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A while back when I shared the tour of our new digs, I mentioned having a whole lot of DIY projects to tackle, namely a few furniture makeovers. Recently I took on the task of giving our living room end tables new life. I purchased the pair for $50 on Craigslist a couple of years ago, always intending to paint them and somehow just never got around to getting the job done. The lines of the tables are fabulous but the stained yellow oak finish? And the wood hardware? Let’s just say they left much to be desired. So after much debate I settled on a turquoise paint color in a super high gloss finish for a lacquered look that I’m kind of obsessed with at the moment.
The finish on the tables didn’t have much of a gloss to it so after doing an abundance of research I determined I could likely get away without sanding down the original finish. I did give everything a really good scrubbing with soap and water and then, once dry, finished up by cleaning everything again with Windex and a lint-free cloth to remove any oil residues that might be lingering. I also removed the original hardware and filled the holes with a basic wood filler on each drawer because I had picked out the new hardware in advance and new the hole placement was slightly off. I also marked off the areas I didn’t want to get painted with painter’s tape, which was essentially just the inside edge of the drawer opening to help ensure the drawer would still function smoothly.
[The Supplies: Sherwin Williams 6754 Ionian in high gloss enamel | Sherwin William's Water-Based Acrylic-Alklyd Primer | Polished nickel hardware by Martha Stewart for Home Depot | 2" Wooster brush | Purdy mini roller with high density foam covers | painter's tape.]
After conducting a ton of research on how to paint furniture and referring to the advice of the incomparable furniture makeover queen Jenny of Little Green Notebook, I decided on using an enamel to get the coverage and high gloss finish I really desired for these end tables. I first used a mini high density foam to apply a single coat of primer, using the primer that was recommended to me by the folks at Sherwin Williams to accompany the enamel I was using. The key with primer is to get a light, even coat and the foam roller got the job done perfectly. After allowing the primer to dry thoroughly for several hours, it was onto the paint!
I used a small 2″ paint brush to apply the paint. The enamel is super thick, more like a glue consistency than what you’d associate with your basic latex paint, which has a self-leveling property that aids in making paint strokes virtually disappear as the paint dries. For me, one coat was enough, I just needed a bit of touch up to hit a few spots of the leg details I had missed the first time around. Apply the enamel in long, even strokes and resist the urge to go back over it repeatedly with your paint brush. Jenny likens it to applying nail polish, where typically you make one stroke down the length of the nail and then just let it be. That’s the perfect analogy and the technique worked brilliantly for me.
Once the paint was applied, I allowed it to set and cure for a good four or five days before installing the new hardware. That was the toughest part! I had no interest in being patient, but I also didn’t want to mess with the pretty new finish of the tables either. I went with polished nickel bin pulls that I saw at Home Depot – they’re from the Martha Stewart line and I love the classic yet modern look. The pairing of the polished hardware and high gloss finish? It’s kind of amazing, even if I do say so myself. To install them I simply measured to mark where the holes needed to be and then drilled a hole with a small bit before simply attaching each drawer pull with the supplied screws.
And that’s it! Now we have two awesome new tables that add a gorgeous punch of color to our living room. And the best part? With the original Craigslist purchase and all of the supplies for the paint makeover, I spent less than $100 and have loads of paint and primer leftover to tackle another project. Paired with our new rug and accessories, the tables really help pull the room together. We still have a ways to go to get everything completely settled around here, but once we’re at that point I’ll be sharing an exhaustive home tour with all the details from each room. I can’t wait!
[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]
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It’s Monday morning and the start of a fresh new week, one for which I am so very excited! This Friday marks the 3rd annual Ryan Converse Memorial Golf Tournament (you can see highlights from the first tournament in 2011 here) and with the tournament comes a whole lot of joy. In 2010 our family said a very painful and unexpected goodbye to my 21 year old cousin Ryan, the result of head injuries following a tragic accident. To say losing Ryan was a devastating loss would be an understatement, but in his death four other families received the gift of life upon the donation of Ryan’s organs.
