Drab to Fab – DIY Hutch Makeover

This is an old DIY project that I didn’t find the time to document earlier but is one of my favorites for sure. The husband had this OLD boring brown ugly traditional dated hutch. I honestly didn’t care much for it and was all set to toss it. Instead, I decided to do a little experiment with the old piece. Never thought it would fit in a contemporary setting but well, take a look at the results. 🙂

Here is a picture of the top half of the hutch just before we got started on it –

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(Yes I know the husband’s taste in furniture is definitely questionable!)

I decided to paint it an ivory white so it would add more dimension to the room and create that illusion of space as opposed to what it was currently doing – occupying all the space in our tiny dining space and looking quite hideous at the same time! Since it is a big piece, it did take time to take it apart, sand it properly so the surface was all even and then finally paint it. This was way before I had gotten comfortable using spray paints so we went the traditional route and spent about two weekends painting away. I bought brand new knobs from Cost Plus World Market and love how they look. I was initially looking for animal face shaped knobs for that whimsical touch but couldn’t find them anywhere. These ones work pretty well for now, especially the tiny patterned ones. Instead of using a traditional pull out knob for the drawers, I decided to use two small ones.

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A fresh coat of paint and pretty new accessories did the trick! I love how it looks now and at some point I might remove the mirrors from the inside panel and experiment with some chevron patterned wallpaper for an interesting look. But that’s another project…

I recommend using Spray Paint as it is faster and far more convenient. Refer to my post Furniture Makeover DIY for details on what paints to use and tips for painting furniture.

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before-after-hutch

Easy Two Ingredient Chocolate Mousse & Our Oscar Party

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It’s that time of the year again…when we settle down in front of the telly and watch the starlets of Hollywood walk down the red carpet. I personally love watching the red carpet pre-Oscar coverage so I have sort of started a custom of making a party out of it. Husband and I invited only! We make some yummy treats, sip cocktails and make a night of it. The main features tonight are a rich and creamy Chocolate Mousse and Tequila Sunrise that the husband concocted.  (Winner combo!)

So when I first read the recipe for this super easy Chocolate Mousse at Eat Live Run, I couldn’t believe that the ingredients consisted only of chocolate and water! Seriously, I was a little flabbergasted. Once my shock subsided, I decided to test the recipe. Now I am even more in shock because not only does it look perfect, it tastes JUST like Chocolate Mousse made the traditional way. I used 72% dark chocolate and you can add some sugar if you like your mousse sweeter. I didn’t add any and love the way it tastes.

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This fabulous recipe, Jennifer Lawrence in her gorgeous red Dior and Lupita Nyong’o in the powder blue Prada sure look like winners tonight!

Recipe by Herve This & Heston Blumenthal

Adapted from Eat Live Run

chocolate-mousse

Ingredients
4 servings
265g bittersweet (%70 cocoa solids) chocolate, chopped
240 ml water
4 tbsp sugar, optional

Method

  • Place a large mixing bowl on top of another slightly smaller one, filled with ice and cold water (the bottom of the large bowl should touch the ice). Set aside.
  • Put chocolate and water (also sugar if you’re using) in a medium-sized pan and melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring occasionally. I added a tablespoon of dark rum to this mix for a nice bold flavor. 
  • Pour the melted chocolate into the mixing bowl sitting on top of ice and water, and start whisking with a wire whisk (or an electrical hand-held mixer) until thick. Watch the texture as you whip and make sure not to over-whip as it will make the mousse grainy. If the mousse becomes grainy (which is possible at your first try), transfer it back into the pan, reheat until half of it is melted, pour it back to the mixing bowl and whisk again briefly. I got it right the second time around.
  • Garnish with orange rind (optional but it tastes so good!)
  • Divide into serving cups, chill for about an hour and serve.

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