Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 3.1.19

So here we are on March 1st, and we’re expecting snow this weekend.  I’m just so over winter, it’s not even funny!  But that’s how the seasons roll here in the midwest.  With a March birthday, I’ve had blizzards and temperatures in the 70’s – you just never know what you’re going to get.  I know I’ve been quiet, and I apologize.  I have some posts in the works, but I have been absolutely inundated with kitchen cabinet jobs.  It’s funny, because things went quiet around the holidays (which is odd for me), but after the first of the year, things went crazy.  So, I will have lots to share on that front.  In the meantime, let’s get to this week’s Friday 5+1!  This post contains some affiliate links.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

I just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz this week, and was so captivated and heartened in reading this story.  It is based on a true story, and is a story of courage, love and survival.  I know I have shared many books about the holocaust, but I think these stories need to be told and remembered.  These tales of survival and courage never cease to amaze me.

Muffin Top Pans

We all know that the muffin tops are the best part of the muffin, so why not ditch the rest of it, and just make muffin tops?  These muffin top pans will do the trick.  And here I’ve been eating my muffin tops all old school, by removing the top of the muffin…  Next time, I’m going all for the muffin tops!

Meeting my Cabinet Painting Contest Winners

I met with my cabinet painting contest winners – Kerry and Ben – and I’m so excited to share their makeover!  They purchased an older home and are big DIYers, and have been doing a lot of work themselves, so having the cabinets painted is going to be a big help in checking another item off of their to do list.  Plus, could they be any cuter?

Cabinet Painting Contest Winners

I knew that Kerry and I were kindred spirits the moment I saw her powder room (that they have given a facelift).  Here is a before photo – 

Vanity Makeover - Before

And here is the after.  See what I mean?  So gorgeous, and I love their style.

Navy Bathroom Vanity with Quartz Countertop

They have also undertaken wallpaper removal, a staircase makeover, and a deep clean/grout makeover of their floors.  

Wood Stairway Makeover Before

Wood Stairway Makeover

Ben probably deserves a DIY Award for tackling this floor.  You would have to look closely to see that there are actual grout lines in there.

Tile Floor with Dirty Grout - Before

But look at it now!

Tile Floor Grout Cleaned - After

Here is the kitchen now.  Their plan is to eventually change out the counters in the kitchen to quartz, like they have in their powder room.  And they’re going to change out the hardware to a brushed gold pull, like the faucet in their powder room.  So we’re looking to go with a clean white in here to accommodate that vision.

Maple Kitchen Cabinets

We have great bones to work with here!Maple Kitchen Cabinets

Stay tuned to see this project come to life!

Style at Walmart

I was at Walmart recently and couldn’t help but notice some items that looked on-trend, and were also on sale.  A favorite combination of mine.  Check out this brassy lamp, for … $5!?!?  

Brassy Lamp Base from Walmart

And a pretty looking marble look tray for $5 too.  Walmart is stepping things up a bit.  Check out all sorts of marble goodness here.  Who knew?Marble Tray - Walmart

Nod Pod Weighted Sleep Mask

I spotted this Nod Pod weighted sleep mask in a store in California, and it caught my eye because I love my weighted blanket so much.  I’m just thinking that weighted pressure would feel so good on your eyes at the end of a long day.  I don’t know what it is about these things, but I’m hooked!

My +1 for the week — Where did the HGTV design shows go?

I used to be an avid watcher of HGTV back in the day.  Candice Olson’s Divine Design, Decorating Cents, Designer’s Challenge, even Matt and Shari on Room by Room.  Does anyone even remember that show?  I think HGTV would do well to bring some of this stuff back into their programming, vs. all of the flipper shows that are on nowadays.  Maybe it’s just me, but I loved watching Candice go through her design process, along with all of the snags and problems that she encountered along the way.  Plus, she was just so relatable and fun, I just liked her.  Because most of us aren’t flipping houses.  We’re looking for ideas to redo a room, or decorate our homes on a budget.  I miss those shows!  

Not to mention that I don’t see any gardening shows to speak of on HGTV anymore.  It’s House Flip TV now.  I want my HGTV!

Have an amazing weekend!

Jenny

38 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer
    March 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

    You should check out some of Bravo’s new home shows! It like HGTV used to be!!

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    Lisa
    March 1, 2019 at 7:51 am

    I couldn’t agree more about HGTV! I stopped watching years ago and I really miss those shows you mentioned. I loved Decorating Cents, especially the segment where they would do a free room refresh just by using things that were already in the house.
    You would think that when so many people are trying to reduce their carbon footprint that they might have more shows about reusing and refreshing rather than gut jobs and huge budgets.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      March 4, 2019 at 9:29 pm

      Yes, yes, and YES!!! I think the majority of people out there are trying to work with what they have, and aren’t looking at huge renovation budgets! A definite need that should be filled!

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    Emily Roselle
    March 1, 2019 at 10:18 am

    I also miss Sarah Richardson on HGTV!

