Glass Candle Jars Up-Cycled

I love candles! I especially love buying candles that come in glass jars or decorative containers. After a while those candle jars will no longer have a candle to light. I usually end up keeping the jars hoping that I can still light them after the wick is burned to the end. I guess I think they will magically appear again. I don’t know why I keep them. Maybe it’s because I have a mom who reuses everything. Needless to say I ended up with a shelf full of used up candles.

I finally decided that I needed to do something with it. I couldn’t let them keep taking up precious room and collecting dust. I knew that I needed to remove the leftover wax and wick before I could use them. I have seen several ways to remove the wax from these jars. There is the option of either using boiling water to remove the wax or freezing the wax. I decided to use the freezing method. I didn’t like the idea of having of to deal with the melted wax. Knowing my luck I would probably have made a mess.

I put the jars in the freezer for several hours… some were left in there for weeks on end cause I didn’t have time to do them all. Once the candle frozen I took a butter knife and broke off the remaining wax. I thought the glass would just end up breaking as well, but that was not the case. The wax came off easily it was the wicks that I had the hardest time with.

The metal ends on some of the wicks came off with the candle wax. The others were a little bit more stubborn. It was glued to the glass jars pretty well. I tried to scrape and push the wicks off. When that didn’t work I used needle nose pliers to remove them. Just grab on to the wick and twist with the pliers as you pull. The pliers worked like magic.

Once the jars were empty I removed any stickers and leftover residue. I just washed it with soap and water to make sure everything was removed. Once it was dry I took rubbing alcohol and a paper towel to wipe away any oils from my hand on the outside of the jar.

Then I decided what I wanted the jars to look like. I taped the jar to the design I wanted. For one of the jars I decided I wanted a gradual decrease in space. I started at the bottom of the jar with a 1-inch thick stripe then I went to a 1/2-inch to a 1/4-inch and then eyeballed the last one.

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Once the tape was on I made sure there were no air bubbles for the paint to seep through. Then I took more rubbing alcohol on a paper towel and wiped the bare areas down. Then I painted the jars with a some acrylic paint. After the paint dried I painted another coat. I repeated this until I was happy with the color and look.

After the paint dried, I removed the tape. I forgot to take a picture of the jar completely painted. The picture above still has some of the tape on the jar. I also painted the lid the same color. Now I am using my jars for cotton rounds, q-tips, and cotton balls.

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You can use them for many things: to hold pens, make-up brushes, eye liners, lip glosses, craft supplies, sugar packets, tea bags, or candy. I am sure you can come up with other ideas for them as well. Let me know if you have any questions. Also let me know what you used your candle jars for. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts.

We are back with a Jewelry Storage Project

I can’t believe that I have neglected the blog for 2 years. It’s not that I didn’t want to blog, but that I haven’t dedicated my time to it. Sure I have taken lots of pictures of projects we have done, but sitting down and writing has been a challenge to say the least. As I look at our blog I see that a lot has changed in our home. It makes me sad that I haven’t posted updates. I also looked at my drafts and saw there are a few post that I have written and never published because our pictures were lost, which also makes me sad. So today I decided I am going to start over again. Start with a new post and a recent project.

Do you ever feel like you have too many accessories?? Well actually I don’t feel like I have too many, I feel like they aren’t organized. I just wanted a place where I could just look and actually see what I have. There were too many times that most of my necklaces were all tangled together. I spent more time untangling than getting ready.

Most of my jewelry ended up on top of the dresser or in a box. So in order to resolve that problem I decided to hang all of my necklaces on a hanger. Which didn’t help the tangling part of my problem, but I was able to pull out the hanger to see what I had.  It’s a HOT MESS!

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Just looking at this hanger made me angry. Although it did help with the mess on the dresser, just looking at this hanger made me angry. I realized I couldn’t see everything. When I wanted to wear a necklace I had to take most of the necklaces off of the hanger to get to the one that I wanted. If I was in a rush the necklaces didn’t go back on the hanger. This was definitely not working for me.

One day as I was online I saw an article for personalizing your PAX Storage. Since we have one in our closet I figured I should do the same. Unfortunately Jimmy didn’t want me to use one huge space for just my accessories so of course we had to come up with another solution.

So here is our version. We had a couple of picture frames lying around that we haven’t used. We actually got it for free from Jimmy’s brother who went to a hotel sale. Since it was sitting on our of closets since we moved in we decided it was time to use it.

We removed the picture and glass from the frame. Then went to Home Depot for a piece of wood that would fit into frame. While we were at Home Depot we bought some hooks and wire.

