Thursday, December 18, 2014

Gold-Dipped Side Table - Found it a Friend

Yikes. It's been crazier than usual this week: holidays, painting some new furniture, trying to buy a house...

Oh yeah. I guess I haven't told y'all.

But first, more on the table.  A gal who is in the process of furnishing her apartment saw and loved the gold-dipped side table I did, and requested if I could make her a matching set.

As fate would have it, I had recently seen just such a table on craigslist and immediately contacted the seller. She still had it and I came the next day with cash in-hand and excited to have lucked out so well! Here's the lil' darling:



The table was in rough shape, and I've been working on it and several other projects this week. I sprayed it gold when we had some slightly warmer temps yesterday, and it's now sitting in my laundry room to set and dry. From my last inspection of it tonight, it's looking good and I'll be able to do the fun part of taking the tape off to reveal the finished look tomorrow!


Annnnd....back to the house now.

Yup, we made an offer on a house!

Better yet, the seller accepted!

Buuut there's a catch: it's a short sale. Which has a process that is anything but short. The seller's bank still needs to give its approval on our offer, and that can take months.

Going into this we knew that we would be waiting awhile and are ok with it as we don't have a deadline to move by or be out of our rental by (really makes it so much easier!).

We are now one month-in with waiting to hear back from the seller's bank. If they accept our offer we can move ahead with inspection. It's likely we'll be waiting another month or two before we hear anything, which is kind of why I waited as long as I did to say anything about it here, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for good news!

Silver lining: in the meantime it gives us the chance to really shop around for a loan and get a good deal; that process has been taking up a lot of time but it'll hopefully be worth it if we save money in the end. We'll keep you guys updated!

P.S. - Any tips or advice for buying a home, please leave them in the comments! I'd really love to learn from your experiences!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Sausage Bread Stuffing {Gluten Free}


For many of us with autoimmune disorders and food allergies, the holidays can be a tough time. Gatherings with friends and family are centered around food, and lots of it. I believe we all share in a sort of quest to make food that we can not only eat, but doesn't make us miss what we can no longer have.

This in mind, this past T-giving I was once again determined to make it an awesome one and try to find better GF options for myself to eat without feeling envious as I looked down the table at what the "normal-food" relatives were eating...and I think I finally found one for the elusive stuffing! (anyone else other than myself look forward more to the stuffing and could forget about the whole 'turkey' thing?).

To help, this year in particular I was armed with a new bread recipe to try, this one being GF, DF, egg, and yeast free. I had to make a few substitutions because of my nightshade allergy and also to keep the overall cost down (cashews are expensive enough!). This bread concoction ended up exceeding my expectations when used for stuffing; the stuffing was so moist and very flavorful. Truthfully, it tastes like the real deal! You won't be disappointed by this, promise! So of course I have to share!

You'll Need:

- celery, diced
- 1 GF bread loaf, cubed (I used this recipe from predominantly paleo for a base, substituting the potato starch w/ 1/4 cup of tapioca starch and 1/4 cup of brown rice flour. I also substituted the flax milk with water, and the avocado oil with light olive oil. It came out better than "regular" bread used for stuffing imho!) Tip: Make the bread the day before you do this recipe to make it easier on yourself.
- 1 shallot, diced
- 3/4 cup chicken broth
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 lb. link sausage
- regular or extra virgin olive oil
- dried parsley
- 1 garlic clove (not whole bulb)

To Start:

  • cook sausage in pan until cooked through. Remove from heat and cut into bite-sized pieces.
  • heat oven to 350 F
  • saute the celery and shallot in pan on stove with a tablespoon of olive oil until soft, then add garlic until all lightly browned. Remove from heat.
  • in bowl, add the celery and shallot, then mix in the rest of the ingredients. Spoon mix into a glass baking dish and cover with aluminum foil for 30-40 minutes, or until bread is softened & lightly browned

Enjoy!


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Friday, December 5, 2014

D'Anjou Red Pear Pie


Since T-giving, I seem to be getting my inspiration back again for making food and have been cooking and baking a few new recipes in the kitchen this past week. It feels so good to be back! I've been experimenting with an allergy free bread, learning how to soak and roast cashews, making a beef stock for the first time, and trying a gluten free pie crust.



I also did a return to a comfort food I'm familiar with making though: a big pot of from-scratch chicken soup. Yummers.


Next up to try for the first time (and when I get the courage up) is...duck! Mmmm. I had never had duck until this past summer when my hubby and I went on a cruise. It was on the menu so I opted to try it, and oh my...I had just found my new favorite meat (yes, it actually rivals sausage and bacon!). I still salivate at the thought of it, therefore it's past time that I learned to make it on my own.

As a result of logging all these hours in the kitchen this past week, I'll be sharing my recipes in these coming days/weeks. The first one up is a gluten free and paleo Pear Pie that you'd swear is apple.

This is such a quick and easy recipe, especially for being done from scratch!


