December 31, 2015

Construction Themed Birthday For A Toddler

Construction Theme Birthday for a Toddler
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Happy 3rd birthday to my little man! He decided that he wanted a "bobcat" theme for his birthday so we went with a general construction theme, I figured it was fair so we didn't have to single out other construction vehicles that weren't bobcat branded ;)

If you need a few ideas on how to decorate for your kid's construction theme birthday, keep on reading after the jump or click on the picture to the left to be re-directed to my YouTube video.

In my video you will see a quick tutorial on a DIY paper decoration as well as a brief explanation of how I made the cake.

November 24, 2015

Hair Color Update: Part 5

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Whaaaat!!?? Another hair color update so soon? You bet your dried, damaged hair it is! I'm even surprised myself as it hasn't even been a full month since I had the sunrise/sunset hair color. So the thing about having pastel hair is that it fades out QUICK. It was only 4 or 5 washes until all the rose gold/peach hair had pretty much completely washed out, and since it wasn't a color I was head over heels with, I decided not to touch it up and just put in a new color combo.

The color was much more vibrant in person but I applied so many filters to the pic to the left to make me look cooler than I am, so enjoy the car selfie :)

November 17, 2015

Recipe: Chicken Sate w/ Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Salad

chicken satay dinner recipe

Umm...YUM. Pretty sure I say that about all my recipes and pretty sure I say that I say that a lot (still following me here?), but I only post recipes that my family and I truly enjoy. This is my first attempt at a chicken sate in over 3 years and I don't know why I didn't attempt it sooner. 

My 3 year old gobbled this up without me even having to ask, and my 7 month old ate it without any faces...though to be fair she will literally eat any food at this point.

I made a few substitutions from the original recipe because I couldn't find certain ingredients...or I didn't want to buy them, but this still turned out awesome!

Recipe: Cucumber Salad (great for pairing with chicken sate!)

rice vinegar salad

Well, if you were looking to make a salad for dinner, you've come to the wrong place! This little recipe is purely for pairing alongside the Chicken Sate w/ Peanut Sauce. 

It's not particularly something the kiddos would enjoy, but I think it pairs perfectly with the chicken sate and wouldn't make any other side dish!

It's quick, easy, and a nice healthy pairing :)

November 11, 2015

My Hair Color: Part 4

Pink, orange, yellow hair gradient
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Pretty pastel-ish hair :) I think it's pretty anyways, though this color hasn't been my absolute favorite. 

I wanna call this a sunrise or sunset gradient/ombre color because it has tones of magenta, pink, orange and yellow but the overall look is much more subtle than some colors you've probably seen out there.

Anyways, keep on reading after the jump to see how I transitioned from the fire ombre color to this!

November 4, 2015

Making New Mom Friends Is Like Dating...Only Harder!

dating is hard, making mommy friends
Look at these cool moms on a play date!
After finding and marrying my husband, I figured I never had to go through the arduous process of dating someone ever again...boy was I wrong. I always felt bad for my friends who went through the dating process because it sounded awful, going on date after date in hopes of finding someone with similar interests, thinking that you've connected with someone and then they never contact you again...that stuff doesn't just happen when you're trying to find the love of your life, it happens when you are trying to find a new mom friend! Only it's harder this time around, much harder. Why you ask? Well let me tell you!

October 28, 2015

Recipe: Sloppy Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Quick and easy dinner with ground beef

Grilled cheese, a staple food item when it comes to humans. Easy, quick, filling...and c'mon, it's practically fried cheese!

What's better than cheese and bread? Adding meat of course :) Unless you're a vegetarian, then I've probably offended your senses, sorry!

This sweet and savory meal is just as easy to whip up as a regular grilled cheese sandwich, but much more filling and will please your tastebuds wanting more.

