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Furniture Refresh- {Using Stain}

Hey friends!!What a crazy couple of weeks here, it was very refreshing to work on something just for fun. 
Welcome to this month's Furniture Refresh! 
The these this month is stain. 
I love to use stain on my projects for a variety of styles and today, I'm sharing one of them on these stools. 
I bought these stools on Craigslist.
To be honest, they were in perfect condition. Well stained, and sturdy as can be. I was really disappointed when they turned out way too tall for our counter. I have a couple ideas to make them work, but in the end, I think I'm going to end up selling them.
To make them special, I sanded off the finish on the top.
 Then I stained them using Kona. It is the darkest stain I've used. I picked it for this project because the tone is almost black.
I like how the grain of the wood shows through. It's just the right rustic touch I was going for. 
I pulled some number stencils from my stash. They are numbers I actually got in a package from Wal-Mart. 
Honestly, I just used an off-white color I already had on hand. Then I just put a plate over the top and painted around it. I just eye-ball it to center. I've done this before and am always impressed with how it turns out. It actually surprises me. haha!
I love the way they turned out. 
We've been enjoying some beautiful weather here. I've finally found a couple hours to get the gardens cleaned up and plant some flowers. 
I never can resist flowers and these were extra special because I found them on a great sale!
(Why is it when I look for deals like that, I don't find them? Yet when I'm just dropping by the store to pick up a couple of items, there they are? All on sale for just the day with a price I can't refuse?)
Well, I'm going to be finishing planting these flowers, in the meantime, why don't you drop by and see my friend's projects?!
We have some new friends too, so you are in for a treat!

Project Challenge- {Doors-Part 1}

'm excited to share with you for our monthly Project Challenge Today. The main reason being that the theme for this month is doors. I was was really looking forward to this project because many of the doors in our home have been in critical need of attention. 

A few years ago I got really enthusiastic about refinishing the doors and trims in our home. Little by little, I have been adding special touches and have tried to brighten things up. The wainscoting in our entry and hallways is original to the house and real nice quality. The color was pretty drab after awhile though, so I painted it a creamy white color. Though I did prime them first, I didn't use the correct product, so after quite a bit of use, there has been a bit of peeling. Especially on the closet door. 
I really noticed this significantly one Christmas season when I went to take my Christmas cards down and the paint peeled off with the cards. 
What a sad experience!
I want to prevent this from happening to you, so I am going to share a few tips I've learned the hard way. After all, you want all that hard work to pay off, not have to go back and do it all over again, right?
TIP #1: Take time to sand-
The first time around, I admit I took the lazy man's way out and just hoped for the best. I primed and painted in a hurry for a function at my house. 
Never a good idea!
I cannot stress this enough. I am the queen of trying to accomplish the impossible in an unrealistic period of time.
Just don't do it!
It will be messy, but it will clean up and save you a lot of time in the long run.

Tip #2: Use Oil Base Primer-                 


In my early years, I was taught by my Gramps, who was an AMAZING carpenter, to paint with oil based products. The first few projects I ever did were oil based. Over the last several years, the paint market has discouraged oil based products for various reasons, whether it's because they have strong odors, take a lot longer to dry, or are simply harder to work with, I don't know. It's quite possibly because many of them used to contain led. However, they are making a come-back and starting to fill the shelves in hardware stores once again. Especially if you don't know the type of paint that was used on something, take the time and care to use a good Oil Based Primer. You will have much better success.

Tip #3: Know What type of Paint to Use for Your Project-

This is something I caught onto over time. 
When you go to pick your paint, make sure you pick it according to the item's use. If it is something like doors and trim, a higher sheen is typically recommended for easy clean-up and a beautiful finish. I typically like a satin sheen in Behr for my walls because it has a nice low gloss look. However, I have used satin in Dutch boy without the same look, so be sure to check the samples for the different paint types you are using and ask the clerk what is recommended for your project. 
For the doors and trim, I commonly use a semi-gloss. A lot of  handprints get on mine so I like a finish that is really easy to clean. 

TIP #4: Add Beautiful Accessories when Applicable

 The first time I refinished this door, I spray painted the knob. I will never do this again, no matter how many wonderful posts there are out there about doing it correctly. There is simply too much wear and tear to not invest in a good quality accessory. Many knobs are the same cost as 2 or 3 cans of spray paint. How's that for perspective?!
 Well, those are the tips I've learned over the course of time. 
 This post is actually 1 of 2 parts. I will be sharing the bedroom doors next time, so stay tuned! 

Thank you for stopping by today, I always love to have you and hope to hear what you think! 
Now join my wonderfully talented friends! We have some amazing new members in the group too, so check out their wonderful projects too by clicking on the links below!
Hugs,




Furniture Refresh- {Chalkboard Paint}

Hello Everyone, just a quick project and welcome to another furniture refresh challenge!
This month it's just two of us. My awesome friend Michelle at Michelle James Designs is linking up with me. Our theme this month is chalkboard paint, and believe it or not...it was a real challenge for me!
For the life of me, I didn't know what I was going to do. I have had so many furniture updates lately and some recent changes in our home, that my head just wasn't in the creative chalkboard way of thinking. 
Then I saw this table by our front door that the kids have been using to have bake sales and sell lemonade on. 
That's when the light bulb in my brain finally came on. 
Perfect! 
So I drug it to the backyard and sprayed the top with Krylon's Chalkboard paint.

