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Our DIY Kitchen Renovation Project Week 1

Hey my wonderful friends!  I hope your doing fabulous on this wonderful fall day!  Me not too shabby!  This week has been a very busy and productive week for us here at Casa de HNC!  We had some errands to run, kids are enjoying their after school activities and we have started our DIY Kitchen Renovation!

Now I have to admit that this is a project that we’ve been wanting to start for over a year now but had to put it off until now.  I’m glad we did because it helped us to decide on the style, colors and design of our kitchen.

I want to show you a before of our kitchen, but brace yourself because it’s a bit outdated but we’re fixing that ;)but if you follow HNC blog then you may recall my post about the house when we first moved in.  If not no worried!, it’s been like three years so yeah a long time 😀  .

Before

The pictures below are from when the house was first listed.  In the three years of us living here we haven’t done much.  Aside from removing the tv, hanging light,  adding a mini microwave stand where the table is  and cleaning the place up, what you see is pretty much it.

The current situation…

So here we have what the kitchen looks like at the present state.  We removed all of the cabinets and completely demoed the kitchen.  We’re starting from scratch here people and not one thing will stay.  Since the upper cabinets are in descent shape, we decided to keep them and repurpose them in the laundry room and garage 🙂  It will be such a huge help to have extra storage in these spaces and the best part is that it won’t cost us a thing!

We are a lot further along in our project but I wanted to show you some of the demolition we have done.  So make sure you check back soon to see the the next phase of our renovation.

Have a great day!

XO,
Awilda

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DIY Moana Inspired Boat and Oar (prop)

So today I’m sharing my third Moana Inspired birthday project; my DIY Moana Boat and Oar.  If you haven’t seen my other two Moana party decor/props you can check it out here and here.

We wanted to create a  prop for the family to take fun photos with the kids. This project was a bit time consuming but the end result was well worth it.

What you’ll need (for the boat)…

  • Long Cardboard box
  • glue
  • brown paper roll (From Homes Depot – used for flooring)
  • tape
  • red paint (optional -craft store)
  • box cutter
  • white fabric (for the sail)

What you’ll need (for the Oar)…

  • Paper towel rolls
  • Cardboard
  • tape
  • brown paper roll (from Home Depot – used for flooring)

Boat Directions…

The first thing we did was tape the boxes end to end (length wise).  Next we drew a cut line to create the shape of the boat.  Very very carefully cut the boat using the box cutter.

Then we taped down the pieces using the brown paper roll (from Home Depot).  We decided to add the Moana heart of the ocean logo to the boat for added flair.

For the sail: we drew the heart of the ocean on an old blanket that I was going to trash since it was ruined, but I decided to keep it for this project -I’m so glad I did!  We taped the fabric to the brick wall using left over heavy duty double sided tape we bought from Home Depot.

There you have it, the boat and sail all pretty like with my two babies proudly posing!

Oar Directions…

First we drew then cut the cardboard shape (about six pieces), we went with an oval shape and added a ‘neck’ to insert it to the pole (or paper towel roll) and taped it down securely.

Next we lined the oar head with the brown paper liner and taped it.

 

We did decide to paint the oar a tan color (totally optional) and even added Maui’s signature (my daughter’s idea)!  Cool eh?  I think so!

There you have it folks!  Our very own Moana boat and oar prop!

Here is the birthday girl and her sister happily posing with the props, which looks so cool BTW!  Just don’t tell them I’m showing you this pic I promised I wouldn’t 😉 *insert sinister laugh*

Thank you so much for joining me today and if you do get a chance to create this project, make sure to share your mad skills with me on instagram and tag me @hipncreative or use the hashtag #hipncreative  -Until next time guys, I hope you have a truly great day!

 

How to Renovate Old Doors for UNDER $20 | Hip ‘n Creative

Hey friends, I hope you’re all doing well this beautiful Monday!  Today I’m sharing how we turned our hold doors into a fresh modern door with just a few simple tools.  I have to be honest and say that this project was easy and cheap.  Especially since we had most of the tools on hand.

DOOR RENOVATION PROJECT

You will need…

  • Paint of your choice
  • paint brushes
  • Trim
  • Liquid nails
  • spray paint of your choice – for the hardware

On hand/Optional

  • Sander (optional)
  • finishing nail (optional)
  • clamps or painters tape to hold down the trim while they dry
  • horses or a stand for the the door to rest on

The first thing I did (after taking down my door) was to remove the hinges and door knob then sanded it down.  This is totally optional, I did it because the doors we had had a lot of bumps and scratches and this would help us to paint without too much showing through.

