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Turning a Wall Cabinet Into a Side Table

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I am in the process of making my office a better reflection of who I am.  Lucky me.  I work where I have the opportunity to make where I work look like home.  I spend more waking hours of the day here than I do at home most days.

I need a table for my printer to sit on.  It needs to be narrow and have storage for printer supplies inside.  I happened to have had the exact piece I needed in the garage just waiting for inspiration.  It was designed to be a wall cabinet of a 1980’s Ethan Allen entertainment center.  I bought it as a part a set I bought for $70.00 a while back.  Two of the base sections are now my master bedroom side tables.

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The wall cabinet that was also part of the set is smaller and more narrow.  It was just too short to work for a table.

Fortunately I remembered some legs I bought at the ReStore garage sale last year.  I bought 8 brand new legs for $2.00.  They sort of had a mid-century look about them and I thought they would be perfect for the printer table.

Attaching them was easy with the brackets included.

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I used Rusteoleum Seaside to paint the side table.

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The table is going to go on a wood wall when all is said and done so I wanted to show you how pretty it looks up against my reclaimed wood door.

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The office is almost ready for me to show off.

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when it comes to remaking items.

 

Have a great day!

 

Blessings,

 

Karen

 

Meet Fat Max

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DIY Ladies, have I got a “guy” you need in your life. No, I am not talking about my Hubby. You have to find your own handy husband. I am talking about Fat Max by Stanley.  Remember, I do not get paid by anyone to talk about their products so it has to be good for me to talk about it. Okay he is not a guy, he is a toolbox. Seriously, if you are like me and have to work in less than ideal locations ( like the back porch) at our house you need to get one of these bad boys. They roll, are easy to use and open, and they hold a ton. 20140726-161343-58423351.jpg   Here it is opened up. fat max Closed and ready to roll.  The handle pulls up just like a suitcase in the back. There is a funny story behind my pair of Fat Maxes. Yep. I have two, I did not plan on getting two. My husband took me to Home Depot recently to look at one. I was so happy that he felt I needed my own tool box. In our family a toolbox is a rite of passage. To me it meant he thought I was serious about repurposing furniture. That makes me happy, and a little scared. I am not always sure I am serious about what I do and frankly I am plagued with self doubt on every single project. But, back to Fax Max and the story. At Home Depot, we checked out Fax Max and I knew it would work well. To the left of the floor model was a box with a picture of Max on it. We took the box to the front checkout. The box was opened and Max was scanned. Only when we opened the box again at the lake house did we discover that there were two. We were shocked and planned on returning the extra as soon as we got home. The only problem with that plan was that by the end of the weekend I knew we would be keeping both; one for the lake house, one for the suburban house. Convincing Home Depot that we wanted to pay for the extra Fat Max turned out to be tricky but we convinced them that we paid for one and got home with two and had decided to keep the extra. At the lake house the chest is filled with three sanders, sand paper, basic tools like a hammer, pliers, screw drivers, drill bits, stains, and containers of screws. It allows me to roll everything out on the porch at the Garagemahal.  I do a lot more construction type work at the Garagemahal than I do in the burbs. At our suburban house it is my mobile paint and prep shop. My sanders, brushes, Citristrip, scapers, paint tape, clean rags, stir sticks, paint openers, empty jars, and the paints I am currently using are all stored inside along with a container to keep the hardware to the piece being worked on together. 20140727-132931-48571349.jpg 20140727-131749-47869787.jpg I love that it slides open, it rolls, and has divided containers to keep all my mess separated. 20140727-132811-48491824.jpg I can easily move the tools by myself from the garage to the driveway or back porch when I get the urge to paint something. Everyone is happier here with my new set up. The night I got Fat Max, there was a crime scene on the news and guess what the CSI folks were dragging into the site… Fat Max.  He really gets around.

Easy Zinc Finish on Wood Furniture

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Type in “Zinc Finish” into Google Images and you get this set of images:

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I really like the aged metallic look that appears it has been around the block a time or two.

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I like the patina colored zinc the best.

I have been looking longingly at Restoration Hardware zinc finishes. I would love to have a giant mirror like this one if it were still available and did not weigh 80 lbs:

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Alas, it was not meant to be.

I started looking for options to get the look I like at a price that I could afford.  You can read about that here Getting a Zinc Finish

I read, and read, and read some more.  Then decided that there had to be an easier way.  For once, I was right.  There is a much simpler way to get the look.

