Spring Entertaining: How to Prep Your Kitchen for Guests

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Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You’re going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task.

Transform Your Kitchen for Spring Entertaining

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Lately, I’ve been drooling over all the bright, clean kitchens on Instagram.

Even though a full kitchen makeover isn’t in my budget, I’ve found some affordable ways to rediscover pride in my home, so I wanted to share them with you. (My roommate LOVES all of these ideas! Being a little OCD herself – like that’s a bad thing? – she’s always excited when my order from Grove Co. arrives.)

It’s amazing how something as simple as a good spring cleaning or a bouquet of fresh flowers on the counter can help you fall in love with the home you have — whether it’s a tiny apartment or your dream home.

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

First, you must grab this free set of Mrs. Meyer’s spring hand soap + dish soap + multi-surface spray + spring kitchen towel! You can can get them all here with your first order of $20 from Grove Collaborative. Choose from three limited-edition Mrs. Meyer’s spring scents: mint, lilac, or peony. (I LOVE the mint!) If you’re already a Grove customer, you’ll receive free Grove walnut scrubber sponges.

Then follow my tips to create a dreamy kitchen — just in time for spring entertaining! 

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Green Cleaning Tips & Tricks for Spring Entertaining

Step 1: Instead of treating spring cleaning as a chore, set the tone for an enjoyable day by opening the doors to let the spring air in and brewing a fresh pot of coffee.

Step 2: Start with a clean slate. Mrs. Meyer’s multi-surface spray makes quick work of cleaning appliances, the inside of the fridge, countertops, and backsplashes. Plus, it leaves your kitchen smelling like a spring garden!

Step 3: To get your pots and pans ready for new spring recipes, make a paste with Bon Ami and water and apply it all over. Let it sit for about 10 minutes, then wipe away those scorch marks with a sponge. I prefer Grove’s walnut scrubber sponges because they don’t scratch your cookware!

Step 4: The sink is probably the most used area in your kitchen, but gets the least love when it’s time to clean. Grab the Bon Ami again and sprinkle it on your sink and faucet, rub with a wet cloth, and then wipe clean. To freshen up your garbage disposal, squirt Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap into the disposal and run the disposal with hot water. The mint scent is especially good for neutralizing odors!

Step 5: Just like a statement necklace can make an old outfit feel new, sink-side accessories can totally transform your kitchen. I love Mrs. Meyer’s hand and dish soaps because they add a pop of cheerful color to my kitchen and smell amazing! 

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Step 6: Treat your kitchen to a fresh new towel in a spring color. I consider these Grove chef’s towels an essential, since they work for everything from wiping hands, to drying spills and dishes, to grabbing hot pans. The cornflower blue color is brand new, and you’ll be among the first to get one! 

Step 7: Trick your guests into thinking you redecorated with strategically placed accessories like a bamboo cutting board, a wooden handle dish brush, or a stoneware tray. I got all of mine from Grove! (And, if you’re a soapmaker like me, these are also the perfect props for photographing your homemade soaps to sell.)

Learn how to transform your kitchen for spring entertaining with this collection of eight easy life hacks and cleaning tips to get you started! You're going to love these spring cleaning tips & tricks! Plus discover the perfect eco-friendly cleaning products to help with the task! #springcleaning #spring #diy #green #ecofriendly #grovepartner

Step 8: Of course, you can never go wrong with cut flowers. But lately, I love filling glass jars with fresh herbs like cilantro, mint, or chives. Decorative, and useful! 

Bonus tip: I’m a huge fan of Grove Collaborative because they help me create a healthy, beautiful home I can feel proud of. When you submit your first order using my link, you’ll be signed up for the free 60 day VIP trial. For 60 days, you’ll save even more with free shipping, free gifts, price matching, exclusive sales and personal service. 

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Kitchen Table Makeover (Or rather, how I brightened up my drab kitchen!)

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Brighten up your drab kitchen with a bright, beautiful kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new furniture, it’s also a great way to express your own personal style.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

As my current kitchen is rather small and dark, even with a picture window, I was able to brighten up the entire room by just painting the top of my kitchen table in bright and sunny colors. Keep reading to see the transformation and to learn more about my process!

The Story Behind the Table

So basically I was starting with my husband’s hand-me-down kitchen table. It’s a basic black dinette table with a set of four chairs that barely squeezes into our eat-in kitchen. When we got married in May and I moved back to Roanoke and into my husband’s house, the finish on the table was already damaged. It no longer shined like the chairs and the rest of table and the finish looked “patchy.”

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Having it in my head that I was going to paint the table top at some point anyway, I took advantage of the kitchen table as a craft table. Between one rather somewhat therapeutic craft night with my friend Bambi in which the start of repainting the top somehow turned into it looking like it was covered in mud, and then the spilling of fragrance oils and nail polish base on others, I ended up leaving it more wrecked than it started out. (You can see a somewhat frightening retelling of part of that saga here.)

So last Wednesday afternoon, being somewhat burnt out with bath and body projects, I dug out my collection of craft paints I keep on hand for DIY craft nights and went to town. In retrospect, I probably should have primed the table first. But once I had started I wasn’t going back. Luckily the paint seems to have stuck rather well. Following is a photo retelling of my kitchen table makeover.

My Kitchen Table Makeover

Before the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

During the Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

After the Kitchen Table Makeover.

