Sunday, February 5, 2017

DIY Ladder for Under $20

Since moving into our forever home and having Fiona I've tried really hard to be more aware of my "frivolous" spending.  When I see something I want, I ask myself a couple of questions...
 1) Is this a need or a want? 2) Can I turn this into a DIY and cut the cost?

I truly love a good project.  Scott just the other day said "I don't think our house will ever be completely finished".  I said, "Of course not, that's the fun in it all"!  When it comes to the style of home I like, it varies.  I love traditional, I love hunting unique antique pieces to add character and a story to tell.  I also love modern.  If I could white wash our entire home and have minimal pieces in our home that would totally work for me.  Then there's that side of me that longs for what I knew growing up in the country.  I love a good farmhouse, but I love to see a farmhouse mixed with modern touches.  So you see I'm all over the place and with that being said, this is why I try not to invest too much money in the pieces I buy.  Chances are in a month or so I will be mixing things up again.

The first time I saw a ladder placed in a bedroom or family room I knew I wanted to add this touch to our home.  However, this is another one of those pieces I'm not totally sure will hang around for years to come.  So, I told Scott, let's just make one ourselves, and that's exactly what we did and for UNDER $20! Seriously, how great is that?!

So here's all the details!



What you'll need...

Two 6 foot thin pieces (1x2x6′ Pine) 
 Two dowels (7/8 x 48in) 
Minwax Stain (I went with Provincial)   

(You can adjust the size depending on how large or small you would like your ladder)





For this next step I had Scott jump in to help.  This is something I love about home projects because we get to do them together and that always seems to make things more special.

You will want to decide how wide you want your ladder and how many rungs you will want.  We decided to have four.


After the rungs are cut, I simply measured out where I wanted them.  Again totally up to you on where you will want yours.  Next I nailed each rung in to one side of the long slat and then nailed them on to the second piece.




After you have your ladder together you will want to apply 1-2 coats of stain depending on how dark you want your stain.  I just cut up an old t-shirt to wipe the stain on with.

And there you have it! Super easy and inexpensive!


Happy Sunday and Happy DIY'ing!


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Gaither Kitchen: Asian Noodle Salad

If you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram you saw a major sneak peek at this beyond delicious Asian Noodle Salad I made over the weekend.  I tried to give y'all a step by step how to in my Insta Stories, but wanted to share here on the blog so you don't miss any of the details.

First, let me make note that this salad is a lighter version of the standard Asian Noodle Salad as I substituted zucchini for the noodles. This recipe should only take you about 30 minutes to make, it's a total win!  Miss Fiona and I were having some girl time while "Da Da" was working so it took us about 2 hours to make! #MomLife



Ok...Let's grab our ingredients! 

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime (or a dash more for fun)
1 cup cashew halves (toasted)
2 cups grated carrots (I used about 4 smaller carrots)
2 zucchini, spiraled thin
2 cucumbers, halved and thinly sliced
2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced

Once you have everything you need.
Start chopping and dicing those veggies! 


The next step is just fun!  You will want to use a veggie spiralizer. 
The one I used is by OxO and you can find it at Williams Sonoma.


This is what I had after spiraling 2 zucchinis. 
Isn't it crazy how much zucchini can grow when you turn it into noodles?


Next grab a large bowl and toss in all your veggies.  I told y'all this was a super easy recipe.


Personally, for me, an Asian Noodle Salad has two SUPER important ingredients!

And...here they are!

Toasted cashews!  Seriously, it's all about the crunchies!
I just tossed a dash of butter in a pan and toasted 1 cup of cashews on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. 


And last, but certainly not least, the star of the show...this amazing, knock your socks off dressing!

To make the dressing, simply whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, minced garlic and ginger, and lime juice.


This recipe will serve about 6.  My husband is beyond picky and Fiona only has two tiny little teeth so this salad was all for ME!! I made a bowl for myself to enjoy, along with a little mommy time while Fiona napped so I just poured a portion of the dressing on my salad.  If I were actually going to share, I would have just poured the dressing over the entire salad and tossed.


I hope y'all love this as much as I do! 

ENJOY!



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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Gaither Kitchen: Cinnamon Toast

We have been under the weather here at The Gaither House for the past week.  It honestly seems like everyone has had their turn at this nasty head cold that is going around.  Yuck!
This past weekend I was on the the tail end of my cold, but Scott was just really starting to feel bad.  On Friday night he started to reminisce about when his mom would make him cinnamon toast.
So, I started asking questions because I could tell immediately this was a childhood fave.  Basically, "Mama Gaither" would take a piece of toast, cover it with butter and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Then pop the toast in the oven under the broiler, where Scott said they would then stare at the oven to make sure it wouldn't burn! So cute! 

As Scott was taking in some much needed extra sleep Saturday morning, Fiona and I were up with the birds for playtime.  Then it hit me, I can totally make cinnamon toast and hopefully make the husband feel a little better.  Now, if you know me, I always have to mix things up a bit.  So, I of course turned to Pinterest to check out a couple different variations of this much talked about Cinnamon Toast.  I decided to go with a variation from my fave Ree Drummand of The Pioneer Woman.  She's pretty amazing in my book!

Here's what you'll need!

2 Sticks of Butter
3 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
16 Slices of Bread

Now, let make some yummy Cinnamon Toast!