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      Jenny
      March 4, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      I ADORE her as well! She’s so down to earth and fun, and Tommy is such a great addition as well. All of the good ones seem to be in Canada, eh?

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    AliJ
    March 1, 2019 at 10:44 am

    YES! I totally agree with you about HGTV. I used to watch it ALL the time. Now I rarely watch it because one, I’m not flipping a house, and two, it is like ALL the shows are the exact same. I even got tired of Chip and Joanna (GASP) but Farmhouse is not my style and I could only watch so many episodes. I could relate to the decorating shows or get ideas for my own home. I also miss the gardening shows as well! I hope someone from HGTV reads this because I am sure we are not the only ones that feel this way!

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      Jenny
      March 4, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      I agree Ali! I think there is a huge void out there for decorating on a budget, and an audience for it! Perhaps I need to start brainstorming with some budget friendly video ideas, and add them to the blog!

      • Reply
        ALIJ
        March 11, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        I would LOVE that Jenny! I think that would be a welcome from all of your readers!

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    Adrienne
    March 1, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I agree with you about HGTV. For years the really good shows have disappeared one by one. Why? I don’t get it.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      March 4, 2019 at 9:27 pm

      Seems to me like there is a need to be filled there, right? I used to swear I couldn’t live without HGTV, now I hardly watch it! Really sad.

  • Reply
    Brenda
    March 1, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    Jenny you are so right about all these flipping shows. I miss the ole days of HGTV too

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    Esther
    March 1, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Total agreement about HGTV. I do love Hometown and actually get a few ideas of some of Ben’s builds and her artwork, but otherwise, it’s just the same ole flip houses and buying property – both of which I am not interested in doing. I miss the old shows!!

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    erika
    March 1, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    I am soooo with all of you about HGTV….i rarely watch it anymore, especially, love it or list it…just a lot of whining going on in that show. I sure do miss the old HGTV Give me some Christopher Lowell any day of the week.

    • Reply
      Jenny
      March 4, 2019 at 9:26 pm

      How could I forget Christopher Lowell???

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    cassie bustamante
    March 1, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    that book sounds so good and i can’t wait to see the kitchen painted!!! also, i agree on hgtv. i used to live for design on a dime… while the old shows are outdated in style, the premise is so good! i also loved candace olsen! and even the saturday gardening shows. i agree it’s basically just variations of fixer upper in different towns now. all attractive women or couples renovating houses.

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    Debi
    March 1, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    I miss those shows too! All they do is binge show every day of one program and Fixer Upper doesn’t even have new episodes! You’re right, bring back the old HGTV.

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    Crystal
    March 1, 2019 at 2:12 pm

    Oh my stars! Joan Steffen with Decorating Cents was so fun by the end of her series, she’d lost the initial stiffness and was so natural! And I loved You’re Home with Kitty Bartholomew as well as Matt and Sherry. Candace was super….. But I adored Sarah Richardson and her faithful sidekick Tommy, who taught me to despise boob lights! 🙂 And Paul James The Gardener Guy and the Urban Gardener. I call HGTV the Real estate Channel now. I do enjoy Home Town, and Good Bones is kinda fun but seriously? I want ideas! Like the short lived Trash to Treasure DIY and the one where they just came in and rearranged what you had! I rarely watch HGTV anymore

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    Kathleen
    March 1, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    I wish HGTV would go back todecorating and garden shows. I’m so tired of all the flip shows.

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    Christen Geron
    March 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    I said the same thing recently about the lack of gardening in that channel. Bring it back! I need roses tips!

  • Reply
    Sue
    March 1, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    I love, love, love Candice. Miss her and all the other great decorators!!!
    I am new to your blog and am enjoying it immensely.❤️

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    Barbara Sewell
    March 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Seems you’ve struck a note Jenny re: HGTV! I think the network was done in by the recession beginning in 2008 and like everyone else who’s commented, I too went from watching all the time to not much anymore. Dream Drives. Homes Across America. Beautiful homes 10, 15 or 20 years ago are still beautiful so don’t know why they don’t haul out reruns. If you’re not house flipping, house hunting or bargain beach hunting, there’s nothing for the 90% of us that don’t do any of that. Just give us some good ole decorating shows. Sarah Richardson continues to have new programming on HGTV Canada yet there’s been nothing of hers on the US network for half a dozen years. :-/

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    Lauren
    March 1, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    I always love your recommendations.! And I totally agree with your HGTV comments. I miss the decorating shows. And not everybody loves shiplap and farmhouse style!

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    Kathy
    March 1, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    Completely agree about HGTV and totally remember those shows, and more. Whatever happened to crafts? Because all athats missing, I spend more time on Pinterest than I do HGTV anymore.

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    Jeanne
    March 1, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Agreed!!! Are you listening HGTV??? Thank goodness for blogs that are filling the void…. like yours! Thank you, Jenny!

