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Hello Family Thank You

HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU

From the bottom of my heart…

Good Morning – HELLO Family Thank you.  That’s right, we are starting our first post in nearly a year (Minus our IKEA RAST Hack), with a HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU.  This past year has been especially hard for me.  Our world was turned upside down in 2015, but we are finally landing right side up in 2016, and I wanted to say, HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU.

HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU
HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU

As you all know, 2015 was not a year I want to relive, and not being good at sharing personal stuff, well, I just stopped blogging.  We had so many life changing events, life plain overwhelmed me.  My father passed away in January suddenly (thank you for all the cards, personal messages, and posts – they were all much appreciated and treasured), then Mr. Hello surprised me with early retirement from one job, and went to work at another company, which moved us to Arizona, Corrina and Cody took job transfers to Michigan and Crysta just moved into a home right around the corner from us, and we were moving.  With my father just passing, and now retirement, painting and creating custom pieces of furniture was the one thing that kept me from going crazy – but I had to finally slow down my Painted/Custom furniture business in St Louis with many tears, and start our transition from one state to another.  This was so hard, as my clients were simply the BEST, it took me a full year to grow a great client base, and winding down my business was yet another thing I had to morn.  We put our villa up for sale. Hard to do, because each of you helped me choose the décor that adorned the home.  It was so special living there because of our HELLO Family Thank You.

The Villa Home Decor
The Villa Home Decor

Once we sold the villa, we moved across country after living in St Louis for 15 beautiful years, and leaving for the first time, our daughters in the Midwest.  My mom friends and clients ran to my rescue offering Crysta and Justin places to come for the Holidays we were not going to spend with them.  There is no better feeling than an extra team of moms who just get you! Hello Familly Thank you for all for your kindness, it was so appreciated. 🙂

HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU
HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU

Then another change, but a great one – a surprise call from Cody asking to marry our oldest daughter Corrina

Corrina and Cody - Engaged
Corrina and Cody – Engaged

and a side conversation with many hugs from Justin (Crysta’s true love) reassuring us he would take great care of Crysta.

Crysta and Justin
Crysta and Justin

But leaving the grand pups…now that was tough pill to swallow.

Zoe and Hank - The Grand Pups!
Zoe and Hank – The Grand Pups!

We are blessed to have both Cody and Justin in our daughter’s lives, and ours (insert loads more tears from both myself and Mr. Hello.)

Tears-of-the-heart
Tears-of-the-heart

The tears kept flowing as we packed the PODS, (yep I said PODS – it took 2 and I still had to get rid of pieces that would not fit at the end, who knew the villa held that much!!! Really!)  As the PODS left the driveway, we locked the door, handing over the keys, and closing the villa sale shortly after.  Pulling away from the driveway the tears started, and I started to feel like a faucet that would not shut off!  Here we were leaving our St Louis life behind, suffering the loss of my father, and leaving our children/15 years of treasured memories in The Lou.  Trying to feel celebratory on a new job and life in Arizona we were not feeling.  It was just plain crazy, so much change at one time, but then again, you know HELLO I LIVE HERE does nothing in small doses 🙂

On our way across country, we stopped in Oklahoma to check on my mother, newly alone after 58 glorious years married to our father.  It was surreal as I walked into the home and dad not being there.  Quite, no TV blaring politics in the back ground, no more exchanging recipes or just getting that hug when we left – heart breaking :-/.

Mom and Dad
Mom and Dad

I just wanted to pack mom up and move her with us, you know the leave no man behind rule truly applied here, but mom being the strong willed woman she is – was not biting…which lead to more tears as we drove off down the road the next morning.  It was hard to stop hugging mom, and not want to toss her in the SUV like granny from the Beverly Hill Billie’s, rocker and all!

How to move a mom that does not want to go
How to move a mom that does not want to go

Thank God for a call from my older sister Terri, and her wonderful hubby Carlos they decided to move to Oklahoma, wait for it – 2 doors down from my mom!  Que the tears – again!  All of 5 sisters are so grateful, as it removes worry for us knowing mom has one of us there with her daily.  Thanks Terri and Carlos! <3

Terri and Carlos
Terri and Carlos

Arriving in Arizona a couple days later, me featuring where we had been and each of you commenting and posting to our Facebook Page from literally around the world as we rolled across country was heartwarming.  Not knowing how our business would grow here in Arizona, it was the best feeling when our Arizona fans welcomed us to the state – you all gave me hope my business would start to grow here soon. HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU

