Acrylic Pour 0️⃣0️⃣5️⃣ – Coral Water Canvas (10×20″)

So what are your thoughts on the colors for this bad boy? 🤔 I used the metallic again (still love it ✨) but added in a yellow and coral (+ white of course).

White, Coral Cove, Hay, & Aquamarine

For this pour, I used a 10×20″ canvas and did two flip cups. I also used some of my leftover paint to circle the edges of the cups/canvas prior to lifting as well.


Here is the process video…

andddd.. here are some pictures of the painting now that it’s dried! 🤩

I’ll share more once the top coat goes on!

Floating Shelves

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I started a DIY project for the house and set out to build two sets of 3 “floating” shelves for our bathrooms (both the master and the half bath). The shelves are a white stained wood with white painted L-brackets. Both bathrooms majorly needed the extra storage!

First, the shopping trip. I went to Lowe’s by myself (always interesting) and attempted to buy everything I needed on my own. I did cave and call Rob once but that was a dud so I just braved through and found all the crap on my own. Except I can’t count and ended up having to go back for one more bracket (smh). For this project you need…

Materials:

  1. wood for the shelves (I used 2x10x10s – 6 shelves, 24″ each)
  2. stain (I used white minwax)
  3. polycrylic (I used the spray kind)
  4. short wood screws for joining the bracket to the shelf (mine are 3/4″)
  5. anchors to join wall & bracket
  6. spray paint for the screw heads and brackets (I used white)
  7. brackets (2 per shelf)

Tools:

  1. sand paper
  2. foam brushes
  3. gloves
  4. electric sander (awesome)
  5. table saw
  6. tack cloth

For the project the Lowe’s guy cut the shelves to 24″ for me so that part was already done. It took FOREVER to wait for him to come and cut them but it was a necessity since the massive piece of wood would have been a pain to put in my car. Anyways, after they were cut, at home I was able to cut them to the right depth. I went with the 10″ wide board so I could custom cut the shelves to the maximum depth I could get. One set it 8.5″ deep and the other is 8″.

Once I got everything home the first step was cutting the shelves to the right depth (8.5″ or 8″) and getting them all sanded.

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I totally recommend using an orbital sander if you have one. We have this one and use it for everything. The electric sander saves so much time! I was able to sand, wipe off all the dust, and get some stain down in my first evening. To wipe off the dust I’d recommend a tack cloth as they’re awesome but – if it’s not a big deal – a brush down with a dry paint brush will do the trick. For this project I brushed them off with the paint brush to get the dust out of all the nooks and crannies. I wanted to use wood with more knots and holes for a more “rustic” look. You’ll see some of the cracks and knots I’m talking about in later pictures.

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love the one with the big crack down the center!

I applied the stain generously with a foam brush and let it dry overnight in between coats. Since the wood really drank up the stain I was painting two coats in one sitting (go around and paint them all once and then once more before letting them dry overnight). Be careful around the edges to not let any stain drip as it will dry as a drip if you don’t wipe it. I had a drip on one of my edges (I’ll just put this side against the wall) but it’s definitely something to be careful/mindful of so you don’t ruin a side you need to expose!

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You can see where the stain dripped over the edge and I didn’t know it. This part won’t be exposed as I’ll put it against the wall but a good reminder to pay close attention!

While the stain set I laid out all my brackets on some cardboard and sprayed them white. I’m lazy and didn’t perfectly peel off each bar code sticker so the sticker sides will go against the wall! The spray painting was super quick and easy but important so the brackets go unnoticed and help to create that “floating” look.

Once the stain was dried and all 6 sides of each shelf were painted I moved to the top coat. Since the stain is white and water based polycrylic is my go to. Polyurethane would make the white appear yellow. The polycrylic spray is super easy and, since these shelves aren’t going to be super high traffic, it’s a great fit. I did two coats of poly on each shelf.

To hang the shelves we marked and measured each shelf/wall. The brackets we did a foot apart and then we centered the shelves above the toilets. It seemed about 19 inches above the toilet was comfortable so that was what we went with. Each shelf we did 11.5 inches apart. Measuring and hanging the shelves was totally a two person job so I was super happy Rob was able to help me for that – yay husband win!

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before
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so ready to see this go!

