Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Furniture Flips

I have recently become totally obsessed with distressing furniture. Like WAY obsessed.

Since getting married, Tony and I have not bought any furniture aside from a mattress. We have been so blessed with generous donations from friends and family that there hasn't really been a need to buy any furniture. However as is often the case with free stuff, a lot of it is in pretty sad shape. Therefore when we bought a house, knowing I wouldn't have any spare money for awhile and also knowing how bad our crappy furniture was going to look in our nice new house, I decided it was time to see what I could do to make the pieces we had look better.

I started with this old dresser that Tony has had since coming home off his mission:

It was in pretty bad shape, so I sanded the whole thing down and painted it black using a roller brush. Once that was dry I covered it in a flat white paint. I have since discovered that flat paint is not the greatest for furniture. A satin enamel or semi-gloss gives you a much better finish and is more scrubbable. I have also learned that a nice paintbrush and a lot of patience gives you a much better finish than a roller does.

Once I painted it I sanded and distressed it. I also decided that rather than paint the top I would stain it. Once that was finished I covered the painted sections with polyurethane and put new black drawer pulls on it. I have since discovered that Home Depot sells an actually clear protective coating and that it covers furniture better and doesn't yellow it. However, As my first piece I think it looks pretty good.

I ended up buying an end table at the DI for 15 bucks and painting it to match the dresser:

I also was given two matching shelves that I painted and distressed to match:

Thrilled with the results and realizing that we had another child on the way, Tony and I spent the afternoon driving to over ten yard sales searching for dressers since Harper's current dresser was a Wal-Mart dresser that had begun to fall apart. We were able to find this beautiful dresser and these two end tables for only 40 bucks.

I started with the dresser. Tony helped me strip and stain the top:

We then painted it with a nice Satin Enamel white. I couldn't strip the two end tables because they weren't a pure wood so I painted them entirely white. Here are the drawers all white:

After painting them white I sanded down all the edges:

At this point I decided that I wanted to try a new technique called glazing. For my glaze I used wood stain. I painted it on quickly and then wiped it off with a paper towel. This left an awesome color scheme that I adored. (Note: All your brushstrokes will show so make sure to paint a smooth finish. Also, anywhere that gets scratched by your sandpaper will also hold the stain so be careful). Once the stain dried I sprayed it with polyurethane (again, protective coating will give you a better look).

Once all that was done I sprayed the old hardware with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and then a protective coating.

Here is the finished dresser:

Tony loved the look of the dresser so much that he asked if he could use it for his dresser. I obliged and then took his old beat up laminate dresser out to the garage to see what I could do with it.

Since the dresser had bubbles and was otherwise beat up I decided to just paint it and not distress or glaze it. Since it was going to be Harper's new dresser I decided to go with straight pink.

Rather than buy new knobs I sprayed the old wood ones gold and then covered them with a protective coating.

Here is the final piece sitting in Harper's room:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tony's Birthday Cake

Tony started working for a construction company last year. So this year after how much fun I had making Harper's cake I decided that he needed to a cool unique cake for his birthday too. I kept it secret from Tony which frustrated him to no end as I forced him to leave the room, yelled at him when he entered the kitchen and generally tried to keep the secret of what I was working on.

After much bemoaning over cakes not working, frosting not mixing correctly, etc. I finally finished his cake:

He came out and flipped his lid with how cool he thought it was. He literally sat me down and showed me how close it was to his actual work site. He was so sweet and praised all the little parts, it definitely made my night. I think this picture illustrates his reaction best:

Harper's First Year

So I've lost an entire year here, but let's be honest, I've never been really great at posting regularly. So we're going to do a year in the life of Harper at once.

First off, here is me right before going to the hospital:

And some pictures of our new little family at the hospital:

Doesn't Tony look like such an excited new Dad?! I hardly got to hold her.

1 Month:

Isn't her hair so dark?

2 Months:

3 Months:

4 Months:

5 Months:

6 Months:

7 Months:

8 Months:

For Halloween she was a Cabbage Patch Doll

9 Months:

10 Months:

11 Months:

Happy First Birthday!

I attempted to make her an amazing cake, but unfortunately it didn't turn out like I wanted, but it was still cute and she loved it.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Halloween 2015

This year I got into the spirit of Halloween and decided to throw a Halloween party. I'm afraid I didn't get as into it as Glenna, but we had a good time anyway. I unfortunately was so busy planning and worrying about whether it was going to be successful or not, that I forgot to take any pictures... oh well, maybe next year.

Tony got into the Halloween spirit this year as well, by deciding that he would not dress up, but he would force our poor dog to dress up. Here he is all painted up like a skeleton:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Grandpa's Ranch

Each year Tony's family spends the entire week of spring break down at a ranch owned by his Grandfather's Family. So last week we packed up all our camp gear and his parent's and trundled down to the Grapevine Springs Ranch in Arizona. It was an eternal car trip down there, but it was totally worth it. 

On the trip down Afton (Tony's youngest sister) asked if she could ride with us. She lasted only half the trip, largely due to this guy being in the back seat with her:

At one point I hear her say: "This is the line! Stay on your side!" You can see how well that worked:

Once we got there I was immediately thrilled with the beauty I saw. There are seven springs spread throughout the ranch. Each one ends in a beautiful oasis where there is honeysuckle, moss and other beautiful plants growning.

We brought Lucky with us because he loves camping and running. Obviously we couldn't have him run the whole way to each spring/hike that we wanted to go to, so we had to put him on the back of the four-wheeler. At first he was nervous, but once he understood that when we arrived he could run all he wanted, he warmed up to the idea. We tried to take a selfie with him, but it didn't work out so well:

Lucky was pretty tired by the end of the day, which suited us just fine since he was sleeping in our tent. He also did not appreciate being tied up (we never tie him up at home) especially since Tony's cousin had a super mean chihuahua that hated him and was constantly sneaking up to attack him. Kudos to Lucky for being so tolerant as to not attack back.

 On the property there are several houses (from Grandpa's extended family) and an old school house. Both were super cool.

More scenery shots:

One of the springs had a ladder that led up to the top of the waterfall. This is Tony climbing it. I eventually conquered my fear of heights and climbed it as well.

Here's the view from the top. The little dot down there is Lucky. He was extremely upset that we left him behind.

Here's a picture of us on the four-wheeler with lucky:

He was pretty tired the whole drive back: