Entries from June 30th, 2012

Look what I Found!

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30.6.12

Cane Back Chairs

Hi everyone,

Look what I found!

After professing my love for cane chairs I couldn’t pass them up.

They were on craigslist and the seller offered to drive them to my house.

The need to be recovered and are a bit worn in a few places on the frame.

I just need to figure out what to do with them.

To paint or not to paint?

It may be a while before I get around to fixing them up but so far I love them.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

Got to go get ready for some fun stuff we’ve got planned.

I’ll share more on Monday.

Life Lately

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26.6.12

New Patio

Gardening

 Daddy's little helper  How not to dig a hole

To me it seems that summer always flies by in the blink of an eye. The warm weather spurs on a great amount of activity in our lives and makes the time move quicker than usual. What have we been doing lately? My Dad’s been working on a new patio in one of the most gloriously shady spots of the yard (more on that soon). So on Sunday Bryan, Nikolas and I took a trip to the garden store to pick up a few new Hydrangeas to add to the garden around the new patio. It was one of those times where I decided Hydrangeas would be a nice touch and needed to execute the idea immediately. I have those moments often. Bryan has learned to just go with it.

On the way home from the garden store Bryan and I got to reminiscing about how we grew up doing projects with our parents and how we loved working with them. I cannot tell you how sweet it is to now have Nikolas beginning the same experiences. Nikolas, like all kids, loves to help give him job and a little direction that involves building, digging, or pretty much anything that involves getting his hands dirty and he’ll be occupied for hours.

Our yard is really coming together over the past three years that we’ve been here we’ve covered lots of small and not so small projects. One of my new favorites is the addition of the Hydrangeas we picked up as a result of our trip on Sunday (we just planted them and I need to take some more photos). What we didn’t love was having to deal with the massive amounts of tree roots in the way of where we wanted to plant them. We definitely don’t recommend cutting a hole in the ground with a sawzall but sometimes you just need to think outside the box and utilize a few power tools to help get the job done.

Ramblings and Instagram

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25.6.12

Hello everyone,

It seems I fell off the blogging bandwagon last week. Summer has taken over around here. We’ve been having so much fun enjoying the warm weather, working on projects and trying to squeeze in some time to enjoy it all.

I’m very much a project person. I love to see progress, but sometimes it’s just as important to stop and enjoy all you’ve been working towards. In New Jersey the warm months always feel a wee bit too short, so I’m trying to enjoy it more and soak up every fun minute we can.

I’ve had Instagram installed on my phone for quite some time now but have not really used it much in the past. This past week found myself without my camera close by and decided to give it a try. I’ve been having loads of fun looking at things through the lens of my phone and applying filters to my world.

row boat

Summer Sky

Jet Ski

Hibiscus

 Lake

 Boys

Lake

Mini Golf…Lake Style

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13.6.12

Mini Golf 1

Mini Golf

Mini Golf 2

Mini Golf 3

I wanted to share a few photos of the new mini golf course I mentioned the other day that recently opened on our lake. For now we scoped it out floating by at a close distance as the sun was setting on Saturday. The opening of the mini golf course brings a little dose of family entertainment back to our lake, evidence of the once bustling family resort of years past.

I’m excited to try my hand at a round of mini golf sometime soon. Mini golf is quite the competitive tradition in our family. My sisters and I have more than a few memories of our parents taking for a round of mini golf during our annual family vacation. It always involved a health dose of friendly competition, hot pretzels and the inevitable “touchdown” style dancing when someone would get a hole in one.

When we go we plan to take Nikolas with us to carry on the tradition with the next generation, although he may be more interested in swinging the golf club over his head and throwing the ball rather than hitting it into the cup.  Should be an fun time ;)

DIY Project: $0 Side Table Makeover

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12.6.12

Free Table Makeover

Remember the side table I found on the side of the road last week? I got it done over the weekend and worked completely with what I had on hand making this a $0 makeover. But let’s remember how it looked when I rescued it from the trash pile.

Found End Table copy

The table started out it’s lackluster life beat up and scratched sitting on the side of the road. I brought it upstairs and gave it a new home on our deck. I thought about what to do with it for for some time, elicited some reader ideas and even stared up at the spray paint section of Home Depot for at least 30 minutes pondering all the possibilities, nothing jumped out at me so I went home empty handed.

Spray Paint Collection

Valspar Spray Paint

My impatience to get this project started got the better of me which forced me to take a look on the shelf of our shed and found an old unused can of Valsper spray paint in a beautiful pale yellow color that by happy accident coordinated with one of the stripes in our ombre pillows.

Sand to Remove Finish

So I lugged the table downstairs and got down to business sanding it to a smooth finish, first with 100 grit sand paper to remove the finish then followed up with 250 grit sand paper to ensure everything was completely smooth. Note I forgot to attach the dust collector bag to the back of the orbital sander. Yes it took me a while to figure it out, I was COVERED in saw dust. I definitely should have taken a picture of the one, but alas you all will have to use your imaginations.

Staining a Table Top

Then I wiped the whole thing down with a tack cloth and applied 2 even coats of a mixture of Minwax Red Mahogony and Colonial Maple stain with a soft cloth. Letting the stain soak in then rubbing off and reapplying according to the directions.

Prime Table

After the table sat out overnight to completely dry I taped off the table top with newspaper turned the whole thing over and grabbed a leftover can of spray primer in the shed and sprayed 2 thin and even coats of primer over the entire table base waiting in between coats the time indicated on the directions, followed up with a light sanding with 800 grit sand paper and wiped down with a tack cloth to ensure a super smooth top coat.

Spray Paint Table Base

Then the whole process started all over again for the top coat, spraying multiple thin even coats until the entire table base was a nice buttery yellow color. Once dry I flipped the entire table over and added a numerous coats of satin polyurethane to the top of the table sanding between every few coats to get the smoothest finish possible.

Stained top Painted Bottom Table

Not only was this project completely quick and easy. It took about 2 hours over the course of 2 days.

Free Table Makeover

This found table got a makeover using stuff I already had in about 2 hours. If you had to buy the paint the project would come in around less than $20 for the spray paint, stain and sealer.

DIY Outdoor Side Table

Not too shabby for a $0 dollar makeover.

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