Saturday, June 22, 2013

Key West

          Have you ever been to Key West? Especially to Duval Street?

Thats where my dear friend Amanda met her now fiance Chet about 2 years ago.
They ran into eachother one night while he was on a bachelor party and the rest is history. Last October they got engaged and in almost 30 days they will get married in the Keys.

Today we went to their couples shower with their beautiful turquois colored scheme. Everything looked and tasted wonderfully.
Even the M&M's had the matching color.

Besides the gift, I decided on creating a special card for them. I cut a 12x24 ply wood board, painted, distressed and painted some more. Our wishes for them are on the back of the board for them to always remember their special time in life.

Distressed sides and worn out look


Love you girl and am so blessed to spend this special time with you.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

It's never enough

It is never enough to just have one.
With two dogs in our house, life never gets boring. I'm so happy though that we decided on having both of them. Now that Toby calmed down just a little bit, we are able to leave him out of his crate during the day while we are at work.
If they wake up from their naps during the day, now they can play together, run in the house and destroy the remaining pillows. 

During lunch we take them for their walks and mostl importantly check if the house still stands.

Coming home to two love bugs sitting at the top of the stairs, right at the door, tail wagging, waiting with unconditional love, makes my day, every day! No matter how bad the day was, it brings the biggest smile to my face.
Steele always turns over on his back and waits until you scratch his belly. Toby on the other hand is a little whirlwind, jumps right up on you, trying to cover up his fight he had with the one last remaining pillow. He most likely, gets a time out in his crate while I clean up the left over stuffing from the pillow, I didn't even remember we had still laying around.
For the most part though they are just the bestest dogs in the whole wide world and I wouldn't trade them for anything. There was this diamond ring...
Remember this post when I created a dinner table for Toby? I finally finished the second one, because its never enough to just have one and stop there. You have two puppies, you have to have two dinner trays. Now both can eat in style. I had to shorten the legs a couple of inches, so that Steele can comfortably eat/drink out of it. 
I really like how they came out, now if they wouldnt have slobber all over them... but what can you do.


Monday, June 3, 2013

From Trash to Treasure

Long weekends are used by "normal" people to relax or go on a short vacation. For me, it is to tackle a project. My fingertips are itching and I'm getting restless if I don't have a project in line.

For several weeks there was a table sitting in our garage waiting for an idea to update it.

The top was completely destroyed

I found it with this little guy. Remember when I updated the mirror?

I stumbled about a blogpost about a herringbone patterend table redo and new instantly that this is exactly what I need to do with it.

I went to my favorite home improvement store and picked up small paint sticks. The lady in the paint department said that I can only have 10. I asked if I could have more, if I pay her. She got a  bit bitchy and I left with 10, driving to the next store and grabbed about 20. Then had Brian go back and pick up 10 more. I started with 35 small paint sticks. I cut them in half and laid'em out on the old table top.  

I measured the table top and cut a new plywood piece to fit, painted it black and screwed it into the table. Attaching the wood pieces one by one with wood glue. measuring along the way.
I had to go back to the store and get about 20 more sticks to finish the table. Since the pieces didn't match up perfectly, I took wood putty and filled in the spaces. Let it dry and sanded it down. I used sun bleach stain and stained the complete top.



When the top was done I sanded the complete bottom part of the table, painted the legs white and took the bottom apart. The sides were painted white the top was sun bleached as well.


After it was all dry I used Minwax Finishing Wax and wiped it over the stain, let it dry overnight, put wood putty on the sides to finish up the table top and painted it wight.

And a long weekend project came to an end.

What do you think?




It now has its new home on top of our stairs in the hallway right outside the master bedroom. This empty space in the corner was just waiting for this cute table.