Coffee Table Redo – Turning Trash into gold

We’ve been slowly redoing the house we bought earlier this year. We did a little bit of yard work just cleaning it up, since it was vacant for over a year. But the main thing has been freshening up the inside. With that we needed furniture. We had lived with my dad for the couple of years it took us to find a house. Yep, years. I wont get into the almost buys and that one time we rented a place for 1 day.
So we went from two rooms to two stories. I like nice things, and Cam like cheap things. Don’t get me wrong, I like my nice things to be cheap, and he likes his cheap things to be nice. So it will probably take us two years to furnish this house. I’m almost done with most of the rooms, just a few little things in each. The bathrooms really didn’t need much in the way of furniture, but I’m still “perfecting” them. I can spend two hours rearranging a bookcase and half the time I’m just staring at it, maybe moving something over an inch, backing up, staring again. There is probably some head tilting.
Anyway, our house was built in probably the late 1960’s so I’m decorating it in a mostly mid-century/hollywood style with a bit of hippy chic. So, I had found this credenza a month or so back at a local thrift store. It was marked 40.00, which was decent, but it wasn’t the exact style I would have liked and really. 40 at a thrift store. I don’t think so.
Then about two weeks ago, I went back in to check things out, they have a great book selection too. And it was still there, marked down to 20. And there was an okay coffee table that would work, just needed a little TLC. That was 10. I’m an over thinker, so I went home and debated. I didn’t want to kick myself in the butt for not getting it, so I went the next day. Which was Halloween. Lucky for me they were having a 30% off sale on all furniture. WHHHHAAATT. Got both for 22.00. Add in two cans for gold paint at 4 dollars each and it’s still around 30. I didn’t paint the credenza. But I have, I think, enough to paint this ugly metal side table we’ve had.

I used kilz as my primer, I had a lot left after painting our kitchen cabinets.

I decided to tape off the legs. Just to break up the gold and I thought it would look more “original”.

I ended up using 1.5 cans, probably 3 thin coats.

I really like how it turned out. My cousin in law loves it too. I think all I need in the family room is different curtains, replace the gun cabinet with some open shelves, and maybe a rug.

My Kitchen-Aid FAIL and WIN!

So, a few years ago, my mother gave me a Kitchen-aid mixer for christmas. SCORE!
It was just your basic white. And I’ve always wanted to vamp it up. But for the most part it stays in the pantry, since we really don’t have a lot of counter space. So there was never a big hurry for me to do it. But now that I’m a stay at home mom.
Sorry I just made myself laugh at that inside joke. I don’t have kids, just dogs.
My first thought. GLITTER! let’s make this thing SHINE. So after a bit of googling on how to. Didn’t really come up with anything, besides how to repaint it. We’ll come back to that.
The two options I came up with? epoxy rhinestone on. Which I wasn’t a posed to, but knew it would take forever. So I went with option two, modge podging glitter on it.

Take all the metal pieces off
Take the back motor plate off
Tape over areas you don’t want to change.
Mix MP and Glitter
Brush on non-taped areas. (foam brush will be best)
Let dry in-between layers. There was a lot of layers.

As you can tell that really didn’t work out. AT ALL. The MP was so thick it just peeled right off. You couldn’t even tell I had done anything at all. So I reconsidered what I needed to do. THought it over for a week or so. And made a trip to Wal-Mart to look through their paint department.
I grabbed a really pretty bottle of a shimmer teal/blue, a glitterish spray as top coat, and a bottle of chalkboard paint.
I decided to go with chalkboard paint. That way I can change it up when I want or even write the recipes on it.

Use the above steps, till you get to the mixing glitter and painting on part.
Once you did the general prep, lightly sand the mixer. You can’t really see that in pics so I didn’t even bother taking a pic. You’re not sanding the color off folks. Just lightly roughing up the clear coat. I used a 320 grit sand paper.
I then placed the mixer on an amazon box I had, you can use any brand you like :). Placed that outside. (I had a nice sunny clear day)
It’s going to take a couple of coats to get even. Just lightly spray, keeping can at least 6 inches from the mixer. Don’t forget the underside stuff. I waited like 5 minutes in between sprays, but eventually you’ll get it.
Let cure for at least 24 hours before drawing on it. I know, that’s the hardest part.

Started a RAISED bed garden.

I’ve wanted to start a raised/square foot garden for years. I’ve tried to wait till we found a place on our own. Well, two failed moves later and no homes for sale at the moment that we even would consider. I’ve started one.
Just one, so I can get the hang of it. I had originally wanted to use an old dinning table that my cousin and his wife were getting rid of. BUUUUT, waited to long to ask if I could have it and they had taken it to the waste drop off place. Oh well, was able to use some scrap wood. An hour of cutting and screwing together and we had a table with lips. The base we used wasn’t treated, so I used an extra piece of tarp we had to the bottom and sides. Heres a picture, the bottom right corner shows a tomato plant we bought and repotted. did two pots from seeds. But I just did those a couple days ago, so pics would just be of dirt.


This round. I planted Green Beans, cucumbers, zucchini, 3 types of salad stuff, beets and carrots. I planted all my seeds a week and a half ago and over the weekend I found a few sprouts all ready from my mixed greens area, yeah.