the mint vintage

Inspired by a mint colored kitchen.


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Projected Projects

I have a lot of projects to start and finish. So, I will start by posting pics of them untouched. That way I can feel somewhat productive.

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the UGLIEST freaking lamp shade everrrrrrrr. and, it’s plastic. but, the base is amazing.

my favorite piece. right now serves as a catch all by the front door.

my favorite piece. right now serves as a catch all by the front door.

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pretty cool. i think it was maybe a record cabinet? great side table, too.

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This was in perfect condition. Until it slid out from right under my cart into the corner of a metal shelf OF COURSE lol

Welp, that’s a few things. I have more, but let me just cover my eyes like I have been :p

xo,

Simone

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Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal (Turned Homemade Cinnamon Graham Cracker Snack)

So, I follow Brit & Co on Facebook and recently they posted this: http://www.brit.co/homemade-cereal/ and of course I feel the need to make them all. I love cereal. So, I decided to start out today with the Homemade Cinnamon Toast Crunch. It turned out delicious. Except that my crunchy squares were more like thick crackers. But, still delicious.

Here’s the recipe taken from http://www.halfbakedharvest.com :

COOK TIME: 10 MINUTES

TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR

YIELD: 5 TO 6 CUPS OF CINNAMON TOAST CRUNCH

1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or you can sub room temp. butter), divided
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/8 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/8 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Line two baking sheets with a silpat or parchment paper.

2. In the bowl of a food processor add the whole wheat flour, flour, baking soda and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pulse to combine. Then add in 1/3 cup coconut oil, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 1/8 cup sugar, vanilla and honey. Process until the dough looks like small peas and then add in the buttermilk and process until a dough ball forms. The dough will seem dry and crumbly, but this is fine.

3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

My brain temporarily stopped working this afternoon. My kitchen is food processor free, and to make up for this I  first tried the blender (fail). Then, I tried our baby food processor (super fail). Finally, I had that duh moment and used an easy-to-use, typical mixer. No fanciness here :(

My brain temporarily stopped working this afternoon. My kitchen is food processor free, and to make up for this I first tried the blender (fail). Then, I tried our baby food processor (super fail). Finally, I had that duh moment and used an easy-to-use, typical mixer. No fanciness here 😦

4. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and pinch any crumbles of dough together with your hands. Divide the dough into two flat disks. Working with one piece of dough at a time place a piece of wax papper over the dough and roll the dough as thin as you can, no thicker than 1/4 inch thick, but preferably an 1/8 inch thick (about the thickeness of a quarter). Remove the top piece of parchment paper.

5. In a small bowl combine the 1/8 cup sugar and 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon. In another bowl melt the remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil in the microwave. Brush the whole sheet of dough with the melted coconut oil and then generously sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

This dough fought against my rolling pin with almighty strength. I could not get it to 1/8" as suggested...my main problem right here.

This dough fought against my rolling pin with almighty strength. I could not get it to 1/8″ as suggested…my main problem right here.

6. With a pastry cutter, pizza cutter or very sharp knife, even the edges of the rectangle. Slice into pieces, about 1/2 inch squares. Pierce each square carefully 2 or 3 with a fork. Use a very thin spatula and scrape the squares off the counter and then carefully use your hands to place the squares on the prepared baking sheets.

7. Repeat with the remaining dough until all the dough has been used.

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My next batch was much more uniform, although just as thick.

My next batch was much more uniform, although just as thick.

8. Bake for 9 to 13 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.

9. Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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Finished!! I tried to eat them with Vanilla Almond Milk and it was delicious, but a little too thick for a cereal. So, this batch is gonna just be a yummy healthy snack for my little one. I am going to try this again and battle the dough again and try to get it perfect…fingers crossed.

Here is the comparison of Tieghan’s from Half Baked Harvest and mine:

Thin, crunchy perfection. HOW?!

Thin, crunchy perfection. HOW?!

Mine, thick and not very crunchy. Yummy still. But, sooo not as yummy as her's looks.

Mine, thick and not very crunchy. Yummy still. But, sooo not as yummy as her’s looks.

