Wednesday, March 15, 2017

How to Install a Temporary and Apartment-Friendly Backsplash

As y'all know, the first space I decided to tackle in our new apartment is our kitchen. There's very little storage space and simply put, it's just boring. So, when ACP reached out, I jumped at the chance to try out their Fasade backsplash panels to add a little something something to our kitchen.
Last week, I received the panels and I was so excited, I immediately got to work. So, today, I thought I'd share how I installed our temporary, apartment-friendly, removable backsplash.

This is a sponsored post. ACP graciously provided me with Fasade backsplash panels and I am proud to share their products with you all. All opinions are my own. This post also contains affiliate links. If you click on any of these links and make a purchase, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. To see more of my disclosure statement, click here.

What You'll Need:
Tape Measure

What to Do:

1. First things first, measure the square footage you intend to cover. You can order your panels here. The panels I chose are Quilted in Matte White.

2. Begin installing your backsplash panels at the left most corner you want to cover. This is important because on the right side of each panel, there is about a half an inch of un-patterned material for overlap, so that your backsplash appears seamless.

*Also, if the area you want to cover isn't all at the same level. For example, if you want to cover an entire wall, you'll want to start at the bottom, left corner because the top of each panel has the half an inch for overlap as well.

3. Measure the height of your space (for me, I measured from the top of my countertop to the bottom of my upper cabinets) and then cut your panel to fit starting from the bottom. Do not cut from the top, it will make matching your panels from side to side harder.

*TIP: I found that I got a straighter cut when I used tin snips instead of a utility knife. It does take a little longer, but the end result is definitely better. And don't worry, these panels cut so easily!

4. Make sure the back of your panel and wall are clean and then apply the velcro "tape" as shown in the picture. Then, carefully apply the panel to the wall.

*TIP: I will say, while the velcro "tape" makes these backsplash panels totally removable, I had to take a panel down that didn't quite fit and the adhesive on the velcro did take a little paint off the wall. But, I really wasn't careful, I just ripped it off. Moral of the story, it can be removed, just remove it with care and don't yank it off the wall like I did.

5. To make things easier on ya, once you make sure that your first panel fits perfectly, remove it from the wall (carefully though) and use it as a pattern for the rest of your panels. Doing this will save you from measuring every. single. panel.

6. To overlap panels, place the left most side over the half an inch un-patterned right side of the last panel and match up the pattern. 

Here's what it will look like:

7. Continue the steps above until your desired space is covered.

If you run into a darn outlet like I did, stop what you're doing and go take a break LOL. But seriously, maybe I'm just a little challenged, but I really did take a 15 and think this part through. I decided it would be easiest to unscrew the switch plate and use a utility knife to cut a rectangle only big enough to show the outlets. I literally matched up the panel to the one before it and then felt around to see where the plug-ins were. 

Then, to hide that hack job, I screwed the switch plate back on and I have to say, genius! It turned out so good!

I'm so happy with the way it turned out! Just this little addition has already made a huge impact in our kitchen! The day I finished it, I literally kept walking into the kitchen just to look at it.

Thank you so much to ACP for providing me with these panels!

Stay tuned for the full reveal of our kitchen makeover hopefully in a couple of weeks! You can see my full plan here!

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Favorite Lush Bath Goodies

It's Friday, it's Friday!! 

As y'all know, I am a huge fan of Lush Cosmetics. Like, they're my favorite! I discovered their famous bath bombs about three years ago and I've been completely obsessed ever since (and so is my husband, but don't tell him I said so). They smell wonderful, make your skin buttery soft, are cruelty-free, and they're made by an actual person!

Want to give em' a try, but not sure which ones to buy? Not to worry, today I'm sharing six of my favorite Lush bath goodies!

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Bath Bombs

Light Orange | Yoga Bomb
I stumbled upon this one the last time I was at Lush and I know it's going to be one I will buy over and over again! On the website, it says the featured scent is Sandalwood. If you know exactly what that smells like, great, I don't. But, what I do know is this bath bomb smells amazing! And, it's large enough that you could break it in half for multiple uses.

