Posts by Rachel Schultz

VERY CHEAP CUSTOM FRAMING IDEA

May 25, 2020
Rachel Schultz

It started with that I saw the below bathroom from my perhaps most ultimate style inspiration, jenna lyons’, feature sharing photos of her loft. It put the thought in my mind that vintage paintings look really good on a simple, almost primitive piece of board. And that this is a very good way to get a custom frame set up very inexpensively. I had an old portrait of charles spurgeon that in my casual looking I had not yet come across a great frame for. I achieved a similar look using inexpensive project board from home depot and that ever useful diy product – modge podge.

Like my inspiration, black for the wood portion would look perfect for this portrait. The board I used is 5.0mm 2 x 4 underlayment wood here at home depot. It is very inexpensive. You can buy big 4 x 8 feet or smaller 2 x 4 foot pieces for little projects, just like this. I meant to do a 1 and 1/2 inch perimeter around all the sides, but forget to double and so my perimeter is 3/4 inch, but I am still happy with it. To mount it, first paint all sides of your board. I used benjamin moore “onyx” in matte for the paint color.

Then, carefully brush modge podge on the back of the art using a foam brush. Place it onto your painted board. The modge podge sticks quite quickly, so you want to try to get it right on the first touch. Re-positioning isn’t very easy.

My artwork was curled from being stored in a tube, which made bubble control a lot harder. It is worth it to take the time to get the art really, really flat before you start.

Try to thoroughly flatten out bubbles. Place something wide and heavy on the image and allow it to dry. (Be aware, the object you use may get some modge podge on it.) I use an extra piece of glass or project board and then put books over top so it has an even and heavy weight distribution. I have had great success with this ensuring no bubbles.

Then, paint two more coats of modge podge over front of art and the wood border. Sometimes I swirl the modge podge in my application and try to match the brushstrokes of the painting, but sometimes not. The modge podge adds texture to the image, which helps prints of oil paintings look more like originals. Use MATTE modge podge!! It helps the brushstrokes look more like real brushstrokes from the painting. Also I almost always like the look of matte on things best, and it certainly helps with glare in an application like this where it is for wall art.

Since this I’ve done the same concept elsewhere. For a cool graphic poster we have as a souvenir from a trip, I painted the wood board white and hung it with very strong velcro. The wall it is on is white, so this is a way to have a subtle frame for something like a poster that feels elevated. And “framing” it this way feels more permanent and intentional.

I think this concept can work on upscale oil paintings or simple posters. And with the modge podge it has some coating for protection as well. The other great thing is it’s a way to style poster type things either mounted to the wall OR leaning on a tabletop or other surface.

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It started with that I saw the below bathroom from my perhaps most ultimate style inspiration, jenna lyons’, feature sharing photos of her loft. It put the thought in my mind that vintage paintings look really good on a simple, almost primitive piece of board. And that this is a very good way to get a custom frame set up very inexpensively.

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CREATING A SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY CLOSET

May 4, 2020
Rachel Schultz

I LOVE OUR SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY SO MUCH. I’ve heard enough mom friends RAVE about having laundry near their bedrooms that I knew we had to add it to our renovations list. It completely transforms laundry life and makes it so that laundry is a part of housekeeping that isn’t even a big deal. I can put a load in anytime I am passing by and it is so effortless compared to venturing down to our basement set up. I’VE COME TO LIKE LAUNDRY EVEN.

Here’s a before (the day we moved in) and after of the little-linen-closet-that-could in our second floor landing. Yep, that door size is not changed! That was a big way to save on costs for the project. The trick with transforming our upstairs closet into laundry paradise was making sure there was enough room for ample storage AND that the units could fit in the closet without having to do anything like move walls or widen doors.

