Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Before & After: Vintage Canisters


I have two fun little before & afters to share today. When we went to install a dishwasher, we had to displace two cabinets. We have maybe 6 cabinets total, so removing two was a big deal. In fact, it was the only unit that could store silverware. My husband pulled them out carefully and put them against the wall we'll [eventually] remove & replace with a beautiful large island (yes...I daydream about this). We not only got a dishwasher, but we got a bit extra counter space. My in-laws were kind enough to cut a piece of hard plastic they had, and it's a perfect temporary counter top. The plastic is stained in some places and kinda looks like marble if you squint just right.
With my new found counter space, I could finally pull out my vintage metal canisters. I picked up these sweet things in an antique store basement for $15.00. I had just told my mom maybe 10 minutes earlier that if she ever saw a complete set, I'd love to have it. It was fate.

They had been stored for a while and had some fingerprints and dust. They also had some minor rust spots all over. I was going to clean them, but after seeing how great my Norwex paste was with the new dishwasher, I had to try it on the canisters. It was kinda like magic. Little rust spots (unfortunately, not the large ones) went away and they shined up beautifully. They look great with my red Pyrex mixing bowl, red stool (a $3.00 yard sale find!) and my Thirty-One family organizer. They will probably gather finger prints as I start to use them, but until then, they look fantastic.



I might not even mind the old cabinets with the lighter counter top. I still think the Rooster light switch plate needs to go.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

DIY Sunday: Flour Sack Fun

Good morning!

It's been a fun couple of days around here. Dishwasher is installed (again) and working this time! I'm pretty sure for the first time in my six years of marriage, my kitchen has had both a clean counter and sink.

Speaking of kitchens, I have a fun easy project to share. I found some flour sack towels cheap (around $0.10 a piece) a few weeks ago. Great deal, and I love how they shine up my glass wear. (I say that like I don't drink wine out of a red Solo cup) But the towels were boring white. I decided to use a little Pinterest inspiration and embroidery thread to fancy them up. I might have to get another set to do something else fun like paint or dye.

I'm not a embroidery person. I leave that up to my mom. I do have a simple set of needles, some clearance thread and a little hoop. That's all you need to do this super fun project (plus a disappearing ink pen to draw out the design). I tried to make them campy but fun and a bit modern. Check them out!

Ignore the wrinkles...if you can. If I was smart, I would have ironed it...but I don't iron. Ever.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Norwex Paste & Stainless Steel

Good day,

While I was gone at the Thirty-One National Conference (which, by the way, was completely amazing), my husband decided to go from great husband to awesome sauce husband. He removed cabinets, bought a dishwasher and installed it for me. I will now go on vacation every month so he can continue this precedent. Viva Las Vegas!

Happy to get this picture message while I gone!
Over many Lowes visits, I had been drawn to a marked down dishwasher. It was the brand I wanted (GE), it was a step (or several steps) up from the entry level ones that were in my price range, and it was about half price. However, it was stainless steel. We have a fairly new black fridge in Ugly House, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to deal with the finger prints that come with stainless steel.

The deal was just too good not to take. I'll eventually attempt to pull it all together with a black and stainless stove. So after my husband's manly man weekend, I had a new dishwasher. I was going to photograph my new lovely dishwasher and then I saw all those prints. Imagine how many there were after sitting in a Lowes. Ew.

I added stainless steel cleaner to my shopping list and went on to other chores. Then, I saw this little container of Norwex Paste under my sink. I got it as a stocking stuff from my mother in law and had never used it. I did some googling and found out it was safe for stainless steel. Sold. Let's break this baby in.

You first apply the paste using a damp Enviro cloth with the grain of the metal (like stain...but much much easier). You only dab the paste onto the cloth, so this amaz-a-paste is going to last forever. Then, you wipe down with a clean wet Enviro cloth. Finally, you polish it up with a window cleaning cloth. I don't have one of those, but I did get a polishing cloth as part of my stocking. I did those easy steps, and it worked like a charm. Check out the pictures below. So sparkly! Until the kids wake up.

Here's the dishwasher with just the top half cleaned with the Norwex Cleaning Paste. Can't you see the difference between the two halves?

Here's the entire dishwasher cleaned and polished up. I'm very happy with the results!