Then we measured out where we would put each hook and screwed the hooks half way in. Once the holes were made we took the hooks off.

We then decided to stain the board. We had some leftover stain from previous project., so we put that to good use. We just did one coat of the stain. Once the stain dried, we added the hooks and put the board in the frame.

Of course I wasn’t satisfied with the amount of hooks. I wanted room to grow. So Jimmy trekked back out in the cold to get some more hooks. Here is the finished project with plenty of room to grow.

What do you think?? I think the best part is that we didn’t have to spend an arm and a leg buying a jewelry organizer.

Before and After

Floors, floors, and more floors

The last time I posted I showed you guys what we saw the first time we came to look at the house. I still remember the day we walked into this house. It had been a long evening of looking at new places to live. I think we saw about 5 that evening. Each house we went to was more and more discouraging than the last. The kids and Jimmy’s parents were with us. We kind of wanted to throw in the towel, but luckily we didn’t. When we got to this house we were so pleased by the amount of space, the location, and the possibilities it had to offer. Everyone agreed this was our future home.

As you already know the kitchen was the biggest project we had to under take in this new house before moving in. The next were the floors. When we first came to see the house Jimmy checked under the carpet and to our surprise there were hardwood floors.

I knew from the beginning that I wanted really dark floors. Jimmy felt the same way I did, so it was official the floors would be stained a dark color. Now it was time to find someone who could sand and stain our floors. This was too big of a project to take on ourselves.

We pulled up all the carpet and the tile in the entry way the day of our closing. Here is a picture of how the floors looked once we pulled up the carpet. We also had to pull off all the trim and remove the  banister.

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Yes we put our children to work. You have to teach them at a young age what hard work really is, so that they can appreciate it when they get older.

The guy that we hired to do the sanding warned Jimmy about picking a really dark color. He said we would see all the dust on the floor. So he started to worry about getting the floor stained really dark. Of course I started to get irritated with the fact that Jimmy wanted to go lighter. Of course now we had to come to a compromise.

When we removed the carpet, we noticed a few really dark stains on the floor. We were hoping that after they sanded the floors the stains would disappear. Unfortunately that wasn’t the case. Or should I say fortunately cause it mean that we would have to go darker??

Here are a few pictures of the floors after it was sanded.

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Here is the picture of the 3 color choices we had to choose from. Of course we picked the darkest because you can’t see the stain with that color. I had actually wanted to go darker, but I’m really happy that we didn’t go that dark.

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Here is what the floors look like after it was stained. Couldn’t get a better shot cause we weren’t allowed to walk on the floor. Not to mention you could smell the stain without opening the front door. Once we opened the front door the tears just started to flow because of the smell.

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I will leave you with this last picture. Here is what of our living room looks like with our furniture sort of put into place.

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Stayed tuned for more updates on how our living room has evolved since we took this picture sometime in April.

Sorry for the long post. I hope you enjoyed. Let us know what you think.

Pink Lover

It has been several months since my last post. I know I have been slacking. I need to be more consistent… Hopefully now that the kids are in school I can be more on top of this. But don’t hold me to that, I might fail miserably.

We have done several updates in the house. I thought this would be the perfect time to show you some before pictures of the some of the first floor. Basically you will get to see what we fell in love with. NOT!!! We actually fell in love with the potential, the location, and the price. We might have fell in love with a few more things but I can’t think of them all right now.

Let me start of by warning you… if you don’t like the color pink you should probably not look at these pictures. Its pretty scary how pink this house is. The funny thing is that we didn’t realize the ceilings were pink until we started painting. I guess the previous owner loved pink…. why else would you have pink carpet, pink walls, and pink ceilings?!?!

Here is the a picture of the living room once you walk into the house:

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When we first saw this house online I fell in love with this window. Look at all the light that it brings into this pink house.

This is a picture of the dining room from the living room:

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 Here is another view of the dining room from the kitchen:

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In this picture you can also see the other side of the wall that we took down. I am so glad that wall is gone.

A view of the living room from the dining room:

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Don’t you love our chandelier. Jimmy and I both thought it has potential. That will be in a later post so stayed tune.

What do you guys think about the red door?? I really want to change the color. Jimmy has a different opinion. He said he always wanted a red door. But I can see his starting to lean towards a new color.  

A view of the entry way from the kitchen:

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Don’t you love the gray tiles?!?!?! NOT!! Thankfully when I pulled up the tile it was all hardwood floors.

Hope you all enjoyed the befores of the first floor minus the kitchen. We are already enjoying the in progress state… can wait for you guys to see it.

Hope you liked our pink house. Let us know what you think… we love hearing from all of you.

