Friday, February 28, 2014

Easy Kitchen Cabinet Makeover

We moved into a really awesome new place over summer. The only problem was that the kitchen is big and open and in the middle of everything. The first thing you see when you walk in. And it was in pretty bad shape. It has a few quirks, but the main thing is that it has those typical 80s laminate cabinets with wood trim. I've lived with those before, but the kitchen was blocked off enough that I only had to look at them when I was in it. But here, I have to look at them from the living room, when I'm walking down the stairs, when I walk in through the front door, etc. I did a little research on the Google machine to see what other people with these cabinets have done to spruce them up. I found this and this and this.

I sent a nice email to our landlord about wanting to upgrade the kitchen. I included links to examples of what I wanted to do, a step-by-step list of how I planned on doing it, and a photo of a previous painting project I did to show her that I've got the skills. I will admit, I was a little nervous of being turned down, but I got a reply within a couple of hours saying yes. Woohoo!

I took one of our cabinet doors off the hinges and took it to Home Depot so they could use it to match the paint. I bought a can of paint (didn't bother with primer), some sand paper, a paintbrush and a small foam roller, and the most clean/simple/affordable knobs they had. And then I took my sweet-ass time with this project, but the end result is worth it. This entire project cost around $100.

Before painting, I took the rest of the cabinet doors off the hinges and lightly sanded the cabinets and the wood strip across the tops/bottoms of each door and drawer. It took 2-3 coats of paint, depending on the condition of the wood where I was painting. In this case, the actual body of the cabinets was wood. At our old place that had similar cabinets, the body of the cabinets was the same off-white laminate and the only wood was the strips on the cabinet doors/drawers. Those cabinets would have been much quicker to paint! After everything was painted, I drilled holes for the knobs. I got about halfway through drilling and screwing in knobs by myself, and then on Valentines Day I came home and Kyle had finished drilling and screwing in knobs!

In progress.

I am so glad I did this! I knew it would look better, but it almost looks like an entirely different kitchen to me. Now hopefully we end up staying here for a few years.

If you want to see dreamy kitchens I would have if money were no object and I was a homeowner, follow my Dining Rooms + Kitchen board on Pinterest.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Center Street Cheese Shop in Anaheim

The Center Street Cheese Shop in Anaheim is the sister store to the Cheese Shop at The OC Mix, only bigger, better, and more adorable. You can have a cheese plate made for you on the spot, or take some cheeses to go, along with every accoutrement you can imagine, from marcona almonds to special cheese storage papers. There are also cured meats, sandwiches, fancy sodas and chocolate, and fresh baguettes. And the best part is that they are always happy to let you sample as many cheeses as you'd like.

Check their website for hours, it says they are closed Sunday and Monday, but I went on a Sunday and they were open.

Center Street Cheese Shop
149 W. Center Street Promenade, Anaheim

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dear Creatures Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 collection from Dear Creatures makes me want to go to Palm Springs, or drink maragaritas and eat chips and salsa.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

A little experiment

I took an old favorite and drew a vector version of it in Illustrator. I like the way it turned out, but I also appreciate the imperfect lines and marker work of the original. What do you think?

Friday, February 14, 2014

Lauren Mabry - "Painterly, abstract, ceramic objects"

I am feeling so inspired by the color, texture, and patterns created in these pieces by artist Lauren Mabry. Please go to her website (where the images above are from) and look at her amazing work! 

Monday, February 3, 2014

New print!

One of my goals starting NOW is to focus more on putting up new stuff and filling out my Etsy shop. I have all these dreams of creating my own destiny, and nothing is ever going to happen if all I do is go to work every day and come home and go to bed, right?! I commute for 4 hours a day and it really takes a lot out of me. By the time I get home I just want to do nothing. I decided to make myself a calendar and set up little projects for myself to help me stay on track. I would love to hear from other people who work full time and try to do a little somethin'-somethin' on the side. How does one manage their time? Seems like you just need to stop sleeping. 

This little octopus guy started out as a doodle I did when I was at this work event that was kind of like a TED talk for creatives at my company. Some of the talks were really interesting and inspiring, and some of them not so much. I ended up doodling a version this guy during those not so interesting ones. It looked a lot like this, but with maybe more sketchy doodles around it. Like when you're zoning out and just moving your pen.

One of the talks that I really enjoyed was given by an art director from Pixar. It was all about working relationships and how you should be having fun at work. She also happened to be sitting next to me in the audience, and was lovely. I don't normally do stuff like this but on the way out, I tore the page I doodled on out of the notebook and gave it to her as a way of saying, "Hey I think you're rad." I was nervous because one time I gave something I made to an artist I really admired and he said nothing and slid it into his bag and I felt like crap for days after. Kind of embarrassed about it, like, "UGH why did I have to be so stupid and give him that, as if he would think I was cool or something?!" (And slightly bitter because I really liked the thing I gave him and would have rather kept it than have it end up in his trash can.) But she was so cool! She made me feel like she was so stoked I was giving this notebook doodle to her.

I really liked that doodle, so I re-doodled it and gave it some color. Over the coming months, I will be trying to devise a plan on how to get the 2 sides of my brain to work together better. One side is like, "Draw pictures of succulents and stuff for people to decorate their homes!" because I just love home d├ęcor so much. The other side is like, "Be a weirdo and draw headless unicorns!" because I am kind of a weirdo. This ends up looking very disjointed. I am not wiling to give up either side because I do love them both, so I just need to find a way to make them work together! Should be an interesting experiment.