Welcome to Arizona
Welcome to Arizona

But the hurdles were not over yet!  Moving to a state with a job, but no home of our own, we settled in with my little sister, Connie, her hubby Michael, and children Jordan and Taylor.  We began our search for a home that fit our needs in Arizona.  What a journey.  Every time we found a home to put in an offer, it was gone – in 1 day!  We came to understand that FedEx had just moved to our new hometown and brought 8,000 new jobs with them – so wonderful – more growth – but the down side, no luck finding a home of our own.  So, over Diet Coke on a sunny patio, my sister Connie and hubby Michael talked us into a new home in the same neighborhood they lived.

diet coke and sun - with great family company
diet coke and sun – with great family company

Yep, a dream Connie, Maggie and I always talked about as kids, living up the street from each other so we could borrow sugar, eggs and have coffee (in our case, diet coke) together – Maggie…get on board woman!  That reminder had me signing on the dotted line.  It’s not every day you get to live near one of your wonderful sisters – now if the rest would just move here 😉

Family - sisters and mom
Family – sisters and mom

Taking their advice, we settled on a new home with Ryland (now CaAtlantic Homes).

Cal Atlantic Homes - A Ryland and Standard Homes Venture
Cal Atlantic Homes – A Ryland and Standard Homes Venture

But, the fun did not stop once we signed – nope – the crazy kept on coming – ;-/  The got bad news on the home we started building.  The home could not be finished until February of this year!  Why?  Arizona is booming again, and a framer shortage cropped up due to so many new homes and business building here.  Knowing we needed to get settled, we went for a spec home almost completed.  We signed a new contract, and moved in shortly after.  Thanks Shelly and Patrick for helping through all the crazy and paperwork, but the biggest thank you has to goes to Todd Lybert, the Project Manager, who helped us get into our new home quickly once the paperwork was done.  You guys were all awesome to work with, and handled our crazy well. 😉

Once we moved in, our HELLO Family members went through the contractor up and downs with us on anything from blinds that were ordered and did not fit, too watching our backyard come to life way after the deadline we were promised (again contractor shortages – jobs galore), Mr. Hello’s favorite spot in the house by the way!

California Pools & Landscaping
California Pools & Landscaping

But, after everything, the home that seemed too big, turned out to be perfect, as all of you in our HELLO Family started to fill our home with Facebook comments and decor suggestions which I looked forward to reading every day.

Out of boxes
Out of boxes

It became more like home when Crysta and Justin called to say they were moving to Arizona!  Que the tears –we are so excited to have at least one set of kids back – but I will not stop till Corrina and Cody live here too – Linda honey does not take no for an answer ;-)! LOL

Crysta and Justin
Crysta and Justin

Today, Curt is settled into his job, our home is out of boxes, the kids are starting their new lives, and we have passed the one year anniversary of my father’s death.  I feel like I am starting to feel life again for the first time in a year.  We are in planning mode for Corrina and Cody’s wedding with his wonderful parents, getting Crysta and Justin moved in for a while until they find their home here in Arizona, starting new projects in our house that will make it our home once again. A mouth full right?  Never a dull moment.

Now that I have grieved my losses, I now feel like my creative button has been turned back on again, as you all helped me find the energy to start blogging again.  So, I thank you all for being patient – it’s truly been a crazy year for us, but you guys were a shining light in it all. 🙂  Deciding not to blog for a full year was the right thing for me, and I thank you all for allowing me to take a step back to grieve, breathe new life into our crazy world and above all share it all with you.  I just wanted you all to know, I am so grateful for each of you.  Your messages were all received, I read, answered and adored each and every word.  HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for helping me heal.  You’re all a blessing – (insert more tears).

HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU
HELLO FAMILY THANK YOU

I promise this year new blogs, and great things to share.  In the mean time, thank you for following our blog, Facebook, Pinterest, twitter, Instagram, RyobiNation, and BobVila Nation, and Homtalk pages.  Thank you all again for helping me get through a terrifying year of changes.

Until tomorrow.

Linda

Hugs Linda
Hugs Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

How to paint kitchen cabinets - project complete

How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

Just DIY It!

Hi HELLO family – well its ready –  How to paint your kitchen cabinets is happening right here tonight!  I wanted to take my time writing this post to capture all you need to know to do your DIY project.  So, how many of you did your homework?  Did you visit a paint shop and ask those questions?  Have you chosen your brand of paint?  Did you order the Cabinet Video from The Magic Brush?

