I Found The Best Black Paint Color

Well, it’s official. After using it 3 times now, I have found the best black paint color!

I would probably describe it as more of a really, really, REALLY dark charcoal.

Or maybe light black. Is that a thing?

What I’m trying to say is that it isn’t a true, stark black. If that is what you’re looking for, then scroll to the bottom for a pic of our front door.

Ok, without further ado, I present to you….

Iron Ore

The first time that I used it was when I painted our french doors.

I wanted to use something other than white, but felt like a black was still safe. I’m never scared to paint things, but I have a comfort zone with colors.

Next, I used this lovely color when we redid our kitchen cabinets. I wanted a darker color on the island so I went with Iron Ore for this.

And last but not least, my most recent project. I used Iron Ore to paint our back door.

I carried it over inside, too. I LOVE it!

Are you looking for a true, stark black? You would like Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black. Here it is on our front door. (P.S. I know. I know. They look similar, but Iron Ore is lighter.)

Front door painted in Sherwin Williams Tricorn Black.

Lies Girls Believe Online Bible Study

Do you have a daughter that is between the ages of 8-12? Join Molly and me (and lots of other girls) for this online Bible study-Lies Girls Believe. It is a 6 week study on Monday nights. Can’t watch on Monday nights? No worries! It will be recorded and you can watch anytime over the week.

This information is from the registration site..

You can’t change the world, but you can prepare her for it.

Equip her with the Truth!
Join us this March for a special 6-week online Bible study using the content from Lies Girls Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, a brand-new book from Dannah Gresh! We’ll meet live each Monday night at 7pm and dig into the Bible with you and your tween as we cover topics including:
•    Lies about God
•    Lies about Friendship
•    Lies about the Future
•    Lies about Boys
•    And more!

Each week will include poll questions, fun themes, Q&A time, and most importantly, we’ll give you and your daughter the opportunity to dig into God’s word together.

The study will be live Mondays  (March 25th-April 29th) from 7 PM – 8 pm EST. If you’re unable to watch live, a recorded version will be available for one full week after the live study airs.

You can register for the 6 week study here.

Or if you want to purchase the books separately, you can do that below.

Here is the book for your daughter.

Here is the guide for moms.


How to Remove the Dingy Smell From Old Furniture

Ugg. That dingy furniture smell. Here is how it might go…

You found the perfect piece of furniture.

The measurements are exactly what you need for the space.

It needs some help, but you like the challenge. You’re feeling excited and inspired.

Then it happens. You open the drawers and the smell hits you like a ton of bricks.

Can you relate? If not, this will happen one day and now you will know exactly what to do.

You probably already have the supplies on hand.


Here is what you will need:

  • 1 old stinky piece of furniture
  • white vinegar
  • saran wrap
  • a bowl per drawer
  • a fork or other sharp item to pierce the saran wrap. Make wise choices with your sharp item of choice, please.

From here, it is super easy.

You will pour your vinegar into a bowl. Pick a bowl big enough but not too big to fit in your drawer. This piece is actually two big drawers. So I pulled two old bowls out of the cabinets and filled them with vinegar.

Next, you will wrap the saran wrap around the top of the bowl and poke holes in the top.

Now close the drawers and wait. I think I left the bowl in there for about two days. It was Christmas break and just don’t ask me to remember details like that when we aren’t on a schedule.

I forgot to add tire pump and cute assistant to the supply list, but it helps.

I did end up painting this piece and lining the drawers with removable liner, but I’m happy to report that there is no trace of dingy smell anymore! 🙂

Our Hiking Day at Waterloo Lake Park

This past weekend, we all slept in. I was enjoying my cup of coffee while the kids were watching some goofy cartoon.

Then Mr. Man said “Hey, we should take the girls to Waterloo.” He’d ridden his bike at this Lake a few weeks ago and told me he knew the girls would love it.

The introverted homebody in me wanted to stay on the couch, but I said “Let’s go!”

It was completely unplanned and the girls ate frozen uncrustables in the car for lunch. Uncrustables that we bought on our way out of town haha, but it ended up being one of my favorite family days ever!

Waterloo is located in Denison, TX. It was about a 45 minute drive for us and if you’re near Collin county, you should take your crew to Waterloo. I’ll show you some of the highlights of our day. 🙂

This is right by where we parked. There were people feeding the ducks and fishing at a little pond. There is also a covered area to picnic. But remember we had uncrustables in the car.

Little bit, Millie, started out in the backpack. Unlimited Pringles. It was a good thing for her.

Daddy’s turn to carry her. Also note the evidence of chocolate on her face. 🙂

This was probably one of my favorite parts of the morning. Walking behind these two and watching them skip together. They may have been arguing in the car. But the sunshine and an open space outside to run and play turned that around quickly.

Maggie’s word of the day was TREACHEROUS. She said that word about 86 times in a matter of hours.

“I love these treacherous trails.”

“Can we look for more treacherous trails?”

“Oh this trail sure is treacherous.”

And for the record, I had to google how to spell that word.

Millie was running wild and free now!

This was really cool! It is a little cave that you can walk into. Look for the trail called “Cave Trail”. I’m sure you could’ve figured that out, but just incase.

