Sunday, August 13, 2017

Builder Grade Door Makeover - Saving $$$

We've been steadily working on our Entry Hall Makeover.  Last week I shared how we installed the wood look tile ourselves.  You can find that post HERE.
This week I'll show you how to save a lot of money and make over your builder grade door and hardware to give it a more up to date look.
That lovely brown door up above is the one I wanted to make over so it would look more 2017 than 1982!  These doors are very cheap and flimsy, but we are on a tight budget and can't afford to swap them out right now, so paint it is!
We started by removing the door and all the hardware.  Oh, the hardware is getting a make over too because yall, the new stuff is so spendy!  We have champagne taste on a beer budget! lol!
I cleaned the door really well to get all the dust and whatnot off of it, then I used a roller and some Sherwin Williams HGTV HOME high Gloss paint in Extra White that we bought at Lowe's to give the door a nice new shine.
Next, while the door was drying, I was back inside the house and painting the orange toned trim around the door.  TIP: Use foil to line your paint tray for a faster clean up.  Be sure to tape off all the areas that you do not want white paint on...like your brand new wood look tile!  I also put down my painting drop cloth, because I am a messy painter.  I like using my small angle brush and a small roller, but you can use what you're comfortable with.
Tah Dah! Looks better already!!  I love a good paint make over.  Speaking of a paint make over, if you have any ideas on what color I should paint the inside of my front door, let me know.  It can't be white any longer, it needs a lovely shade of ____________?!?!?!!!
While I was painting, I went ahead and painted the trim on the entry into the hall, it was orange toned too.  There's big Zel doing his inspection of Mama's paint job.  I think he liked it!
Remember when I said the hardware got a makeover too?  I used Rust-Oleum for metal Paint and Primer in one in Oil Rubbed Bronze (ORB) spray paint to match the front door hardware.
Grab a piece of cardboard first.  A handy tip to paint your screw heads, just screw all the screws into a piece of wood so they are standing up and it makes for easy painting that way.  Lay out everything else far enough apart so you can get all the sides and edges.  Tape off the working parts of the door knob because you don't want paint on that.  I also use little blocks of scrap wood to prop up the small things so I can better spray them.  Use light, thin coats.  Let each coat dry really well, don't rush it.  I used about 3 coats on each side.
I love how fresh it looks now.  Amazing what a little paint does huh?  Please join us next week when we show you a sweet trick to get perfect baseboards.  You're gonna love this one, I did! My honey is the best!

Want to see what else we've done in our Entry Hall Makeover?

Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor
Book Page Wreath

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Porcelain Wood Look Tile Floor

This project, literally was not planned, at all!  One morning we are sitting on the couch and my honey says, (pointing into the the entry hall) "let's rip out that floor".  Um, ok, then what? lol!  I wasn't going to argue with him though because we haven't done a DIY project in forever and I have hated this floor since we moved in 6 years ago!
The before and after is so huge!  I still just stop and stare into the hallway and think how much better it looks now.  I love it so  much!  Note: this picture makes the new tile look way lighter than it is, Instagram filters in action!
This old tile is a terracotta type tile and as you can see it was NOT properly installed to begin with.  I believe they must have had a limited amount of tile and just made the grout lines huge to make it all work out.  When you walked on it, it sounded hollow.  Yall, I just did not like it!
Let's just say I was not sad to see my honey rip this floor out.  I was his biggest cheerleader that day!
The first few tiles were very easy to remove because they practically had no mastic underneath them.  I guess they were short on a lot of things when they did this project.  Weird!
The floor near the living room had lots of whatever this is they used to place the tiles down, then it got thinner and thinner as it came closer to the front door.
Next, we ran to Lowe's and picked out some tile.  I knew I wanted the wood look tiles for sure.  I've been drooling over that type tile since it became popular.  We bought the tiles for the kitchen/dining room at Lowe's too, so we grabbed a few tiles of that style to compare.  You see, some day (soon I hope) we plan on tiling the living room in the same wood look tile, which meets right up to the kitchen/dining room floor, so it kinda needs to look good.  The light color tile on the right looked too much like our other tile (top right) so we went with the darker one on the left so there would be a bit of contrast and hopefully look better than blending in with the existing floors.
This is our tiles that we ended up with.  Kaden Walnut #0591545.  For this job we used 3 full boxes and 3/4 of another one.

I didn't really document the step my honey took after we returned from Lowe's because it was extremely messy and dusty and I was just trying to make sure the dust cloud didn't get too much into my house.

