find me linking up at these fantastic parties:

Monday: Boogieboard CottageC-R-A-F-TCraft-O-ManiacDIY Home Sweet Home,  Get Outta My Head PleaseThe Girl CreativeMad in CraftsMaking the World CuterOur Delightful HomePolish the StarsSerendipity and SpiceSew Can DoSkip to My LouThrifty Decor ChickToo Much Time on My HandsTuesday: A Bowl Full of LemonsCherished BlissCoastal CharmConfessions of a Stay at Home MommyDukes and DutchessesFunky Polka Dot GiraffeI'm Topsy TurvyMommy By Day Crafter by NightNap Time CreationsNot Just a HousewifeSugar Bee CraftsTip JunkieToday's Creative BlogWednesday: Adorned from Above, Free Pretty Things for YouGinger Snap CraftsHome Happy HomeIt's Just Called SpicyJAQS StudioLet Birds FlyLife with the Crust Cut OffThe NY Melrose FamilyRae Gun RamblingsThe Sasse LifeSew Much AdoSew WoodsySomeday CraftsSouthern LovelyThe Style SistersThursday: A Creative PrincessA Glimpse InsideCrafty, Scrappy, HappyHouse of HepworthsJust Winging ItMade in a DayThe Shabby Creek CottageSomewhat SimpleFriday: 2805The Answer is ChocolateBacon Time with the Hungry HypoCreation CornerFingerprints on the FridgeThe Grant LifeHappy-Go-LuckyIf It's Not BaroqueJust Us FourMom 4 RealMy Simple Home LifeNot Your Ordinary RecipesOne Artsy MamaThe Rooster and the HenSimply DesigningTatertots and JelloWhipperberryYoung and CraftySaturday: Be Different... Act NormalCandace CreationsFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingIt's So Very CheriNutmeg PlaceSunday: The Crafty CowgirlEmbellishing Life with Homemade GoodnessFlamingo ToesG*RatedNifty Thrifty Things

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