This is what I used:

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and Color Smart ( Michael’s) silver metallic paint mixed with glaze.  ( I used some Behr Faux Effects Glaze I had on hand.)

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I had a part of a door that we turned into a coat rack hanging out.  It was hanging out because I never really liked the finish.  It was a perfect piece to practice the process on.

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The steps were simple:

First spray paint the entire piece with the metallic paint.

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Next, paint on the glaze then rub it in.  Follow the individual boards with the direction to rub in/off the glaze.

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Spray the whole thing with a flat or satin sealer when you have the look you are going for.  Tah Dah.  Done.

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This shelf is going to be a place to hang towels in the new and improved bathroom.  Photos soon to come, I hope!

This project was super easy.  Even easier than I anticipated.

 

I used the same process on a small table and I wish I had painted the whole thing first with primer to eliminate the look of the wood grain.   I still like the table as it is, but it does not have the “made of metal” look

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I will be taking what I have learned and looking for a mirror to do in the near future. It would be super easy to do this finish on some of those cardboard letters that are in every craft shop.  They would look like expensive metal letters.   I think there is a beautiful metallic mirror in my future.

A Quick and Easy Thrift Store Chest Makeover

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If you are too busy to read my wordy post today I put a quick DIY with photos at the bottom of the page.

My brother in law and sister in law built a home recently in Durango, Colorado.

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In case you are counting, this is home number four for them. We stayed at their vacation home in Costa Rica over spring break,

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they have a beautiful, huge hilltop home in Austin that is currently for sale,

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and are building a new home in one of my favorite small cities near our home in Montgomery, Texas.

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Their plan is to live in Durango half the year and in Montgomery the other half. They rent out the Costa Rica home most of the year but visit frequently. It is a tough life, but someone has to do it.

When they moved into the home in Durango three weeks ago, they literally moved up to the 2600 sq ft home with what fit in a UHaul and their car. We arrived for a visit to find that they didn’t have things like mixing bowls, or an egg turner, or spoon rest. They have been so busy getting settled in that cooking wasn’t high on the list.  They were also a little short on furniture. They had purchased or brought beds, two couches, chairs, barstools, a dining table an outdoor bench, and a bookcase. I was proud that they had been shopping at local resale and thrift shops for items and had purchased a few accessories at the shops. I think I may be wearing them down… a little bit.

What they did not have were end tables and coffee tables in their main room or the upstairs den. We set out shopping for stuff our first day there. They took us to the shops that they like. I liked the stores, too. They were unique and interesting pieces, but wowser, the tables were very expensive. Like $900 to $1200 per table expensive. I would much rather spend that money on supplies and thrift store furniture and a whole lot more.

When I saw a little $20.00 solid pine toy chest that had several of the most unfortunate paint jobs, I knew it would work as a coffee table with some love. It was painted with a really thin blotchy black color. Someone along the way had painted it white, and there was also an attempt at painting flowers on the chest with red streaks.

The steps are simple:

Strip down to smooth, but not bare wood. Wipe it all down and get clean.  I used Lysol wipes.

This had to happen so I could knock down the thick ridges from the painted flowers. I used Citristrip on the whole thing to knock off the black layer and then focused on the flowers. (As usual, I forgot a before picture.) Here it is with the first layer off:

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Spray paint the whole chest. I sprayed the chest twice, letting it dry completely between coats. The paint color was Rustoeum Seaside.

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This is a project I did on the fly with very limited supplies or space. All the spray paint work was done across the street in a vacant lot because the valley where the house is located was windy and the thought of getting turquoise paint on the car or house was scary.

Not a bad view while I worked.  I understand why they have moved to Durango.

Sand away at the paint, following the wood-grain.  You will know the paint you are sanding is dry if what you are sanding off looks like chalk dust. I hand sanded using this awesome sanding block with a handle. (You can see the sander in the box to the left of the chest.)

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In some places go all the way to bare wood and in others go down through paint to the colors below.

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Once I was pleased with the amount of sanding, I stopped. There is no magic formula.

Once I wiped it all down again I rubbed in glaze mixed with dark brown latex paint. The gaze to paint ratio was about three parts glaze to one part paint.

I used a dampish cotton cloth to literally rub it in. It did not take very much at all with each coat.  It took two coats for me to be happy with the look.

I rubbed it down with paste wax when I was finished to give it a luster.

