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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Faux Mosaic Tile Wallpaper



I have wanted to re-tile our master bathroom since the moment we moved into this house, but it was never high on the priority list. Not to mention, the kind of bathroom project I wanted to do wasn't cheap and would require more expertise than I possess. So, since I knew I wouldn't be doing anything in that room for awhile, I started making tiny changes here and there to make it temporarily more enjoyable.

I painted it when I painted our master bedroom. That helped. I also swapped out the light fixture for something a little more classy. And then, I found this pre-pasted faux mosaic tile wallpaper at Lowes. I remember thinking to myself, "This is either the stupidest thing I'll ever do, or the most brilliant."




For $13, I figured it was worth a shot. I ordered it. Once it was in my hands, I immediately fell in love. The hubs was bananas about it too. It's a thick, foamy textured wallpaper. If you've ever run across beadboard wallpaper, it's very similar to that.

If you've been around Pig and Paint for a while, you know that I'm a huge fan of wall liner to smooth out my heavily textured, orange-peel walls. I've used wall liner under wallpaper, to make chalkboards, and to produce a faux board and batten look in the master bedroom.

I put down a layer of wall liner, hung horizontally. And then I started laying down my wallpaper. Unlike laying "regular" wallpaper, when you are dealing with the textured stuff like this faux tile wallpaper or faux beadboard wallpaper, you'll get a better-looking end-product if you cut your wallpaper exactly to fit whenever possible, instead of leaving excess paper and trimming later. The foamy stuff just doesn't cut well and you'll inevitably end up tearing your wallpaper. So, take your time and measure carefully.

I took these next few pictures on my iPhone, so they are a bit dark. It was fun to watch it all come together!


{One sheet done!}


{Wallpaper-ing completed}
I wasn't super pleased with how the wallpaper edge turned out around the window, so I trimmed the wallpaper back about half an inch, all the way around the window, exposing the wall. I picked up some window casing from Lowes and trimmed out the window. 

The last and final step was to caulk around the edge of the wallpaper, along the ceiling, shower, bathtub, and window. I also caulked in between the wallpaper seams to cover spots where I apparently hadn't done a great job getting the paper to lay flat or bump up close enough to the previous sheet. This was GENIUS, if I do say so myself. Not only did it cover up all of my indiscretions, but it will prevent moisture from getting under the wallpaper in the future. {patting self on back}






So.....this was $13 and a couple of hours very well spent. It was a risk. I was really worried quite literally until the very end of the project that this would look cheesy. But, I'm telling you, it turned out AWESOME. So, until the day we're ready to do a much bigger reno job on this bathroom, I'm very pleased with this inexpensive, yet impactful solution.





What do you think? Would you ever put faux tile wallpaper in your home?

Cheers!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili


With the weather cooling down and Thanksgiving behind us, I was really in the mood for something hearty and holiday-ish. A few weeks back, a couple of sugar pumpkins arrived in our CSA produce box. I didn't have an immediate need for that much pumpkin, so I roasted and pureed them, and froze a 2-cup portion (I used the remainder in my morning oatmeal for the week and turned the rest into pureed baby food for Samuel). Note: when freezing items for use later, make sure you are intentional about the quantity you are storing. Since most pumpkin recipes call for a 14.5 oz can of pureed pumpkin, I measured out 2 cups (or 16 oz) of pumpkin, just so I'd have a convenient quantity to work with.

I googled a few recipes for pumpkin chili, but ended up just wingin' it, and was SO pleased with the result, I just had to share it with y'all. Hope you enjoy! This is such an easy dish to prepare and the flavor was AMAZING.

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 to 1.5 lb ground beef (my package was 1.34lb)
  • 2 cups pureed roasted pumpkin (or one 14.5 oz can pureed pumpkin)
  • 1 7oz can fire roasted diced green chiles
  • 1-2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 heaping tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie seasoning
  • 2 14.5 oz cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Salt


Garnishes

  • cheddar cheese
  • sour cream
  • green onions
  • dried cranberries
  • pumpkin seeds


Add all ingredients, minus the salt and the garnishes, to your slow cooker, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Stir and add salt to taste before serving. Seriously, that's it. Easiest. Recipe. Ever. Serves 4-6 people, depending on if you are serving this as a main course or a side. Next time I make this, I'm planning to add a can of whole kernel corn.

Garnish to your liking, but I highly recommend using everything I've listed if you have it handy. Cheese, sour cream, and green onions just seem like traditional chili toppings to me -- you just gotta have 'em. But the dried cranberries and pumpkin seeds really make this extra special. Believe me, you want these.

The flavor was absolutely perfect. Exactly what I pictured in my head. I was essentially trying to recreate the seasonal chili I had tasted recently at The Counter. This is IT. Even my one-year old was gettin' down with some chili.





In between taking pictures and taking my first bite, I realized I forgot to add sprouted pumpkin seeds...so in the spirit of "keeping it real," here's what my bowl looked like post-pumpkin seeds during our actual dinner. A sippy cup, moist paper towels, and infant snack pouches make for a very glamorous backdrop, if I do say so myself.



Cheers!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Meet Our New Backyard!!

So...uh...hi. I know it's been awhile. I'm still here. I'm still alive. Life has been a little busy around Pig and Paint now that we have our little piglet. Oh, by the way, he's TEN MONTHS OLD. Holy cow! How did that happen? Who let this kid grow up? 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Apple Rhubarb Rosemary Crumble

Brian and I were a little dumbfounded when our produce box showed up last week with rhubarb in it. Brian's been doing all of the cooking since I went back to work after maternity leave -- and he's done an excellent job (seriously, the boy has been surprising me night after night with his mad kitchen skills). But when the rhubarb side-stepped it's way into our home, I decided to throw him a bone and make time to cook. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

To Quote My Husband...on This is Love

For those of you who have enjoyed my husband's pithy musings that I've posted on my blog, he just released an AMAZING worship album called "This is Love." It's available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. 

Click here to check it out!!



You can also listen to it for FREE by clicking here.

Enjoy!!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Brown Rice Risotto with Bacon, Leeks, Truffle Butter and Poached Eggs

If you follow Pig and Paint on Facebook, you're probably totally like "share the brown rice risotto recipe already!!" I'm sorry followers. {sad face} The last couple of weeks have been busy as my maternity leave came to an end. I'm just finishing my second week back at work {heavy sigh}, and I have been going-going-going non-stop. Hoping this gets a little easier, but I don't know that it will ever feel "normal" to leave my baby boy in the care of someone else. At least, that's how I feel right now. Sorry to get all Eeyore on ya. HEY! You know what's happy and fantastic? BROWN RICE RISOTTO! Yeah, let's talk about that. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I did the unthinkable...

So, I did the unthinkable. Ok, maybe this isn't THAT dramatic, but it sure feels that way. But it was something I mulled over for months. Before I tell you what I did, you have to promise not to throw rocks at my head, ok? Ready?