2.21.2010

::home:: weekend project

Step 1: See church pew on Craig'slist. Have great desire.
Step 2: Look at pew.
Step 3: Think about it and keep checking Craig'slist to see if it's sold.
Step 4: Keep thinking, worry that you've lost it, and finally commit to it.
Step 5: Pick up pew with husband and in-laws
Step 6: Realize that pew is in really, really bad condition, way worse than you'd realized on first look.
Step 7: Put pew in garage and let it sit because you're not sure how to tackle the awful white wash & stenciling
Step 8: Keep waiting
Step 9: Wait till husband gets sick of pew in HIS garage, and he does the majority of the sanding.
Step 10: Talk to the nice guy at Wal-Mart who refinishes gun stocks, and get an idea of what to do about the dryness.
Step 11: Look at tung oil and mineral spirits at Lowe's but put it off because you're still not SURE Step 12: Find an online photo of similar pew here- decide to blatantly copy.
Step 13: Husband gets sick of waiting so HE buys the tung oil and mineral spirits.
Step 14: Husband mixes 2 parts tung oil and 1 part mineral spirits and rubs in one coat.
Step 15: Interest is rejuvenated. Take over oiling.
Step 16: Oil, rub, repeat. Oil, rub, repeat. Oil, rub, repeat. At least five times.
Step 17: Use the same stain/poly that used for this & this project on the pew seat, and trim.
Step 18: Repeat step 17 x3
Step 19: Tape off the finished & dried stained and poly'd parts
Step 20: Prime the sides and back of pew
Step 21: Paint. And paint. And paint. And paint. ...and we're still painting ... apparently, all that oiling (step 16) STILL wasn't enough,
and the wood is still soaking up the paint like crazy. So that's where we are. I feel like we still can't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
It better look good, that's all I can say.

ps - you may look at this picture and say that we're crazy for putting any paint on it at all. i would agree if i was just looking at this picture. unfortunately, though, there's something on some of the wood that we just can't sand off and it prevents some spots from taking any color at all... they just stay a really light, blonde wood. so, sorry. paint it is.

::home:: mini projecto

I have three of these old chairs from my Gramma that I LOVE, but I've debated back and forth over them.
Part of me wants to keep them original, and part of me wants to paint-paint-paint.
I've compromised with myself, and painted two of them (here and here) but have left this one
unaltered until this weekend when I recovered the last one.
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I used some heavy canvas type fabric that I saw last weekend while I was at the fabric store with Jenny.
I was there again on Saturday, and picked it up on a whim (very spontaneous of me....
usually I agonize for weeks over even a ten dollar purchase - yep, I know, I'm seriously cheap)
Anyway, I love how it turned out - and if I decide to go back to original fabric, no sweat. I'll
just pull the staples out of the bottom. I'm loving the mismatched chairs on either side of the sofa, for now, though.

2.18.2010

::7 days of valentines::

















i realized i forgot to post the last of my ::7 days of valentines::
but the mountains reminded me...
look closely at the snow patch...
a belated valentines gift...

2.16.2010

::home:: with the ringers

This weekend, the Ringers came to visit!
It was great to have them down - I hadn't realized how long it had been.
Highlights:: Meeting new puppy Sport :: Swimming puppies in the pond :: In-n-Out :: Swimming
at the pool :: lotsa cupcakes :: fabric shopping :: petroglyphs :: and lots of time just hanging out



My favorite quote from the weekend:
"Mom, it's not hiking if you're just walking."
-Brendan

2.10.2010

2.09.2010

::7 days of valentines:: monday


::facebook:: call me old-fashioned

from the news last night...
i couldn't agree more.
read or watch here.

2.01.2010

::weekend:: recap

Last weekend, the snow cheated us out of a trip up north.
So we worked a late Friday night, missed Carter Bear's birthday,
and tried to recooperate all weekend.
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So this weekend, we HAD to go up, cause Chad was missing his boys something fierce.
We took the boys to see The Squeakel (see photo above) - and they loved it! It was so funny to watch them
watching the movie. Carter refused to sit back in his seat, so he spent the entire hour and forty
minutes perched right.on.the.edge. Watching the two of them was more entertaining than watching the movie!
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I spent Friday night with Liz - we shopped Ikea, caught up over dinner, fell asleep watching a chick
flick, and howled with laughter after midnight, reminiscing over our bad clothing choices on our European vacation.
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Summary: A fantastic weekend, to be repeated soon, expecting similar results.
Thanks to all of our great hosts!
 
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