This was a little area that they climbed right outside of the cave.

It was a little treacherous. (Channeling my inner Maggie.)

Daddy taught them how to skip rocks. A skill that I still have not mastered. They were pretty amazed by his rock skipping abilities.

I was trying to get them to laugh and it actually turned into real laughing. Mom win!

Halfway through the trail, there was a big open field and they went straight for the dandelions.

This is the fun little playground that we found along the way.

Just past the playground is this cool rock structure. They put those limbs down so that they could cross the water.

And climb some treacherous rocks.

We were almost back to the car at this point. But they saw this huge hill and begged to roll down it. I tried to roll down it too (the video of that is top secret) and was nauseous after about three rolls. And then one sister kicked another in the head on the way down the hill. That was our sign that it was time to get back in the car. Ha.

If you want to check it out, here is the Waterloo Park website. We had a lot of fun!


How To Paint Your Kitchen Tile Backsplash

Don’t love your kitchen backsplash? Maybe your colors have changed but it just isn’t in the picture to redo the backsplash?

You should consider painting it. Trust me. You’ll LOVE it.

Let me walk you through why and how we did ours and hopefully by the end of this you’ll be feeling confident(ish) to go for it yourself!

Why We Painted Our Tile Backsplash

One of my favorite things about this house is the kitchen. However, over time we have converted the golden and beige walls to grey and the gold backsplash was clashing with the rest of the house. But, life happens. Our back door really needs to be replaced and the money needs to go towards that right now. We also aren’t going to replace the countertops now. So, I researched painting tile. To be honest, I have been hesitant to do this for awhile. When you paint furniture, you can usually sand it and restain if you don’t like. But with the tile, I wasn’t sure. After looking for a few different tutorials (all being similar but not the same), I came up with my own plan. Spoiler…it cuts out an extra step which saves time. And all of the mamas said…AMEN!

Total fail on my end but I didn’t get a ton of before pics. Here are a few glimpses of the tile before I started.


The Tools Needed For This Project

Here is what I used. For those of you that like the “why” behind it, I’ll explain that too. If you don’t like the why, just buy all the things and trust me.

  1. Zinsser Primer. Find it here or at your local hardware store. I’ve even seen at Walmart. Get the one with red on the front. It is a Shellac based primer. You don’t need the big can. The small one should do for this project.
  2. Sherwin Williams Urethane Trim Paint. The color I used is Dover White. I got the Satin finish. It is not super shiny. To me is seems between a flat and satin. You also don’t need the big can for this. The smaller one should do. I have the big can because I also used this same paint and color for our kitchen cabinets. ***WHY THIS PAINT? This is where you save a step. This paint as a urethane built into it so you don’t have to apply an additional clear coat of anything to seal and protect. LOVE IT!
  3. Brush for primer-basic economy (the cheapo kind) brush. I used a 2 inch. You can find these just about anywhere.
  4. Brush for the paint-I like this one. It is a 2 inch, stiff, angled brush. This is just my personal preference. Use whatever is the most comfortable for you. This will be your main paint brush for this project.
  5. Painter’s Tape. Frog tape is my favorite! I used up what I had in the garage this time so I wasn’t able to do frog tape for the entire project.

Let’s Get Started!

Prep Work

Roll your sleeves up and let’s get started.

Clean your tile up with warm water. Don’t clean with TSP. The shellac primer and TSP aren’t friends.

My assistant helped me with this step.

Now tape off where needed. This part is so tedious but stick with it. I think I just made a joke there. Get it? Tape is sticky? Ok, moving on. As you can tell from the pics, I forgot to take a pic before I primed. Also, Millie had a few strategic places for the tape. She’s a DIYer in training.

Time To Prime

The shellac primer is very runny. It is an alcohol based primer and dries very fast. I dry brushed it on. If you have never done this, that just means you only get a tiny bit of primer on your brush and dab the excess off onto a paper towel.

It will not look pretty. Just keep going. Like I said, it dries fast, so by the time you are done, you should be ready to move onto the painting step.

Time to Paint

I wanted my tile to have more of an industrial look, similar to old painted brick. Because of this, I chose to not completely paint into every crack of the grout. I just took the brush and brushed flat against the tiles. If it got into the grout, great. But it it didn’t, I just went with it. So far I’m liking this look. If I decide to go fill the grout in later with paint, that is easy enough.

Just like with the primer, the first coat won’t look pretty. I ended up doing 3 full coats and a 4th touch up coat in places where the paint still looked thin.

How many coats you do just depends on your personal preference and you can always decide as you go. Even with 4 coats, it did not take a lot of paint to get the job done. 

You can see in this pic that the paint still looks a little translucent. I went on to the next few coats to get the final look I wanted. Read the can of paint also, but I waited at least 4 hours between coats. Even though it may be dry to the touch sooner, you want to let it do it’s thing before you start your next coat.

Voila! The After

If you’ve been hesitant or stuck with your backsplash, I hope this helps give you the courage to go for it! Paint is such an inexpensive way to make big changes.

Do you love this urethane paint? I also used it on the inside of our front door here. 🙂