Once we sanded the doors, we then proceeded with our first layer of paint.  We then measured how we wanted our trim to look.  This trim we bought was from Home Depot and cost about $1.29/sq. foot.  We bought four 8 foot pieces which was enough for us to use on 2 doors.  We measured about 6 inches from the top of the door.  My wonderful husband then helped with the cutting of the trim.  (because I’m totally a chicken when it comes to big machines lol).

We added some liquid nails to the back of the cut trim and held them in place with clamps.  Since our doors are a bit warped we decided to add some finishing nails to keep them in place.  (We were concerned that the trim would fall off in the future)  We also added some caulk to fill in any gaps that were showing from the door and trim.

We finished off the door with a second coat of paint.  We also spray painted our hardware with some matte black spray paint.  I absolute love it and thinks the doors look way better than before.  I managed to video tape some of the painting process and have it below.  If you haven’t done so yet you should head over to my Youtube channel.  I post new videos every week and it would mean so much to me to have you there.

Home Decor with Silk Flowers | hip ‘n creative

Disclosure: This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are genuinely my own.

I love decorating my home, I love to find beautiful items that I can incorporate into my decor that compliment my taste and budget.  This can be quite a challenge when it comes to flowers.  It’s fun to use real flowers and plants but I struggle with keeping them a live. If you follow me on instagram you’ll see that I have a beautiful hibiscus plant.  I am very happy that my plant lives but I struggle with maintaining it.  It’s a lot of work!

So when I was contacted by Commercial Silk Int’l., I thought the timing was perfect.  Ever since I worked on my patio decor I have been on a kick to bring the outdoors in with plants and flowers and like I said they don’t last long but silk plants do.    There are many benefits to having silk plants and flowers, one is that you can decorate your home with them all year long!  Another is that there is no need to water them, which is great!  And  you can move them around and create a whole new look and for me that’s a win!

I received my package of artificial boxwood plants in the mail and was very happy with the quality of the plants.  Not only were they packaged nicely, the plants themselves are beautiful.  My oldest daughter thought they were real and actually touched it to see if they were!  Ha fooled her!  These beauties are perfect, they come in these silver pots with a no scratch base so your surfaces will be safe and the boxwood have a frosted look that gives a softness to them.

Check out more information about Commercial Silk Int’l here.  You can also visit out their Facebook page, follow them on Twitter, Pinterest YouTube and Google+.

Until next time guys, I hope you all have a wonderful day and I’ll see you on the next post!

XO,
Awilda

CHEESY TORTELLINI with MEATSAUCE | EASY SLOW COOKER MEALS | Hip ‘n Creative

I love CrocPot/Slow Cooker Meals.  It is such an easy way to make a meal, set it and forget it. It’s great for busy days as well as those hot summer days that are coming our way! One of the newest recipes we tried is this Cheesy Tortellini with Meatsauce.  It is so good and a meal even some of the pickiest kids will love!  Two of my Three kids are very picky (like their Momma) and they loved this easy recipe – they even asked for seconds.. seconds people!  That’s a win! 😉

So here is what you’ll need for this easy recipe:

  • 8oz. Pasta or Marinara Sauce (your choice)
  • 10oz. Tortellini
  • 2 cups of Mozzarella cheese (shredded) or more if you prefer
  • 14oz. Diced Tomatoes
  • 1lb. ground meat or turkey
  • Croc Pot/ Slow Cooker
  • Slow Cooker Liner (optional)

This recipe is so easy it will take me longer to explain it that it is to make it lol.  But I want to share this with you because I love it so much and when I love something I need to share it with my besties!

First brown your meat and drain; next add you diced tomatoes and sauce.  Mix and let is sit on your croc pot for 3-4 Hours on High or 6-7 Hours on low.  About 15 minutes before serving add the tortellini and mozzarella cheese.  Cook for 15 minutes to allow cheese to melt and tortellini to cook and Boom done!  Super easy right?

I served this with some warm garlic bread but you can totally eat as is or add some steamed veggies on the side to this meal.

That’s it guys I hope you try this recipe and if you do and you love it, please share it with me on instagram with the hashtag #hncrecipe I would love to see it!  Here is a short video that I put together sharing my step by step instruction!

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you on the next post!

xo,
Awilda