Homie Time

March 3rd, 2012

Well my friends I awoke this morning to very nice surprise, this ol’ blog has made it to the final round of The Homies as a nominee in not one but two categories, Best DIY Blog and Best Home Design blog.  Wow, I’m still trying to wrap my head around that!

It’s funny, I look in the mirror and see just a regular mom working on stuff in her garage or kitchen and writing about her love of home improvement and great design (it’s a pretty cool gig) and then this happens so I’d like to say thank you to each and every person who voted for me in both categories, it’s pretty thrilling.

 

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For those of you visiting for the first time, you’ll learn a little more about me and what I’ve been writing about for three years in the About page.  My hub and I have been doing a lot of home improvement over the years – we both have that “we can figure this out and get ‘er done” attitude which has brought us this far and we’re gonna keep on going!

If you’d like to browse around, you’ll find all of the projects in the Project Gallery and various articles on decorating and design are stored in the Style Files.

You have the entire week to vote (until March 9th) so hop over and check out all the finalists, there are some really great blogs to read and discover. Cast your vote for the Best DIY Blog right here, and Best Home Design Blog here. Vote today or anytime before March 9th at 3 p.m. EST.  Sign in to Apartment Therapy here first!

Stay tuned for a BIG announcement tomorrow – something I’m so excited  to share with you all, meanwhile, we’re getting out the plumbing tools and a sledgehammer to start on the hall bathroom remodel today (woot!) I hope to have more to share next week. 

Thanks again for all your support and have a fab weekend!

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Painting a Kitchen Table

March 1st, 2012

Hello everyone, I’m so excited to share today’s DIY project with you, it’s all about how to paint a kitchen table. Y’all know I’ve been painting furniture and cabinets for years, but this time I tackled the painting of a kitchen table. A kitchen table is the one surface that will get the most traffic of any piece of furniture in your home, and since it gets the most abuse it must be extremely durable.

To paint an old wood table with success you need three things working together – a primer that blocks stains and also sticks like super glue, an extremely durable paint with a hard finish that can withstand the banging of bowls and plates, and finally, a layer of protectant.

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Let’s get started.

First, take a look at this pedestal table before the paint treatment – worn out oak coated with plenty of ick and yuck.  Not pretty.

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Where did I find this thing?  I’ll give you four choices:  A) thrift store B) thrift store C) thrift store D) Craigslist.  If you guessed A, B or C you were right, oooh you’re smart!  It was $45 for this solid wood classically shaped pedestal.  My friend needed a table for her new home’s breakfast nook so I spotted this one and then decided to refinish it for her.

What you’ll need to paint your own wood kitchen table: orbital sander, medium grit sanding discs, foam roller, high quality angled paintbrush, medium grade sanding wedge, respirator, bonding/stain blocking primer, enamel based paint, cotton rags, clear paste wax.

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