New project

Ok so my previous post shows me staining and painting our newly built end tables for the living room.  While I was working on those and displaying to my family how much I love love how they have turned out.  My mother and sister-in-law wanted me to work on a table they had in their living room.  So my honey (aka my husband) was busy at work sanding this little table while I made the finishing touches on ours.  Unfortunately I got quite anxious to get started on theirs and forgot to take before pictures.  Shame on me I know.  

Here they are after the first step of staining. 

They chose for me to stain and paint the same as I did mine. So again I am using the Rustoleum Kona stain color.  I let each step dry overnight one it is cold out in my studio so I want to make sure it has enough time for drying and two I have a full-time job so these little projects get started after dinner.

As you can see this little table has scalloped designed legs.  When I applied the stain at first I started freaking out because this wood absorbed it so quickly I just knew it was going to go dark immediately.  After much wiping and a few rags later it lightened up a bit.  I may have to apply a little bit of mineral oil to pull some of the stain out…will see.

****UPDATE****

The last I left it with this little table for my in-laws I had just stained the entire surface.  I have since painted the legs and support the green color.

table side

Table

Then I started the distressing on the paint pulling the stain out and a little spot here and there of the wood (as you can see on the view of the front (right picture)).  They wanted a good bit of distressing as you can see on the left piture. 
While I distressed the table I had laid the table on it’s side without a cloth under the top and sanded paint stuck to the edge of the table so I sanded down the stained top.  I also noticed there were some really shinny points on the table so I sanded those areas down a bit more.  I think that oil was absorbed in the raw wood after sanding.  ***Please make sure if you handle a raw wood items you handle it with gloves on, because the oils from your skin can be absorbed into the wood which can keep the wood from absorbing the stain.table top

As you can see in this picture in the upper right corner of the table top shows the stain sitting on top of the wood.  So I sanded it down

 

 

 

table top 2 coat

So here (left) I have added the second coat of stain to it, it’s begining to pick up a rich dark brown color.

 

table top 3rd coat

Then here the final third coat of stain. Very smooth and dark. Which to me always seems to make the color pop more.

 

 

Adding my topcoat to the distress table then cure for about a week before using any cleaning products and keeping heavy items on it.

 

 

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Update my end tables.

Well I decided to do a mixture of both staining and painting.  I have actually enjoyed doing these tables and so far I am loving how they are looking. 

 

So here is the beginning of what I have started.  I still have the underside to paint green.  I’m undecided whether or not to glaze it then topcoat it.

 When I did the stain (Rustoleum Kona) for the table top and shelf I didn’t remove a most of the stain so it would be a deep rich color against the vibrant green paint.  I also didn’t stain the back side of the legs since I wouldn’t wear down the paint in the area.  I stained the outside of the legs and support (which eliminated me from using a glaze), then I painted the legs and support in the green color.  The paint I used is color matched to Martha Stewart Living’s Mossy Rock (MSL103).  Oh yeah and this is ultra flat paint. 

So here are my tables all done.  For the last leg of the painting project I used Rustoleum’s Ultimate Polyurethane with Soft Touch Matte finish as a topcoat.  I absolutely love the matte finish.  Now WARNING please read your label as some stains and paints canNOT be covered in Polyurethane. 

 The top of the table shows slight rich wood grain and the topcoat declares resists fingerprints and smudges. We shall see!!!

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Shabby chicin’ my new end tables.

My husband’s Uncle, made these beautiful end tables.  He made a set for his daughter who had posted hers on facebook.  I thought they were simple and it also gave me a chance to try the shabby chic technique.

So I have been on Pinterest looking and scanning pins regarding refinishing furniture.  Do I completely stain the pieces? Do I paint them?Do I do both?  Do I do the “Shabby Chic?”

 What do you think??? (Please see next post for update)

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There are days I feel like I’m ADD

I’m honestly not making fun of people with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), my husband was diagnosed with it in his adult life.  Probably has had it all his life, but in our generation it wasn’t a diagnosis while we were growing up.  I can see why he was diagnosed with it; projects around here are plenty and most are not complete.  I have heard that this disorder is very difficult on marriages, I can see why on most days.  I laugh it off honestly, in fact I think this has become contagious, especially since Pinterest has reared it’s wonderful little pinhead. 

 There are so many things shared on this site I don’t know where to begin.  In my spare time I cut vinyl so this has been very helpful with ideas to personalize items.  Then there is the healthy items that are posted from creating your own facial and body scrubs and butters to new ways to cook healthy.  Of course the crafty personality comes out when I see things to make for decor or gifts.  These shared ideas are boundless and cover every aspect of life.  I get exhausted from just thinking about the things I want to do. 