Heart-Shaped | Tisty Tosty
I'm almost certain this is the very bath bomb that started my addiction! As you probably noticed, this one has real life roses in it that break apart as it dissolves in the bath water. Talk about luxurious! And, it has the most beautiful rose scent with a hint of citrus.

Y'all, this bath bomb is a show stopper! It smells amazing, turns your bathwater pink, and leaves little heart-snapped confetti floating around!

Blue | Blackberry
Now this one is definitely an Abrams household favorite! The scent is just so good! I think the name is a little misleading because to me, I only smell a hint of berry. To be honest, I'm not sure what the other scents are that I smell, I just know that I love them LOL. This one also has a little surprise inside!

Tan | Butterball
If you have a problem with dry skin, especially in the winter time, this bath bomb is perfect for you! It has a warm, vanilla scent and even has little "flecks" of cocoa butter to make your skin buttery soft!

Bubble Bars

Orange | Brightside
Remember how I told you that my husband is a Lush fan too? Well, this is one of his favorites! It has a refreshing citrus scent and makes all the bubbles you could ever want! It's also big enough to quarter it up for multiple uses.

Candle | Apothecary Jar (similar)

Some of you may be thinking $6+ is a lot of money for one bath and I have to agree, it is a little expensive, but, we don't use them all the time. When I get them, it's definitely a little treat! It's worth it to pamper yourself every now and then!

Have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Fabulous Art Under $40

 So far, our apartment is taking quite an unexpected, but lovely turn. You guys probably know me for my bold, black and white, and colorful design, but this space is turning out much more neutral than I had originally planned (I even bought a jute rug y'all!!) and I love it! It just seems more mature and grown up which is so appropriate for our first place as a married couple. But, not to worry, there are still plenty of pops of my beloved pink!  To go along with my sort of new aesthetic, I've been scouring the internet in search of some new art to cover these bare walls. Today, I've rounded up ten pieces of art that I love and am actually considering for our new digs!

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Y'all, I love aerial beach photography, but it's so expensive! If you love it as much as I do, here is a great option that's so affordable and looks just as wonderful!

Anytime, I'm looking for art, Etsy is the first place I go. There is so many great options and you're supporting a small business. Everybody wins! I just love the beautiful shades of pink and the delicateness of this print and even better, it's under $10!

I love cute, quirky, romantic prints like this! So perfect for a young couple's home!

I love love love this print! Black and white old photographs give me all the heart eyes. So classy! If you're looking for a subtle beach-themed black and white photo for a bathroom, this one would be perfect!

I have just recently discovered Anna with Love and her blog and beautiful photography are so inspiring! 

Y'all know I'm a Kentucky girl through and through and I love a good day of horse racing! Just like the other black and white photo, I think this print is so classy and it's a little nod to my Kentucky heritage.

I think at the point it's safe to say I may have a thing for black and white prints. Palm prints are something that I have always been drawn to. Remember that Dorothy Draper Brazilliance print? Swoon. This print is a perfect example of something I was drawn to before, but now making it work for my new aesthetic.

I'm almost 100% sure I'm putting this in our living room. Light pink, delicate garden roses. Yes. Yes. Yes.

I love a good botanical print and this one is just $5! Have a small space that needs a little something? This print would be perfect. A bathroom, hallway, or maybe in a shelf vignette.

I seriously cannot get enough of these beach shots. All the different colors are just so beautiful! And, this one is actually affordable!

There ya have it! I'm sure you'll be seeing a few of these pieces in our apartment!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

DIY Dessert Bar

I was recently approached by Rust-oleum to participate in a fun Blogger Challenge and without hesitation, I immediately said yes! The challenge is divided into three categories: upcycled treasures, crafty storage solutions, and the one I chose, party perfect. Y'all know I love to arrange a good table scape, but with our move and piles of boxes everywhere, I was feeling overwhelmed and uninspired.

 Little side note, overwhelming and stressful times can also be the best times to dive headfirst into a  project, get your creativity flowing, and get your mind off of things. 

Anyway, the idea of creating a DIY dessert bar popped into my head and I just ran with it!

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One of the products I received was Rust-oleum's Chalkboard Spray Paint and I knew this would be a perfect way to display my dessert "menu", I just needed to find something I could turn into a chalkboard. Remember those round mirrors I used in our last bedroom above our nightstands? Well, turns out, they make a fabulous chalkboard!

