Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 12.16.16


I hope the weather is warmer where you are, because we are dealing with some serious coldness in the midwest.  Not fun, and I’m blaming it on my more frequent trips to Starbucks these days.  A girl has to stay warm, you know…  Let’s get to this week’s Friday 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links.

Painted by Kayla Payne

I love discovering great new blogs, and Painted by Kayla Payne is one that I think you’ll love.  Kayla is a girl after my own heart, a fellow cabinet painter and DIY’er.  Not only does she do crazy good work, she’s taken on some serious remodeling projects as well.  Allow me to illustrate.

Look at this stunning kitchen remodel – talk about having vision!

Before – 
Kitchen Remodel Before

After – WOW!!

Kayla Payne Kitchen Remodel

Before – 

Kitchen Remodel Before

And after:

Farmhouse Kitchen Makeover

How about her living room makeover?  

Living Room Makeover

Again – WOW!
Farmhouse Makeover

I mentioned that she’s also a painter, and was blown away by her crazy painting skills with the super high gloss finish on this gorgeous china cabinet:

High Gloss China Cabinet

It’s like glass, people.

High Gloss Finish

So, go check out her blog – lots of great projects out there!

Timber Mate Wood Filler

As you know, I’m always on the lookout for new products for the projects that I’m working on, and I found this Timber Mate Wood Filler at my local Woodcraft store (a great source for products that you don’t find in regular hardware stores).  

Timber Mate Wood Filler

I have tried a lot of different wood fillers, and I’m really pleased with how this one held up when I filled some hardware holes on some cabinets. Virtually no shrinkage – a wonderful quality in wood filler!  I hate having to go back and refill holes repeatedly.  With this stuff, it was one and done!


I’m thinking I need to add this SpeedOut tool to my toolbox to deal with the inevitable stripped screws that I seem to encounter while working on cabinets.  They make me crazy, and really, when you have one, there’s just no easy way to remedy it.  This looks like a keeper!

SpeedOut Screw Extractor

Jingle Bell Decor

I spotted this adorable use of jingle bells for Christmas decorating, while I was shopping at my local Fleurish Home shop, and had to share.  So simple, but so cute!   A wood pedestal, glass bowl, greenery, an (amazing) Luminara flameless candle (looks so real, you won’t believe it’s flameless) and jingle bells.  Easy, right?


40 Epic Gingerbread Houses

In the same way that I admire beautiful homes, I have always been intrigued and impressed at grand and intricate gingerbread houses that people are able to create.  Take a look at this sampling gingerbread houses that Good Housekeeping has put together. Can you imagine?  We’ve never ventured beyond gingerbread houses in a box!

My +1 for the week – pre-lit Christmas trees

While I love the idea of a pre-lit Christmas tree, it all goes out the window when the lights stop cooperating.  I spent more time than I even want to admit, fiddling and fixing the lights on my pre-lit tree, only to throw additional lights on it when it was all said and done.  Now, it’s like the lights are slowly dying on it from the bottom up!   I’m thinking about just going old school next year and getting a real tree with lights that I string up myself.  I’m fairly certain it would be faster.  This article from People I Want to Punch in the Throat pretty much sums it up for me.

Have a great day and a fantastic weekend!




1 Comment

  • Reply
    Shelley @ Calypso in the Country
    December 18, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Great list! We buy a real tree and string our own lights on it. Our fake tree is about 15 years old so the pre-lit trees probably weren’t invented yet, so we string our own lights on that one too. It can be a pain but I guess it’s better than trying to replace the prelit ones when they go out! Have a great week!

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.