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The Kitchen Chronicles

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My kitchen has been a labor of love for me. When we moved in it looked like this:

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How bleh bleh bleh! Yellow walls, a very outdated fridge, and not a lot of counter space, but a relatively big room!

And now I am happy to say it looks more like this:

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So I want to tell you a little about my favorite easy solutions to the space.

The most important thing to talk about is my landlord. You can see him in the before photo! I truly believe I live in a renters dream. My landlord encourages my projects and actually reimburses me and John for a lot of our materials like paint, tarps, brushes, etc. Yep, I know your jealous. He is the man.

So one would think that means carte blanche right? Wrong. He reimburses within reason. If I show up every two weeks with 200 dollars in receipts my crafting days and renting from Mr. Awesome would be over. So I try and find the thriftiest solutions always.

Originally I painted the kitchen brown.  I thought I would do this whole coffee  color with red accents. Well after a few months living in it I hated it. It did not match the other rooms, and it was sad. So sad that I don’t think I took any pictures of it when it was painted brown. Whoops. Shows how much I really did not like it.

So after my first trip to IKEA… (which was overwhelming by the way read more about that here: http://wp.me/p3CpzN-1l)
I had a great shelf for my kitchen but after a month had still not installed it. And before we did that I just wanted to re-do the whole darn thing.

First to go; the awful brown walls. We jumped over to Home Depot and got some white paint as well as 2 quarts of Chalkboard paint. Oh yeah.

Then we got the mother of all awesome:

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Some various cans of rust-oleum spray paint (my personal fave)

And 3 rolls of black vinyl contact paper.

Then I hopped over to Sherwin Williams for 2 quarts of an awesome red color. Fireworks if you’re interested

So the kitchen over haul had begun.

We started repainting the walls the wall with the window and the fridge wall were painted white. There is nothing a fresh coat of white paint can’t do.  I also painted the window sill black. I wanted to give it an awesome pop of color!

Then the wall with the back door was painted with the chalkboard paint.

Then the big project. I painted my cabinets.  You guessed it Red.

And slowly but surely my kitchen became a place I liked to be in again.

But the most offensive thing in my kitchen was my backsplash… or lack there of. I don’t know if you can see it from those before picture but it’s gross.

So contact paper to the rescue! That’s right. I have a contact paper backsplash. And it’s super easy to clean and totally renter friendly.  It is a measure and cut kinda job. Make sure you’ve got a credit card handy so you can smooth out any air bubbles. Pro-Tip: you can also use a pin to pop the bubbles and then you can use the credit card to smooth out the air.

Then it was on to decoration.  I wanted to have bright primary colors. A trip to the dollar store was in order. I got an awesome amount of towels, little containers, and frames all for the very low price of 1 dollar.

I then set out spraying a bunch of frames different primary colors and installing them on my wall. Pictures of that coming soon!

And finally after months ( and some pretty decent sized holes and anchors in the wall) I installed the IKEA shelf that I got for the room in the first place.

So that’s where my kitchen is today.  I really want to do something fabulous with the fridge. It is very old, and to be honest very ugly.

Any ideas?

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Road Trip: Atlanta (Fringe Festival)

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This past weekend I had the awesome chance to go to Atlanta GA with John! We made our 5 and half hour trek to see the show I wrote SEND/END come to life! Early this year my show was entered by the production company Leave Your Mark, and selected by the Fringe committee.

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So off we went. Besides my show I wanted to show Atlanta’s best sights to John because he had never been there before.

Many hours and playlists later we arrived at Newk’s to meet up with some of the cast of SEND/END and fill our bellies. The food was great and then we were off to the Sweetwater Brewery tour and Tasting.

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The Sweetwater Brewery was so laid back and so much fun. My personal favorite was the Winter Festive Ale. It had that coffee, chocolate-y thickness that I really love in a beer. We had a great time!photo_10

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Then we zipped over to the Horizons School to see the early performance of SEND/END.

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It was really great! I laughed and got a little teary as well. It was crazy to see something I wrote come to life. It was really special.

Then we went to Little Five Points for dinner. We waited a long time for a well-known ATL spot The Vortex.

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John had the craziest burger  listed under the menu heading “OMFG BURGERS” and called Zombie Apocalypse. Here’s a somewhat blurry picture of it.

