Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bloglovin' & Feedly

Since Google Reader is going away soon *tear* I had to find another way to follow all of my blogs. So far the two sites I've found that I like the best are Bloglovin' and Feedly.

I'm still testing out bloglovin' but click the link above to follow my blog there!

*Update: the chrome extension for bloglovin' has an unread blog count !*

My only complaint about Feedly is the icon in chrome does not show the amount of unread blogs like the google reader icon.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Austin Zoo with Sweet Friends!

A few weeks ago Magan, her mom, grandma, Dustyn, sweet baby girl and I got a chance to take a trip out to the Austin Zoo (Justin was at home helping his parents do some manual labor). The weather was indescribably perfect and we had so much fun! Magan & Dustyn are fostering the sweetest 8 month old baby girl and I can't share any pictures of her time at the zoo but take my word that she is adorable and had a fun time!

This guy was definitely trying to woo some lady peacocks!
He was beautiful!
Big ol turtle just hanging out
Biggest pig I've ever seen!
Lazy kitty cat!
Haha this guy was CRACKING us up! Crazy eyes/teeth all the way!
Sweet sweet deer!
After our morning at the zoo we headed over to Torchy's Tacos and had a yummy lunch and then Magan and I made a stop at Yogurtland before heading home. What a fun Saturday with great friends!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Guest Bathroom Cabinet Refinish!

When Justin and I bought this house we knew there were several updating projects we wanted to take on - from cleaning/painting baseboards to re-doing floors/cabinets. Don't get me wrong - everything in the house is in wonderful condition, it's just not all our style. 

We have been tossing the idea of staining the cabinets but hadn't made the leap to do it yet. I found the Rust-oleum Transformation Kit for half price at home depot and we decided to give it a go! We chose the guest bathroom as a trial to see if doing the kitchen ourselves was actually feasible or not.

Before I get to the before/after pics - here is a quick recap of the process and what we thought of it. 

 *4 Easy Steps*
Bond Coat
Decorative Glaze
Protective Top Coat

The drying time between each step is what caused the process to take so long (varied from 2-3 hours to 8 hours). Also having to do each step on the front/back of the cabinet doors. The prep with taping was also a little time consuming but not too bad.

I would totally recommend this kit to anyone wanting to update their cabinets. We were going from light to dark but I imagine if you're going from dark to light it could take more coats and be a little more time consuming. We were a little worried we might kill each other doing this but we ended up having a ton of fun and can't wait to do more house projects together! We have decided we will do our kitchen ourselves but I think it's going to be slightly really overwhelming so we will start that after vacation! Here are our cabinets in Espresso!

Prep finished
Cabinet doors after de-glossing
First bond coat
After the decorative glaze
Finished product!

Obsessed with the hardware!

Love love love!