 

Building Up a Wall

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers out there! We had a really great Mother’s Day. We got to spend Sunday evening with some of the closest’s mothers in our lives. Mother’s Day this year was at our house. The guys did most of the work… which meant that they cooked for us. We had a Mother’s Day BBQ… the first bbq of the season!  Woohoo!! The weather was great and everything was delicious! I wish I took a picture of the spread! The best part of the day was spending time with the family. I hope everyone enjoyed it!!

This weekend we (actually Jimmy) completed another “to do” for the house. The front of our house is pretty ugly. The first thing you notice when walking up the stairs to the door is this:

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Isn’t it scary? We think it is pretty scary looking. It’s probably one of the first things anyone notices! It was screaming for a MAJOR makeover! Jimmy’s parents pretty much asked us everyday when we were going to fix it. So this weekend was the weekend for that makeover.

We contemplated what would be the best way to fix this hideous entryway. We thought we would be able to powerwash all the paint of and then repaint it. 

Most of the homes in the neighborhood  have siding. This was an idea we really liked. I tried to convince Jimmy to put up siding and have it painted black(I have an tiny obession with black, we can talk about that later.) Jimmy decided to look around for some other ideas and came across some brick tiles he liked. And like a good husband, he gave me the final say on what would be done.

We went to a few places and Jimmy showed me what he found. I really liked his choice of style bricks, but not the color. So I told him to go a lot lighter color than he had planned. He ended up finding the perfect brick tiles! He placed the order Friday morning and picked up the tiles after work. Now that was fast!!

Jimmy started working on some of the prep work Friday evening. He took the numbers and trim. Then after I came home, we put up the cement board. Here is a picture with the cement board in place:

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Then we called it quits. Since it was too dark to work. We decidedto finish up the work Saturday. We got up bright and early to start the work. The weather wasn’t the best Saturday. It was cold, dreary, and drizzling here and there. Jimmy started to place the tiles to get an idea of how it would look and what he would need to cut.

Here is the wall halfway done:

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After Jimmy tiled the bottom half of the wall things got a little tricky, because of the siding. Jimmy would end up cutting some of the tiles that didn’t fit  and then start putting in random pieces to fill in any gaps. This brick tile was pretty forgiving. The bricks are pretty randomly spaced and sized. Of course this is where I come to the nit pick about where he would need to fill in.

As we got closer to the top we started to realize that we might not have enough tiles to finish the project. Jimmy had to be very wise about using the tile sparingly. Closer to the top of the wall we had make a hole in the cement board for the lighting. Jimmy cut the tile and tiled around the hole perfectly. Here is what it looked like:

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The hardest part of the wall was completed and this is what the wall looked like after it was completely covered in brick tile:

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Here is what Jimmy looked like after he was done:

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His mom got a kick out of how “white” he looked. I think it was time for him to hit the shower and relax a bit. Later that day Jimmy installed the light. He is the final picture of our new brick wall:

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What do you guys think? Was it worth the effort? Should we have done something different? Is there anything else we should do this wall or the front of house?? 

Post a comment below and let us know what you think! We love hear from all of you! 

 

 

Kitchen Reveal

I can’t believe it…. I didn’t wait another month to put up a post. It has been a week since the last post. Pinch me I think I am dreaming.

Since the last week a few things have changed in our lives. We actually moved out of my parent’s home and into our own. We did leave quite a bit of things at my parent’s, but hopefully we will be able to get that all into our own house. If I don’t, I will be getting a call from my mom asking me why I still have things at their house.

I don’t know if you read the last weeks post, if not your can read it here. The kitchen remodel is pretty much done. It seems like it has been forever since we started. Here is a picture of where we were last week:

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(Before I go any further I just want you to know that all the pictures in this post were taken with my phone. Sorry that if the quality stinks.)

Back when we saw this house for the first time in February, I felt the kitchen lacked a lot of countertop space. So the first thing that came out of my mouth was that I wanted to put the sink where the window was. Of course everyone thought I was crazy. Maybe I am, but this is just something I wanted to do. Since no one really agreed with me we just moved on to looking at the rest of the house.

Jimmy’s parents loved the house after we were done taking the tour. His dad said, “This is the house no matter what!”  We all loved it. We knew it needed a lot of work, especially the kitchen. We did not want to move into the house without remodeling the kitchen. 

After we put the offer on the house we started to plan out what were going to do with the kitchen. Jimmy and I started to sketch-out ideas for the kitchen. Of course I was all for the idea about putting the sink in front of the window. Jimmy wanted to put an island instead. But eventually we agreed the “my idea” was the best.