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Then we headed back to watch the second performance of SEND/END and I was reunited with the co-author Henry!

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We got a chance to thank the cast and I think I enjoyed watching it the second time more than the first. I got to see all of the ensembles funny bits and really catch all the hard work they put into it.

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There was much celebration afterwards!

The next day john and I got up and headed to the Georgia Aquarium. I had never been and was really excited to see it!

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It is breath-taking. We really enjoyed the whole thing, but if we had to select a favorite moment it would definitely be the touch-pool with the sting-rays. John and I love interacting with Sting-Rays. We probably spent a half hour doing just that.

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Afterward we knew our short trip was coming to a close, but we had one last stop at the Varsity before we left! It was John’s first time and my first time since in a looong time.

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It was delicious.

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I just love Atlanta! It has so much theatre and so much life! I can’t wait until my next adventure takes me there!!!

Bonus- I found a billboard advertising some cobras at the botanical gardens! How fun!

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We had an amazing time and I hope you enjoyed reading about it!!!
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What I wish I knew about IKEA


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So a few months ago I went to IKEA for the first time and Boy was it… OVERWHELMING.

 

I mean really there should be a guidebook about going to IKEA.

 

I live about 2 hours away from the nearest IKEA so our trips are few and far between.

So I decided to compile a list of things to keep in mind if you don’t frequent IKEA all the time.

 

1)    Be ready to dedicate your day or at least the majority of your day to the trip.

Honestly! I thought we could do it in 2 hours. Little did I know that it would take 2 hours to get to the warehouse where you could actually buy things!!

 

2)    Have a list of what you need!

I feel like this may feel like common sense, but I cannot tell you how many people were walking around not remembering what they actually went there for.  There is so much stuff that it can be very distracting and expensive!

 

3)    Have a plan and a back-up plan

IKEA has some awesome items for some awesome prices but, everyone else also knows that. Often that turquoise metal coffee table may be out of stock. Or in our case the entertainment center may not look as good in person. It’s always a good idea to comparison shop.

 

4)    Take pictures of the area of your home the items are going to go, and bring paint swatches!

SO SO SO important! If you don’t frequent IKEA often, it is heartbreaking to get home and find out that your shelves clash with your walls. Also IKEA’s return policy is nuts!

 

5)    Bring measuring tape and dimensions

See above. The worst is getting a rug that is dwarfed by your furniture.

 

6)    Wear comfortable shoes.

I’m not sure I stressed the fact that this is going to be a long trip. There is a lot of walking.

 

7)    Make sure you have enough space in your car.

IKEA charges about the same amount as the furniture to ship to you. Especially if you live far from the store!

 

 

8)    Have a plan but don’t get discouraged

Seeing things in person can really change your mind. Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try something new.

 

9)    Have Fun

This store is huge, but it’s also so fun! Don’t forget it! And get a snack while you’re at it!!!

 

I hope this was helpful!
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My first FOODFIGHT

photo (8)Last night my dear friend Kelby gave me a call and offered me tickets to the 23rd annual FOODFIGHT.

FOODFIGHT is an event put on by volunteers from more than 60 of Jacksonville’s local restaurants  who come together to raise funds and awareness about hunger in our area along with Second Harvest of North Florida.

I had vaguely heard of this event before last night, but I never had the opportunity to experience it. The best way to describe FOODFIGHT was ‘a taste of Jacksonville’  featuring some of my favorite restaurants and restaurants I’ve always wanted to try.

By far my favorite food item was a burger served by Bistro Aix. But 927 events Bacon Custard was also supremely satisfying.

From franchises to little local hot-spots I felt like if there was something I was craving I’d find it at FOODFIGHT.

Whilst at FOODFIGHT I ran into fellow Jacksonville Bloggers Heather and Alex from Outside the Den! It is always a pleasant surprise when I see them around town! And you should definitely check out their blog at outsidetheden.com

I think the most exciting thing I took away from this event was a list of new restaurants I have to explore, and a few new menu options I can try at my old favorites!

Here is the link for info on FOODFIGHT:
http://www.jacksonvillefoodfight.org/about-food-fight.aspx

Here is info on second harvest:

http://www.wenourishhope.org/

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I hope you enjoyed!
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