What he did was try and smooth down that "whatever it was" that they used to stick the old tiles down.  It was hard as my head and not budging at all!  He tried using a chisel and hammer to chip it away, that didn't work, so he tried sanding it down with the grinder, that didn't really work either but he worked for about an hour until he got it as smooth as possible so the new tiles would sit pretty level.
The first few tiles he laid down looked extremely dark and I immediately got nervous that we had chosen the wrong color tiles.  Our home is small and I didn't want it to look smaller by any means!
But as he laid down more tiles, it started to look lighter and I loved it!  Even with the spacers still sitting in it, I liked it 100% more than the old tiles that used to be there!
Now for grout,  what a messy step!  We chose a dark grout this time since the majority of the tiles were dark.  We used an un-sanded grout in the shade Mocha U42, also from Lowe's.
We waited the recommended 20 minutes, then started to do the clean up, that was my job and WOW!  For such a small space, it was so hard to get this darker grout up.  I don't remember it being such a chore  in the kitchen area and that was a big space!  We had two buckets of water going for quite a while.  I used the fan to make the drying process go faster.
This is not a good picture because it was late in the day, but believe me when I tell you its so nice and pretty and not hollow sounding when you walk on it! lol!
You may have already noticed that the picture above this one shows the closet door painted, that's another post because I not only painted the door, but all the trim and I totally made the old door hardware match the new front door hardware with a little ORB spray paint. Saving those $$$$ yall!

If you'd like to see how we did our other tiled floors, look here:

Tiling Our Kitchen Floor
Tiles and Tribulation of our Laundry Room

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

My Pioneer Woman Collection

Do you have a collection?  I have several to be honest.  Other than collecting all the old vintage things I can get my hands on, my most recent collection started back at Christmas last year.  In case you don't know who the Pioneer Woman is, her name is Ree Drummond.  I first started following her blog many years ago.  She now has a food network show, a mercantile shop and now this collection of kitchen wares too.
My family gave me lots of the Pioneer Woman collection dishes and such.  I got a full set of dishes and a full set of pots and pans along with some little odds and ins too.  There are so many different print versions but they all seem to match somehow.  I don't have a lot compared to some, but my collection is growing little by little.
This picture shows almost all I got for Christmas, so its a pretty good start to a collection.  There are lots of pieces to collect and they (Walmart) are also ever changing and adding to the collection.
I took one of her tablecloths and turned it into a curtain for my kitchen.  See how HERE.
All of the pictures (except one) you see in this post are from my Instagram account.  I post on there frequently but most of all on Wednesdays so I can participate in the #PioneerWomanWednesday.  I have met so many ladies that collect these pieces too! Recipe for the above picture is HERE.
My Instagram user name is ddcamp170 if you want to follow me and join in on the fun.  You never know what you'll see each week and you will definitely get some awesome ideas on how to style your pieces as well.
I actually use all of the items I have almost on a daily basis.  Of course the pretty pieces always make a picture more colorful and interesting too, that never hurts!
This post was, and continues to be, a hit on Instagram.  My honey gave me this pitcher for Mother's Day and I've used it for several different applications, but mostly it holds my wooden utensils.
These small bowls are always helpful on salad night and they are gorgeous to boot! Makes for a colorful table setting.
See that measuring cup in the center there?  I use that thing so much.  I got it because it was so very pretty, but boy oh boy is it ever functional as well.  It has the cup measurements inside. I love it!
Can you spot all the Pioneer Woman collection pieces in this picture?  I love the pots and pans set, very nice to use.
You can pull a centerpiece together in a snap with her beautiful collection, just look at all that color!
I loved this combination so much, I decided to keep it over in the kitchen close to the stove so I could reach everything easily.
I even made little under the sink curtains with the leftover material I had after making the kitchen window curtain from the tablecloth.  So cute!
These two pieces are my most recent purchase and even though they don't match exactly, they go together.
The sweet little colander and dish towels are my very most recent addition to my collection and I received these from my partner in the #PioneerWomanGiftExchange that we recently had on Instagram.  It was so cool to see everyone's new pieces they received.  Rumor has it that we will do another exchange in the Fall this year. YAY!

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Baked Burrito Casserole

Our favorite type of food is Mexican food, we do live in Texas after all and there is plenty of it!  When I'm looking for new recipes, I tend to gravitate to the TexMex style.  I also like quick, easy and less mess recipes.  This one just fits that bill!
This is one more for the keepers list.  It's good yall!  Now let me just tell you right up front that this IS NOT a healthy type recipe and you probably won't want to have this too often, but every now and again won't hurt, right?
This is the cheesy goodness after its done and right out of the oven. Yep, comfort food for sure!

Baked Burrito Casserole

1 pound of lean ground hamburger (or turkey)
1 small onion, chopped
1 packet of taco seasoning or 2-3 tblsp of my DIY taco seasoning HERE
1 can re-fried beans
1 can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted (I like the low sodium type)
1/2 cup sour cream
1 pack flour tortillas (I used about (6) cut into strips)
2 1/2 cups of shredded Mexican blend cheese

Optional: 
1 small can of green chilies or sliced jalapenos. (I use green chilies because they are milder in the "hot" category)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a large skillet, cook the ground meat and onion until the meat is no longer pink and drain if needed.
Add the taco seasoning and re-fried beans and heat through.

In a separate bowl, blend the mushroom soup with the sour cream.  Spread half of the soup mixture in the bottom of your 9 x 13 baking dish.

Add a layer of 3 flour tortillas to the top of the soup mixture. I've found that if you cut the tortillas into strips, they are easier to place evenly over your mixture.

Spread a layer of the ground meat mixture and top with about one (1) cup of cheese.

