Easy DIY kitchen cabinet update for renters

I was tired of looking at my outdated, oh-so-brown cabinets in our rental. With only one tiny window above the sink the space gets very little natural light which makes me not excited to cook in when I’d rather be outside in the sunshine.
Rather than spending lots of time and money painting or putting up peel-off vinyl on my cabinets I went for a much quicker and easier route – wrapping paper!

The entire project took less than 2 hours and cost less than 10 dollars! 

Heres how I did it

  1. Remove cabinet doors from hinges. Leave the hinges attached to the actual cabinet, this makes it easier to re-hang them. Only take down a few doors at a time to prevent them from getting too mixed up.
  2. Wipe down the doors as you go! I know-cleaning, boo. But trust me, you don’t want to have grime under the paper.
  3. Remove any handles/hardware from the door.
  4. Unroll your wrapping paper and lay the door, outside down, onto the paper. Give yourself at least three inches of paper on each side of the door. Cut the paper to size.
  5. Using Scotch tape, fold up the sides of the paper and tape them down. Fold the corners in the way you would a present and tape them down next.
  6. Re-attach the handles.
  7. Re-attach the door to the hinges still hung on the cabinet. I did some of these on my own but it was much easier to have an extra pair of hands to hold up the door.
  8. Repeat with the rest of the doors.

This was a super quick, easy, and cheap way to make my kitchen more beautiful and unique. I’ve had this paper up for a few months without a hitch. Luckily, I do not have any doors above my stove which could make the paper grimy, more quickly. If you do, I’d still put paper up but just buy enough wrapping paper to switch it out if it gets too bad.

Get creative with your paper choice! At my old apartment I used maps I had collected form roadside stops. It made for great conversation about my travels when friends came over.

Let me know if you try this and how it works!



Embroidered baby bib 

So my dear friend from college announced he and his wife were expecting! I was so, so excited and immediately could picture what I could make him for a baby gift.

I’ve used this bib pattern many times in the past for shower gifts. Friends and family have told me that it is the most absorbent bib they own (good for teething babies).

After using the Sew She Sews pattern, to make the bib, I sketched out what I had envisioned using a quilting pencil. Then I hand stitched using three strands of embroidery floss in teal and orange. My friend was a huge political activist, and still is, and I would bet his future mini me will be too. The bib is reversible so double the usage!
What do you think?


Procida, Italy – 3 tips for your stay

Procida is a tiny island off the Naples bay, formed from an ancient (and now dormant) volcano. When the island was formed, little coves were created that make great beaches. We did a quick 48-hour trip there from Rome over the weekend and I think I fell in love. Procida is a lot like Capri but without the tourists or the tourist prices.

Our Air B&B host was amazing and gave us tons of advice for our stay. I thought I would share my 3 favorite tips on experiencing Procida like a local.

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Corricella – Procida, Italy


Check out the Chiaia beach.

This was the preferred beach for our b&b host and other locals on the island. While the Ciracciello beach is longer, it tends to be more crowded and “touristy”. Chiaia beach gives you the perfect look onto Corricella and lacks the shoulder-to-shoulder crowds other beaches on Procida tend to have.

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Chiaia Beach, Procida

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Chiaia Beach from above

Book a boat ride to the La Conchiglia restaurant.  

If you are not planning any other boat trips while visiting Procida, at least make a reservation to eat at La Conchiglia. When calling the restaurant, tell them you would like to be picked up at the Corricella Marina and give them the time, about 20 minutes before your table reservation. On Saturday, after spending a day at the beach we had an aperitif in Corricella and then caught a boat ride to the restaurant. This is a free service, and will make your dinner more memorable.

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Boat ride service to the La Conchiglia restaurant

Take a kayak tour.

I guess when you live on an island that is less than 2 square miles in size you have a connection with pretty much everyone. Our b&b host’s boyfriend’s friend (or something like that) runs the A.S.D. Kayak company on Procida. We spent 4 hours Sunday morning kayaking around the island, all for only 30 Euro a person. The adventure included ducking into caves and having a snack of homemade cakes and fruit on the beach. Really, this is such a great way to see Procida and totally worth the money.


Kayaking around Procida (photo from ASD Kayak FB page)


Procida is a great mini vacation if you are looking to experience the beauty of the Mediterranean. While the Amalfi coast and Capri are both iconic and breathtaking, they are more pricy and cater to tourists. Procida is just as stunning but more off the beaten path and lets you experience part of the Italian culture.

Let me know if you know any other tips or things you did if you have been to Procida.