Entry-Way Bench Redone!

So this is something I have been wanting to change for so long. It is the bench that sits at our back entry way right off the kitchen. It was ugly wood and didn’t match the kitchen and it had this awful cushion on it that I really should have thrown out earlier but just never had. We use it for storage, I got a basket to go on it earlier to put all of our gloves and scarves in but now it is sunglasses and random stuff because todays high is 81!!! So my plan was to paint this bench. We made a trip to Lowe’s on Saturday and after much looking we settled on spray paint. We picked a dark red color to match our kitchen curtains. We got Valspar spray paint with Primer + Paint.

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On Sunday we decided to get out there and spray paint the bench even though we wanted to be lazy and I am so glad we did. It was so easy, like crazy easy. We took the bench outside and Tyler wiped it down to clean it off. Then we both grabbed a can of spray paint and just started spraying. We did one coat. We sprayed and watched it for spots that needed more. Once it looked to be all done we let it dry for about an hour or so. We just left it in the backyard and went on our way. Tyler then went out to check it and it was dry and looked great! He just had to flip it over to finish off the bottoms of the legs and underneath it.

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And then viola we have a brand new bench in our entry way! It looks so much better, it matches the kitchen now and really adds a pop of color to the entry way. I am already planning other pieces of furniture we have that are hand-me-downs that I want to go at with the spray paint. I’m not sure how well it will do as far as not getting scratched off but for the bench it was great because we don’t use it that much just for storage. I will keep y’all updated as to if it stays well. But for now it looks beautiful and it only took two cans of spray paint and they weren’t even both empty. Such an inexpensive improvement to our entry-way!

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Do you have any furniture you have painted and remade? Let us know, we love to hear your stories or let us know if you try this out on some of your old furniture!

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Poppyseed Chicken Casserole (sans Poppyseed)

So how many of you have had Poppyseed Chicken Casserole before? I’m sure a lot of you have had one version or another. If not then you need to try this casserole! It is delicious! I didn’t have my moms version so I used one I found online and changed a couple of things, including the fact that I didn’t have any Poppy seeds so that kind of negates the name but its basically still the same.

Adapted from: My Recipes

Ingredients

2 Chicken Breasts, cooked and chopped

1 can Cream of Chicken Soup

16 oz. Sour Cream

1 roll of Ritz crackers, crushed

1 stick of butter, melted

Instructions

1. Boil chicken until done and then chop up

2. Combine chicken, cream of chicken soup and sour cream

3. Spred mixture in a lightly greased casserole dish

4. Melt butter and then mix in crumbled crackers

5. Spread cracker mixture over chicken mixture

6. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes or until bubbly and hot

So that is the way that I made it. It turned out delicious and we always eat it over rice. It is an easy, delicious comfort food. Enjoy!

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Spring Centerpiece!

It’s the last day of winter! Hard to believe because it snowed here yesterday and my friend in Boston woke up to 6 inches of snow this morning. But I’m sure the warm weather is just around the corner. Patience is key! So in excitement about spring coming I did a small amount of spring decorating over the weekend. By small I mean I created a spring/easter centerpiece. Since Easter is so early this year it will continue throughout the spring as the table centerpiece. You can see the remnants of Valentine’s decorating still up so the spring stuff needed to replace it!

I kind of just meandered through the aisles of Michaels and dreamed up this centerpiece. After doing my fall centerpiece which was a take on some ideas I’d seen on Pintrest I just decided to go to the store and find things!

I was excited to find these pastel plastic easter eggs that looked pretty and not tacky. So I got two bags of them and used them to fill up the vase I got for a wedding gift. I then purchased some fake flowers that matched with the eggs. And a couple of stems of flowers with easter things interspersed throughout. And a couple of pretty stems with just a pretty easter egg on the end.

So it was very simple and then viola we have a touch of spring/easter in our kitchen! That’s really all the spring decorating I have done. I think I like decorating for fall and Christmas the best but I am really excited about the warm weather that is coming.

On another exciting note my flowers are beginning to bloom! I think we shared with you all in October when we planted flower bulbs and they are beginning to bloom! I will post pictures soon!

Happy Last Day of Winter!!!

My supplies!

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And the finished product! 

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