Kitchen Table Redo – DIY

I have always love color! When we moved into our current apartment, I had decided that I wanted to accent it with beautiful, bold bright colors, so that it would inspire creativity, and of course lots of smiles. I wanted something unique that no one else would have, or would even be selling.

Now, my kitchen is small, so there really isn’t enough room for a large table.  I found a 30 inch Ikea kitchen table for $20 that was all banged up and full of stains. Truly, without a table cloth, it was definitely sore to look at. Since I was on a tight budget, and needed new kitchen furniture, I splurged on the chairs that i fell in love with at Pier 1 Imports, and saved money on the table by repainting this one!

I love to upcycle what someone else might recycle.

I sanded down the unfinished, stained wood, and wiped it clean. Painted a coat of white primer.  Then three coats of Carribean Blue by Behr, acrylic wall paint. (For small projects, it is cheaper to use the 2 oz. paint samples that they sell at Home Depot). I had ordered a Damask stencil from Amazon, and using a roller, imprinted the design, and when it had dried for 24 hours, I sprayed on a sealant. I used 5 coats, lightly sanding between each dry coat, so that the new coat would stick.  The sealant protects it from water marks, and chipping, and allows you to clean the table.

We love eating here every day!

Painted Garlic Keeper

I wanted to find a colorful, beautifully painted garlic keeper, but was on a tight budget. My taste is apparently pretty pricey! I found that Sur La Table sells $10 clay garlic keepers with a cork top. So I purchased one of those and painted it myself!

I love Martha Stewart’s craft paints because they can be used on any surface. I usually use them for my crafts.

DIY Lipstick Palette


I am the kind of girl who switches lipstick shades when they wear off. However, I am not the kind of girl who wants to carry around her lipstick collection. Unfortunately, not all premade lipstick palettes have colors that you love, so why not make your own. The great thing is that you can even mix two lipsticks while melting and make a color unique to you!

All you need:




empty palette

palette tins


Kormos (Greek butter cream frozen dessert)


Kormos is one of my husbands’ favorite desserts from his childhood back in Trikala, Greece.  Kormos is the Greek word for tree trunk, and once formed and frozen, this dessert resembles just that! Easy and delicious, especially on a hot day! Garnish with with strawberries, a drizzle of chocolate sauce, and powdered sugar if you like.

2 sticks  butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tbsp coffee

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream of cognac, or other liqueur of your choice (optional)

2 cups chopped walnuts

1 package of petite buerre cookies (or other butter cookies)

In a sauce pan, melt butter with powdered sugar. Add coffee, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, liqueur to the melted butter and stir till smoothly incorporated. Meanwhile, break up the cookies and place into a large mixing bowl.  When the butter mixture has melted, pour into the bowl with the broken cookies. Add walnuts, and mix with a wooden spoon to fully incorporate. Lay out a large sheet of wax paper. Pour the cooled mixture onto the wax paper and form into a log. Wrap it fully with the sheet of wax paper and place in freezer for at least 4 hours, or until completely frozen. Once frozen, you will be able to slice it.

Kali Oreksi!