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Kitchen Table Makeover! Brighten up your drab kitchen with a beautiful, bright kitchen table makeover! The great part about updating your old furniture is that not only is it a lot a less expensive than buying new, but it's also a great way to express your own personal style. So if you want to experiment beyond the traditional kitchen table makeover, repainting your kitchen table with actual art gives it a wonderfully fresh update!

Once I finished painting my table, I sealed it with multiple thin coats of a Devine Color by Valspar Clear Sealer Topcoat that I picked up at Target. (They do also sell a paint and primer that bonds to wood, metal, glass, plastic and other surfaces.) Its luxe glossy finish both seals and protects and I felt it also gave my finished kitchen table that extra pop.

My bright and sunny kitchen table makeover was inspired by the work of artist, Hillary Hardison!

Incidentally, the colors for my kitchen table makeover were inspired by a wax painting titled, Wanderer 2, that I purchased from my friend Hillary Hardison. Previously employed by our local art museum, the Taubman Museum of Art, Hillary has since ventured into self employment as a full time artist.

Additionally, she has plans for a once monthly paint night in the works for about half the price of established paint nights. The focus is less on structure and more about interacting and having fun while creating. (Kind of like my DIY crafts nights!) She will also be teaching structured three-hour art workshops on weekends if you’d like to learn a new skill.

If you like Hillary’s artwork you can discover more via her booth at the Aurora Studio Center on Campbell Avenue in downtown Roanoke, VA. Alternately, you can view and sign up for Hillary’s workshops here.

Anyhow, if you’re thinking of repainting some of furniture in your home, be sure to check out this tutorial on how to paint furniture (the right way and not how Rebecca did it) at Centsational Style blog here before getting started. Not only does it cover proper priming, but there’s also information on sanding, filling holes and gouges, and choosing the right paint brush for the job.

And, if you do decide to makeover a piece of furniture in your home, I’d LOVE to see it! Simply share it with the hashtag #soapdelishowoff on instagram so I don’t miss it!

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Kitchen Inspiration

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My kitchen is currently in that in between stage. You know, where you have Kilz on the walls and are still deciding on paint colors and tiles for a backsplash. Picking a color scheme for the walls and cabinets has not been easy. It’s been months and I’m still undecided. So I thought I might pull a little inspiration from artwork created specifically for a kitchen. This led me to the discovery of artist, Yael Berger, and the shop, The Joy of Color. Here are a few of my favorite watercolor and digital illustration picks that I think would suit any kitchen that needs just touch of whimsey.

Stack of Bowls Art Print for Kitchen Home Decor by The Joy of ColorA Stack of Bowls Digital Illustration via The Joy of Color

Kitchen Utensils Art Print Illustration by The Joy of ColorKitchen Utensils Art Print via The Joy of Color

Orange Study Watercolor Art Print by The Joy of ColorOrange Study No. 2 Watercolor Art Print via The Joy of Color

Where do you get your inspiration for decorating your home from?

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DIY Handmade Washi Tape Clothespin Magnets Craft Project

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DIY Handmade Washi Tape Clothespin Magnets Craft Project
Need chip clips or note holders for your fridge or office? Then why not craft your own? Using clothespins – in your size of choice, decorative washi tape and craft store magnets, you can create your own custom clothespin magnets to match your kitchen decor! This super simple craft project takes under an hour and makes a great weekend family craft project!
To get started you will need the following supplies:
stickers or decorative scrapbook embellishments (optional)
scissors
Here’s what you do:
How to Make Decorative Clothespin Magnets - An Easy Kids Craft Project for a Rainy Day
First apply strips of washi tape to your clothespins. You can use it on one or both sides. (The magnets will stay better if you leave washi tape off of the back side where you will be adhering the magnets.)
DIY Handmade Washi Tape Clothespins Craft Project
Then carefully trim the excess washi tape from the top and sides of the magnets using scissors.
DIY Chip Clips for Your Fridge - Craft Project for Making Refrigerator Magnets for Notes and Clips
Next, apply your stickers or embellishments to the front of your washi tape decorated clothespins. For ours, Meagan and I used puffy, sparkle alphabet stickers to spell out words.
Tutorial for Making Decorative Washi Tape Clothespin Magnets for your Fridge
Now apply small amount of E6000 glue to one side of your magnets and press firmly on to the back side of your decorated clothespins. Allow to dry completely.
DIY Handmade Clothespin Magnets Decorated with Japanese washi tape
Once the glue adhering the magnets to the backs of the clothespins have dried you can put your new handmade creations on your refrigerator! Now they’ll always be handing for grabbing to use as chip clips or to put a note, recipe or coupon up on the fridge! For more ideas on craft projects you can use Japanese washi tape for click here.
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Upcycled Handmade Gift Ideas – Unique Gift Ideas for the Eco-friendly Conscious Recipient

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Upcycled. Recycled. Eco-friendly. Functional. Here are some super exciting handmade products I recently discovered that I love for their charm, function and more importantly for the fact that are either super eco-friendly or are made from recycled and upcycled products. These unique, handcrafted items are not only fun to buy and use, but would also make great gifts for the upcoming holidays!
Eco-Friendly Handmade Home Products
Upcycled Handmade Glass Home Products
Handmade Upcycled Jewelry and Accessories
Which is your favorite?
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