 I have many boards and lots of pins (you can look me up 8D Sharpe), one of my boards is called Things I want to do well I think all my pins should end up on this board as I see that I want to do all of them. Thus feeling like I have ADD.  My husband ended up laughing at me the other night.  We have been working on refinishing several pieces of furniture in some of the “Shabby Chic” style (another pin I became interested in).  While shopping for items to do this task, I bought a package of ball jars and a few beauty items to make an “almost homemade” lotion that I found via Pinterest (actually located on One Good Thing by Jillee).  My husband asked me if I wanted him to put the Milk paint in the jars that I bought and I told him no because that was for the lotion I was going to make.  He laughed and asked when did I get into the lotion making business.  Right then I felt like him with ADD.  How do you go from refinishing furniture to making lotion???  One word Pinterest.

So let me get to a few things that I have actually accomplished via Pinterest via blogs.  Like I said I have a vinyl cutter that I absolutely love.  I started out with a Pazzles and have moved up to a larger 40 something inch machine. I have done several picture frames with Family names on them and sold them.

 

Left is what I did for my boss as a Christmas gift 16 x 20.  Right is one I did for my Mother-in-Law for her birthday again a 16 x 20.  Below I did for a co-worker’s parents for their anniversary this is smaller 11 x 17. I have done several more, they make a great wedding gift.

412849_4309575770270_1181674038_o I have done several windows with same type of idea, this one included a poem.  Most of the picture frames are 16″ x 20″ the windows I have done are 27″ x 33″ or larger.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I have worked on several vehicle  signs for their business, here I applied vinyl for a rig.This one for the lawn care was applied to sheet metal that was mounted on their trailer. 

I then started working on t-shirts, aprons, license plates, ornaments and mugs.  I have to stay busy busy.

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Time

Recently I have realized my time is becoming more available. Well at least when the boys don’t have something I need to do for them or some place I need to be for them. Now that I have three teenagers old enough to drive (by themselves), the last one will be 15 at the beginning of November so he has already started begging me to take him out to the country and teach him some things about driving. We’ve gone a few times and he does really well.

Anyhoooo, with the boys being more self sufficient and needing a job to pay for the gas bill. They are not home as much, so I have been exploring new interests. A recent new interest is screen printing. I love coming up with my own designs and creating them on shirts. Most of what I have done are team shirts representing my son’s football team and for my sister’s girls softball team. We also have a lawn business and I have done their work shirts. For Christmas I created shirts for my nieces.

 

Then I decided to get me a pazzles machine. For our second business I have created a window advertisement on my husband’s truck.

I also did monogramming for my truck.

I have created stickers/decals for people to express themselves. I’m almost finished with my logo just have to do a few more tweaks.

 

I’ve got a few more projects and ideas in my head and as soon as I start them I will post them as I go. One project that I know I’m going to do is this Halloween Wreath that a friend showed me online. This wreath and instructions are on The Art of Doing STUFF website. Please look at the entire site because Karen has a lot of great ideas and suggestions for decor at a great cost (if your are like me you need to cut costs on the smallest things). Unfortunately my “Dollar Store” doesn’t seem to carry the boas so I will spend more than Karen did but considering it is no where near what it would cost if I bought it at a home decor store. My friend and I will be busy at work creating these for our spooky home. Halloween is my favorite time of the year, yes that’s right I love it more than Christmas. I guess I’m just weird like that.

So I will keep you posted and post my projects as I work and finish on them.

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Let the hunting begin

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Well hunting season is around the corner if not already. Just depends on where you live. We are in the mist of dove and some waterfowl seasons. Deer season opens next month and I have a house full of hunters. … Continue reading

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Do we take things to far??

Interesting stuff out there to read and comment on.  One thing that caught my eye was an article about how consumers are upset with new “tween” t-shirts (read the article here http://thelook.today.com/_news/2011/09/12/7730480-forever-21s-latest-tween-t-shirt-infuriates-consumers-parents?GT1=43001) and what they say.  So, of course I’m curious, I check it out.  I’m a little surprised but I’m not, if that makes any sense.  I’m surprised that some of the sayings are causing such a stir and I’m surprised at some of the comments people have left. 

I wish I did have the t-shirt that says “Allergic to Algebra,”  if you saw my Algebra grades you would think I was allergic.  I failed Algebra for the year and had to  make it up in Summer school.  I aced the summer school class with a 95, which was grueling because you had the class for three and half hours a day for three weeks straight.  One of the reasons I didn’t do so well was because my teacher during the school year was creepy.  To get familiar with you she would do roll call during the first week of school and stare at you for what seemed like forever.  She claimed she had a photographic memory, it was so intimidating.  The Summer school teacher taught it so clearly. As it turns out a major part of my job  i working with formulas all the time. 

Do you guys remember some of the shirts that were sold in the early 90’s that said “Can’t touch this” and there were two palm prints over the breasts?  I would think that would cause controversy, but it never did. 

So what I want to hear from you is how do you feel about this “controversy” over t-shirt sayings.  Please let me know if I’m the only one that feels that this may not be such a controversy.

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