nails, nails, and more nails…

Happy Thursday everyone! One more day to the weekend! ūüôā

So one of my favorite things to do is paint my nails. The biggest annoyance with doing your own nails is getting it on your skin. The next annoyance is the drying factor. After a base coat, two coats of color, and then a top coat, it takes FOREVER to dry. For years it seemed  that no matter what I did, it was never long enough. I would always get an indention or smudge in the paint.

But now these annoyances aren’t factors for me anymore! I’ve learned a few tricks and want to share them with you.

1) For drying your nails: after you finish with each coat, stick your fingers in a bowl of ice cold water for 2-3 minutes. ¬†The cold water hardens the polish and seriously helps with the drying factor. You can either do this with each individual coat or do it at the very end. If you wait until you are done with all of your coats you may have to keep your fingers in the cold water for longer. Just be careful with the temperature of the water and how long you keep your fingers in there…we don’t want frostbite!

2) Another tip in drying your nails is a product that has become a personal favorite of mine.¬†Seche fast drying top coat. This stuff is so amazing. It takes minutes to dry all three or four coats of your nail polish. It costs about $10 a bottle but is well worth it. If you don’t feel like sticking your fingers in cold water and have an extra ten bucks to spend run to Target, Sephora, Ulta, or Walgreensand grab a bottle!

3) So to tackle the factor of getting the nail color on your skin. Its near impossible to avoid this. So the best thing I have found is to always paint your nails at the end of the day or at night. The next morning take a hot shower and while in the shower the heat will help you rub the excess color off of your skin. You don’t need any product to do this, just rub it right off with your finger. Doing this paired with the Seche top coat it looks like you paid big bucks for a manicure!

Enjoy our tips and tricks for your D.I.Y. manicure.

‚̧ Jaclyn

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D.I.Y Coffee Scrub

Its Tip’s and Trick’s Thursday! This is more of a tip and trick for myself than anyone else. ¬†Lately I have been noticing how much time I spend on my face skin care and how little time I spend on my body skin care. ¬†Sometimes if I feel dry I will throw some lotion on but I am not diligent about really taking care of my skin (body care). ¬†Because of this, for the next few weeks of Tip’s and Trick’s I thought I would look into D.I.Y and home body care! ¬†This means spending as little money as possible and only putting natural good things on my body! ¬†Anybody with me??

For this first step I want to do a scrub! I have been searching for something to do with my left over k-cup coffee grounds. ¬†I throw them out every day and always think “I could really be slathering these on my body right now”. ¬†A scrub I have wanted to try is;

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                                               Photo: us.frankbody.com

Franks Original Coffee Scrub is this good-for-you scrub that you use in the shower to help keep your skin healthy!  It helps with cellulite too!

Because we all know the benefits that caffeine gives to your skin I thought why not just try this out at home!  An easy-peasy recipe is coffee grounds and an oil of your choice.  I like the idea of coconut oil but you can also use olive oil.  Mix it up in a container or even your k-cup, bring it to the shower and slather!  Try putting your used k-cup in the fridge the day before use as it will let some of the moisture escape from the used coffee grounds.

Once you get into the habit of this (1-3 times a week) you can start adding other oils like Argon oil or some nice essential oils like lavender.  The world is your oyster! or rather, your kitchen and medicine cabinet.

I promise I will be diligent in doing this and I will update everyone next week on how its working! ¬†Thats one step down and, however many more it takes to make me look beautiful to go ūüėČ Happy scrubing!

Let me know if you guys have any good scrub recipes! I would love to try them all!

-Chris

D.I.Y Closet Doors

Welcome to Tips and Tricks Thursdays!  I thought I would attempt to post a D.I.Y.  As some of you know my house is under construction.  Everywhere I look there is something that is either changing or needs to be changed.  The one room that  seems to be making progress is the bedroom.  Little things have made it the room I am beginning to love!  I thought I would share this easy fun project with you all today.

Quite a few (older) houses out there have normal closets (not a beautiful walk-in closet we all like on Pinterest). ¬†A lot of these closets have bi-fold doors. ¬†Although bi-folds can be handy if you don’t have any space in front of the closet, they can date the look of the room in my opinion. ¬† They can also limit the space you have on either side of your closet and of course the back of your (bi-fold) door. ¬†I had not even thought about our bi-fold doors until one day my boyfriend looked at me and said, I am going to make those into real doors. ¬†So off he went and in about 30 minutes or so we had “real” doors on our side by side closets.

Here is a step by step guide on how to get your very own bi-fold doors;

IMG_0337This is what we started with.  Two closets side by side (please ignore the mess)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Step 1

Un-hook the inner pin from the track on each door. (should be easy to do).  Remove the pin at the top of each closet door (you may need a screw driver to pry these out).  At this point your bi-folds should just be swinging loose.

 

 

 

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Step 2

Cut (6 altogether) pieces of wood the exact width of each door (1×2’s are ideal but 1×3’s or 1×4’s will work). ¬†We used 3 pieces of wood per door . ¬†On the back of each piece, ¬†apply wood glue. ¬†Make sure you don’t get to close to the edges as it might squish out when you place it on the door.

 

 

 

IMG_0341Step 3

Using a finishing nailer (or a hammer and nails) attach each piece of wood with 8 to 12 nails.  We attached 1 at the top, another in the middle and the last on at the bottom.

 

 

Should look something like this once attached. ¬†And LOOK! Its so easy even I can do it ūüôā

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IMG_0344Step 4

Once all 6 pieces of wood are glued and nailed to the back of the door you can attach the double magnet clasps. ¬†Because of the track used for bi-folds you need to attach a spacer (piece of wood) so you can fasten your magnet clasps onto. ¬†Just screw or nail a 2×2 piece of wood into the frame behind the track. ¬†Once that is in place you can attach the magnet clasps right onto it. ¬†Just make sure to line up your magnets with the plate you will attach onto the back corners of your doors.

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These clasps come with their own hardware and can just be easily attached with hand tools.

Step 5

Using a level and tape measure mark the new positions for the knob holes.  Once marked use a drill to create your new holes.  Fill the old holes with wood fill and relocate your exciting hardware.

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IMG_0355Step 6

Admire your amazing new doors!  This is the time you get to envision all the different design possibilities.  Just remember these doors can not hold a huge amount of weight.  If you are planning to attach a mirror on the back of the door make sure its a light one.

I plan to paint the inside including the wood pieces to camoflague  everything together.

 

 

Now all I need is to make these doors look beautiful! Let me know if you guys have any ideas of what I can do!  Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions.

Happy DIY’ing!

-Chris