Sunday, August 17, 2014

Waterfall Chest

About a year ago my co-worker gave me a beautiful waterfall cedar chest. He was moving items from another home, and had no use for it himself.  It sat in our unfinished basement until last weekend. Rob had an itch to redo a piece of furniture. It was a beautiful day to do it, and so he took advantage of the nap time that all the kids took at the same time. Unfortunately, I do not have a before picture to share. He got started before I could snap one of the chest.

Rob purchased some General Finishes paint and white wash for it. This was his first experience using this brand and we were excited with how it turned out. Thanks to Cassie and Sharon for sharing their experiences with it.  He painted the trim of the piece with the General Finished Millstone gray.  Then used the General Finished White Wash Wood Stain for the main sections of the chest.  The chest was pretty beat up from years of use, and so this really helped make it look a lot better.  Rob also sanded it quite a bit to give it a more distressed look.  The final step was to give it a coat of polyurethane.

We of course did not touch the beautiful cedar inside. This is going to be a gift for someone who recently bought a beach place. We figured the distressed white wash look fit with the rest of their home. They have many throw blankets around their house, and we hope this will be the perfect storage piece for them.

Here is a side few of the chest. You can see the pretty details on the top and the bottom.
 Rob said he is very happy with the General Finished paint, and is looking forward to trying it a couple more of the pieces that are in our basement. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Happiness in a Box

Do you know someone who could use a delivery of happiness? Here is what I sent out in the mail to a special person this week. I went around my favorite place, Target, to gather some items that would look like a ray of sunshine in a box.

When I stumbled upon the book "The Happiness Project" I knew it was meant to be that I was putting it together in the first place.  I also included some yummy goldfish, nuts, a cute water bottle and a yellow journal notebook.

You don't have to send out actual treats either. Sometimes a hand written note sent through snail mail is a lot more fun to receive than an email or FB message. I sent out a few notes to friends I have not seen in a while last week, and I hope it brought a smile to their face.  Enjoy your day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Privacy for the Princess

Did you know that we have royalty living in our home? I did not realize this myself until my four year old proclaimed that she was in fact a princess. She also stated that all princesses need "confidence". I told her that it was a pretty big word for her to use. She said it means that she gets to shut her door and not let any one in her room. I let her know that the word she was searching for was privacy. She then instructed me to make her a sign for her door that told everyone she needed privacy. I got right on it, because I figured that since she is royalty she must be in charge. :)  I think the realization that she may be royalty probably all started when I purchased this "Sleeping Beauty" mirror for her from the tag sale at Elizabeth & Co.  

 I took a wood shape from Michaels and painted it with some purple craft paint.
 I used two images from the Silhouette online store and some letters on the software already to cut out on pink vinyl.  Then we hung it on her door as soon as everything was dry and ready to go.

I sure hope Ty and Davis learn to read quickly. She has been pointing it out to them quite often.