Kids table

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I had bought this table almost 6 months with the intention of reprinting it for the kids, but I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with it. finally inspiration hit so I got to work sanding. Wow, what a job!
This is the before….

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Where the butterflies were was quite the job… I had to sand it down then I got it wet and scraped it off… It took over week because of course I had many interruptions.

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I chose to use an oil based primer because I had no idea what was on there before, that stuff is runny! It got everywhere… I definitely prefer a latex based primer for ease of use factor. Once I got a couple coats of primer on and it was dried I got to painting. The most complex part was the chevron stripes, I ended up following a link I found on Pinterest from mommy is coocoo
It was a time consuming process and I was so mad when I pulled up the tape and the paint had bled! So I had to go over with a art paintbrush with the white to fix the imperfections. It was a table that was a lot more work then I had intended, especially for kids who are probably just going to ruin it (if I ever let them use it!;). But I’m happy with the end result.

Mini Make-up Desk

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photoI found this uber cute mirror and drawer at the second-hand place by our house.  It was a bit pricey for a handmade and second-hand but I knew my daughter would LOVE it!!  It was her 4th birthday this weekend so I thought I would save myself some money and give her something that meant something (well, to me anyway).  Unfortunately I couldn’t do the project without her there, for at least part of it anyways but she was more then happy to help out!

 

photoFirst step of course was to sand it. It was really easy to do, just took everything apart and went to work. I cleaned it witha  damp cloth and let it dry. Then of course I needed to prime it.  I had a spray primer but I needed to be inside and sometimes I just like the brush better.  I only did one coat as it covered really well.  I did a super light sanding after and then got to work on the drawer.  I had found some wrapping paper at Costco and knew they were the perfect colours for the girls room.  So, to practice my first decoupage on furniture, I thought I would experiment with the little drawer.

 

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I began by putting mod podge on both the paper and the wood.  Then I lined up one edge of the paper as close as I could and smoothed from the middle outwards to avoid bubbles.  I made sure I folded all the edges down too.  The edges weren’t perfect but I figured she wouldn’t notice.  Then when it was dry, I put a few coats of mod podge over the top.  I was so excited that it worked!!

In the mean time I was running outside spring layers of green and pink paint all over the project. This time I made sure to shake the can for at least 2 minutes!!!  I decided while I was at it I would also spray the white knob it came with orange, why not!  I knew I could always get a new one if it didn’t work out.  I added a coat of spray veneer just to make sure that the paint job was strong.  She was happy with the end project but as toys do, they hogged all the excitement of the evening:).  

 

 

Window Trim

The next project I wanted to tackle was painting the window trim in our kitchen from dark eighties wood to white.  Due to a winter snow storm Sunday, I decided that it would be a good day to hibernate indoors and get a few projects/cleaning done around the house.  Of course, all while keeping the two youngest occupied.  When we first bought the house, I went crazy painting all the trim upstairs.  What a messy job!  I used a sander and even with that my arms were aching! So when I heard of using a liquid sander, I was all over that.

photo First step was to prepare.  I started with enlisting my two-year old to help with taping.  She did a fine job don’t you think!?

After everything was all taped up, I got ready to use the liquid sander.  First thing was to pull out the Tv.  I wanted to get the girls out of the fumes as it was pretty strong and stated that you should wear both gloves mask and goggles.  I had the first two but not the last.  I also opened my window to help the smell.  The stuff worked pretty good I thought. The glossiness was gone and it was time to prime.

One coat of Primer

One coat of Primer

I ended up doing 2 coats of primer to be thorough.  I waited about an hour between coats. In this time the girls and I played chalkboard, ate pancakes and I was the “big sister”.  The 4-year-old has a very vivid imagination.

Here is a pic with one coat of primer.  I was so excited because it already looked way better!

 

 

After the primer was dry, it was time to paint.  I used a trim paint in white.  Nothing fancy.  I waited about 4 hours between each coat of paint and ended up being satisfied with 3 coats.  I am so happy at how it turned out!  It makes me motivated to get the cabinets done this summer.  The space feels so much bigger!

Projectect complete!

Project complete!

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Even though the paining part is complete, I still want to add some window treatment.  I’m just going to wash the old blinds and put them back up till we can get some nice ones but I am going to make a cornice for the window like this (different fabric…) But that’s another day!

Spray Painted Knife Holder

I’ve always felt that the knife holder was a bit of a sore spot on my counter. (Well my whole kitchen is but that’s for another day) and have tried to put everything away in cupboards or drawers but it’s just so darn convenient having the knives out and ready. So, feeling that I had nothing to lose, I thought I might jazz up the holder itself a little with a bit of colour. I wanted to try spay painting it but alas, due to the below20130301-184032.jpg 0 temperatures we have, I couldn’t try out my project. But, today it was warm enough! (Sort of, maybe…). So, I took it out side and went to work… Not as ABC as I thought it would be.