At first I painted the legs blue. I really didn't like it. 
I thought about painting it yellow...like a lemonade stand yellow. That would be cute, but I decided to make it more versatile instead.
So I painted it with some General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint I had leftover from another project. 
I made it somewhat rustic and crude by distressing and deciding not to bother taping off around the top to make a perfect frame around the board. 

I like the way it turned out! 
I used sidewalk chalk to write 4 Sale on it. This type of chalk works best with the spray chalkboard paint for some reason. Regular chalk doesn't want to write on it. 
If you want to make a chalkboard for domestic chalks, use the kind you brush on, it is far more user friendly in my experience. 


Now the children can play games as they wait for customers, or write any sort of messages for sale on their little table. 
It's perfectly compact for their purposes. 
This project was a lot of fun because it was so worry free!
Thank you so much for stopping by!
Hugs, 
 Now go check out Michelle's refresh, she always comes up with the most creative designs.
Here is her before picture, and trust me, this is one refresh you won't want to miss!!

Easter Tablescape

I love Easter. I love all that is celebrates and represents. 
The newness of life because of all that The Savior made possible through His atoning sacrifice. The spring flowers and buds on the apple tree in the backyard. The Sacrament service at church. I love it all. 


 I'm always excited to enjoy the festivities with my children. This brings me a great deal of joy as we gather around the table and talk as we enjoy turning each hard boiled egg another color and make it unique with design. We stick with a lot of the traditions my family adopted when I was a little girl.We die Easter eggs and buy new Easter clothes, take pictures and attend church services. 



I like to keep things simple. 
 This Easter my son helped set the table. 
It wasn't until after I took all the pictures that I realized that not all the glasses were on right side of the plates and the silverware hadn't been set, 
haha!
We got it all taken care of eventually. 
I hope your Easter is full of love, forgiveness, and joy!
Source List 
TJ Maxx HomeGoods- Tablecloth, napkins, place mats, ceramic bunny (years ago)
JoAnne's- Ceramic bird votive holder, egg topiary
Walmart- Stemware
Fred Meyer: Bunny napkin rings
Heirlooms: plates, pewter salt and pepper shakers, glass candlestick

Furniture Refresh- {Grain Sack Bar Stools}

Hello hello! How happy I am that you visited me today. I have a special post for you today. I'm joining my beautiful and talented Furniture Refresh friends, and the theme is acrylic, so don't go away before checking out their projects at the end of this post!

If you followed my March Madness Twelve Days, 12 Projects then you are aware that not everything on my list to clear out the garage got finished. That's probably good in the way that I have something to share with you today, right?! I'm actually excited about this one too, because I'm thrilled with how this flip turned out.

I started out with these two bar stools I bought from a really nice woman who sold them on Craigslist. They are solid wood, and let me tell you, they are heavy! The back on one of them was loose and wobbly. I'm guessing it fell over at one point because the screws had become loose in them. To remedy this, I used wood glue and then used my brad nailer to secure them from the front. This did add a couple of nail holes, but it is solid now and I think it will hold up well.
To start, I sanded them down really good. There were a lot of rough edges that were smoothed out. Next I primed them. Then I painted them with two coats of General Finishes Seagull Gray (not an affiliate). Something I really loved about these stools were all the straight lines that were so easy to paint. I have painted a lot of spindles lately, so this was refreshing!
 The back rests to these stools lent themselves to doing something really fun. I thought of a whole mirad of ideas, but finally settled on a pattern that just felt appropriate to this time of year. I think you know how much I love grain sack, right? Being that the theme was acrylic, this was perfect since I generally do my designs using acrylic paint.

 Just a quick tip. I have been painting with acrylics for 24 years. There are some really good quality paints out there, and there are some really poor quality. Over the years, some of them have changed to. I'm here to tell you that you get what you pay for. So if you want to pay the regular price of 1.00, you get 1.00 quality. If you pay the 1.50-2.00, you will get that quality. Let's just say, it's worth the extra 50 cents to a dollar. Ceramcoat and Delta are my favorites. Apple Barrel is wonderful if you want to just wash something. It is thin and runny.
 
For this project I used the Delta in Light Ivory for the stripes and added a little of the Ceramcoat in Black to my Seagull Gray for the bees. I wanted the same color just darkened up.

  The design turned out just how I'd hoped!
  As you can see, there is a rung missing on the stool to the left that I think I will be adding later. I wasn't going to, but after finishing them, I'm thinking it would be a better idea and wouldn't be that hard to do. I'll post an update when I add it.
 
 What do you think?!
See you next Tuesday with another project, but for now,
 go check out the beautiful refreshes from my friends. They always do the most inspiring projects!