For the first set we hung up the ones in our master bathroom. The original cabinet was super ugly so I couldn’t wait for it to go. Plus our master needs all the extra storage we can scrounge up! We still need to come back and paint/patch the walls from the old shelf but – since we’re going to totally redo this bathroom at some point – I’m letting all that slide.

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Once all of the things are on the shelves you get the “floating” look but the brackets are nice and sturdy and hold a good amount of weight *bonus*.

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Plus there is still so much room left to be used!

Next up were the shelves downstairs in the half bath. I love how they both came out!

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Yay for not only bathroom storage but also a nice easy upgrade to each bathroom! I love how versatile the shelves are and how much storage they add. Definitely a fun DIY project that’s actually really simple!

 

 

 

Plan to Own My Free Time

As an effort to plan better and manage my time more effectively I’m going to work on changing a few things about myself. First, what type of activities do I want to focus on in a given week? Like consciously, each week, what do I want to do to be happy? What will make me feel like I’m effectively using my time how I want?

For me those things are…

  • Getting in some exercise
  • Eating healthier and meal prepping
  • Spending time with family
  • Spending time with friends
  • Having time to craft/DIY
  • Setting aside some video game time
  • & Blogging!

Outside of list, how can I make sure I actually do these things? I’m a major planner already so I’ve decided to plan a wee bit more. Looking at our schedule for each week I want to set aside time to do the above things. I think this will help to keep me from just watching Netflix/Hulu at night (wasting my evenings). Inste will make the most of my free time and feel successful in the areas of my life I previously felt I didn’t have time for. I’m sure my “activity list” will morph but this is my list I’m starting with.


With all of that in mind, below is my plan for “loving my free time again”. In the upcoming week I’ll fit in gym time, meal prepping, cleaning, family/friend time, watching TV, blogging, video games, and crafting/kitchen reno work.

MONDAY: a bit of cleaning, some meal prepping, and relaxing with some video game time. #1 I want to clean since the house will need some love with us having left for our trip in a hurry Thursday night (and getting back at 945pm on Sunday before working Monday). #2 Meal prepping is a must for eating healthier but the menu kinda depends on what’s in the fridge and, being in that I’m in the car right now, I’m not sure what we have currently. I think I can make pizza chicken and bacon cheeseburger cauliflower casserole. I try to eat less carbs if possible so my recipes tend to lean that way. I just made these stuffed peppers last week and they were amazing! #3 Video games. As you’ll learn, I like to play games and I’m currently playing the StarCraft 2 campaign/playing online (with Rob when he’s not playing Destiny). I am not too far into it but it’s fun. I like the build-up-a-town and kick-ass-army type of games (think Age of Empires). Also yes, I’ve accidentally called the game Star Trek a few times.

TUESDAY: gym night and Netflix-ing/cleaning. Hannah goes to bed at 7:30pm like clockwork so when I go to the gym at night I go after she’s down, usually like 7:45/8pm. I’ll probably just do cardio this time but it’s something to get me started back on track! I want to lose about 60lbs more to get to my goal weight and also be healthier pre second pregnancy! 🤞 I’ve lost 30lbs so far (since I’ve had Hannah and gained baby weight). After the gym I’ll probably relax and watch Hulu/Netflix to wrap up the evening while I clean. I just finished Harlots on Hulu (so good), am watching season 5 of The 100 on Netflix. I want to start the new Ozark second season and still need to finish Grace and Frankie season 4. Basically Netflix and Hulu are my jam.

WEDNESDAY: dinner for my mom’s birthday and hitting the gym (more cardio – day 2 this week!)

THURSDAY: swinging by Home Depot for the half bath shelf project supplies!

FRIDAY: Hannah is staying at her grandma’s house for the night so I plan to start my shelves and hit the gym (gym day 3!!) while the stain dries.

SATURDAY: playdate (maybe – gotta confirm!) with some friends of ours that have kiddos, work on/maybe finish my shelves, then a night cap of baseboard painting.

SUNDAY: meal prepping, cleaning, games (?), and getting ready for the next week. Sundays are chill in our house so I’m sure it won’t be too chaotic. If the shelves are done I might hang them.

With blogging being super fast and easy on my phone I’ll probably just fit that in whenever I want and see how that works. Thus far it’s worked well so we’ll see if that remains the case.

Cheers to a kick ass week, y’all 🍻 let’s see how this new plan works!