Front Porch Makeover Complete

August 31, 2014 | Posted by Comment

It’s done, it’s DONE! Ok, it’s actually been done since the beginning of July, but I’m just getting around to writing this post. It’s been one busy summer! So I last wrote about the porch floor, where we ripped out the carpet and used a porch paint on the floor. If you missed that post click here to catch up.

Here’s where we started with the porch:

photo 1

Just fabulous, right?

I actually sanded down parts of the walls and spackled the hell out of them to cover any cracks. Then I painted. And it took a month. A lot longer than I thought, but definitely worth it. I used a Valspar exterior paint in white in case anyone is wondering.

I looked like this for a month straight pretty much.

White Valspar Exterior Paint

White Valspar Exterior Paint

You can really tell the color difference with these two pictures. Before the porch was a crap tan that just seemed dirty, and now it’s pure white. Much better!

White Valspar Exterior Paint

And then it was finished and time to decorate! I almost die every time I look at the before and after.

Renovated Front Porch

My mom gave us a couple of her Adirondack chairs too to put in there. I gave them a coat of spray paint for plastic to brighten them up a bit.

White Spray Painted Adirondack Chairs

We’ve had a lot of fun filling it with goodies we find. Found the anchor at an art shop and the seahorse was a gift from my mom from Home Goods! I LOVE seahorses.

Wooden Anchor - Seahorse

The lantern was another gift from my mom. So cute and matches perfectly.

Blue Votive Lantern

Got this bigger lantern at a TJmaxx, which is on our white table I sanded down and painted.

Wooden Lantern

And seahorse cocktail napkins of course (Home Goods).

Seahorse Napkins

Lanterns! From Pier 1

Blue Lanterns from Pier 1 Imports

This table used to be our dining room table when we first moved in. Since we have a new dining room table we decided to move this out here. Love it! Place mats from Home Goods.

Striped Place Mats

Decorative seahorse vase, because why not?

Seahorse Vase

Adorable plant stand from Target. Got this bad boy for less than $20!

Plant Stand

And of course a seahorse light catcher. Can you tell I really like seahorses? I think I need a real one.

Seahorse Sun Catcher

Oh, and our little cabinet I restored is on the porch too! Read here about how I turned an old dark wood cabinet into this masterpiece (with seahorse knobs, duh)

Restored Cabinet

And there you have it! Our new and improved front porch that we’ve been seriously enjoying and eating dinner on every night. What summer projects did you get done this year?!

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Rissa’s Home Office Progress

August 23, 2014 | Posted by Comment

My home office is where I spend a lot of my time, so it’s really been a big goal for me to make it perfect and to feel welcoming and cozy. It’s still not completely done, I would like a big white wooden desk and a new desk chair in the near future, but that’s me just nitpicking. Take a look at where we started with my office to where it’s at now:

Before

New House Resized_120

New House Resized_121

During

Yellow Frog Tape

Click here to learn how I painted the stripes in my home office.

Now

Rissa's Home Office Progress

Where did I get it?

Striped rug – Home Goods

Rissa's Home Office Progress

Where did I get it?

Days of the week glass wall organizer – Home Goods

Clear Matted Garbage Can – Ikea

Desk – Staples

Rissa's Home Office Progress

Where did I get it?

Silver framed cork board – Home Goods

White framed mirror – Lowe’s

Silver lamp – Home Goods

Rissa's Home Office Progress

Where did I get it?

Brown polka dotted organizer on floor – Home Goods

White shelf – Ikea (Originally plain wood, but I painted white. Read about it here)

All baskets on shelf – Home Goods

Rissa and Charlie Sig

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Chicken Gyro Recipe

August 12, 2014 | Posted by Comment

Chicken Gyro

We’ve always been big gyro lovers. Actually, I don’t think I knew what a gyro was before I met Charlie. He obviously had me try one and I was hooked. These things are awesome. If you’re not sure what a gyro is, basically it’s a pita shell with lettuce, tomato, cheese (optional) tzatziki sauce, and meat (usually lamb or chicken). We decided to try our own out and they. are. awesome. Seriously.

Chicken Gyro Recipe
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless chicken breasts cut into cubes (we marinated ours in a lemon garlic marinade)
  2. Pita Shells
  3. Lettuce
  4. 2 Roma Tomatoes (diced)
  5. Tzatziki Sauce (a cucumber and plain yogurt sauce with some dill in it - so good!)
  6. Cheese (optional)
  7. Avocado (optional)
Instructions
  1. Cook the chicken on a skillet
  2. Dice tomatoes
  3. Put pita shells in toaster oven until warmed
  4. Place cheese on pita shell
  5. Once chicken is cooked, place on top of cheese
  6. Then add your tomatoes, tzatziki and lettuce
  7. For an optional and delicious touch, add some avocado like we've done. So delish.
  8. Wrap in foil to keep warm, serve and enjoy!
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