How To Propagate Succulents

How To Propagate Succulents

Although, I am not exactly sure where spring is, I thought I would show you how to propagate succulents from cuttings and leaves. Sometimes succulents can get leggy (growing up instead of out), which happens when a plant isn’t getting enough light and it starts to stretch out causing the stem to grow long and the leaves to become widely spaced - this is the perfect time to propagate! It's super easy and fun to do as a weekend project.

How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents
How To Propagate Succulents

Start by clipping off a piece of your succulent that has the fewest leaves and then gently remove each leaf from the stem. At this point, you should have a small pile of leaves. Place them on a paper towel and gently pat them dry to remove any moisture. Grab a cookie sheet and line it with foil or parchment paper then add a layer of soil and place the succulent leaves on top. Make sure you place the cookie sheet in a place where they will get a lot of indirect sunlight.

After a few weeks, you'll notice little roots sprouting from the ends of the leaves and then teeny tiny baby plants will begin to sprout. You don't need to water the leaves, but you can use a spray bottle to mist them once a week or bi-weekly once the plants at the end of each leaf start to grow. Let them grow like this until the original leaf starts to wither, then remove the plant from the original stem and place in it's own pot of soil. You may notice that not every leaf starts a new plant, some will just end up withering away, but most will do just fine. I'll try to post an update once ours are ready to be planted! 

 

 

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a glimpse of our kitchen remodel here and there. When we first saw the house, I knew the first thing I wanted to change was the kitchen because I hated the oak cabinets. It took us more than 60 days to close so I had a lot of time to do research - at first, I thought we would completely redo the kitchen with new cabinets, but then quickly realized I could save a ton of money by painting them myself.

Now, I want to start by saying that our kitchen is nowhere done yet, but several of you have been asking for some tips so I thought I would start with a phase one and then post updates as we go! We still have to finish the tile (I'll share a tutorial for tiling later on) - our main hold up on this is that we are waiting for the rest of our copper wall plates to come in so we can measure and cut the right sizes around our light switched and outlets.

After doing all of my research I found a great article on A Beautiful Mess comparing chalk paint to latex paint for kitchen cabinets, which convinced me to go with chalk paint 100% and I am SO happy that I did. All of the cabinets have been painted, which took me about a week, but I will share more on this as we go.

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

The above photos show what our kitchen looked like completely untouched by us. It's a HUGE kitchen with tons of space and natural light. I love that island is big enough to basically dance on too, but I have always dreamed of a white kitchen so the cabinets needed to be fixed. Using chalk paint was SO easy and anyone can do it as long as you have the time and patience. I am slightly OCD so I ended up using 3 cans of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and giving them probably a total of 4 coats of paints because I needed to get the brush strokes perfect, but the average person probably only needs to do 2-3 coats depending on the coverage you want. Most of the articles I read stressed the importance of cleaning and I do too, however we got really lucky and the previous homeowners were very clean so I didn't spend a ton of time prepping and basically just started painting after a quick wash of the cabinets.

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

You can really see in this picture how well the chalk paint covers the oak grain. That was another huge reason why I chose to go this route because I knew I wanted the grain gone and everything I read said that chalk paint would do the job without me having to remove all of the doors and sand everything down. I am a little impatient so I don't think I would have gotten through all of that work - I wanted my new kitchen ASAP lol.

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

Here you can see more of the progress. Chalk paint works so well on wood cabinets, but if you look at the side of my top cabinet, you'll notice that the paint started peel - this is when I realized the sizes (parts that most people don't focus on) weren't actual wood so I have to go back and sand those down in order to get the paint to stick.

When you order the chalk paint, you can also order a special chalk paint brush, which basically (in my opinion) just allows you to hold onto more paint, but because I had so many corners I felt that a regular paint brush worked better for me and I liked the brush strokes better, but I'll leave that up to you to decide. Honestly, I would just buy the chalk paint brush and a small all-purpose paint brush and test out the strokes - even though I didn't like using the chalk paint brush on the cabinets, I have used it several times to redo large pieces of furniture and it was great!

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint
How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets With Chalk Paint

So now you've seen what my kitchen looks like with several coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I chose to go with Pure White because it doesn't have any hints of warmth or blue - I just wanted straight up white on those bad boys and I am very happy with the color! I haven't finished painting the insides of the cabinets or the base boards so that will come next. I started sealing the cabinets that we are using the most with Minwax Polycrylic - it's water-based and won't yellow as time goes on. It's worked great so far and has prevented the paint from chipping, I think it's especially important to call out that our cabinets don't have knobs or pulls yet so the faces of each drawer and cabinet see a lot of traffic and have still held up using this top coat!