Great job!  Now let’s get started on how to paint kitchen cabinets the Hello I Live Here way.

What you need:

Cordless drill or screwdriver
Krud Cutter or Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
Bucket
Rubber gloves
Protective goggles
Sponge
Putty knife
Spackling compound or wood filler
120- to 220-grit sandpaper
Tack cloth or rag
Deglosser
Painter’s tape
Drop cloth
Primer
Paintbrushes, 1.5-inch tapered and 2-inch-wide synthetic fiber brushes
Microfiber paint rollers, 2-3 inches wide
Paint
Paint tray and stir sticks

Instruction:

First, you really need to think about the paint you want to use.  We chose to use General Finishes Milk Paints to complete our project.

How to paint kitchen cabinets - General Finishes

We like this paint because it has a very good self-leveling agent.  This helps to level out the brush marks as the paint dries for a super smooth finish, which for us was the only choice since we were hand brushing everything. Because we are doing a cottage theme in the villa, we decided on Antique White for the tops, and Queenstown Gray for the bottoms.  We used 1 quart of each color (not bad right?)

Then, drop cloth cover all surfaces you do not want paint on, like your counters and floors, and use painters table around edges to keep paint off back-splash if you have one, and side walls.  We elected not to drop cloth the floors or the counter tops because, well, we are ripping both out.  Wood floors will be installed and new counter tops are on order along with back-splash systems.  But, you may not be doing those upgrades, so make sure you prep these areas before starting.

Next, remove those hinges and hardware.  (Note: I did not empty out my cabinets because I am a freak and clean mine every couple weeks to remove debris.) The best way to paint cabinets is to remove the doors and drawers. Don’t ever paint over the hardware – it’s an expensive mistake and keeps doors and drawers from closing correctly. Now, map out that kitchen! Map just how the doors and drawers go together in the kitchen by labeling each piece with its position.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets - label doors and frames

 

This helps you reassembly fast and easy. Use a cordless drill or screwdriver to remove hinges and hardware. If your cabinets have adjustable shelves, be sure to remove those — and the hardware that supports them — from the cabinets – ours set far enough back so we had no need to remove them as they do not touch the frames.

Once you are done mapping out the door return system, then you are going to scrub the cabinets like crazy!  Strap on the goggles, glove up and Get in there – remove all the junk and grease that all cabinets have on them. You can use TSP or Krud Cutter.  We used Krud Cutter an all-purpose, water-based, multi-task cleaner, degreaser, stain remover, and exterior wash. It removes even the toughest stains. Leaves no residue and requires no rinsing. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, non-abrasive, and non-flammable.  Spray or wash on and let dry thoroughly before the next step.  You can purchase Krud Cutter at a paint supply store or your local Lowe’s or Home Depot.

How to paint kitchen cabinets -Krud Kutter

All clean and dry? Remember, if your cabinets are in great shape and free of nicks and dents, you can degloss with Krud Cutter and you not have to sand.  But if your cabinets are in bad shape and need work, now is the time to use a putty knife and the wood filler to fill any nicks or dents with spackling compound or wood filler; let dry. Sand the surface with 120- to 220-grit sandpaper to dull the surface and smooth down any imperfections. You can use a small sanding block from Home Depot to softly sand the areas and the frames and doors in all places. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove the dust after sanding.

Now that you are done, prepping, mapping, and cleaning the doors and frames, it’s time to do the prep work.  If you are using new hardware, make sure they are either the same size as what you are removing, or fill those holes with wood filler, and sand lightly to remove any hard surface – you want them smooth.

Prep work is important to the validly of the finished product.  Select a primer that’s recommended for the type of surface you have (wood, metal, or laminate) and have it tinted to the color of the top coat.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets  - primer the doors

 

This is especially important if the surface is dark or stained because the original finish can “bleed,” or be visible, through the top coat.

Again, this is where your paint stores like Reinke Decorating or Flanagan Paint & Supplies come in handy.