October 27, 2015

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream - Influenster Box

Laneige at, Korean skincare
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Gotta love Korean skincare...and gotta love beautiful blue packaging like this even more! I recently received this product in my Influenster box to test out and review, so I've posted a corresponding video post along with this post :)

If you're interested in seeing/hearing my thoughts on the Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, keep on reading after the jump or click on the picture to be taken to my YouTube review.

October 9, 2015

FabFitFun Unboxing - 2015 Fall Edition

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I'm jumping on the bandwagon y'all! This is my first box from FabFitFun and I love it already. FabFitFun is a quarterly lifestyle subscription box that ships to US and Canada for USD $49.99 each quarter (+ $8 shipping to Canada) and usually has a retail value of over $250.

All the products in the box are full size and range from beauty to fitness and everything else in between! 

Keep on reading after the jump for a more in-depth look at each product and my overall comments.

September 21, 2015

Review: Calla Creative Toddler Pillow

Happy customer!
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My little man...not so little anymore! He's almost 3 and has requested that he have his own pillow for his bed (crib). So I started the hunt for a good quality toddler pillow. 

I received this pillow from Calla Creative to test out, and not only do I give it a big thumbs up...Greyson does too!

Keep on reading after the jump to see why we love this pillow :)

September 3, 2015

Recipe: Korean Beef

easy delicious dinner with ground beef

Another family favorite and easy to make. I can't believe I haven't already posted this! 

If you like rice, beef, sugar, and salt...well this is the recipe for you!

Are you a horrible cook? Then this recipe is for you! It's super easy, its a matter of making minute rice, and throwing some ingredients into a pan and stirring, best part is the flavor of the beef, you really can't go wrong. My 2.5 year old gobbled it up without me even reminding him to eat, that in itself is worth it to make :)

August 17, 2015

Hair La Vie Moroccan Repair Serum Review

Hair La Vie Moroccan Repair Serum Review
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My Hair Color: Part 3

red orange yellow ombre hair
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I. Love. My. Hair.

I was a former lover of just all over red, but this gradient takes it to the next level...the level of AWESOME. In my humble opinion anyways ;)

So this is August's color and shall remain that color provided it fades out gracefully. And even if it doesn't...well...we will see. 

Keep on reading after the jump for details on how I stripped out the faded blue and transitioned into this color!

August 4, 2015

Recipe: Shrimp Linguine w/ Lemon Garlic Butter & White Wine Sauce

Ah-may-zing. I feel like I say that about most of the recipes I post on here, but I really only post recipes that I love (and my family loves too), and the second this yumminess hit my palette, I instantly wanted more.

Rich, delicious, yet light (I know, rich and light in the same sentence doesn't make sense) and full of flavour. Garlic, butter, lemon, white can you go wrong with this dish??

My 2.5 year old gobbled this up and it's not a common flavour that most kids would enjoy. Keep on reading after the jump for the recipe!

July 16, 2015

My Hair Color: Part 2

Blue, green, purple pravana, joico hair

Another new hair color already? Yup, if I could, I'd change my hair every 3 weeks, apparently I get bored easily.

The picture here is the day after a freshly applied color, my order from came in and I couldn't wait for my blue to fade out so just jumped right in!

Keep on reading after the jump for more pics and details.

June 29, 2015

Cambria's Nursery Tour

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Such a wee room but it's nicer than mine! At the time of finishing Cambria's room, she is 2.5 months old. Since we were in the midst of moving houses while she was born, I didn't have the luxury of setting up the nursery ahead of time like I did for Greyson...which also meant I didn't have time to make any customized mobiles or items for her room :( Subsequent children after the first always get the short end of the stick right?

Keep on reading after the jump to see more details on the nursery as well as see a video of the entire room contents! Exciting no??