Gluten Free Pear Pie:

You'll Need:

Filling:
- 3-4 ripe red anjou pears, skinned and cut into thin slices
- cinnamon
- 1-2 tbsp brown sugar

Crust:
- 3/4 cup walnuts, almonds, and cranberries and/or dates - grounded in blender or food processor to small bits (not into a fine flour!) with 1-2 tbsp of honey

  • Evenly pack the bottom of your pie pan with the grounded crust. 
  • Add the sliced pear pieces to cover the crust, leaving a thin layer around the rim of the crust exposed
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar over the pears
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approx 35 mins or when pears are cooked through.


Enjoy!



Sunday, November 30, 2014

Friday Awesomeness - #4

I'm a little late with November's Awesome Things Friday! I'll blame the holidays rather than it being that I...totally forgot (oops!).

This month's theme is beautiful bathrooms. These baths have good designs or layouts, or they may inspire you by their pretty use of tile. Whatever the reason, these bathrooms all have something to offer.

photo via Houzz


photo via Crate & Barrel
photo via HGTV

combo shower and tub = clever design

photo via Apartment Therapy

Feel inspired? I know I do! Don't forget to pin the ones that inspired ya!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Oo-la-la: Classy Gold-Dipped Side Table


Here she is! Miss classy side table is looking like a whole new fair lady who went from the streets to now speaking in a high society English accent and attending galas with nobles and royalty.

I found her at a Goodwill and couldn't pass her by. She had a look about her that just said "make me pretty again".


Her plea for help was quite understandable. She had scuffs, smudges, discoloring, and grime. My first task was simply having to clean her up, which required some elbow grease.



So much stuff that I probably don't want to know what I cleaned off...

The drawer was also roughed up with tape residue and discoloring.

Besides needing a good cleaning, there were some knicks here and there, so I got my trusty Elmer's wood filler and went to work.




The aim is to fill in the areas, let it set and dry, then come back and sand away the excess until the surface is nice and smooth.

After letting the wood filler dry for a few hours, I sanded and then commenced with finally getting down to business and got two coats of General Finishes milk paint in Linen on it.


Looks like a whole new beast already! Ah, the wonders of a fresh coat of paint never ceases to amaze.

Now for the fun part! I wanted to add more bling than simply rub n' buffing the drawer handle gold. I thought about playing it safe and just painting certain details of it in gold, but this piece with all its curves and embellishments demanded I take a risk with an idea I'd had since finding it. Being me, I gave it a good 10 seconds of debate before following my gut feeling to run with the wind and go big!

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Gold dipping is just how it sounds; the piece should look like you dipped it into a tub of lovely molten gold. Then voila, a statement piece that will catch the eye and make you slightly giddy.



There are several good options for metallic gold spray paints. There's a great guide I used by ChrisLovesJulia in which he used 4 of the major brands and compared them. Very helpful for picking which one I wanted to use (and lucky me that I got a none-exploding can of Valspar).


Using good ol' Frog Tape, I measured around the table and placed the tape where I wanted the gold paint to stop and used trash bags to secure the rest of the table from getting any gold on it. 

Important: make sure the tape is completely flat against the furniture, otherwise you may get some leaks underneath the tape and you won't get the crisp lines you're looking for.

Tip: Spray paint works best in temperatures of 50-80 degrees Fahrenheit (which means I just barely got to try this project in time before temps plummeted). Always spray paint outdoors or in a very well ventilated room.

I did two coats of spray, waiting for the first coat to fully dry overnight before doing the touch-ups with the second coat.


I let the second coat sit overnight, and the next day I slowly peeled away the tape and it revealed the finished product. Look at how perfect those lines are! They make me smile.

I'm VERY happy with how well this table turned out. Now that it's officially become winter temperatures outside, I'm glad I got to do this before it would have been impossible until Spring!




One more delightful surprise to unveil! Look at what happens when you open the drawer:





I lined her drawer sides and inside (woot for mod podge!) with a beautiful black and white damask scrapbooking paper, which I think really adds an extra special detail and elegance every time you open the drawer.


I'm taking a big step for myself and for the first time am offering a painted piece for sale, so this lil lady will be adding a classy charm to a lucky someone's home.


Let me know what you think in the comments (any questions too!). Thanks y'all!




The Dedicated House

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Friday, November 14, 2014

A Painting Party

I've been working a lot on miss classy side table this week (thus my bit of absence), and I can say she's now completely finished! The photos are taken and now I've got some editing to do, so look for her this coming Monday! For now, here's a teaser of the base coat color. However, I'm going for the gold with this one (hint hint):

base coat is on - just a lil preview of what's coming ;)
One more teaser - I've lined the inside of the drawer with one of these prints. Can ya guess which one?


Also, I have another table to work on right after this one!


It's got a loose joint in the right-back leg (easy fix), and lots of scratches and water rings on the tabletop, but this fella has potential and is calling to be made extra special, and I'm happy to oblige. I want to try something with him that I haven't before, and if it works he'll be a stunner!

Chandelier has been prepped but has been sent to the back burner until I can get some supplies for it, but I'm excited about it!

Have a good weekend, y'all, and see you Monday for the classy side table reveal!

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