Monday, August 8, 2016

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Actually,  it was just a week ....but a wonderful, relaxing, lay on the beach and eat lots of seafood kind of week.

Of course I couldn't resist a little antiquing and junking too. 

Madeira Beach, Fl

Tampa Aquarium was a lot of fun.

 Our week wasn't over yet.

  On the way home we stopped at the Petite Fancy Flea for the semi-annual vintage market. It was a great market but way to crowded to get pictures.  My only purchase was this small silver trophy which I added a piece of coral.


The next day I scored this Pottery Barn confit pot (the orange one in front) for $2.00 and a brand new Brighton straw handbag for $5.00 at our local flea/farmers market.


If only every week could be this great!

I hope you are enjoying your Summer Vacation.


Partying at:
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
An Extraordinary Day

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day

Every child should be lucky enough to have a dad as wonderful as mine. 

Love ya, dad !
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Blueberry Season

It's blueberry season here in central Florida and over the weekend Steve and I visited one of the many U Pick farms in our area.  We brought home five pounds of berries!  I froze half of them and cooked some down with sugar for syrup.  

So far we have used the fresh berries in homemade pancakes, shortcake (yum!) and added them to a fruit salad of watermelon, cantaloupe and bananas.  I see many smoothies in our near future.

I am looking for ideas.  What is your favorite way to eat blueberries?

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One of the great things about living in Florida is the availability of fresh, local produce.   You will normally find me at the Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

Have a great week!


Partying at:
Savvy Southern Style
Coastal Charm
The Dedicated House
An Extraordinary Day
Redhead Can Decorate
DIY ShowOff
The Vintage Nest

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mothers Day

In loving memory of my mother Jean and mother-in-law Sara.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Toughest Paint For Cabinets

Thanks so much for all your kind comments on our Kitchen Reveal post.           .

I promised to share with you the paint we used on the cabinets.   After reading several reviews we decided to use Benjamin Moore Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd Paint in Dove White.   This turned out to be the best decision we made in the entire kitchen update.

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This is NOT a sponsored post for Benjamin Moore.  Actually I was offered a $100 gift card from another popular brand to purchase their paint for my project but I had heard so many great things about Advance that I declined the offer and purchased BM with my own money. 

Using Benjamin Moore Advance paint is a little more time consuming due to the 16 hour curing time between coats, but so worth every minute.   During this curing time the paint will level and brush strokes will not be visible.  The paint is latex ( water based)  but creates a hard coat like oil base and no top sealer required .

Here is an example of how very tough this paint is.  I used it on the background of the oyster sign  and once dry I tried to sand the sign to give it a distressed look.  No matter how hard I tried Coarse sandpaper would not even scratch the white paint.  

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There are hundreds of post out there about painting cabinets so I won't go into great detail about the process.  I do want to share a few tips though.

Don't skimp on prep work.  This is critical to get a good and long lasting finish.

Use a really good brush.  I used Purdy brushes for the boxes and my husband spray painted the doors with the HomeRight Finish Max Paint Sprayer.   

Do not use a top sealer on this paint. 

We used a semi-gloss paint for a slight shine and for easier cleaning of the cabinets. 

A little over one gallon of paint covered our small kitchen.  This included the range hood and trim.  

Thanks for visiting!  I am off to update the guest bath vanity with the left over paint.  


Partying at:
A Stroll Thru Life
 Cedar Hill Farmhouse, The Scoop

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