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Here it is finished.  I really like the look.  All in all it cost about $20.00 in supplies which were all bought at a pretty small Walmart so they are readily available.

 

10 Tips for Painting Furniture With Latex Paint

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I have been blogging a while and painting furniture is a hobby. I always feel like I need to tell you that I am not an expert, just a learner who is sharing what I learn to do and not to do regarding paint.

I do not use chalk paint, but if you do, good for you. It just doesn’t work for me.

We use interior latex paint. I do get asked about how I paint a lot so here is my non-expert advice.

1. Don’t “cheap out” on paint or brushes and quality paint. I personally use Behr paint with primer, but Valspar signature and Sherwin Williams has a good quality paint. There are tons of great paints, but be aware that every brand has a cheap line. STAY AWAY from cheap paint or you will think you can’t paint. I buy quality paint in the oops section sometimes. Buy good brushes. I use Purdy brushes because they are awesome. Cheap brushes will give you a poor quality paint job.

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2. Take the time to prep before painting. Sand, prime, tape off, clean and prepare. This is not time wasted. Take the time to get ready to paint or you will not be happy with the results.

3. If you are painting a lot, invest in a sprayer. We love ours and now have it down to a science. You can even prime your work using a sprayer. We can paint four times the amount of stuff with a sprayer than we could with just a brush. Nothing gives you the smooth finish a sprayer does.
Here is a link to a cool one I want to buy because it uses mason jars to hold the paint. (We have three sprayers now so I am having a hard time justifying the purchase.) sprayer

4. Find a good black, white, red, green, yellow, blue, and brown to keep on hand. Mine are: black suede, sea salt, red red wine, happy camper, jackfruit, sailboat, and revival mahogany. I use other colors but I seem to go back to these colors when I am stuck.
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5. Learn use a glaze. I use Behr Faux Effects. Glazing adds depth to a piece. I don’t use it on every piece but I love the look.

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6. It can be too hot, too cold, or too wet to paint outside. Don’t force it. Read the can. If it is too hot or too humid when you paint it will give you a sticky finish.

7. Use paint conditioner. It causes the paint to smooth out and gives the best finish.

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8. Let the paint cure. That means after it is painted, leave it alone. I usually leave it to dry a week…because we only work at the Garagemahal on weekends, but at least three days in humid weather before adding a polyurethane finish. If you skip this step you could end up with a finish that just doesn’t seem to dry.

9. Use a poly or oil based sealer on your paint. If your house is full of kids, dogs and messy husbands, you will regret not adding a coat of something to minimize scratches, dings, and water marks..

10. Don’t be afraid to paint it again if you don’t like the color. If you hate it, repaint it…or give it away. I may or may not have done the second choice more than once.

I hope you try painting furniture if you haven’t before. Color is good.

Have a great day.

Blessings,

Karen

Getting the Restoration Hardware Bathroom Vanity Look with a Thrift Store Dresser

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Whew, was that the longest title for a blog post you have ever seen? I know it was the longest title I have ever written. I have “Hate my bathroom-itis”. It is without a doubt the most dysfunctional space in our home. I want a rustic, classic space that feels like it has been around for a while longer than the 5 years it has been here. You can see where I am going with the bathroom and plans I have for it here:

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Check out my plans here:

https://theweekendcountrygirl.com/2014/03/05/my-bathroom-pinnspiration/

 

I am moving my bedroom and master bedroom to a more muted, weathered, time worn look because I want our bedroom to be a restful space for us. We are going to incorporate board and batten walls, vintage furnishings, and unusual pieces of furniture into the space. I love the look of this bathroom vanity at Restoration hardware but it would have been over $3000.00

That is a little steep for my budget ( more than double what I want to spend on the whole bathroom makeover,) but wow that vanity is beautiful. It is from the Saint James Collection. If you have the money for this vanity, please buy it, then invite me over so I can stare at it. Okay?

I recently purchased a dresser that is the correct size for our space, it is solid wood, has drawers that will work for our space and I like the shape. I was thrilled to find it and am so happy to have it sitting in my garage now waiting for a makeover. I found a pair of mirrors that are going to work with the dresser too at a steal. $20.00 for the pair of mirrors!

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Here are my mirrors:

The detail at the top of the mirror is going to look great.

