Fabric Crafts

21 01 2012

In the midst of all of our kitchen projects, I’ve done a little bit of crafting along the way. Here are the projects I’ve done in the past few weeks:

Artwork for our bedroom

Yet another time that my hoarding has paid off 🙂 Those are shoe box lids covered in fabric. This project is so easy, and much cheaper than buying canvases.


The lighting isn’t great in this picture, but the fabrics are navy, green/blue and white. And I can always add to the wall if I get new shoeboxes 🙂

Next I recovered a plain white lampshade in our dining room with some fun yellow and white chevron material. Have I mentioned I’m obsessed with chevron? Just some fabric and spray adhesive – so easy!

Then, since my mantle was looking so bare without all my Christmas decorations, I stopped by my favorite store (Dollar Tree) to get something to spice it up with.

Happy Carnival Y'all!

And I whipped up a quick homemade king cake for the last Saints game (let’s not talk about it…). It definitely didn’t hold a candle to the real thing, but it sure was yummy!

Crescent rolls with cinnamon cream cheese filling and icing on top!

And lastly, I decided to paint our front door red. However I am not really happy with the color I chose 😦 This is my inspiration (a house down the street from us):

we want to paint our house grey like this one and add white columns to the front porch too


Drum Roll Please……

21 01 2012

Hallelujah! Our granite has arrived! After months of cooking in a kitchen I couldn’t stand…I can finally be proud of our tiny little kitchen. We were very lucky when we bought the house that almost every room had been updated…every room, that is, except the kitchen. Here is the kitchen when we first moved in:

The cabinets were an odd color, the dishwasher was ancient and the countertops had definitely seen better days. But the worst part to me was the dingy, old, disgusting sink….yuck!

So we painted the cabinets…and ripped those nasty counter tops off!

As is always the case with a 70 year old home…we found a few surprises – like that lovely wallpaper in the photo above. And it seems as if these cabinets have been there for at least 30 years – since I found an address book from a teachers sorority in 1979:

Mary Nell at our address...cool to find some old history hidden in the house

And not all surprises in old houses are good ones….when we took off the old counters (with attached backsplash) we realized there was some beadboard with a wood rail that ran along the wall next to the sink that looked odd without the old backsplash there. So, we thought we’d just rip it off. Easier said than done (as usual). We found huge holes in our plaster walls under the beadboard. So after some googling, we are now experts at patching plaster 🙂

the old beadboard....wish we'd gotten a picture of the giant holes underneath it!

So we got several quotes for different countertop materials – but we found a family run granite business that ended up giving us a GREAT deal – and threw in a new undermount sink for free! And lucky us – our kitchen is so small that they could make all our counters out of one slab, so that was more money off. We ended up getting our granite cheaper than the quote for laminate that we got from Home Depot! We chose a dark color called UbaTuba that has flecks of green, gray and brown which goes perfectly with our color scheme in the kitchen.

My beautiful new sink and faucet - I'm in love!

Notice the beadboard-free wall next to the sink, under the shelves

Sorry for all of the pictures, but I just can’t get enough of how different (and good) it looks! Lets see again what it used to look like….

Now, time to save up some more money so I can get a pretty tile backsplash to go with my lovely new counters!

Happy 2012 from Sam and Brita’s Bungalow!

2 01 2012


Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. Sam and I spent Christmas with our respective families and then met up in Breckenridge for a few days of skiing and then down to Denver to ring in the new year with my crazy cousins.

This year I decided to make a few homemade gifts for my family and friends. I sincerely LOVE shopping for gifts for people so I don’t think I will ever switch completely to homemade ones, BUT with this new crafting hobby I just couldn’t resist. So here are a few of the things I made:

Lavender Oatmeal Soap

Poured into a cookie cutter to make fleur de lis shapes

Scarves made from men's cotton t-shirts

I made two different kinds of scarves from a bunch of different colored mens XXL tees that I got from Target. They were soooo easy to make and super cute. I will definitely be making a Goodwill run to find some more t-shirts to convert!

Photo Canvas Project

Mom requested some photos for Christmas, so I thought I would make a homemade canvas. Just a printed black and white photo, 8×10 canvas, scrapbook paper and mod podge….

FInished product!

Here is my ever growing list of house resolutions for the new year:

1. New granite kitchen countertops

2. New coat of paint on the exterior of the house….and maybe a red front door?

3. Stealing my mom’s sewing machine for more crafting

4. Get (or have Sam build) a crafting table for our office

5. Build a bar height table for our sunroom

6. Get rid of the ironwork on our front porch and replace with wood columns


Here’s hoping we can accomplish at least some of these tasks in 2012!