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Meeting the Butlers

Hi everyone! My name is Kattie Butler and I’m married to Michael!

I started this blog as a creative outlet to centralize my (current and future) projects with people who also enjoy them! Honestly, Michael is supportive of my projects, most of the time haha, but it is still great to be able to express my excitement and discuss things I enjoy with other people who actually understand those things.

We will look into home decor, baking, money saving tips, and who knows what else! This is my life trying to balance the Butlers and never ending project list!

Thanks for joining me!

DIY Projects

DIY Farmhouse Door on a Budget

I have been so excited to share my door with everyone! This has been one of my favorite projects in our home and I hope all of you enjoy it as well.

So to begin we went and bought a sheet of plywood at our local Home Depot. Nothing fancy. We went with plywood because I was afraid anything else may be too heavy.

First thing first, we measured out the plywood to the correct size that we needed our door and cut it.

Once cut, I began the process of getting the ‘background’ portion ready. I had already bought some chalkboard paint (I actually bought it at the local Dollar General!) and used that to paint out a portion of the door. You could make the chalkboard portion larger or smaller depending on what you like most. Or choose to skip the chalkboard part altogether.

One thing I do regret about the board is that I did not stain the actual plywood behind my herringbone pattern. Between some pieces, you can see through some of the little cracks and I feel that it would have made it a more consistent/flowing look had that been stained to match also.

The small little pieces that you see are actually paint stir sticks! I loved the pack we found because they look like old rulers once they’ve been stained! I stained each piece individually because I wanted them to all look differently. I wanted some with a heavier stain and some with a lighter. I also alternated between staining the back and front sides so not all were plain and not all were ruled. You would use whatever you wanted in this section or just leave it blank. I love that this door can be customized in any way that you desire.

If you do choose to do the paint stirrers, we found that keeping them in the plastic and marking directly on the outside then cutting all at the same time, was the best method to save time. To each their own, but Michael didn’t want to cut each stick individually!

As you can see, I did not immediately glue those down. I chose to frame my door first, them glue down the pieces to ensure that I had a proper fit.

To frame the door, we used 1x4x12 boards. We chose the 12ft boards because they aren’t much more expensive than the 8ft and we could then use the excess to make the middle dividing pieces.

  • I did stain the boards before actually screwing them onto the plywood because it was less messy. This picture shows was simply to show the different portions.

I didn’t take any pictures during the herringbone design process because it is such a tedious design. You could always cut the pieces larger than we did to make it quicker, but I loved the look of the smaller pieces! This portion wasn’t hard, just time consuming. We used wood glue to keep them in place and I did outline the edges with a single layer to make a border so that it looked nicer.

I purchased a kit on amazon for the track of the door and it was only $38! You can find it here. The finished door turned out even better than I had hoped for and it truly inspires me to venture into other projects throughout my house.

I hope you all enjoy this as much as I do! Let me know if you have any questions or comments about the process!

Happy Monday!

The Finished Door
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Friday’s Photo

I haven’t posted any this week because I am super busy catching up on other projects and should be flooding the blog with those shortly! Until then, I wanted to share my ‘Friday Photo’ that has made me so happy today!

I’ve decided to start baking and DIYing (is that even a word?!) full-time, and I could not be any more excited! I cannot wait to see where this takes my little family, so with that being said I hope everyone is ready for a ton of upcoming projects and baking inspiration!

If anyone has any ideas or inspiration for baking or home decor/DIY projects, pleeeease send them my way!

Until then…

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Friday’s Photo

I know that things can be hard sometimes with families, homes, jobs, etc., but I pray that everyone that reads this has the feelings that they are as strong and as important as a tree.

God has created you for a purpose just as he has a tree, or any living thing on this earth. He created you to do great things for His kingdom.

Even if you aren’t sure of your calling at the moment, seek it! The Lord will show you exactly what he has created you for.

Know that God has great plans in store for you!

I pray for peace, favor, and blessings upon everyone that will read this.

Have a blessed weekend!

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Grove Haul

So I am sure most of you have heard of Grove or at least have seen their advertisements. If you haven’t, I hope after reading this post you feel encouraged to check them out!

What originally attracted me to ordering from Grove was the $35 Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning set that you receive for FREE when you order for the first time! Isn’t that awesome?!

I thought it was anyway! So I decided to order, and I am so glad that I did!