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Soon I will not have a 29″ high bathroom vanity with four six inch wide drawers. The height of the vanity is a pain for my almost 6 foot tall self and my well over 6 foot tall husband. The drawers are a joke. I brush in a drawer and my toothbrush and toothpaste in the other.  Look at the hardware.  I think it is going to look great in the bathroom.

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I write another blog just about our Suburban home we are trying to make into a unique home called My Burb Home. Here is the low down on my dysfunctional master bathroom.

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http://myburbhome.com/2014/02/25/the-master-bathroom-master-plan/

Note to self. Spend a little more time in the master bathroom next time we buy a home.

I have made it my mission to start researching what to do with the dresser in order to make it look more like the Restoration Harware finish above. I have watched videos, read at least 20 blog posts, and have been experimenting. Here is what I have narrowed the process down to:

I am going to either strip the entire thing then stain it using three different stains by Minwax like AKA Design did here although I want a darker base color before the pickling coat and will use the Weathered Oak on top. All in all it will take stripping, sanding, conditioning, staining, pickling, then staining again, then poly to get the look I am going for. No wonder they charge $3000.00 to do this. I may charge myself that much money to get it done, but I really like the look.

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http://akadesign.ca/white-wash-pickling-get-the-restoration-hardware-look-for-less/

Or, I could go with paint. I could use my homemade chalk paint recipe to make chalk paint and do something like this:

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http://www.mainecountryhome.com/2013/12/get-restoration-hardware-look-chalk-paint/

Or a paint and whitewashed look like this mirror:

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http://littlecottageonthepond.blogspot.com/2013/05/mirror-mirror.html

Or a paint mixed with glaze look:

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Of all the options, I am leaning toward the first and the last. I think I am going to try this out on some wood at the house, then on one of the interior drawers before I strip the whole dresser down. I have my suspicion that nothing is going to make me as happy as the mulit-step stain process, because we don’t do easy at our house, but… I can hope that the glazed thinned paint process will make me happy. Right?

Here is my question for you guys; which of these finishes do you like best? Be honest with me because I can be swayed.

 

I thought I might get busy on this tonight, but I get to go chaperone an Interact party instead.  The joy of being a high school principal.

 

I hope that everyone has a wonderful day.

 

Blessings,

Karen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Project Update

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I apologize for ignoring you all so long. I have been crazy busy at work and I have been steadily working on furniture at home but nothing spectacular. By spectacular I mean that mainly I have been painting end tables (four of them) and finally finished my third sewing cabinet to beverage station. It has been hard work, and very satisfying, but I know that most of you will not be that interested. It feels sort of been there, done that. I have already told you all how I paint stuff and walked you through the process of turning a sewing cabinet into a beverage station. Here are some pictures of the current work:

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The color is Behr Intoxication. It is a bright kiwi color, but the photos look Limey.

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If you want the DIY on this project, here it is Beverage Station

I was given an antique wash stand that was in pretty rough shape. Here it is after I already stripped the top.

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Silly me. I don’t have my picture from when we brought it home. This is going to be a gift for a friend.

My friend chose yellow for the washstand. I chose Behr Bicycle Yellow.

Here is the remade version.

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I am also working on another mid century modern piece. The headboard will go with night stand that is done and upcoming dresser.

Here is the night stand.

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The headboard is going to be a mix of sea salt white and stain just like the night stand.

So far I have it sanded, painted, and ready for stain… Once I finish cleaning up the places where it bled under the tape. Grrr.

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This week I will have a couple of projects completed that are fun, easy and a little different. I am picking up some fun stuff tonight and will have to ask your opinion on one of the projects.

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the warmer weather.

Blessings,

Karen

Using a Paint Sprayer

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After trying three different types of paint sprayers to paint furniture, and hating them, we have finally found one that works for us. The fourth time is the charm. We like a gravity feed sprayer that runs off an air compressor. The brand we use is Husky- not a fancy name bran- and it was inexpensive. Like less than $60.00. It works like a charm and we get a smooth finish with minimal drips. I can use it, except it makes me nervous to connect it to the compressor. Once I master that I will be good on my own. Learning to use a sprayer was not without a few errors and a learning curve. We learned that the paint needs to be thinned a little to make it flow evenly out of the sprayer and that made a difference.

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Here are a few things we have learned as we have improved in our sprayer

Buy good paint. It is tempting to try cheaper paint since it has to be thinned. Don’t do it, friends. I still use Behr Paint with primer when spraying.

