The Inspiration Gallery – a Weekly Link Party

Hello! Welcome to this week’s Inspiration Gallery! Let’s get right into things today.

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Scroll down to link up your favorite projects and recipes from this past week – please no duplicates from previous weeks so we can keep the content fresh for everyone. Take some time to check out what everyone else has been up to while you’re here. We hope you find as much inspiration as we do!

Here’s a look at what Lucy, Taryn, Liz and I have been up to this week on our blogs.

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How to Correct “Blown-Out” Windows in PicMonkey

This post today is a blog-specific topic, so if you’re not a blogger this likely won’t make a lot of sense to you and probably won’t have any relevance. Regular posting will resume tomorrow, but I was so excited when I figured out how to correct blown-out windows using PicMonkey, and I really wanted to share with all you bloggers who might be in the same boat.

Blown out windows happen when you’re photographing a room and have set the exposure on your camera to make the room look bright and clear. When there’s a window, however, you get this area of white where you lose all detail.  Like in the background of this photo from last week’s post about painting kitchen cabinets.

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Coconut Raspberry Lemon Bars

Mmmmm…yum yum yum yum yum. That’s pretty much how I feel when I’m eating these coconut raspberry lemon bars. They resemble classic lemon squares, but the flavor additions of raspberry and coconut really take them over the top.

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I took my very favorite lemon squares recipe, which has a coconut shortbread crust, and added another layer of raspberry filling on top of the lemon one. I love the way they look when cut so you can see the layers of color.

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The Inspiration Gallery – a Weekly Link Party

Hello! Welcome to this week’s Inspiration Gallery! I’m still plugging away this week at my overhaul of the screened porch for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge and I’m really seeing things take shape. I’m so excited about the space! The temps are dipping here again so I’ll be working on our outdoor oasis while wearing a hat and gloves for the next week. Ahhh, the glories of living in New England ;)

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Scroll down to link up your favorite projects and recipes from this past week – please no duplicates from previous weeks so we can keep the content fresh for everyone. Take some time to check out what everyone else has been up to while you’re here. We hope you find as much inspiration as we do!

Here’s a look at what Lucy, Taryn, Liz and I have been up to this week on our blogs.

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How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets + a Video Tutorial

Ahhhh…painting kitchen cabinets. At once my favorite and most detested household project. This is now the third time I have painted our kitchen cabinets.

You read that right.

Not here in my current house, mind you. I first took the project on many years ago now, when Scott and I bought our first house. I didn’t really know what I was doing and they came out pretty well but after several years were showing signs of wear. So I painted them again shortly before we moved.

I knew pretty early on that I was going to paint the cabinets in our current house, where we’ve been living now for a little over a year. The cabinets were excellent quality but the black, while kind of interesting and striking, sucked all the light out of the kitchen.

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(Can I just say that looking at this old photo of where the kitchen started for us a year ago makes me positively giddy?! I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. Read on to the end, you’ll see :)

By now, I practically consider myself an expert on painting kitchen cabinets so I’m going to break it down for you step-by-step, and there’s even a video showing you how to use a paint sprayer!

The process is messy and drawn-out because of all the steps and waiting for things to dry along the way, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. I can’t think of anything that will totally transform the look of your kitchen as much as painting your cabinets, and hiring it out can run anywhere from $2000-$7000.

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