Monday, February 15, 2016

Weekend Highlights + Valentine's Day

Happy Monday! It's not very often that I feel like a weekend is LONG.... but we had such a fun and full weekend that it actually felt like a long time!
On Saturday, Clay and I headed over to the Robin's Nest, which is the most darling gift shop in our little town. I seriously go there at least once a week to check out the goods! She has a huge selection of handcrafted gifts as well as antiques and furniture available to refurbish. If you are in the Omaha/Lincoln area, add the Robin's Nest to your next stop.
Anyways, I got sidetracked there. I was beyond thrilled to find this rustic looking piece for our kitchen. It is one of my favorite decorative items in our house now!
Random FYI: This was made from the wood from the "Lady Gaga barn," aka the barn in her video "You and I." (Which is less than a mile from our house!)
And this.... I am in love. I have been on the search for a vanity that I could refurbish and put in my closet. I hate doing my make up/getting ready in the bathroom as I feel like it makes such a mess and is spread out everywhere. Luckily I stumbled on this....
....And began the project this weekend. It needs a little TLC but I have a vision in mind! :) Details and pictures to follow when I finish!
Saturday night Clay surprised me with wine and this darling flower arrangement. He's the best. :)
Sunday we hung out with Clay's family most of the day and at night we had a reservation at Dario's Brasserie in Dundee.
You guys... to die for. Our normal date spot is Pitch, but they do not take reservations and we could only assume Valentine's Day would be a nightmare wait. Clay absolutely did us a favor with this reservation. They had a Valentine's Day menu and the perfect romantic atmosphere for the evening. The food and service at Dario's was spectacular. We will be back for sure!
Lastly, we are refurbishing our kitchen cabinets as I mentioned the other day. We finally decided on using a gel stain as opposed to milk paint. I  knew that I wanted to stick with General Finishes products regardless, but we decided we would like to keep the grain from our 80s looking oak cabinets, but transform them into a more modern look with the "java" finish. I'll document this project as well!

Has anyone actually used this product on their cabinets? I am excited (and nervous) to start! Any tips/tricks welcome!
Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Monday is off to a great start!


  1. Will have to check Dario's out! Pitch is hard to beat tho...

    Good luck with the cabinets! My husband and I are about to use a rustoleum kit on ours to make them white :-0

    1. I agree! We rarely change up date night from Pitch :) SO GOOD!!!
      I have never heard of that!? Sounds interesting. I love white cabinets!

  2. Can't wait to see what you do with the vanity!! That little arrangement is sweet!! Love the color! (I think it means passion or desire;) )

    1. Haha!! I had no idea! (And I would venture to say Clay most likely didn't either :) )

      I'll be posting about it ... assuming it turns out!

  3. Love the wine rack! And the restaurant is beautiful, perfect for a Valentine's dinner!

    1. Thank you! I wish I knew how to make more :)