First, soften your butter!  I just popped the two sticks of butter into the microwave for about 15 seconds.


Then just helped the melting process a little with a fork. 


Next, mix in your sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.






Once you have all your ingredients in your mixing bowl, give them a good stir until all are blended. 



Next, you guessed it! Lather those pieces of toast up! 
Once you have your toast covered in this sweet goodness, pop into your oven to bake on 350 for 10 minutes.  Then turn the broiler on to really toast it up for about a minute.


This recipe yields 16 pieces of Cinnamon Toast.  We did over indulge, but there was NO WAY just the two of us could devour all 16 slices.  So, we saved the leftover mixture for Sunday morning.  Just pop it back into the microwave for 15 seconds and give it a good stir.


And there you have it!  A super simple and crowd pleaser recipe to cure the childhood craving and help get over the yucky sick blues!




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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gifts for Him

I don't know about your family, but in our family, it's the men that are the absolute hardest to shop for.  Even as I sit here racking my brain on gifts for the guys in my family I am still kinda clueless.  What I do know are these timeless gift ideas are always a sure win.





What are your go to items when shopping for the fellas in your family?
Leave your gift ideas in the comments below and HELP ME OUT!

Happy Thursday and Happy Shopping!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY: The Perfect {Inexpensive} Bookshelf

A few months back I was on the hunt for a simple gold bookshelf.  I found that so many I loved were around $250 and up!  This just seemed a little crazy to me.  So I decided this gold bookshelf I was on the hunt for was now going to turn into a DIY.



After removing the gold element from my search I started to find several reasonably priced shelves that a can of gold spray paint would do wonders with.  I ended up purchasing the Vittsjo Shelf from Ikea in white for just $49.  





Next to dress this plain Jane up to her full potential.
A trip to Lowes for a few supplies and we were ready.




Now that we have all the items, it's time to make this doll come to life.
I think it's totally up to you if you want to assemble before or after you paint.  I decided to assemble first, then spray.  Once I had the shelf together I started with the primer.  Even though the shelf was white, I still like to prime as it helps your paint adhere better.  Once the primer was dry, it was time to paint this beauty gold.  In the end I used almost 2 cans of paint.  It never ceases to amaze me what a can of paint can do for a lifeless piece.

The three middle shelves are glass, but the top and bottom are solid, some type of faux wood.
I decided to dress this piece up just a touch more by wrapping the top and bottom shelves in marble contact paper.  Seriously, this made the entire look of the bookshelf!

And...there you have it!  







I couldn't be happier with the end result.  Sometimes I find it's the DIY pieces in our home I adore the most.  They just feel a little bit more special to me.


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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Gifts For The Hostess

Our calendars tend to fill up fast over the holidays with casual family dinners, intimate parties with our closest friends, and large lavish soirees.  No matter the size of the gathering you will attend this holiday season, it is always a good idea to have a hostess gift on hand.






Remember, your hostess put a lot of time and energy into creating a memorable evening.  
Spoil her (or him) a little and you're sure to be the first wine glass topped off! ;) 

Cheers! 


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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Hello Old Friends and Happy December

Well hello there friends!  It's been a while.  Far too long if you ask me!  Blogging with a little one has been almost next to impossible while also working full-time! However, I am still extremely determined to figure out the whole work-life, mom-life, blog-life balance.  So let's not waste another second.

December has always been one of my favorite months to blog simply because I get to share so many pretty things with you all and dream a little.

Today I'm sharing 3 items I'd love to see under the Christmas tree this year with my name on them.

First up, the Crosley Turntable.  Honestly, I don't care what color it is or any real specific features.  I just want to drop the needle in the grove and hear amazing music.


Next on the lists, what good is a record player without the vinyl?


Albums on the left can be found at Crate and Barrel.  Pick up my faves on the right from Urban Outfitters.

Last on the list...a new wallet! I have this black Coach wristlet that somehow turned into my permanent wallet and it makes NO SENSE at all!  Ok, pre Fiona it made perfect sense (to me that is), but now I need easy access when paying for things and juggling Miss Fi.  

The Henri Bendel Organizer Wallet would be a dream!


What's on your list this year?

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sunday Sanctuary: Delightfully Chic Home Office

Scott and I both have our own offices in our home and somehow I ended up with the smaller of the two!  Say What?  In all honesty there was something about the coziness of my office that really appealed to me.  It just felt right.  As I've said before I have been working room by room to redesign each space in our home.  My office has been so low on the list, but after Fi was born all of her wonderful distractions started to pull me away from blogging and my visions for Delightfully Chic.  I immediately knew I had to move the office up on the priority list to help keep me focused and inspired.

In order to de-clutter my thoughts, recharge my batteries and get this project underway I removed every single item from the office and started with a fresh coat of paint.  I went with one of my favorite colors, Decorators White by Benjamin Moore.  Then I pulled back in the items I knew I still wanted in the office.  My desk, chair, and stool from the original DC collection. That was it! Everything else will be finding a new landing place.  Now what?  Well, I plan to change the curtain rod, light fixture, purchase a new computer, add in wall art, plant life, and anything else that inspires me. 



Here a few spaces that inspire me and follow my vision for the new Delightfully Chic office.




(inspiration images via pinterest


As more progress is made I'll make sure to keep you all posted and of course share the finished product once completed!

Happy Sunday!

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