Previously I found stacked washer and dryers kind of mysterious, but the deeper I got into designing this project, the more it became clear (including from an instagram stories poll), there were A LOT of enthusiastic stacked set-up fans!

detergent dispenser | seascape print | persian rug (similar) | compact washer with steam | compact dryer with stainless steel basket | blue and white vases (similar)

So I considered both stacked and un-stacked, but in order to have a counter surface, I wanted to make un-stacked units work if possible and then we STRUCK GOLD by finding G.E.’s 24 inch front load washer and vented electric dryer. They are like, so strategically made that they are compact enough to fit in our just standard size closet. And they still can take a good size load.

Another thing I love and that completely addressed an annoying part of winter gear life is that it comes with a rack you can place in the dryer and place wet shoes on to dry them without them getting beat around the whole dryer.

The very first part of this process was when we diy installed wood flooring throughout the house. The removal of the brown carpet and green shag combination certainly did a lot. Then this room was just a beat up work stuff storage closet because it wasn’t nice enough to really store linens and we knew our long term plans were to make it this. Our bathroom and guest room had plenty of storage for those things.

On the other side of this back wall is the master bathroom. It was demo-ed out as we prepared for that renovation and changed some plumbing, so this was the time to do the laundry hook ups. We hired it out from our friend, a professional. In the paint progress photo you can see the hook ups needed for a laundry set up all freshly added.

The paint color is “studio green” by farrow and ball in eggshell. I color matched into behr brand paint.

Next David built the platform and trimmed it out. Every several inches the units are up a bit from the ground makes a noticeable difference. I wouldn’t mind even higher, but since we are having a counter I just did as high as we could without the counter feeling weirdly too high.

David installed a wooden countertop, the same concept using plywood as on our diy kitchen island.

And then lastly three shelves! Those are so nice to have.

In conclusion, we adore the laundry set up here. Not overstating when I say it makes laundry feel like not even a friction point in life anymore.

Of course also because all our hampers and the dirty clothes originate from upstairs! And I can fold clothes while we are watching a movie on the bed. It’s just good. Also still deciding if I want doors? They’d be nice but do I want to bother just for resale. While undecided I am going to go ahead and default with the free option! One more thing this project inspired me to throw away all my old laundry hampers and buy all matching clean simple white ones (at the dollar store) and it is a really positive feeling $6!

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I LOVE OUR SECOND FLOOR LAUNDRY SO MUCH. I’ve heard enough mom friends RAVE about having laundry near their bedrooms that I knew we had to add it to our renovations list. It completely transforms laundry life and makes it so that laundry is a part of housekeeping that isn’t even a big deal. 

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LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS

May 1, 2020
Rachel Schultz

I like my lemon baked goods VERY LEMON-Y. I want the tart lemon-ness to be prominent. These should do it for you. The trickiest thing to me about muffins in making sure they get a nice good rise and dome shape. To me a mark of bland box mix ones can be that they stay flat on the top. This recipe faithfully delivers! They always rise up a bit, just as they should. And poppyseeds are just such a delight I love mixing them in. Heavy preference is generally given by me to a baking recipe that only needs one bowl.

This one does! I will do two if it dramatically makes a difference in the final product. But otherwise I just make everything go into the stand mixer bowl!

You could add an icing drizzle to these, but we like them without. We usually have muffins for breakfast more than dessert. But for a dessert I would totally add the drizzle. I like this one.

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins
Makes 24 muffins

3 and 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
4 eggs
1 cup yogurt
1 cup lemon juice
2 tablespoons poppyseeds

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer.

Divide batter evenly in greased or lined muffin tin.

Bake for 19 minutes.

LEMON POPPYSEED MUFFINS
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 3 and ½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons poppyseeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a stand mixer.
  3. Divide batter evenly in greased or lined muffin tin.
  4. Bake for 19 minutes.

Inspired by Cookie & Kate.

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I like my lemon baked goods VERY LEMON-Y. I want the tart lemon-ness to be prominent. These should do it for you. The trickiest thing to me about muffins in making sure they get a nice good rise and dome shape. To me a mark of bland box mix ones can be that they stay flat on the top.

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