My box included the following:

  • Glass Cleaning Concentrate
  • Glass Spray Bottle with Silicon Sleeve
  • Bubble Up Dish Brush Set
  • Walnut Scrubber Sponges
  • Tree Free Paper Towels
  • Tree Free Facial Tissues
  • Concentrated Laundry Detergent
  • Disinfecting Multi-Surface Wipes
  • 4 oz. Bar Soap
  • Daily Shower Spray
  • Antibac Bathroom Cleaner
  • Hand Soap
  • Dish Soap

I got ALL of that, and the cutest personalized card from Grove, for only $23.50!

I love it! And I mean all of it. I was so excited when I had finally received the box (that had free VIP shipping by the way), that I went straight into cleaning my bathroom after unboxing everything!

I do want to point out my favorites at the moment though.

As for cleaning, my favorites currently would have to be Mrs. Meyer’s hand soap and the bathroom cleaner! They work fabulously and honestly, I’m probably only able to narrow it down to just those two currently, because I haven’t had a chance to use everything else yet!

The spray bottle is SO cute and it perfect for watering my succulents! I know it was meant to clean, but it was just too cute! I’ll definitely be ordering another for actual cleaning though.

The brush set and bar soap are adorable as well. It is wonderful that not only are they functional, but decorative as well! A+ on that aspect, Grove! You can see how I’ve styled mine in my kitchen. I absolutely adore the look! (I have the Cedar + Sage bar soap.)

Not only do I strongly recommend trying the products just for themselves, but it is also a wonderful way to try something different and save money while doing it. I mean, a free $35 cleaning set it a pretty awesome deal if you ask me.

I hope that after reading this, you’re as excited as I was to order! Or at least, interested enough to order and try it out. Please let me know of any questions or comments you may have!

If you’ve already tried Grove/Mrs. Meyer’s, let me know your favorite products!

HAPPY FRIDAY!

*This is NOT an affiliated post with Grove. I am truly promoting this out of my own interest in their products and in hopes to encourage others to use natural cleaning products in their homes as well.

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Shopping on a Budget

So let’s talk about one of my all-time favorite things: SHOPPING!

I do love shopping, but I am also so cheap at the same time. It kills me aaaaaand my husband HAHA! So to make myself feel better about shopping, and to be nice to our wallets, I have developed a few methods to help keep the spending to a minimum without forgoing shopping. Here are some of the best tips that I have found that help me personally to save money.

  • Coupons, coupons, and more coupons.
    • No, I don’t mean that you have to clip coupons from your Sunday paper for 3 hours every week. A lot of companies are adding coupons online now, and some even electronic that you can add online or through an app. You can use this for various companies. For instance, some grocery stores allow you to ‘load’ coupons on to your membership card/account with them.
    • Another key note with coupons is to watch for email sign-ups online that offer coupons. If you see a coupon that is offered for new members or when you sign up to receive emails – take the coupon! You can always unsubscribe from the email list later. Or continue to receive emails and you could potentially receive even more coupons later!
  • Try money saving websites first.
    • Groupon.com is awesome for getting deals and discounts/coupons on items, things to do, beauty, restaurants, and more. It is truly amazing and becoming a member rakes in major discounts!
    • Raise.com is wonderful for gift cards! Raise includes discounts for up to 30% off from many (and I do mean MANY) popular stores. Plus, if you sign up for their email list, they occasionally send out even better discounts for gift cards. Not only can you buy gift cards, but you can also sell them, so you could have even more money for your other shopping needs!
  • Second hand.
    • Thrift Stores are wonderful places to get even name-brands for super cheap.
    • Yard sales and garage sales make for an adventure/road trip and an exciting hunt for deep discounts on items.
  • Weekly ads.
    • My favorite store to keep up with, as far as weekly sales, is Hobby Lobby, and if you love home decor, too then you’re probably aware of their sales as well. Hobby Lobby runs sales and alternates what is on sale every-other week. When things go on sale, depending on what the category is, it could be up to 50% off! If I know that I want a specific piece of wall art and it isn’t on sale this week, I wait until the next week to ensure I only pay half.
    • This tip doesn’t necessarily only apply to home decor either, you can watch weekly ads for grocery stores, home improvement stores, etc. I know that this should be a given, but honestly I feel that most of the time people forget to still look for sales the ‘old-fashioned’ way.
  • Shop smarter.
    • Jane.com is the most adorable online boutique! They have gorgeous seasonal decor, clothing, gifts, personalized home decor, and SO much more for such a lower price. If you’ve never visited Jane, I 100% recommend it.
    • I am personally in a Facebook group that is specifically designed for money saving tips and deals for online shopping. The most common links are from Amazon but it does include other websites as well. I would encourage everyone to try to join at least one online group like this. It has truly offered so many deals that I would have never looked for personally, but I am so glad that I was able to take advantage of them!
    • I also would encourage to join loyalty programs of any places that you frequently shop. No, you don’t have to sign up for their credit card, but join the mailing list of a store that you shop at often. You don’t have to do this for every store, but I would encourage it for your favorite store(s). They may send notices of sales, random discounts, and even coupons for birthdays occasionally.

