Table project

This is a little table someone gave to me. It had old chippy brown paint covering the entire thing along with a touch of old beat up wall paper glued to the top. After a bit of scraping off wallpaper and glue from the top, and a little light sanding I waited for the snow to melt outside.

Once we got a super warm day, last weekend it was my lucky day, as Ace Hardware was having a sale on sample paints. I contemplated adding the Plaster of Paris to try making my own chalkpaint, but looking at the price of 8 dollars, plus the sample paints at 99 cents each, well i chose just the paint this time around.

It is all about recreating something old in need of a facelift, on the lowest budget possible right?unless you are a plastic surgeon, then please for the sake of beauty, ignore that statement, This applies to furniture and recycling inanimate objects only! and… That requires creativity many times, on a budget.

So table was free, sandpaper cost a few dollars, but didnt take a lot. and paint samples were 99 cents each per can, I bought 7 of them, would have bought 8, 4 per customer and i took a friend along to ensure i could get more than 4 cause that is the way to save money right? but at 7 i was tired,hungry and just wanted to get home to try the colors i already picked and could not decide on one more last color that day. The sale is good through the end of March. 🙂

so anyways, after not painting all winter, kinda seems like a lost the hang of painting. But after a few more projects am sure It will all come back to me. This is my first attempt this year! am waiting for the paint to cure, before adding the touch up finishing details. first painted project of 2015


Why Have Hobbies?

i was beginning to wonder about my hobby and if it was worth the effort i put into collecting old things to repurpose or refinish..then i realized the joy i and other people get out of seeing my creativity come to life in a new work of art or finished piece. I love the why have hobbies post that i am reblogging here since it the writer aunt beulah shares a story, why have hobbies with a cartoon from the peanuts gang. i love that cartoon. :). and this blog article! it inspires me to keep going on my projects or hobbies and not just sell all the unfinished pieces for someone else to recreate. sorry to the guy who has a standing offer to buy my chairs and buffets, i think i will keep them and get those projects done this spring. Let’s hope i can get more for them than the unfinished offer price on the table! think it just may be a possibility!

Aunt Beulah

In a recent Peanuts cartoon, when Lucy told Charlie Brown she was thinking of starting some new hobbies, Charlie said, “That’s a good idea, Lucy. The people who get most out of life are those who really try to accomplish something.”

Looking appalled, Lucy replied: “ACCOMPLISH something? I thought we were just supposed to keep busy.”

In the past, I thought like Lucy. Viewing hobbies as busy work to fill my idle moments, I pursued decoupage, macramé, origami, tatting, and yodeling. Each endeavor enjoyed the same success as my wish to be 5’6”.Wreath

My search for a busy-work hobby peaked when I scoured fields and ponds for nuts, pinecones, grasses, and twigs, which I used to make Christmas wreaths. I gave these creations to loved ones, who exclaimed happily and hung them in their snug homes.

I had used liberal amounts of a smelly liquid adhesive to attach my found…

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