How To Fix A Loose Chair

I never thought that I would be fixing a loose chair! Then again… I never thought I would be painting our kitchen table and chairs. Since I had NO idea how to fix the chairs, I went to Google and watched this video. Seems easy enough…

So, today I talked to our maintenance man, got him to walk me through fixing them and I borrowed his rubber mallet. Here goes nothing…

First, I labeled chairs from left to right.

IMG_0032.JPG

E wanted to be labeled…

IMG_0033.JPG

Once E was in bed I took my frustrations (I didn’t have any when I first started but after a minute I did because it is harder than I thought it would be) out on the chair.

IMG_0034.JPG

Then I sanded the old glue off and put glue in all the holes, put each piece back in its rightful spot, and let out the rest of my frustrations. I wrapped some bungee cords around it and am letting it sit over night.

Standard

Dining-room Chalk Board Re-Do

IMG_0027.JPG

Right before E’s first birthday, I had a friend help me take an old decorative picture from Kirkland’s and make it into a large chalk board for Emma’s party. I loved the chalk board and am so thankful for my friend for painting the frame and glass so that I could use it as a chalk board. However, after Emma’s party I never wrote on it again because I was afraid I would break the glass!

In attempt to add color to my living room/dining room I decided today to take the fabric I was going to use to make throw pillows and put it in the frame. I saw some really cute fabric frames on Pinterest … Here and Here are a few…

I set to work… After a lot of work I finally got the foam backing off and started to attempt to slide the glass out. The glass broke… Three times. Thankfully it was E’s nap time and she wasn’t in the living room with me when it broke. I then changed my plan a little and tightly wrapped the fabric around the foam backing.

Needless to say, once I got the foam back in the frame, it was A LOT lighter than it used to be!! I think a yellow or blue frame would look better than the creamy white but I am not going to try to take the foam out again… At least for now.

Are you ready to see it?!?

IMG_0029.JPG

Standard

Sanding kitchen chairs

Now that the kitchen table is finished, I have started sanding the chairs. It isn’t difficult, they are just a bit more time consuming but I am determined to finish them.

Here are before pictures of the kitchen chairs that came with our table:

IMG_0026.JPG

And here are pictures of the chairs I bought from a friend:

IMG_0024.JPG

They are very different chairs but they look really cute together. I just know that they will look awesome once they are painted and distressed. I can’t wait to see it!!

This is not much of an update but hopefully they will all be finished soon and I will be able to share a picture of my updated kitchen table.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Standard

Give thanks

IMG_0810.JPG

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in ALL circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ for you.

It’s easy to play the “wishing game”. For instance, many times I have wished that family lived closer to us or that we lived in a house instead of an apartment (that thought comes the most when our neighbors are extremely loud). But when I stop and count my blessings I am thankful to live in a nice apartment and have food on our table and have the best family in the world! Sometimes all it takes is seeing my E’s sweet face and know I have a lot to be thankful for.

Yesterday, I read this quote:

“Love grows best in little houses, with fewer walls to separate. Where you eat and sleep so close together, you can’t help but communicate. If we had more room between us, think of all we’d miss. Love grows best in houses just like this.” Author unknown

So, today I choose to be thankful. Life is too short for grumbling and complaining. What are you thankful for?

IMG_0803.JPG

Standard

Something blue…

I have an addiction to antique shops and thrift stores. I love the hunt of searching for something that needs a new home and sometimes a new look.

On Tuesday, my little munchkin was extremely fussy and I was very tired. In hopes to make the day a little brighter, we took a little trip to my favorite thrift store in town. Normally, I look for milk glass first but I had to skip that section because of little hands grabbing at anything she could reach. That is when this $10 beauty grabbed ahold of my heart…

IMG_0011-0.JPG

I have been working on changing up a few things in our dining room / living room. Recently, I found this fabric and decided I will make throw pillows with it. I haven’t yet because I started sanding and painting our kitchen table. The fabric gave me the idea to paint our table a creamy white and the chairs blue. The table is finally finished and now I am sanding the chairs. Take a look at the fabric and paint colors:

IMG_0015.JPG

As soon as I saw this mirror I knew I would be giving it a new look and it would match the table some how. I could hardly wait! I put off working on the chairs and got to work on the mirror.

First, I spent the night sanding it. My sweet husband even joined me and helped me get it done faster. I heard talk of getting me an electric sander… I will have to hold him to it.

IMG_0012-0.JPG

On Wednesday, I started priming it. Thankfully, I saw a tip on Pinterest about putting card stock in the mirror instead of taking the time to tape it. You can read about it here. I didn’t have card stock so I folded some paper and taped it to the mirror. It worked!

IMG_0013-0.JPG

I wanted to paint it white. I LOVE color but for some reason I am in a creamy white rut in my living room. New picture frame? Creamy white, please. Kitchen table? Creamy white… Ballerina white to be exact. After much debate and finally coming to the realization that there is WAY to much white in my dining room/living room, I decided to paint the mirror sailboat blue. After painting and distressing, I gave it a coat of polyurethane. When it was completely dry, I searched out the perfect spot to hang it in my living room.

IMG_0017.JPG

IMG_0018.JPG

Don’t you love it?! I can hardly wait to finish the kitchen chairs and pillows and be able to see it all together!

Stay tuned for an update on our kitchen table…

I spent:

Mirror – $10
Behr Paint sample – $3

Standard