June 17, 2015

My Hair Color Evolution

Ya...probably not a post a lot of people care about but I betcha there is one hair color enthusiast out there that is right on board! So long story short, I had short hair, grew it out with DIY extensions, then when I had my first kiddo I chopped all my hair off for the traditional "mom haircut" and have loved it ever since! It's such a great cut for those who still want to look polished, but can't spend 30 minutes just on their hair, I have an asymmetrical bob, or a-line bob and it literally takes 5 minutes to do in the morning and it looks good...seriously, I've had so many compliments on my hair I'm totally just used to looking good now ;p 

I'm now on mat leave for my second child and while I was planning to jump on the trend wagon and go hit me, while I'm on mat leave it will be the last time I will get to experiment with my hair color until I retire because I work in a very corporate environment, and I'm pretty certain blue and pink hair would not be well received by our president! So I have to take advantage and dye my hair all the colors that I'd always thought about but was never able to do. I follow Guy Tang and Vividartistichairdesign on Instagram and the color melts they do make me drool. So this year is my chance to bring on the funk :)

So this post will kick off the initial color change and as I go along, I'll link up the posts for those who are actually interested in following my color journey :) 

Click the jump to see my transition into blue hair!

June 5, 2015

Review: Behr Marquee Paint

The color isn't as blue in this photo, fyi!
I can sum this up in one word for all of you who don't have the time to read through endless posts on paint...AWESOME. Yup, I'd was skeptical and hesitant to purchase a gallon of this paint due to numerous negative reviews (and positive too), but I'm glad I splurged. The gallon cost me $60.97 cdn at Home Depot (and I'm getting a $7 rebate too!) and worth every penny, I think it's around $10 more a gallon than the other Behr paint and primer paint I've used in the past.

Does this cover in one coat? I would say yes...but also want to add in that you will be using more paint each time you roll than you're used to. I read a lot of negative reviews saying that it streaks, that it took someone 3 gallons to cover one room, that this paint is only for professionals who know what they are doing...nay I say! Nay. I'm no professional by any means, but I have painted 3 rooms prior to this so I sorta know what I'm doing here. Anyways, keep on reading after the jump for my experience painting with a gallon of Behr's Marquee paint.

June 1, 2015

Review: Mimos Baby Pillow

Excuse the dopey picture, but it's used mostly for a reference as to how large this pillow is :)
For those of you parents who are worried about your baby developing a flat head aka Plagiocephaly, this is a great solution for preventative measures. 

It's essentially a little baby pillow designed to prevent your baby from having a flat head by easing the pressure on your baby's head with even weight distribution over a much larger area of contact. Simply put, it's like a nice cushion for your baby's head.

Keep on reading to see my thoughts on this pillow! 

May 23, 2015

Chicken Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

3 cups of Parmesan cheese, 3 cups of mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup of butter, 2 cups of know you want it! 

I just wish I had a better picture to really showcase the deliciousness of this meal, but I was so excited to dig into it I forgot to do a proper photoshoot! 

Just trust me on this one that it is a meal you HAVE to make. As long as you are ok with ingesting oodles of cheese, cream, and butter, then this is a meal for you.

When my husband bit into it do a taste test, he immediately nodded his head and said "mmm yup, this is good." Or something to that effect, I was still giddy from the cheesy goodness :) 

February 22, 2015

Quick Review: Misto

Quick Review: Misto
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This is just one of these indispensable gadgets that I could not part with...and it was pretty inexpensive too! I use this on an almost daily basis when I cook, and the best part is you don't need refills of any type, and there are no additional chemicals involved. 

I've had my Misto for over a year now and it still works perfect. I bought mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond with a 20% off coupon. 

Hope you guys love this as much as I do :)

Happy cooking!

Quick Review: FriXion Erasable Pens

FriXion Erasable Pens
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You're probably thinking that this is a strange review...and you're right! It's not your typical mom product review but these are so cool that they are worth mentioning.

I use these at home and in the office and they have come in handy so many times. I write a lot of sticky note lists and grocery lists at home, and instead of having to scratch a line out if I make a mistake or change my list, I can simply erase it. 

