Thursday, October 23, 2014

I seriously don't like this DIY project!

This is the project I have been dreading!  For a year now, I've been putting this off simply because I HATE stripping paint.  Some bloggers talk about stripping paint like it's the best thing in the world. No, not a bit. I've done it a few times and each time I tell myself, "I'm never going to do this again."
But here's my problem.  I have a solid wood table that I actually like. I painted it about a year ago and did it ALL wrong!

About a month after I first finished my table, I realized my major mistake. I used the wrong kind of paint.  ARRHGG!

So, finally, I'm fixing my awful, annoying mistake! Here's what the table originally looked like.

But for the last year (and a half?) it was looking bad. Really bad.  In fact, I kept a table cloth on it all the time because it looked so bad.

Here's what I'm talking about, and the paint brush strokes didn't help either.

So I finally decided to get this project done before the snow comes.  I've procrastinated long enough.  It's time. Plunge!

This is what I used.

 I've used a few different strippers and Citristrip I think works great.  My problem is that I never put enough of the gel on the table.  The picture below is an example of NOT ENOUGH stripping gel.

The paint should wrinkle all over, not just a little bit like below.

So, after my first failed attempt and hours of scraping, I had to reapply the gel LIBERALLY.

After two days of scraping and sanding paint, this is what the table looked like. I actually found my paint scraper tool in my purse this last weekend. Have no idea how it ended up there, but I was dreaming paint removal night after night.
I used steel wool to get in the grooves of the legs and 100 grit sand paper on the surface.  This is the part I don't like.  It takes days, and, yes, I thought about just buying a new one.

But once I got to this point, I knew I was close to the end.

I'm going back to a white color for this table so I'm starting the project with a good stain blocking primer.  The spray primer is for the legs of the table. I brushed on primer for the rest.

I don't worry about what the primer looks like.  It's splotchy and ugly, but that's the nature of primer.  Here's what the table looked like after the first coat.

Then I took  220 grit sand paper and sanded the table, trying to get raised brush strokes to sand down.

Finally, the second coat was applied.

And I spray primered the legs.  She's coming along, but the weather suddenly changed on me, and I had to stop.  I checked that weather report twice, too!

I'll finish my next step this weekend.  This is where I really messed up last time! It will take a few days to cure and protect, but she'll be ready for a family meal soon!


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tips and Tricks Tuesday

Oh how I love fall.  The leaves are turning yellow and red, the weather is crisp but blue skies still abound. Pretty soon we'll be cozying up with hot chocolate and hot soup by the fireplace.
For us, fall is all about Thanksgiving and harvest.  We don't decorate for Halloween and we're not even home to pass out candy.  We go to our Harvest Celebration at church where the kids can play games, rock climb, run through an inflated obstacle course, etc. It's our alternative to trick or treating since we don't celebrate Halloween as Christians.
 For those of you who are looking to redeem the day for Christ, who are some great ideas how we can let His light shine!
 Love these two ideas.  If you pass out candy, share Jesus with them!

 Another poem to bring pumpkins and the saving work of Jesus together.
 Pumpkin parable printables are great for a class setting.
 Here's a great way to carve a pumpkin while explaining the Gospel to your kids.


Hope you found some helpful ideas!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

2014 Fall Wreath

So for the past couple of years, I've ventured into the DIY realm of all things home.  It really started because I had never (ever) decorated my home except for Christmas, and things were looking lived in and loved, but mucho plain and boring. My biggest reason for DIYing was to save money, or in my case, not spend money I didn't have anyway.  That's how all this began.  I "discovered" other DIYers on the internet and a creative force within me was sparked! Plus there was that, "You don't have to spend a lot of money to make your d├ęcor mark on your home." Bonus.

This is now my 3rd fall wreath that I've made.  Let's not talk about my first two.  It's this one that I'm most proud of, and not just because of how it came out.  I used up my fall items from last year, so this wreath didn't cost me a thing!  Yeah!

I had dollar store items, burlap and some hot glue to make the Lewisville fall wreath. I cut a strip of burlap and gathered it by pulling a "string" lengthwise down the middle.

Pinecones came from a walk on a nearby path and those acorns were from Target last year.

The pumpkin, fall leaves and wreath came from the Dollar Tree. Those red berries came from Hobby Lobby, but you can find them everywhere.   Those are my favorite part about this wreath by the way.

Now I just need to add a few more fall touches.  Step 1 is done!
 Love it!

More fall touches to come. 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

That Old Park Bench

I've had this park bench in our back yard for a year now.  It was here when we moved in and I knew as soon as I saw it, this bench would be a project ... someday.  Well, it's been a year and "someday" finally came.

This old park bench was in bad shape.  Neglect was written all over it! For this project, I would need my handy, dandy power sander, spray paint, and wood stain.  I wouldn't do this project if I didn't have a power sander, though.  This wood was in bad shape and sanding it by hand would have taken me hours.

I used outdoor spray paint from Lowes for this project.  As I was taking the bench apart, I just happen to notice, or should I say remember, I had this patio table that I got for free from craigslist.  It was also in bad, neglected shape. 

So I thought, why not just paint it. 

And that's exactly what I did.  Wow, she looks SO much better, but I totally forgot to take a picture when I put it back together.  That's what happens when you do a few projects at the same time.

But back to the original project that I started with.  I took the bench apart and spray painted the metal black.

 Every bit of metal got a good coat of paint.

The wood slats were sanded down, stained in dark walnut, and carefully kept in the same order that I took them off.

What and INCREDIBLE difference!

And after Mr. Lewisville and I put it back together, this is what we had.


I'll be putting a coat of Helmsman Spar urethane to protect it. 

Love, Love, Love it ... and the outdoor pillow I got at the thrift store for just $1.

What a big difference.  I love coming out here in the morning and just sitting with a cup of coffee and my Bible.  I only have a few more days until winter comes, so I'll be taking advantage of using this bench for as long as I can.


Friday, October 3, 2014

Gluten Free Friday

Happy Friday Friends! It's been a long week here in Lewisville and all I can say is TGIF!  Today, we continue our Gluten Free Friday series, but today's recipe is all about helping you get out the door faster in the morning. 
We all know how important it is to have breakfast in the morning. A cup of coffee (or two or three) just isn't going to cut it.  Breakfast burritos are great, but I have non-egg eaters so those aren't usually to popular around here.  With those burritos in mind though, I came up with a sweet, tasty solution for breakfast that we all love.  The kids love the taste; I love that we can grab and go!

We'll be making GF fruit wraps with Nutella and granola. Here's what I used: GF wraps or tortillas, Nutella, GF granola, and your favorite fruit.  I used fresh strawberries, bananas and pineapple (not pictured and I have no idea why?)

It's simple.  Spread a layer of nutella, add desired amount of fruit along with sprinkles of granola.
 Wrap it up!

Cut in half and store them in the frig for that morning rush.  SOOOO YUMMY!

Whoever came up with nutella, well, I could just kiss you! MMMwhah!