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    Lisa Chaney
    March 2, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I too miss the old days of HGTV. It’s not even a shell of what it used to be and I barely turn it on anymore. Candace Olsen was one of my favorites and yes; I remember (and watched) room by room with Matt and Shari. I always loved HGTV’s Christmas design shows that showed real people getting the makeovers. I personally don’t want to see a celebrity’s “holiday” house. So much of it is anymore is about homeowners getting these beautiful (and expensive) home renovations. Bring back some of the “designer tips” shoes that can be done on a budget HGTV!

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    Karen
    March 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    Another in complete agreement about HGTV! It used to be full of diy and inspiration! Now its basically million dollar homes, private islands and, mansion pools. Its not tv for real people anymore. I never watch it anymore..

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    Debbie Patterson
    March 2, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Jenny,
    Could Ben and Kerry share their secret “deep down cleaning” process for cleaning grout? I have tried cleaning it and it still looks nasty!
    I am looking forward to seeing their kitchen after you work your “Magic”!
    Debbie

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      Ben
      March 5, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Debbie, (Ben here) after cleaning/scrubbing the grout it still looked horrible, so we used a product called Polyblend Grout Renew by Custom Building products. It is a grout sealer and colorant and only costs about $13 for a bottle from Home Depot. There are many colors to choose from, we went with Oyster Gray. I did our entire foyer area with one bottle, so a bottle goes a long way. I will warn you it is a very tedious process as the product needs to be painted on the grout, it is not a spray on/wipe off product like a typical sealer. It took me about 7 weeks to do the foyer floor, but it was 100% worth it. Hope this helps.

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      Kerry Breyley
      March 10, 2019 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Debbie- We used “Polyblend Grout Renew” in Oyster Gray which is a colorant and a sealant. It is time-consuming as Ben hand painted all the grout with a paint brush, but the results are worth it. We got it at Home Depot and it is under $15. We haven’t even gone through a whole bottle yet and we have done the entry and powder room. I can’t say enough about it. Sure beats scrubbing all the grout on your hands and knees!!

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    Ella
    March 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    So funny you brought this up. I’ve been thinking the same thing for a while especially when I turn on the TV during the day when working from home and Fixer Upper is always on. I loved Matt & Shari! She decorated & he painted & they & Decorating Cents did things on a reasonable budget that were relatable to me. I also miss the gardening shows. There was a gardening show on DIY on Saturday mornings that was out of Jacksonville, FL that I loved because I live in FL and they used plants that I could use. Nowadays DIY always has on shows about building cabins. Sigh…

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    Linda L
    March 3, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    So agree about HGTV. I stopped watching, those young couples with a 700,000.00 budget, in their 20’s and 30’s, you know that’s so fake. I miss Paul James the Gardener Guy. He was so great. Love that you like the same genre of books I do. I love historical fiction. I love learning about people in the earlier times. Love your blog. Akkk! Too much love in this paragraph!

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    Deb Patterson
    March 3, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    How did Ben (and Kerry) get their grout cleaned so well? I looks great!
    Congratulations !

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    Renette Hier
    March 4, 2019 at 12:20 am

    So agree with you about HGTV! I so miss the pure decorating/design shows. We are not moving and it would be great to see all that inspiration again as there are plenty of projects to keep me busy!

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    Mary Ann
    March 4, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Oh do ask Kerry and Ben to share their grout cleaning know how! Their floors look beautiful and so many would have just replaced them.

    • Reply
      Ben
      March 5, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Mary Ann, (Ben here) after cleaning/scrubbing the grout it still looked horrible, so we used a product called Polyblend Grout Renew by Custom Building products. It is a grout sealer and colorant and only costs about $13 for a bottle from Home Depot. There are many colors to choose from, we went with Oyster Gray. I did our entire foyer area with one bottle, so a bottle goes a long way. I will warn you it is a very tedious process as the product needs to be painted on the grout, it is not a spray on/wipe off product like a typical sealer. It took me about 7 weeks to do the foyer floor, but it was 100% worth it. Hope this helps.

  • Reply
    Ben
    March 5, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Ben here, after cleaning/scrubbing the grout it still looked horrible, so we used a product called Polyblend Grout Renew by Custom Building products. It is a grout sealer and colorant and only costs about $13 for a bottle from Home Depot. There are many colors to choose from, we went with Oyster Gray. I did our entire foyer area with one bottle, so a bottle goes a long way. I will warn you it is a very tedious process as the product needs to be painted on the grout, it is not a spray on/wipe off product like a typical sealer. It took me about 7 weeks to do the foyer floor, but it was 100% worth it. Hope this helps.

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    Kimberly Jorgenson
    March 5, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I loved the four shows you mentioned on HGTV, and miss them. I don’t watch much anymore either, as some others have said, because I can only take so much rehab!!! I feel than many many more people redo rooms, than tear down a house! Listen up HGTV! Love your blog, thank you for what you do.
    Sincerely, Kim

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    Jolyn
    March 11, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    I totally agree about HTGV! I was JUST reading this article last week: https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a37454/old-hgtv-shows-we-miss/
    so it seems that we aren’t the only ones!

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