At the office I've been working at building out floor plans and assigning people into seats and these erasable pens have been a lifesaver. 

Space Saving Vacuum Bags Comparisons & Review

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If you've been wondering if vacuum bags work and what the best bag is...well you've come to the right place! I've taken the leg work out of testing out most of the major brands in a head-to-head competition so I'm saving you time and're welcome! 

Quick Review: Summer Infant Plastic Bib

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 Quick Review: Summer Infant Bucket Bib

MelodySusie 192 Needles Microneedle Skin Care Therapy System

MelodySusie 192 Needles Microneedle
Skin Care Therapy System

Nope, this is not a torture device, though I'm sure it would be difficult to convince you otherwise because of all those teeny tiny needles! This is a skincare system - believe it or not - designed to help provide circulation to your skin and get rid of acne scars and a myriad of other skin problems.

Does it really work? 192 microneedles poking around on your skin without leaving 192 tiny holes?? Well, you'll just have to watch my video review to find out ;)

Review: MelodySusie Multifunction Facial Brush

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Pretty :) Who says beauty can't be beautiful? Well...probably nobody but I couldn't think of anything else to open with! 

So I was approached by the same company who sent me the Gel Nail Dryer and Makeup Brush Set to review, and I couldn't turn them down, I'm always in the market to try out new things to add to my beauty routine to help beautify me...or really just  try new things in general.

I'm a bit pressed for time these days and filming and editing a video seems to take less time than writing out a full blog post, so I'm going to let my long-ass video review do the talking for me instead...literally. Enjoy!

Quick Review "QR": Phillips AVENT Soft Spout Spill-Proof Sippy Cup

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 Phillips AVENT Soft Spout Cup

Review: Timi & Leslie Abby Diaper Bag

Wait what? That's a diaper bag? Looks like a beautiful leather purse don't it? Yeah, that's MY diaper bag :D

If you're looking for an in-depth review of the Timi & Leslie Abby diaper bag, you've found it! Probably more in-depth than you would care to read about, but you know me and my reviews, they can go on forever!

I'll cover the basics, the extras, and heck, I'll even show you what it looks like on the body. Still interested? Well keep on reading!

Review: MelodySusie 32 Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set

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brush set from Amazon!
Let's talk makeup brushes people! Excuse the special duck face next to this brush set, it does not come with these brushes so don't be put off buying these ;)

Let's get this little disclaimer out of the way shall we? I was provided this brush set by MelodySusie for review, however these are my own honest opinions. I'm not being paid to review this (I wish!).

I've used this brush set for about a month in order to provide you with an informed review, wanna know more? Keep on reading after the jump!

Review: MelodySusie Super Mini 6W LED Gel Nail Polish Dryer

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What is this contraption you ask? Read the title ;) For those of you unfamiliar with gel nail polish, this little unit is not your conventional nail dryer that blows out air onto your manicure, this fun unit is far more advanced!

It "dries" your gel nail polish by using LED UV lights that cure and harden your gel nail polish leaving you with a protected, glossy top coat.

I'm a big dumb dumb and forgot to take pictures of my nail 'before and after' so there's no more info after the jump :( I'm a big fan of using this unit in conjunction with a gel nail polish top coat and it's helped my nail art to last for over 3 weeks without fading and using an occasional touch-up (by simply applying another gel topcoat and curing).

I would totally recommend this unit to anyone looking for a cute, and small nail polish dryer. It's compact...and it works!

Vegan Cuts Monthly Subscription Box - Unboxing

Well hello delicious treats! Where have you been all my life? I've heard of monthly subscription boxes for beauty, health, mom and baby products, but never for snacks, especially vegan snacks!

This is a brilliant idea, not only do you get to try a variety of delicious and good-for-you snacks, but it delivers directly to your door. There's no need for umming and aahing over what to try in stores, the guesswork is taken out and all you need to do is hand over some cash, and shovel the treats into your mouth :)

Review: Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor

Well that title is a mouthful! Coming atcha with another review. If you follow my blog, you'll remember that in this post, I mentioned why I prefer a video monitor over an audio monitor. I decided to do a small review/feature overview on the video monitor that I currently own. 

