MY $30 coffee table…


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I saw a Craigslist post for a very hopeful looking coffee table, we hadn’t had one as long as my bf and I had been together and thought I might like having one for the new house.

This table was in sad shape, but thought I might be able to fix it up if i just used some elbow grease…

The stain on the table was a dark red, it was nice, but the table really had seen better days, whomever owned it before me decided to clean it over and over with wood furniture cleaner but when they cleaned it, they just sprayed it all over and wiped it off but not taking the time to clean the cleaner itself out of all the crack and crevices, it was built up for years and stuck in every little crease

I saw the table  in my head in lighter colors, so I went to the store and bought some stripper for the current stain that was on it.

** The stripper is NO JOKE!** you should really wear eye protection and THICK rubber gloves, not doctors office gloves… and long sleeves. I got one TINY little drop on my arm of the stripper and it really hurt for quite a while.

apply the stripper in the same direction as the wood grain is going.

when you apply the stain stripper you really want to glob it on thick. I learned my lesson the hard way with this folks, I put a modest coat on and waited and then found trying to take the previous stain off was a pain in my butt. in my frustration i just globbed a second coat on that was so thick I thought the table top might burn off….

once the stripper was on, you let it sit for about 10-15 mins, and use a PLASTIC scraper, the reason for the plastic one instead of metal is that when you apply the stripper to the wood, it actually raises the grain of the wood slightly, when you go to scrape it off the plastic will still get the job done without ruining the grain where the metal one would lead you to more sanding then necessary, and who wants to have to sand longer then needed!? NOT ME!

once the previous stain is off you can use mineral spirit and wipe the little bit you might have if any, (I did) after using that i also put it on a 3M sanding block (my favorite) and used it kind of as a wet sand. then once that drys you use a rough sand paper on a sander, and then once that is done clean table off (I used a fox tail) then I sanded it again with 220 sand paper just to finish it. when you get to the sanding part you don’t need to sand the same direction as the wood grain if you are sanding with an orbital sander.

once that is clean you are ready for your new stain.

I put the stain on being very careful to go the same direction as the grain and since my table top was an inlay in different directions that was kinda hard, but still could be done. As I would apply the stain to each direction I then would wipe it right off. If your stain doesn’t look like you want it to, or isn’t dark enough you can apply another coat and wipe that off again until you get to your desired color. just make sure you like the color stain you bought. you aren’t going to get a dark stain on your wood no matter how many times you apply it if it is a light stain.

then I picked a color and painted the sides and drawers. distressed it. then apply clear coat! (I will be using poly acrylic)

Kitchen redo…


**let me just start by saying, we aren’t made of money, most of all material we used for the kitchen redo was from Craigslist, or the Habitat for humanity Re-store with the exception of a couple of things**

When we got this house, we I decided almost from the beginning that something if everything would have to be done to the kitchen… this kitchen was still living in the 50/60’s from when the house was first built.

We are talking, horrible greens, orange/yellow’s and horrible floral patterned shelf paper….  original 50’s hardware, pulls, stove and wall oven…

I wasnt quite sure what all needed to be done, but after staring at the kitchen for what seemed like an eternity it kinda all came together… (in my head)

Lets start with the sink, first let me start by saying the sink actually wasnt that bad…. It was stainless steel, and had a modest faucet on it that was functional.

But with the image I had already acquired in my head it just wasnt going to work… so it had to go!

The counter top was ok, but pulling up at the seams and off white with stains, and chips… so it had to go!

Luckly the backsplash was part of the counter so when the counter had to be replaced so did the back splash… so it had to go!

Cabinets…. they where not all that bad, they where actually still in really good shape, but of so blah, and how would my new kitchen look with new everything but wood blah boring cabinets!? …. so they had to be painted

I think besides the cabinets (having to be HAND painted **TWICE**) the floor was pretty big for this kitchen, while the kitchen floor space was fairly small itself (about 7×8′) it really made the kitchen have that finished look and pull everything together.

** update, also if you are wondering, yes I also painted the kitchen walls, it’s a Sherwin Williams color called recycled glass!**

I will post full pictures once I find my camera’s SD card and charge the battery. Thanks for the read! Stay tuned for my hand stenciled bedroom makeover!

Rocking Chair Redo…


So I’ve had this rocking chair for some time now (many many years) and finally decided to do something with it since we are about to move and our new house will be a complete remodel, I wanted all the furniture revamped and pretty too….

I had this great idea to sand and prime then paint it, I really wanted a nice soft blue color but had just painted the living room at the new house blue (sherwin williams “watery”) and didnt want the two blues to clash, so I settled on a nice soft yellow.

I LOVE the 3M sanding blocks med/fine. You can use them for pretty much anything, and then wash and reuse them over and over, not to mention they get in evey little crack and crevus which is especially helpful when trying to sand a rocking chair.

I also bought Krylon white indoor/outdoor primer with the 360 tip… the 360 tip was SUPER helpful when trying to get into every little awakward space, and I would reconmend it to anyone trying to spray paint something that has hidden spaces, lumps, rolls, creases…. etc….

I will hopefully get the rest painted in color later today/afternoon! I will update when its finished!

Hello world!




This is a blog about my crazy life, and all the stuff I do to the new house we just moved into! I am kinda slow to upload new posts but as the summer gos on, I will have more time!

I look forward to hearing from all of you!