Consulting with the expert at your paint retailer can help you decide between a waterborne or solvent-borne primer.  We used Zinsser primer special for our type of cabinets (they were not the real wood we thought they were – so this worked great). We used a good Pro Purdy brush for primer, and worked it all in with the roller first, then stroked over with our Pro Purdy brush.  We let dry a couple hours as directed by the manufacture.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets  - primer the frames

Once we finished priming, and it dried – we moved on to adding our paint color.  We cracked open a quart of General Finishes Queenstown gray and applied the first coat to the face frames and the back of each door using the same method as when we primed the cabinets.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets - Bottom Cabinets Queenstown Grey

 

Rolled, then worked it all in by hand brushing – we did 2 coats letting dry 2 hours between each coat and following the manufactures directions.  Once both coats were completed and dried, we added the top coat to seal the product using General Finishes Professional Sealer with a satin finish.  Once dry we stood back in awe as we could not see one brush stroke!  AMAZING!!!

The second day we did the same process to the upper cabinets only we used the Antique White.  We again, primed, let dry, added 2 healthy coats of antique white, let dry 2 hours between each application, and then followed that with 3 coats of Professional Satin top coat by General Finishes.

How to paint kitchen cabinets - General Finishes Antique White

Once the paint finish has dried completely, it’s was time to attach drawer pulls, screw the hinges on the doors, and hang the doors on the frames, according to the map we made. We then slid the drawers back into place and stood back to enjoy the new cabinets we created.

How to Paint kitchen cabinets - Antique White top cabinets two coats

See not so bad right?  Well, do you think it’s easy?  Are you going to try to DIY it now that you see how to paint kitchen cabinets?  DIY can be rewarding if you take your time, and enjoy the process.  After saving a bucket load of money by DIYing our cabinets, we were able to afford the new counter tops and wood floors.  Yep both – you can see our wood floor story on the blog – as those are already in and took us about 4 weekends from start to finish.

Hope you learned How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets!  Please share a comment about your DIY kitchen cabinets experience!  Until our next blog post.

Paint your Kitchen cabinets-finished look

Linda 🙂

 

 

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Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away

Blanket Ladder Made with Black & Decker Drill give Away

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away

Make something great with BLACK+DECKER  – Drill Give Away

Happy Wednesday – are you all ready Hello readers for our Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away?  I am so excited to do a self hosted give away with BLACK+DECKER.  I love there products and jumped at the chance to bring this awesome drill to one of our lucky readers!!!

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
BLACK+DECKER 20 V Drill Give away

We used our drill to make an awesome blanket ladder for our new empty nest reading room. this simple project of a Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill Give Away drill, will go fast and give you extra space to hang those blankets we all find on the floor – come on you know the ones I am talking about 😉 !

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Completed Blank Ladder Project

Here’s what we did:

We went to our local Home Depot and purchased 2 – 2x4x8’s and 1 – 2x6x12.  We had our guys at The Home Depot (also a great place to purchase our BLACK+DECKER drill if you are not the lucky winner), and had them cut the 2x6x12  into 4 17″ pieces, and we picked up 2-1/2″ pocket Hole Screws by Kreg.  We brought our goodies home, and got started.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Supplies needed to complete project

We popped our new BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology out of the box and got to work.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
BLACK+DECKER 20 V Drill Give away

We took the 4 17″ 2×6’s and added 2 pocket holes at each end of the board using our Kreg Pocket Hole Jig, and our BLACK+DECKER Drill.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Adding Kreg Pocket Holes

After all the holes were drilled, we attached the 2×6’s to the first 2×4 at an angle starting the first 2×6 5″ from the top, and spacing 14″ there after until all the 2×6’s were in place, making sure each piece fit within the 2×4 on the angle with no overlap.  Once all the 2×6’s were attached, we added the second side starting with the top, 5″ down to match the opposite side.

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Attaching the sides
Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Making the Blanket Ladder

Next, we painted our ladder with General Finishes Lamp Black Milk Paint, and let dry.

General Finishes
Lamp Black Finish

Once dry, we brought the ladder into the sitting room, placed behind the chair and filled with lovely, snugly blankets.  See how easy that was?  And just think, no more blankets on the floors!!!

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
Completed Blank Ladder Project

Oh, we are not done yet – I promised you one lucky winner here in the US, will win a new drill just like mine! How exciting is that!!!!  It’s a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology.  This drill  has an automatic clutch that has proven to be three times more accurate than a mechanical clutch. I didn’t have to experiment with trial and error to set the clutch. I simply set the drill to drive mode, and it did the monitoring of torque needed to drive the screw…Totes am I right!