I'll continue to update you guys as we make progress, but in the meantime feel free to reach out with questions or tips on how to update your kitchen easily with chalk paint!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Hutch With Chalk Paint

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

In lieu of becoming a new homeowner next week, this kitchen hutch serves as the first of many DIY projects on the blog! I revamped this hutch a few years ago when I was still in college, but it was my first big project and has become a staple in my old apartment.

Being a poor college student, I wanted a chic apartment, but I couldn't afford new furniture so I had to get creative. I was inspired by this beautiful green farmhouse hutch (pictured below) that I stumbled upon on Pinterest and was determined to recreate my own somehow. After searching on Craigslist for weeks, I finally found the one for just under $100 - most were going for upwards of $500. Apparently, I didn't take a before picture, so the one from craigslist will have to do.

The Original

The Original

Craigslist Hutch

Craigslist Hutch

You can see the hutch was naturally gorgeous, but it wasn't my style so I took my inspiration picture and got to work making it my own. My mom upcycles a lot of furniture and has used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for years so I opted to try it for this project. The downside to this paint is that is it very pricey for the amount you get, but it is easy to use and you do not have to do any prep work beforehand other than cleaning the furniture. The brush you see in the photo is an Annie Sloan paint brush and it is also pricey, but I was told it worked best with the chalk paint. Honestly, you can probably use any brush and save some money. Overall, I thought the paint was good for this project. It covers easily and hardly requires more than one coat. Annie Sloan also has good color choices.

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

Here you can see what the bottom of the hutch looked like during/after the first coat of chalk paint. I applied a thin layer of paint for this coat, which is why you can still see the wood through the it, but generally the paint will cover more. 

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

I also purchased new cabinet hardware for the drawers and spray painted the old hardware that I wanted to keep black to match It gave the hutch a much more modern look than it previously had.

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee

Here was the final result! I took off the doors as well, which I thought made it even more modern. I absolutely loved this bold piece of furniture and so did all of my friends - AND the landlord! When my best friends from high school moved into the apartment after me (because I moved to NYC) I let them keep the hutch. It stayed with them for 2 years until another friend's sister moved in and now the landlord has decided to keep the piece in the home because she loves it so much!

What do you all think of this project? Let me know if the comments below!

Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
Upcycled Hutch via Chaos With Coffee
 

Gifts For Your Galentines

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

With Valentine's Day coming up I'm sure many of you are thinking of your gal pals and what you should get them for Galentine's Day, right? Well, as you may or may not know, I am BIG fan of Etsy and supporting small business so I decided to share my recent faves that make great gifts this Galentine's Day - or for Valentine's Day if you're shopping for your girlfriend, sister, daughter, mom, etc.

My round-up below includes TONS of different items from different shops, but I have to call our one store because I browse on Etsy at least once a day and managed to stumbled upon THE CUTEST store called Modern Mud! Modern Mud is owned and operated by Naomi, a Brooklyn-based potter, who creates beautiful ceramic pieces with a hint of glam. You'll find many of her pieces below!

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Modern Mud

via Mignon & Mignon

via Mignon & Mignon

via Joy Merryman Store

via Joy Merryman Store

via AirFriend

via AirFriend

via AirFriend

via AirFriend

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

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Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. How do I even begin to describe 2017 - my life has completely changed in all the right ways since January and for the first time in several years I’m actually quite thrilled to jump into a new year!

Chance and I have so much to be thankful for and even more to look forward to in 2018 that the anticipation is killing me! Together we traveled across the east coast, explored 15+ cities in 5 states over the span of 5 months, missed flights, got lost on country roads, ate way too much breakfast food (just kidding, that’s impossible), moved to New York, bought a house and so much more, but my favorite thing that we did was meet each other. 

2017 was a BIG year for me personally, I left New York City and moved back to Virginia, landed my dream job, bought my first car, moved back to New York upstate and SO much more that I can’t even begin to go in detail about (and honestly don’t want to), but the most important thing I did was to let myself be happy, start living my life and surround myself with positive, motivated, ambitious, genuinely good people! Bring on 2018 world!

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So, with that said, here are some of my New Year’s Resolutions: 

Try out a vegan or vegetarian diet

Do Kayla’s BBG on Sweat every week

Budget properly

Be kind and patient  

Volunteer at least once

Read 12 books

Travel to Europe

Explore 20+ new cities  

Be more creative

Run a half marathon

 

What are you resolutions for 2018? If you're like me, my favorite resolution is to be healthier and workout more often so I've included a little round up of my favorite workout gear to get you ready for 2018. Cheers to a new year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Essentials

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If you just moved into a place of your own and you're not quite sure how to stock your kitchen with the basic tools then this post is for you! We've rounded up a list of kitchen essentials that will help you prepare simple dishes and come in handy for almost recipe! Shop our recommendations below.