To prep the mirror for paint, I simply wiped down the mirror with a damp towel and then dried it. I didn't use any sort of primer, since I was painting a glass surface. I gave the mirror two light coats, just to prevent any dripping, but it covers really well and goes on super super smooth. Just to be safe, I let the paint dry overnight before writing anything on it.

To spruce up my "new" chalkboard, I hot glued some pretty pink silk flowers to the top rim. To arrange my flowers, I always start by gluing my base layer first. In this case, the eucalyptus branches. Next, I like to create a focal point and cover up the not so pretty parts of the eucalyptus branches. I used the beautiful pink peonies for this, not just because their stunning, but also because their large. Lastly, fill in the blank spaces.

For the smaller lettering, I used this chalk marker and for the larger, thicker letters, I used this one.

Did you notice that cutie of a cake stand? Let's face it, I just had to add more pink in there somewhere. I couldn't help myself. LOL. I painted the bottom stand with Rust-oleum's Gloss Berry Pink, the middle with Gloss Candy Pink, and I just left the top white as it came.

I painted these the same as the mirror, two light coats, but remember to shake the can really well so you get a really smooth, glossy finish.

I chose not to glue these cake stands together so that I can use them together or separately. I'm sure these will come in handy for future table scapes and parties!

How about a good ole' before and after?

So, this weekend make a cute little dessert bar just like this one and have some girlfriends over! They'll love it!

Thank you so much to Rust-oleum for hosting this Blogger Challenge! This is the first challenge I've ever done as a blogger and it has been so fun! Anytime us bloggers can get together and exercise our creativity is a good time in my book!

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Mirror turned into dessert bar menu display with Rust-oleum's Chalkboard spray paint.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kitchen Makeover: The Plan

Stewart and I moved into our new apartment in Cincinnati almost a month ago (you can see the full post here) and at this point, all boxes but three have been unpacked and we're pretty much settled in. Hallelujah! That means one thing: it's time to get serious about decorating this place! Let's get real, I've been scheming and planning how to decorate this place even before we found out that we had been approved and were getting it, but now that we've lived here for a little bit, I now know exactly what we need out of the space.
I've decided the first space that needs tackling is our kitchen. Besides our living room, we probably use our kitchen the most. Right now, our living room is functional as it is, it just needs some decorating, but our kitchen on the other hand, isn't entirely functional. We have a limited amount of storage, there's a huge empty space under our countertop, and that tile is freakin' cold all the time. On top of all that, our kitchen just simply lacks any sort of character and pizzaz. But not to worry, nothing that a good pink runner can't fix!

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Here's the inspiration board:
Inspiration Image: Simple Stylings | Black and White Roman Shade | Kitchen Conversions Print | Blue Willow Plate | Globe Pendant | White Floating Shelf | Pink Glass | Pink Runner | Quilted Matte White Backsplash
So, let my fill you in on what I'm thinking:

To help alleviate the limited storage problem and fill this huge empty space above our stove, I want to add some open shelves. I think adding open shelves to our kitchen will make it seem less like a boring, builder-grade, apartment kitchen and more like a real grown-up kitchen. I can't wait to display my blue willow china that's been sitting in a box since we got married!

Another way I'm going to spruce up this character-less kitchen is to add a temporary, totally removable backsplash. I'm partnering with the awesome people at Aspect Tile and they're sending me these beautiful backsplash panels. I can't wait to get it on the wall and see how much it adds to the space!

About that huge, awkward gap beneath the counter. Ughh. Just in case you're wondering, when our landlord put in these new cabinets, they put this space there for us to use as an eating area since there really is no room for a kitchen table anywhere. But, I can assure you, Stewart and I will not be using this as an eating area. Instead, I think I'm going to make a "skirt" for it to hide Baby's litter box, the trash can, and maybe some extra storage. 

And, to warm up and ground the space a bit, I'm going to add an 8 ft pink runner. A good pop of pink is always the answer, right?!?

I'm so excited to get started on this space, there will be a lot of DIY's along the way, so stay tuned!

Have a great day!

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