Posts by Pinch Plate Party

I blog about Penny Pincher DIYs, Food, and Fun!

Family Room Project: Design 2.0 and Moodboard | Old meets New

Current Family Room with Old Apartment Furniture

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Back in spring 2021 I came up with a plan to refresh our family room! I got started on the project and then it came to a screeching halt. I saw that interior design and decorating trends were changing and felt that if I was going to invest in this space, I needed to be very intentional about the direction I was taking my design.

Almost 2 years later I’m sharing the vision for version 2.0 of the family room design. I feel like I finally have a really good grasp of the vision I have for my home (my kitchen renovation solidified that for me) and am really excited about the direction I’m going to take this space! So let’s talk about the design!

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How to upgrade your exterior lights for $8!

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The exterior of our home has been neglected since we bought it back in 2017. We’ve put a lot of time, engergy, and money into our backyard space but the front of the hosue has remained untouched. Since moving in I’ve wanted to upgrade our exterior light fixtures from brass to matte black but I’ve kept putting it off. I finally decided that we didn’t need new lights, we just needed to upgrade the color! So I did what any DIYer does best… I grabbed an $8 can of spray paint and got to work. I love how they turned out and I want to share the process with you for how to upgrade your own exterior lights!

Step 1 – Disassemble your light fixture

All light fixtures are different but most have seperate pieces that include glass (or a bulb), the fixture itself, and screws. Remove all of these items. You can uninstall the fixture completely or just leave the plate attached to your house.

Step 2 – Spray Paint the Parts

Lay all your parts (screws, supports, etc) on a drop cloth and spray with your desired color spray paint. I used Behr Premium spray paint in matte black, but there are so many different paints that could work for light fixtures. I recommend a high quality interior/exterior paint that has good one coat coverage.

Step 3 – Tape off The Attached Fixture

If you left the base of the fixture installed on your home, use exterior painters tape to tape off any exposed brick, trim, etc. I also taped on additional paper to protect the exterior of my home from overspray.

Step 4 – Spray the Fixture

Spray paint the fixture attached to the house being sure to spray from all angles. It’s easy to miss areas so give it a good once over to make sure you havent missed any spots.

Step 5 – Assemble

Once the fixture and parts are completely dry (I let mine cure overnight) put all the part back together and assemble the light fixture.

This is a quick and easy way to upgrade exterior light fixtures but it also works for interior fixtures and lamps!

Lavender Infused Cold Brew Concentrate

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I’m a big fan of flavoring my coffee with infused syrups but I had never thought of actually just infusing the coffee itself with flavors. I got a recommendation recently to try out a lavender cold brew latte. Most recipes I saw incorporated regular coffee or cold brew with a lavender syrup addition. But I wanted something with a more intense flavor throughout.

If you’re looking for a bolder lavender flavor in your cold brew, here’s how to make lavender inflused cold brew yourself. It only requires 3 ingredients and requires very little hands on work.

There are special cold brew makers you can use for this, but if you don’t have one you can use a pitcher or a canning jar (that’s what I use). In addition to a pitcher or jar you will also need a fine mesh strainer.

I recommend using a medium or dark roast coffee in addition to organic dired french lavender. If you grow your own lavender you can dry that and use it in this recipe as well.

This recipe requires about 5 minutes of hands on time and requires at least 12 hours of brewing time. Once your cold brew concentrate is ready I recommend diluting it with a 1:1 ratio of concentrate of water (or milk). I recommend sweetening your final beverage with brown sugar or my lavender brown sugar simple syrup. I think lavender and brown sugar are a perfect pair (it’s probably the earthiness of the molasses that pairs so well with the earthiness of the lavender).

This recipes makes approximately a cup and a half of cold brew concentrate (6 servings). It’s enough to last you all week!

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