In order to put the sink in front of the window, we had to change on the window. This was one of the reason why we were debating on what the new design would be. If we went with the island we could leave the window. My idea of course would cost more. I can’t help that I have expensive taste.  Here is a picture of the wall with the window removed:

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Sorry I couldn’t get a better picture of the window. Here what the new window looks like:

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What do you think about the new window? I think it turned out pretty nice. Now I get to look out the window while I am doing the dishes. I can also see what the kids are doing in the backyard while I am in the kitchen. Then catch them off guard a few times when they are doing something they shouldn’t  be doing.

We search high and low for cabinets. We went everywhere possible to find something we really liked. We went to Home Depot, Menards and Ikea looking for cabinets. Surprisingly, Ikea has some great cabinets. We ended going with someone Jimmy knows. He just started to make his own cabinets. The minute we saw the cabinets we fell in love with them. Here is a picture of the kitchen with all the cabinets installed:

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Now it looks like something has actually been done to the kitchen. Once the kitchen was in place we called a couple of countertop installers to get quotes. Jimmy and I made up our minds on what kind of countertops we wanted installed even before we started remodeling. It was pretty much a no brainer for us. We both loved Marble countertops, but it’s not very practical if you are actually using the kitchen to cook. Especially if you are Indian and cook Indian food.  So the next best thing for us was Quartz. . There were still choices to be made. When we went to Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and Ikea they had about 3 options of white.

We both ended up liking the same countertop style. The guy we hired did a great job. They even came and installed it a day early.

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Jimmy and I also decided on the back splash pretty early on. We first wanted to order the same back splash my parents had installed in their kitchen. Of course it was something that we picked out for them. But instead we decided to shop around and see what was available. We searched everywhere for these as well. We decided to use square glass tiles but decided that it was too dull. We ended up finding these penny tiles instead:

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They were a pain to put in but well worth the blood, sweat, tears, and arguments!  Here is a close look at the back splash after it was grouted:

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Here is a picture of the whole kitchen completely renovated!

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We are really happy at the way it turned out. I don’t think we would change anything…. EXCEPT…. just kidding. Nothing. We won’t change a thing!

Please let us know what you guys think. Is there something you would have done differently? We would love to hear your opinions.

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*My sister requested that I put up a before and after picture. She is so smart!  Your wish is my command…

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Progress

It seems like posting is a once a month thing for me. I really need to start blogging more often. Hopefully, things will change and I will be start posting at least twice a month or even once a week.

Since the last time I posted we were living with my parents. Well, nothing has changed, and we are still there. We don’t mind that much, the most annoying thing is  living out of boxes. It seems like I can never find anything. 

Enough about that… I want to share what has been going on in the house!!! We knew from the beginning that we wanted to redo a few things. Some were MAJOR and some not so much. The kitchen was one of the things we wanted change. Here is the before of our kitchen. This was taken the day of the closing.

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What do you guys think?? Not bad, right? Well our parents thought that we shouldn’t change anything. Of course we disagreed. We had dreams for this kitchen. It’s not a big kitchen, but it is one of the places where we will be spending a lot of time. Actually, a place I will be spending a lot of time in according to Jimmy.

We started off by pulling up the tiles. It was one of the easiest things to do in this kitchen. Whoever installed these tiles didn’t do a good job. I think within 30 minutes the tiles were up. Throwing away the tiles was the hardest part. Here’s what it looked like after the tiles were all removed.

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Demolition time!! Jimmy and his crew of helpers started this process the following evening. We are so thankful for his family and friends for coming over to help us. One of the things to come down first was the wall that was in between the kitchen and dining room. Jimmy tore that down first. Then they took down the cabinet and appliances, followed by the soffits.  The kitchen looks like this without the wall:

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This is what the kitchen looks like without the wall, cabinets, appliances, and the soffits:

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We debated with the idea of keeping the sub flooring that was already there. We figured it would take too much time and energy to take out the sub flooring. It also looked like they were in good condition. In the end we decided that it was worth the time. We didn’t want to start off this remodel with uneven floors, and having to worry about tiles cracking over time from the unevenness. Not to mention the kitchen floors were higher than the dining and living room floors. Bye-bye sub floors, we are glad your gone.

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Next the drywall was installed where we took down the soffit. The sub floors and tiles are installed next. The kitchen isn’t quite done. Here is what we have so far:

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What do you guys think about the remodel so far? Any guesses on what we decided to do?? Do you see any potential for this kitchen? It’s an open canvas at the moment.  I will post more of the progress next week. Stay tuned! Hopefully you guys will like how its coming along.

Let us know what you guys think about the remodel. We love hearing comments.

Have a great weekend!