Blanket Ladder Made with BLACK+DECKER Drill give Away
What you can win to make your project

Now do you want to win this awesome BLACK+DECKER 20V Max drill?  I know you do!!! Hello readers share how this drill will make your life easier in my comment box below, and click the links above for Black + Decker – you will be entered to win a BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX* Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology of your own. So get started and I will alert the winner soon!
Black-and-Decker-20V-Drill-with-AutoSense-Clutch

Happy building readers!!! Don’t forget to find our other projects on Bob Vila Nation, Facebook, and Hometalk.

– Linda

Bungalow No Prep Paint

Bungalow No Prep Paint

Bungalow No Prep Paint

Put some color into your life!

Happy Sunday – tonight let’s talk paint – Bungalow No Prep Paint that is ;-).  You watched last week as I showed you on a couple pieces of furniture just how delicious Bungalow No Prep Paint was as it helped us complete a couple pieces.

Bungalow No Prep Paints
Logo

 

The company was founded by furniture guru Sarah Howse.  She loved painting furniture but hated the cost of the paint.  Sarah wanting to keep turning old things into fabulous pieces of art, so she decide to develop her own paint, hence Bungalow No Prep Paint – No Prep, because no body has time for that! 😉

Bungalow No Prep Paint
Beautiful Color Selection

Bungalow No Prep Paint comes in 33 custom colors and is currently available in 3 states, but they can ship if you state is not one of the lucky ones to have a retailer.  These beautiful jars of vibrant color help furniture tell a story through it’s owners own vibrant choices.  Just look at the fab creations we put together!

Bungalow No Prep Paint
Fun Color Chart

The Savannah color on this lovely piece went on lush, did not leave streaks and covered in one coat right over bright yellow!

Bungalow No Prep Paint
Savannah

The Key Lime mixed great with a bright silver strip bringing this little beauty straight back from the pile I pulled it from.  Can you ask for more?  Look at it gleam!!

Bungalow No Prep Paint
Key Lime Green

Want to choose a color that fits your personality?  Check out the color page and pick away – you will want to try them all – I know I do 🙂 .  Want to talk to Sarah about being a retailer in your state?

Bungalow No Prep Paint
Color choices

You can contact Sarah by click here – You will want to get in on the ground floor of this awesome paint.  Trust me when I tell you – the coverage is fab so if you are a retail store – don’t miss out – this company will grow fast!

Bungalow No Prep Paints
Logo

Order some today – you will fall in love just like we did at Hello I Live Here.  Happy Sunday everyone!!! – See you next week as we bring you a great Black & Decker Give away!!!

~Linda

 

 

 

 

Grey

Grey paint colors

To go grey or not to go grey – that is the question?

Hello readers todays post is all about the color grey!  Today we are working on some of our inside projects – you know two at once like many of us bloggers do on a daily basis.  While waiting for my new piece of furniture to dry with the first coat of Annie Sloan color, I decided to move to the walls as we are painting our villa a new grey color to contrast with our new more comfy living style instead of our heavy old world style left over from the previous home decor that we sold.

Grey paint colors

Many decorators and DIYers are loving the color grey right now, including Hello I Live Here.  Not too long ago we finished our master bathroom series which was a five part upgrade.  Then we went to the Master bedroom where we embellished the walls with a wonderful grey color.  Once it went up, hubby for the first time, could understand the why the DIY decorating ripple effect happens (remember that post?)  Then here came the planning boards.

Grey

Since paint the master we are now moving through the first floor of the Villa.  We have made some progress by using the same color combinations we did in the master bedroom (which I will blog real soon for you) – We are working on the lighter walls this week and will choose the walls to receive the darker accent color as we did in the bedroom.

Grey paint colorsWe are using Valspar  from Lowe’s and Behr Ultra with primer from Home Depot – Collonade Gray which will provide that tradition twist of cool neutral color we are looking for.  I used Behr because it seems to cover these walls in one coat, where other brands were taking two with the sample swatches, and because we are a west facing home and the cool tones help keep our rooms looking welcoming, cheerful and homey, which is why we chose a gray with cool hues.  With this color we will be using Valspar’s String on our focal walls, which will accent nicely and bring that little bit of drama the room craves.  This will be accomplished using the 80/20 rule, 80% neutral, and 20% strong helping to balance the our rooms.

Grey painted rooms

As we progress with our paint project, we will post you some snap shots of what we have left to complete.  Once the paint goes up, we will be letting the excitement begin with the next project on our list, but we don’t want to give it all away in one post!

Thanks for stopping by today!!! Until next post, may the forces of grey be with you!

Linda

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