Keep on reading to find out more details!

Review: Pink Lemonade Mama Cloth

I. Found. a menstrual pad. Whaaat? Yeah I know I'm weird, I'm completely aware of that! So remember how I was completely in love with my Lunapads? Eff that, I'm totally over those. 

Move over Lunapads and make way for my new love affair, Pink Lemonade! Sounds delicious no? Not quite delicious, more like luxuuuuuurious mmm.

Review: Ubimed Lifenest

A what? Lifenest you say? You got it! You probably haven't heard of this sleeping system as it's not widely advertised and it doesn't actually look like you can buy it from many retailers...when I was looking to buy this there was only one place in Canada you could purchase it from. Anyways, more on that later, but I'm doing this review for those of you who are very cautious new parents and looking for some peace of mind when your baby sleeps in their crib.

This nest system is primarily designed to help prevent Plagiocephaly aka Flat Head Syndrome, but this also helps to promote the "back is best" philosophy and helps you worry less about SIDS. In a nutshell, this nest is designed for your baby's comfort and the parents' peace of mind.

Review: Ubbi Diaper Pail

It's a thing of beauty no? What's that? It's a diaper pail you say!? Eww...but it's still really pretty :)

Whether you cloth diaper or diaper like normal folk, you've probably Googled different diaper pails to find the best one in form and function. Well this pretty little diaper pail is both! 

Keep on reading for an overview and my review of my Ubbi pail.

Review: Nursing Pads Review

Well this entry is pretty straight-forward, my review on disposable nursing pads! I say disposable because I've been using cloth for everything else and I did't want you to get any ideas that I was only reviewing cloth nursing pads!

I'm doing a quickie review on the Johnson's  nursing padsMedela nursing pads, and Lansinoh nursing pads. These seem to be the top 3 pads that people debate between and wonder which one is the best.

Review: Lunapads - Cloth Menstrual Pads

I know what you're thinking...cloth menstrual pads? Gross. Yeah don't worry, I thought the same thing at one point, but I became a believer during post partum!

So in addition to my actual review of these pads,  I'd like to share my reason for 'why cloth?' I had actually bought some mama cloth (the coined term for cloth menstrual pads) quite a few years ago when I first heard of this and tried them out for one menstrual cycle...when I first put them in my underwear and tried them out...heaven, it was like puffy soft clouds hugging my lady bits!

Review: The Bella Band

Oh BB, I do enjoy your company! Or at least my bloating enjoys your company :)

So here's the lowdown, I'm 5'2 and pre-pregnancy I weighed in at about 98 lbs (I'm Asian...this is quite normal I assure you), I started to bloat like crazy around the 3 month much so that it was getting near impossible to button up my pants without feeling insanely tight and uncomfortable. My "bandaid" solution until I figured out something better was to get either a hair elastic or a rubberband, tie one end around the pant button, and then loop through the hole and wrap around the button again. Just call me Miss Fashionista! 

Review: Leachco's Snoogle - Total Body Pillow

Well I decided that if I'm going to do reviews on mommy-products, I might as well post them in separate entries so it's easier for people to filter through. Duh.

So on my pregnancy journey, another fun body change that I've recently encountered...BACK PAIN. I'm sitting at 21 weeks now and have gained a total of 11 lbs, I didn't think I would have to face this for awhile...but my body decided otherwise. My first sleep deprived night was around July 22nd, woke up and my lower back was SORE, complained most of the day, grunted and groaned but was otherwise fine. Decided to be cheap and instead of buying one of those Snoogle pillows, I borrowed two long cylindrical body pillows from my parents, back felt better the two nights I used it, but not as perfect as it once was. At my ultrasound I was mentioning the pain to my dad...ok ok...complaining to my dad, and what is waiting for me when I arrive home but a new Snoogle complete with a separate pillow cover :D

My Leaking Dishwasher and How I Fixed It!