So there we have it. I will be revisiting this one. And, probably trying and failing all of the homemade cereals on the Brit&Co list!

xo,

Simone

P.S.- Here is the original Half Baked Harvest link 🙂

http://www.halfbakedharvest.com/homemade-cinnamon-toast-crunch/

 

 

 

 


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My First Project: Refinishing A Little Baby School Desk

I bought this little $10 school desk about 2 months ago at a thrift shop for my baby. She loved it immediately. Unfortunately, I’ve had to keep it outside and watch her constantly on it because the bottom was completely full of rust and the wood was totally vandalized (lol). I had the plan to refinish it since I first laid eyes on her. Now, I am ready to move her indoors. It was time to crack the whip and get this girl all gussied up. I was sure mint was going to be the best color for her and how perfect for my first post?! But, once I went spray paint shopping, the specific color I had in mind was no where to be found and I do not have the patience to order online and wait. I thought about a lavender. Was lavender to girly? What if I have another kid and it’s a boy? Yellow. Mustard yellow was in my cart. My heart wasn’t in it. I decided to live in the moment and worry about the color for a-maybe-second-child later. I turned my cart around and French Lilac by RustOleum it was!

Here’s the desk in all of it’s thrift store glory:

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Melisssssa </3

Melisssssa </3

First, I had to sand the rust off the bottom and the paneling. This was hard work. My hand was cramped, and it was gross. There was so much rust!! I used an 80 grade sand paper and make sure to wear your face mask. And, gloves probably ( I didn’t >.<).

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After I sanded as much of the nasty rust off that I could, I wiped it down with a damp rag. It was amazing the difference! Then I took a finer grade sand paper (180) and went over all the metal one last time and wiped it down. These sandpaper sponges are amazing and reusable

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Now it is time for the wood! Yay. I used an orbital sander and a medium grade (100) sandpaper. I had to go over the desk a couple, ten, times. The marker sure did bleed through. Sorry, Melissa. For the seat and chair backing, I had to sand by hand most of it. Be careful with the orbital sander to always keep it moving if you are on an uneven surface or it can eat in to the wood at certain spots.

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I had to go over some of the marker stains on the desk and pen out of the pencil space with a lower grade by hand. Then finish it with the sander and a 180 grade to smooth it out and prepare it for stain.

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A blow dryer is totally a power tool. Great for getting saw dust out of hard to reach spaces ;)

A blow dryer is totally a power tool. Great for getting saw dust out of hard to reach spaces 😉

After the sanding was done, I was ready to paint! I bought cheap blue painters tape at ReStore (I am lucky and live right next to it!), and also a cheap paint brush for the stain.

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Oh yeah, I took it all apart and unscrewed these bars from the wood.

Oh yeah, I took it all apart and unscrewed these bars from the wood.

Now, paint! I did light coat by coat to prevent dripping and get an even finish.

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After I took the tape off.

Now, I was ready to stain! I used a stained polyurethane that gave the wood just a little bit of color and gloss (Miniwax Polyshades in Pecan). Make sure to go with the grain when you are staining. I used my $2 ReStore polyester brush, but the stain suggests using a natural bristle. Mine turned out fine. I did two coats and let it dry about 6 hours in between.

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There were a few very minor scratches from taking off the tape and small amounts of stain on the paint. I sprayed some paint into a small cup and used a cheap paintbrush to touch up.

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She was finally ready to put back together! I love how it turned out. It took me about two days, time well spent. Now, I can move her back inside.

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Ta-da! I love :)

Ta-da! I love 🙂

So there you go, my first DIY blog project! Snag one of these if you find it for a great price and make your own, you won’t be sad you did 🙂

Xo,

Simone

 

 

My Grandparents Mint Kitchen

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My Grandparents Mint Kitchen

Hi! I am Simone and this is my grandparents kitchen. It is mint. It is beautiful. It is home. This is the inspiration behind this blog: mint, vintage and love. I grew up in this kitchen watching my grandparents cook, eating so much food, and sitting around the table with my family just enjoying being together. I have vowed to one day paint mine the same color. Until that day comes (like one day when I have my own perfect mid century house that I can do whatever I want to, lol), I’ll be working on all my smaller DIY projects and this is a space for just that. Goal is to have my own furniture store one day 😀