Monday, July 26, 2010

Wildlife Pictures (from our backyard)

Just thought I'd throw these out there. Here's my cool picture of a not-so-cool colorful spider.And there was a butterfly in the same area, so I took a picture of it too. Much more delightful to look at!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Our New Kitchen Table (Finally!)

After holding out three or four weeks to find a new kitchen table on Craigslist and me not liking any of the cookie cutter tables and prices of Oklahoma City's furniture row, Josh and I found a table at a furniture store off the beating path for the right price.

We ordered our table and chairs and waited for them to come in a week later. We picked all of them up, brought them home and when we opened the table box, it was damaged. : ( Two of the screws had riased dimples in the table top so josh had to take it back to the store which is 45 minutes away, and then go pick up the new one that came in two weeks later after ours was returned for the new one. He opened the box this time to make sure this one was good before he got it home. : )

SO finally here it is!

Drum roll please...

Our dining room is back to normal! Now we just need to use it....

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Refinished China Cabinet

I have been dying to do this post, but have been running short on time this week working on various other projects so this will be short.

Here is my Craigslist French Provincial Beauty: Look at those curves!
Over all she was in pretty good condition, but she did have a few rough spots.

Nothing a little wood putty and a coat of primer and some paint couldn't fix.
First, I disassembled all of the doors, drawers, and hardware. Then, I sanded the whole piece with a 100 grit sanding block.
Next, I did two coats of oil based primer, but later realized only one was necessary.
Two coats of latex paint and a little distressing (with 100 grit sandpaper) later, and here she is!

I wanted to keep the hardware as is, but one of the door handles looked significantly less aged than the rest so I ended up priming and spraying them with some bronze Rustoleum.

I'm really happy with how my first furniture refinishing project turned out! I have five others lined up ready for their turns....and two more I spotted on craigslist that I would like to snag. : )

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Patriotic Cake

Happy 4th of July!