I had a leaky dishwasher. Not just little leaks, all out water puddles on the floor. What. The. Heck. To be fair, my dishwasher is about 5 years old and I've never really done anything to maintain it, so it's inevitable to leak at some point...isn't it?

But do not despair! All was not lost and I didn't spend a dime to fix my dishwasher, I DIY'd that sucker myself and felt like a freaking super hero after I fixed it! Want to know how I fixed it? Keep on reading!

DIY Christmas Stockings with a Cuff

Sure it doesn't look tough, but if you're a super beginner sewer like I am, this would make you scratch your head for longer than you would think ;)

After the new addition to our family (new as in now-one-year-old!), I decided that I just had to have matching stockings for everyone, because I'm a freak like that...yeah you know you are too! We have a specific color theme for Christmas in our house and most of the colors (blue, white, silver) sold in stores have to do with cutesy snowmen and the like, and I wanted something a bit more elegant...but elegance comes at a price! A price that I'm not willing to pay for 5 times over (1 for me, 1 for hubby, 1 for baby, 1 for puppy, 1 for future baby we know we want).

So of course I figured I might as well make them myself! You wouldn't believe how many times my husband hears that in a week. The stockings pictured here have a folded cuff, inside lining, and there are no raw edges showing, everything is completely finished and it looks fabulous! I think anyways.

Keep on reading to see a step-by-step + video tutorial to make your very own stockings!

IKEA Hack: Spice Rack Turned Bookshelves many children books already and Greyson can't even read!  We have books for ages 0 through to the teen years, yet we had nowhere to hold all of them. They literally just sat in reusable shopping bags tucked away in the corner of Grey's closet. Drove me nuts!

I spent hours scouring the web for book storage solutions and didn't really come up with anything that I loved for a reasonable price, and then I remember a pin I saw once on Pinterest. Ikea hacks...loves me some Ikea hacks!

Don't know what an Ikea hack is? Google it! No seriously, you'll love it, it's taking an Ikea item and re-purposing/upgrading the item into something much cooler and customized to your tastes.

Don't believe me? Those little book shelves are actually the Bekvam spice racks.

Quickie Update to my Cabinet

I know what you're thinking..."more updates to your craft room? Ugh!". Well if you're thinking that then you probably shouldn't be reading this post ;)

After filling up my newly built cabinets in my craft room, I realised there was a whole section that I hadn't even thought about building. In my original sewing table, on the door there were two "caddy" areas that had dividers to hold all of my sewing paraphernalia, when I went to fill up my cabinets I had nowhere to put my sewing knick knacks! So they sat all nicely jumbled together in one bin *sigh*. In the sole purpose of "everything having it's place" in my new cabinets, I obviously had to build a caddy unit to house my random knick knacks. 

After the jump isn't a tutorial, but a few pictures and my step-by-step in case you are interested in building your own!

Craft Room Update: New Cabinets!: Part 5

Yup. I built those myself. I can't believe it either! My craft room dream is actually coming true :)

Don't get too excited yet, the base cabinets I talked about here aren't fully completed yet, this is just set 1 of 3, the easy set. And I only have a month left of maternity leave :O

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here, I really just want to show you the progress of my craft room, not talk about what steps are next...or maybe I will cover that too after the jump, haven't quite decided yet...

Building Custom Cabinets: The Reveal - Part 4 (final)

Hello beautiful. Would you like to come home with me? What's that? You already are home? Excellent.

He he he, I'm SO proud of myself, it's such a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment building something from nothing. This was literally pieces of wood when I started, and now it's a beautiful, functioning cabinet that can hold stuff and you can open and close the door, amazing!