I completely understand that these tips may not be for everyone, this is simply how I personally save money. Trust me, I don’t use all of these every single time that I shop, but I can most certainly tell a difference when I do. Who doesn’t want to feel good about the deals they’ve gotten after a full day of shopping?!

I would like to also state that comparing prices is something common that I believe people over look. Always try to compare prices and make sure that you are getting the best deal that you can. I understand if you are out and don’t want to make different stops, but when online shopping you should ALWAYS make sure that you are getting the best deal. That’s doesn’t necessarily mean that you always have to look at the price tag of the exact item either. Always check the shipping amount and again, see if there are any coupons offered. Make sure you’re checking all aspects to truly determine the best deal.

I hope that this has helped at least one person, and maybe encouraged others to cut back on their spending as well! Please let me know if you have another money saving trick as well. I’m always interested to see how I can shop more!

I do want to add that I am in no way affiliated with any website that was linked above and this is not an ad. I truly just enjoy my shopping experiences with each company!

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My Homemade Buttercream Icing

Cupcakes

Ingredients:

  • 2 Sticks Salted Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Bag Powdered Sugar
  • 3-5 Tablespoons Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Salt

This buttercream is SO good and SO simple. It is truly my go-to recipe because it tastes great and is wonderful for piping. So let’s begin!

I do want to say that you can, of course, make this recipe whatever YOU want it to be. Tweak it to whatever flavor/consistency that you want. The only rule suggestion that I would like to make is that you use room temp butter (NOT WARMED) and only pure vanilla extract.

Trust me, I know that the imitation vanilla seems to be the same and it’s cheaper. And I know it can be annoying waiting for the butter to get to room temp, but it makes this recipe so much better if you can at least follow those two things.

Okay, to the actual instructions:

  1. Put the butter and vanilla into the mixer. Mix until smooth.
  2. Start slowly adding powdered sugar. I add approximately 1 cup at a time to somewhat maintain the dust cloud that powdered sugar gives off when mixed.
  3. Once the icing starts getting to a thick consistency, begin adding the heavy whipping cream. Only add 1 tablespoon at a time.
  4. Continue steps 2 and 3 until you have added all powdered sugar.
  5. Taste the icing and adjust as needed.

Additional Tips:

  • You don’t have to use salted butter, but I do prefer salted butter because it seems to tone down the richness of the icing. If you don’t have salted butter – or the icing is too sweet once you’ve mixed everything – that is fine. You can always sprinkle in salt at the end and then mix again.
  • You don’t have to add the entire bag of powdered sugar. I normally do, but most recipes only call for 5 cups. It is truly a personal call. I like it either way.

I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! Please let me know any suggestions any of you have to make this even better!

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Faux Brick Back Splash!

To start off, I want to show you guys my favorite DIY project so far: my house!

This is our biggest project we’ve done to the kitchen so far. I hated the back splash that was in our house when we bought it, if you could even call it a back splash. And honestly, tile just wasn’t an option. But I still wanted a farmhouse feel, which you’ll notice is my absolute FAV, so I went with a brick. We went to our closest Lowe’s and purchased a fake brick paneling and went to work!

Now, I have black cabinets so keeping the deep red and black tones of the fake brick paneling we used just wasn’t an option! I like bright and even bold, but I just can’t do dark. With the natural light, the cabinets make a statement and add to my Farmhouse decor, but I decided to do a bold contrast and go white on the brick. So after we cut the paneling to size and it was all put up, I painted it white and I LOVE IT!

**The before and after pictures show how our kitchen looked when we bought it with just sticky panels of back splash (it was only behind the stove and sink) and after with the fake brick (this does go all the way around our cabinets)!

Have you guys done any different DIYs for a back splash? Or do you have any fun ideas? Let me know what you think!