Step 1
Sanding. I always try to sand, at least a little to make myself feel like I put in the extra effort

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Step 2

Primer.I first assessed which way the wind was blowing, which I honestly think was pointless cuz it kept changing, than started spraying. It always says to stay 6-8 inches away but due to the wind, it wasn’t working so well so I got a little closer. I should have taken a hint then but I’m stubborn.  I waited about 10 min and did another coat. This seemed to work well. Then the can said to wait 20 minutes or 24 hours to spray the colour on. So of course I waited 20 min

Step 3
Shake can.  It should have been 2-3 min but I probably did 30 sec. Mistake number 1.

Step 4
Start spraying. Wow, that stuff made a mess!!! I don’t know if it was a cheap can or because I didn’t shake it enough (didn’t shake it enough…) but it went everywhere. It was “wet”. Dripped all over the place, but of course, being stubborn I kept at it (maybe mistake number 2?). I waited another 20 min for the next coat (I think that’s wha
t it said). Did another coat. I felt like it wasn’t staying on well, like the primer kept showing through. Plus it was drippy, but mostly on the back which doesn’t show anyways20130301-184052.jpg

Step 5
Wait, let it dry and see what happens. After getting groceries running errands blah blah blah I came home and decided it need on
e more coat.

*Side note: on account of the “paint going every where” my fingers got covered in paint. I had no idea how sticky and difficult it was to get spray paint off! After googling how to remove it, the only thing I had on hand (and was a common suggestion) I tried nail polish remover, it did the job!

Final consensus. Not sure if it was the best colour choice, I like the colour on its own and it matched the retro vibe  I’m going for in the kitchen (on account of the pastel blue countertops we won’t be replacing anytime soon, cabinets to be painted this summer). But what’s done is done and if hubby hates it, I can always go buy another one…

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Pinterest Scrapbook Paper Challenge

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This was my first Pinterest project that I wanted to undertake to start decorating my home. It seemed easy enough and not too intimidating. I followed Becoming Martha but changed some things depending on what I had available.

I first went to 2 different stores (Michaels and Scrapbook Paradice) that sold scrapbook paper before I picked my final sheets. I of course shopped in the sale stacks first becasue I hate having to pay full prce for anything.

Once I got around to actually starting the project (maybe a few days later) I had to find a paint to do the edges. Becasue I went with plywood instead, I thought I better sand the edges down. I found some paint that the old owners had used on the front door and it happened to be a colour that matched my scrapbook paper.

I thought I would give modge podge a whirl. I started doing my first few pages and I was so dismayed to see huge bubbles forming underneath! I then tried to be more careful to smooth everything out really carefully which still didn’t seem to work. I figured the whole project was moot so I decided to throw some mod podge over the top thinking it might help the paper to lay flat… Didn’t work. I was so upset! I felt like it was such a waste of money and time.

I started looking up on the internet about avoiding bubbles and I read somewhere if you lay it flat, sometimes the bubbles would disappear over night. I hauled my a** out of bed and went and layed everything flat. Woke up the next moring and did a little dance of joy when the bubbles had disappeared!!

I had been at ikea and found some picture hanging hardware and nailed them to the back of the wood. Then for the hard part. I am NO good at math and still have no idea how I did it but using the 3×3 ft dimensions, I somehow got everything hung (almost) evenly.

Wood $20
Paper $4
Modge podge $9′

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DIY

DIY.

This table was given to us by my parents, we thought it would work in our room but it was just too short to be functional. So the boys room was next. This was an experiment in colour and technique more then anything but I love the way it turned out!

I started by sanding with a 150 grit sandpaper, I really wish I had taken the time to find my electric sander but trudged on without it. Then I did a coat of primer, a latex primer. A lot of posts recommend an oil based primer which I plan on trying out on the next project. After that dried, I did a very light sanding and wiped it down. I ended up having to do 3 coats of the green and two costs of the blue. After it dried for about 24 hours I put a coat of polyurethane on the top just to make sure it was protected. The can suggested sanding and doing another coat but I was lazy and thought I would see how one coat would hold up. If it was something that would get a lot of use and I would have to see it regularly, I probably would have taken the time to do a second layer.
The boys love it and after 3 days of letting it cure, it’s being put to use!

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Bed side Table revamp

This table was given to us by my parents, we thought it would work in our room but it was just too short to be functional. So the boys room was next. This was an experiment in colour and technique more then anything but I love the way it turned out!

I started by sanding with a 150 grit sandpaper, I really wish I had taken the time to find my electric sander but trudged on without it. Then I did a coat of primer, a latex primer. A lot of posts recommend an oil based primer which I plan on trying out on the next project. After that dried, I did a very light sanding and wiped it down. I ended up having to do 3 coats of the green and two costs of the blue. After it dried for about 24 hours I put a coat of polyurethane on the top just to make sure it was protected. The can suggested sanding and doing another coat but I was lazy and thought I would see how one coat would hold up. If it was something that would get a lot of use and I would have to see it regularly, I probably would have taken the time to do a second layer.
The boys love it and after 3 days of letting it cure, it’s being put to use!

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