1.16.2012

New Kitchen Lighting


I know this isn't the greatest picture ever, but I never did claimed to have photography skills :D
Caleb has been working overtime on our kitchen remodel.

One thing about our kitchen that drives me crazy is the lack of good lighting. 
When we bought the house there was a huge ceiling fan in there and I knew that had to go, so we installed a black glass and chrome chandelier in its' place. While that helped add more lighting, it still felt so dark in there.
Caleb had given me a little spending money for my birthday a few weeks ago and I chose to get this crystal prism pendant light to go over the sink.
It doesn't look that impressive in my awful picture, but it is SO gorgeous in person and all lit up!

There was a very large square shaped box light that was recessed up under the arch Caleb installed. It was very typical 1950's and it barely even glowed when turned on. Eventually I want to make a roman shade to go in place of those awful mini blinds. I'm also trying to decide on a paint color to go around the window area.

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps













                                                                     Source: shewearsmanyhats.com via Adrianne on Pinterest



I've made this recipe for cashew chicken lettuce wraps twice in the last few weeks. They are so incredibly good and so easy to make. I'm a huge fan of the lettuce wraps from PF Chang's and I was happy to find a really good recipe for them that I can make at home.
I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used a soy sauce alternative, since I try to avoid as much soy as possible.
Bonus: they're low carb!



A Vintage Bar Cart Makeover

A few months ago I posted about trying to find a vintage bar cart to use in a small corner of my dining room.
My sister in law Becky saw the post and said she had an old cart she didn't need and that I could have it :)
Thanks Becky!


The cart was black and in need of a new paint job, so I used some of that Martha Stewart metallic paint (in Thundercloud) from Home Depot. I just loved the paint selection they had and each jar was only about $5-7 each. The gray color I chose is a really pretty pewter color. It's so nice now to have a place to store all of our bottles, mixers, glasses, etc.



If you want to see the rest of my dining room you can look here.




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