Every year since, the memorial foundation has called on the local community and countless local business sponsors to generate awareness for organ donation, raising nearly $18,000 at the first two events. One Friday morning each June we fill two local golf courses and come together as a family and a community to cast a spotlight on the importance of organ donation. This winter, Ryan was even honored at the Rose Bowl Parade on the Donate Life float in national recognition of the lives he saved and is continuing to save through his legacy.
All of this to say, today I am joyful. Following a beautiful summer weekend of swinging on hammocks, sharing laughter with family and friends, I am now jumping headfirst into a week of last minute tournament preparations. My sister will be flying home from South Florida on Thursday and my cousin from Chicago that same evening so the whole family can be together for the tournament weekend. And it’s so much more than a tournament! For me it’s evidence of the strength and love that my giant, slightly crazy, family shares – the same love and strength that has made me who I am today. And perhaps most importantly, this annual event to me is a celebration. A celebration of hope, joy and life. In losing Ryan we committed to do greater good for the world in honor of his life and I can’t help but think that he’d be pretty damn amazed if he knew all the people he has helped give a second chance at life.
My apologies in advance if I seem a bit scattered this week, but I thought I’d let you know ahead of time why that may be. On Friday you’ll find me and nearly 300 other people donning green in honor of Ryan’s favorite color as we play, love and celebrate his life and that of so many others. In addition to fundraising, we’ll also be again encouraging players to sign up to become an organ donor. If you’re not already a donor but would like to register, visit Donate Life for more information. Someday, you may just save a life.
I’ll be taking most of the rest of today off to run errands in preparation for the tournament, but before I cut out for the afternoon I just want to take a moment to give a shout out to F.X. Caprara, our major sponsor for the tournament each year. Without the generous support of the Caprara family we could not do what we do. And with that, be joyful today! Life is a beautiful gift. xoxo
[Photo by Cyd Converse. Edited with VSCO + Over.]
Surely I’m not alone in noticing all of the rhubarb recipes cropping up basically everywhere at the moment, am I? Rhubarb is kind of the queen of summer ingredients if you ask me and made into cakes, pies and crisps it’s utterly delicious. Of course, rhubarb goes perfectly with strawberry, another of my favorite seasonal flavors, but have you ever tried it in a cocktail? Or paired with ginger? Neither have I! But now I’m thinking I’m going to have to give one (or two or three) of these amazing recipes a try here sometime soon.
[1: Vegan rhubarb cheesecake | 2: Rhubarb syrup spritzer | 3: Rhubarb crisp | 4: Rhubarb cream cheese hand pies | 5: Strawberry rhubarb crumb bars | 6: Poached rhubarb royale | 7: Rhubarb granola | 8: Ginger rhubarb bee's knees | 9: Rhubarb pie with coconut pudding.]
Happy Friday and, if you haven’t heard, happy National Donut Day! A day to celebrate donuts? And it’s on a Friday? Come on now. That is my kind of day! This weekend is going to be a quiet one around these parts, but I’m no less excited about the next couple of days. B is working all weekend and won’t be home until sometime next week so it’s just me, flying solo, hoping to tackle more projects around our little casa – like the wall treatment that’s going behind the DIY giant fringe monograms in the boys’ room. So chances are, it’s going to be me on a ladder wielding a level for several hours this weekend. Guaranteed some hilarity is bound to unfold as I tackle this one! In the meantime, here’s hoping you a fabulous weekend – thanks for another great week!
[Photo by Heidi Geldhauser of Our Labor of Love via Style Me Pretty.]
Lately I’ve developed quite the fascination with at home beauty treatments. From hair masks to body scrubs to face masks, there are so many I want to try! Our very own Stephanie of Henry Happened recently posted this amazing guide to at home beauty ingredients that has only fueled my obsession with trying a whole slew of natural beauty remedies. Did you even know coconut oil was so good for you and your body? I sure didn’t, but I’m planning to rectify this ignorance asap.
Between summer sun, walking around in sandals and lounging in the water for hours on end, this is the season when our bodies take a bit of a beating. So why not rejuvenate with your very own homemade beauty treatments? They’re quick, easy and good for your body. Ready to get started? Click on through for 10 at home beauty treatments you’ll for sure want to try!