Side Table Makeover

I don’t have a before picture of the side table so here is a glimpse of it in our San Francisco apartment next to the piano, and again between the couches holding magazines.

It was all black, not very exciting.

You’ll notice a trend of gold in our household furniture. :) Everything but the knob got a coat of fresh paint. RustOleum metallic gold spray paint.

Looks fabulous, doesn’t it?

Piano Bench Makeover

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When we got this piano for free, giving it a makeover wasn’t on my to-do list. I was happy to even have a piano!

Then we moved to LA and it was already disassembled for easy moving. The wood was pretty beat up. On two of the legs, someone took a saw to it and started to cut the legs off and then stopped. The fabric had stains on it and lost its fresh look. Perfect time for a makeover. I filled in all the cracks with putty, sanded it, and painted it.

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Underneath the red velvet was this emerald green (doesn’t look emerald green in the pic) costume looking fabric and tons of staples. Underneath that was old, stained batting.

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Dreamy Oatmeal

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I have been cravings grains a lot since we moved to LA. Lots of pancakes, rice, pasta, and oatmeal. When I make oatmeal, it’s pretty spectacular and I wouldn’t want to keep this bowl of deliciousness a secret. So here I go, unveiling my secrets.

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Make oatmeal how you normally would. I like to soak and dry my oats for better digestion- pour oats in a big bowl, cover with water and add a splash of apple cider vinegar. Allow oats to soak overnight. Rinse. Put in dehydrator until dry. Transfer dry oats to glass jars and store in your cupboard.

Now for the fun part- the toppings. Add some honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and vanilla extract- this is key! Stir it all together and place into a bowl. Chop some walnuts (also soaked and dried to remove phytic acid) and dates. Also some sliced banana. Voila! Dreamy oatmeal- literally. You might feel like laying down to take a nap after eating this. :)

Enjoy!