Use paint conditioner to thin the paint. We have used water in a pinch but I can tell the difference.
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Get paint filters and strain your paint. You even need to strain brand new paint but you REALLY need to strain paint you have sitting on your shelf. They cost about $1.00 for five so it is a cheap investment.
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Hold the sprayer 6 to 8 inches from the surface you are painting and keep the sprayer moving while the trigger is pulled. Release the sprayer trigger when you change directions.

Use a board or cardboard to test your sprayer before using it on what you are spraying, even if all you do is refill the paint into the can. The settings can move and could affect how much paint is coming out.

Cleaning the sprayer is a pain in the neck, but it has to be cleaned to spotless every time it is used.
Take it all the way apart to clean it. Here it is all taken apart.
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Plan on using at least 25% more paint than you would brushing it on. We underestimate a lot with the sprayer. I am not sure why it takes more paint, but it just does.

You may see a dimpled appearance when the paint is wet. Don’t panic. Don’t try to brush it out. Leave it alone. Once it is dry it will be smooth. Be patient. This is what it looks like right after painting. I promise this look goes away.
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Hubby’s favorite thing to use the sprayer for is polyurethane. We only use water based poly because of cleaning but wow, what a beautiful finish. Poly is thin and does not need conditioner.

I still like a hand brushed look on some items, but I will never hand paint a chair or table legs again now that we have discovered the paint sprayer.

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Beadboard Bed Makeover

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It will be about a week before I can photograph the bed in the room it is in now but I wanted to show what a little paint and glaze does to a so so bed and night stand.

I spotted this beauty on Craig’s List for $100.00.  It was a whole bedroom set; a twin bed, under the bed drawer (that converts to a trundle bed holder I found out.) a night stand, and a dresser.  Because I am using only the nightstand and bed frame to stage a navy blue bedroom for a friend, the dresser and under the bed drawer are not painted.

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The white spot is some sort of wood filler that made a mess on the drawer.

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When we showed up, in the rain, to pick up this set the owners were packing to move.  It was in good shape considering it has been in a tween girl’s room.  There were a few One Direction stickers, and some nail polish spills, but man I have seen worse.

Because the room I helped stage is navy blue, I chose Behr Gray Area.  It is a medium to light gray that has just a touch of blue.

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Hubby was busy spraying a ton of stuff Sea Salt, so I used the brush to paint the bed and night stand.  I really sort of wanted the 2006 furniture to look like it had a bit of history.

Parts of the furniture were made of wood, but other parts were painted particle board and plywood.  I did not want to take a chance on the paint not sticking so I gave it coat of liquid sander then my go-to primer for this type project, Gripper Primer by Glidden.  This primer is thick, sticky, and hard to paint with but it is advertised to use on glass.

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After the primer dried I got busy painting.  It took two coats to get it smooth and looking great.

I mixed up Behr Faux Effects Glaze ( 2 Cups) with Behr Black Suede (1 full tablespoon).  I glazed like crazy by putting it on with my $1.00 brush and white t shirts.to rub it in.
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Here is the finished project before at Star Hill before we took it to my friend’s home.  As soon as the the touch up paint in the bedroom is done I will post the pictures of the room.  This room will prove it is possible to have a dark blue bedroom that doesn’t feel dark and dreary.
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The last step made me remember how much I love our sprayer. Hubby sprayed the polyurethane on the whole thing in about 10 minutes. He did fall in a hole and scare me to death though so I am totally blaming him for not having any more pictures. He is fine. We just need a new part for the sprayer.

So friends, what do you think about the gray bed?  There will be photos of the two pieces soon. They will be for sale as soon as my friend’s home sells along with rest of the furniture in the set.  I am waiting to find out what color to paint the dresser.

Superwoman Is Not My Name

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At least once a week a comment is made to me about my hobby of restoring, re-purposing, and repainting furniture that makes me think people have a few misconceptions about me.  People have asked me how I have time to do this, usually followed by a comment that they would love to do something like this if they had the time.  Well, last night after I got the question about my time again, I decided that I wanted to dig into my vault of deep dark secrets.  Here is how I magically manufacture more time than the 24 hours a day others have. 🙂

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Source: http://www.raisingmiro.com

1.  I don’t watch a lot of television.  Please don’t hate me but I cannot talk with you about Downton Abbey, The Bachelor, House of Cards, or American Idol.  ( I did watch one episode of American Idol this season, but got bored.). I do watch The Voice, Biggest Loser, and The Blacklist (My really guilty pleasure).  Oh, and HGTV is on as background noise on the weekend. A lot of the shows are recorded and I can watch them when I choose and skip through the commercials.  Ain’t no body got time to watch denture cream commercials.  While watching television I usually am writing a blog or reading one of the 10 or so blogs that I read regularly- but not daily.