I'm not quite finished yet, I still need to add on the toe kick in the front, but I haven't quite figured out what design I want it to be, I don't want just a plain 'ol straight board of wood, so I'll probably give you an update in a later post once I've settled on a design.

Interested in how I built this and some words of wisdom? Keep on reading after the jump!

Building Custom Cabinets: Building the Door - Part 3

Hardware installed and ready to assemble!

Doors...yup, need 'em, and since my base cabinet frame are custom measurements, that means I need to build a custom door. Also, for those of you following this...I just want to say that I'm by no means a professional at this, far from it in fact! This is my first attempt at a cabinet so if you're following my blog on how to build one and it doesn't come out like you'd hoped, you can't blame me! Just sayin'.

I was debating on what wood to use for my doors, just when I was thinking birch plywood (which to be honest, I don't even know if plywood is recommended for the doors), I realised I had a giant piece of leftover MDF from my NES Coffee Table. There are many different ways you can build doors, but I decided to make just a simple shaker cabinet door with an MDF frame and plywood center.

Building Custom Cabinets: Assembling the Frame - Part 2

First carcass all assembled, woot! There's an
extra shelf sitting on the top waiting for me
to figure out what to do with it.

Woot! Celebratory dance because the first carcass for my cabinet is assembled and actually looks pretty good! I know it's just pieces of wood stuck together, but I was afraid it wouldn't square up or look right. Again, it's all slapped together with glue and pocket holes.

Alright, first off, I've chosen not to put on a face frame for these cabinets, I just want it all simple and flush for the doors...also, I didn't want to spend extra time on a face frame for these cabinets. Since I've chosen plywood, you'll be able to see the plys on the edges so I picked up some wood edge banding, adhered it on the showing edges with an iron, and then sanded down the edges to fit. Then I sanded everything down for a nice smooth finish, starting with I think 120 and ended with a 220 grit. 

Building Custom Cabinets: My Vision - Part 1

My vision
Yup. Custom cabinets. This can't be too hard right? Especially for a third woodworking project...

Some people call me ambitious, others call me crazy. I believe I'm a fine line somewhere in between ;) Why custom cabinets you ask? Well this of course has to do with my craft room. I was going to purchase some RTA (ready to assemble) kitchen base cabinets, but the dimensions were just too big for my little craft room, the cabinets would extend out to 25" with the table overhang and that would give me literally 2 square feet of space to walk into my craft room. Not that I'm in dire need of walking space in there, but I don't want my entire room to be cabinets...only 3/4 of it!

Keep on reading to follow me on this project, it's lengthy, but keep in mind I'm trying to write out all the details for any newbies wanting to know what the process is :)

Craft Room Update: Looking Good!: Part 4

Remember this ugly thing? It's still ugly to me...only less ugly :)

I've made a few small improvements to help minimize the clutter, but it's nowhere near where I want it to be yet...and I only have 3 months left on mat leave. Where has the time gone? And summer is almost over! What the heck!?

I still need to actually finish my NES Controller Coffee Table first before tackling anything else...but this beast is on my mind. Check out my potential design for the rest of this office after the jump!

Prep, Sand, Prime and Paint!: Part 3

Now the tedious fun part begins! I'd like to note that I've never tackled a project like this before, so it's a whole new learning process for me + hours of Google searches. 

So this means there's a lot of room for error, fingers crossed that there are none, but that's what learning new things is all about! Plus, if there are hiccups along the way, you can learn from my mistakes :)

I've decided that I want to spray paint my cabinets...yes, spray paint, with a spray paint can. Why? Well one, I'd read such good things about spray paint projects from other DIY blogs and two...I'm lazy. You might ask how I can call myself lazy if I'm taking on painting kitchen cabinets...but let me assure you this is completely possible. The thought of using a roller and a paint brush to paint these cabinets makes me twitch a little because that seems like too much work, but pressing a nozzle on a can seems fun! Plus, I've picked up one of those fun little handle attachments that make the can look like a gun :)