Sunday, April 7, 2013

Backsplash Plans

While I was at Home Depot today, I picked up one box of marble backsplash tiles just to get an idea of what they will look like in person.  I have to buy about 20 or so more boxes, but I think the key will be to open many boxes and so over the grain patters to give a more random look to the backsplash.  Over all for the price I am really happy with the product.
Next I got a pair of hinges to make sure if the wholes on the cabinets from the old hinges would line up, luckily they did!  I went with white. I was going to go with chrome to match the handles but I like the white better as it will blend in more.

Sasha and Turk just wanted to help

Cabinet Transformatins Begin - Step 1 Cabinet Prep

Yesterday was the estate sale at the new house we bought, as we were just about to leave I decided to wander into the garage, and I can across this missing kitchen cabinet.  I was so excited, it was the cabinet that use to be over the fridge that must of been removed at some point.  Well, I brought the cabinet home to try out my newly delivered Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit.

Here is the before cabinet, nothing special, just a pretty basic wood cabinet with panel doors.  At first I had thought the cabinets doors were all one solid piece but they it is actually a panel that fits into the door so I know at some point we will most likely redo the whole kitchen and open it up to the family room, but for right now my $500.00 budget makeover will do for a while.

So far my makeover total is at $107.00, which includes 2 transformation kits that were on sale and a new high quality  paint brush.

The first step was to remove all of the hardware.  The only wholes I had to patch were from the old handles.  I am going to go with knobs on the doors and pulls on the draws so my wholes are going to line up differently.

Next step is the de-glosser, this is pretty easy, just pour it onto the scrub pad provided and scrub with the grain of the wood.
It does not make a huge difference on this cabinet, my guess is most of the shine and finish has already worn off due to the age of the cabinets and the fact that this cabinet was sitting in the garage for maybe the last 15 years.

When I begin the full kitchen, the key is to number all of the doors so you know where they go back.  The kit suggest to draw out a picture of the kitchen and use the painters tape to number each door.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Breakfast Casserol

Easter brunch is one of my favorite holiday meals.  I thought I'd share my favorite go to breakfast casserole recipe.  What I love about this is that you make it the night before as its best to refrigerate overnight so in the morning you just pop it in the mess!

What you need:

1 pound mild sausage cooked and drained
2 cups milk
1 teaspoon dry mustard
6 eggs
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups dried cubed bread (I use 3 pieces of bread, cut off the crust and cut into cubes, leave them out for a few hours to dry out)

Mix all ingredients in bowl, and pour into a pan, refrigerate overnight for best results.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 45 min in 9x9 pan....if you are adding veggies, like I did with the broccoli or spinach I recommend on using a larger pan.

On a side note- if you are going to use fresh broccoli, steam it slightly before mixing into the casserole, this way its nice and tender once the dish is cooked.