2.  I get up early and I am one of those people who usually wakes up “awake”  I clear my email , pray, usually do something homey like start laundry, pick up the stuff in the den, play with the dog and clear the counters before I leave for work in the mornings. Okay, I clean only if I am not running late!

3.  I eat lunch alone.  By choice.  I am really an introvert and need quiet time.  I use that 30 minutes to decompress, to think, read or take care of personal business.  It is my quiet time of the day.

4.  I have a housekeeper.  Yep.  Two times a month a wonderful lady comes to my house and changes the sheets, mops, dusts, cleans bathrooms and vacuums the house top to bottom.  This saint also cleans out my fridge and surprises me when she has time with things like organizing the pantry, the back porch, or cleaning up the linen closet.  Having a housekeeper is a luxury that I am willing to give up a lot to keep because the house being clean brings peace to my soul and someone else doing that two times a month means that I have time to do what I love.  She is able to get done in five hours what would take me all day because I would get distracted and she is just a speed demon.  The house does not stay spotless between the cleanings, but I know that under the clutter is a relatively clean home.

5.  My children are grown and I am not a grandmother.  (One day… I hope) My weekends do not revolve around sporting events, birthday parties, and sleepovers any longer.  I miss those days more than you will ever know, but it means that my free time really is mine.  People who have known me a long time often say that they had no idea that I had an artistic side.  The reason is simple; when I had kids at home I was a mom first and foremost.

6.  I do not enjoy cooking.  If I cook, it is something quick, simple and easy. Often out of a box. There is no spending the day in the kitchen for me.  That would be torture.  Thankfully, my husband is fine with that (most of the time) and pitches in or fends for himself if there is not a plan for supper.  He also goes to the grocery store for us about half the time.

7.  I usually have at least three projects going on at once when I am set up and working.  I try to group projects together that are going to be painted the same color- like my glazed cream color that is so popular.  While paint is drying, I can be collecting wood from the hoard for the next project and spray painting hardware.  By the time I get the second coat of paint on I am ready to move on with the other projects too.  As long as everything that makes dust is done first I can really move.  I make sure that sanding, and cutting are done at the same time and that there is no wet paint when sawdust in flying around.  I have about an 85% success rate with the keeping sawdust out of wet paint.

8.  My husband is a HUGE help.  He is a talented carpenter and can fix or build just about anything that I think up.  He supports my crazy ideas and helps them happen.  He also provides me with the voice of calm and reason when needed.  Together we get more done, and faster than either of us could do alone.

9.  We have the right tools.  Things go a lot easier and quicker if you have the tool to do the job.  Our arsenal is pretty impressive.  We are adding a drill press this week and I am excited.  We have a table saw, two drills, biscuit joiner,  three different sanders. a compound miter saw, jig saw, circular saw, grinder air nailers, two air compressors and a paint sprayer just to name a few.  I am not bragging.  I remember when we did not have all the tools we have now, or money to buy those things, and it was much harder to get work done.  It has taken us years to collect as Christmas presents, shopping estate sales, and saving up money to buy what we wanted in order to get what we have now.

10.  At least two days a week I leave the office at 3:30 pm.  I force myself to do that because I have learned that I am a much better employee and boss if I take time for me.  It means that I work really late at least one day a week, but it is worth it to me to go home when the sun is still shining.

I am no superwoman.  I get tired, I get really grumpy, I am perpetually frustrated that I cannot finish a project as quickly as I want.  I am terrible at sending letters and cards, I sometimes forget to call people back and I get so focused on what I am doing sometimes that I neglect my family.  I am glad that they still love me and accept me warts and all. I am also pretty lonely right now. My girlfriends are a distance away and I am learning that I am not very good at making friends in a new environment. I am working on that.

If you are able to successfully manage a family, job, your social life, and your creative side then my hat is off to you.  I would love to hear how you do it and I know that others would, too.

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I thought you might enjoy seeing me at the end of the day, hair frizzed, with dollar store readers on!

Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy day to read my post.

Blessings,

Karen

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