Repeat all of these layers and top with the remaining cheese.

Bake for about 20 minutes until cheese is nice and melty.

I like to serve this with a side salad, some tortilla chips and some fresh cilantro.  So good!

Want more recipes using my DIY Taco Seasoning?

Turkey Taco Nachos
Skinny Taco Pie
Creamy Taco Sauce
Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Home Remedy for Outdoor Fly Repellent

Yall its HOT here in Texas and we have flies so bad this year.  Seems like they are invading us by droves...or would that be swarms?  Anyway I have a DIY remedy for outside use. 
According to Pinterest flies HATE pine-sol!  I decided to give this homemade repellent a try, never hurts to try huh?  It only costs me $2 for this experiment. I was at Walmart so I picked up the spray bottle for .97 cents and the "PineGlo" for .98 cents.  Cheap enough for an experiment.
This is a 50/50 mixture of pine-sol and water.  My spray bottle is marked clearly with 24 oz, but also says it holds 32 oz.  Anywho.....

Step 1:
I poured in the pineglo in to the 12 oz mark.
Step 2:
I added water to the 24 oz mark and then replaced the sprayer nozzle onto the bottle.
Step 3:
Mark your spray bottle accordingly so you know what you're spraying.
Step 4:
Spray the area outside that you will want to keep flies away from.

I sprayed all around the seating area on the patio and then sprayed the perimeter of the back door going into the house too.  Right away the flies were beginning to disappear.  I was impressed!  I'm not going to tell you that ALL the flies disappeared, because they didn't, but there were very few and it was a much more pleasant atmosphere to sit and enjoy our patio.

NOTE:  Right away I thought this would be an excellent thing to keep in the RV/camper for those camping trips where flies think they are invited to the party.  Um, no flies, not YOU!


Flies in the house...that's another story for another time.  I found another remedy for that but I haven't tried it yet.  I'll let you know if it works.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

Who needs a quick meal for supper time?  Me too! Well, this is one of those really quick and yummy meals that everyone will love.
I found THIS recipe on Pinterest and the minute I saw it, I had to to try it. Thanks Shawn!  This is a one pan dish, so its less clean up as well.  My favorite!  What Mama doesn't want less dishes to clean up?  All the Mama's I know want that!
Mexican Beef and Rice Skillet

  • 1/2 Onion - diced
  • 1 Lb. Lean Hamburger Meat or Ground Turkey
  • 1/4 Cup Taco Seasoning (I used 3 Tblsp of my DIY Taco Seasoning)
  • 1 (14oz) Can Diced Tomatoes - Do not drain
  • 1 Cup Frozen Corn
  • 3/4 Cups White Long Grain Rice - Uncooked
  • 2 Cups Beef Broth
  • 1 1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Jack Cheese

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook your onion for 1 to 2 minutes, then add the hamburger meat.  Be sure to break up and crumble the meat as it cooks. Drain fat if needed.
  2. Add the taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, corn, rice and beef broth, stir together. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer and cover. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring once at about 10 minutes.
  3. Stir and top with the cheese. Cover and cook on low for an about 3 more minutes or until cheese is melted. Top with the taco toppings of your choice.  We chose cilantro, tomatoes and black olives.
Add a salad and some tortilla chips and you have a fast YUMMY meal for your hungry family!
Let me know if you try this meal and how you like it.  We love it so it will be showing up on the menu more often.

Want more recipes using my DIY Taco Seasoning?

Turkey Taco Nachos
Skinny Taco Pie
Creamy Taco Sauce

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Quick Homemade Iced Coffee

If there is one thing I've learned in my 50 years, its how to save money and still have fun in the meantime!  I'm one of those people who likes to have a treat from Starbucks every now and again, but even though the coffees are yummy, the prices are not.  If you want a delicious iced coffee and want to save yourself the money, make your own treat at home!
You're not going to believe how easy this is (says the queen of easy recipes) lol!  But seriously, its three ingredients...four if you count the umbrella straw!
Let me just warn you, I do like a little coffee with my cream so of course MY homemade iced coffee may look a bit light to most.  Doesn't it look cute with its little umbrella straw?  And yes, that is a wine glass, you gotta have fun when sipping your homemade iced coffee!
Currently these are my top four creamers that I go for at the store.  You can use any creamer that your heart desires though, that's the easiness of the recipe!
Some days we end up with leftover coffee, not often, but sometime.  I make my coffee for the next day the previous evening.  So, when I reach for the coffee canister and there is still coffee in there, I make myself (or my honey) a nice homemade iced coffee as a treat.  This tall size is the one my honey likes. lol!
I bet you're wondering how I make it, aren't you?  Ok, its so simple.  Fill your glass of choice with ice, pour in your desired amount of creamer and then fill the rest of the way with your leftover (cooled) coffee, stir and sip.  For the perfect experience, add one little umbrella straw or any straw you have on hand.

Need a safe way to clean your coffee maker?  Click below to see how I keep my coffee maker sparkling!

Cleaning Your Coffee Maker Without Harsh Chemicals

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