Sunday, August 25, 2013

Kitchen Table Revival! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Tutorial

Hello to all my sweet friends! Can you believe the summer is almost over> Well, here in Texas it's still in the 100's so it's going to be summer for a long time still.
Have I mentioned how much I hate the heat?
Well, I hate the heat.
But I love the lazy days. Having the kids stay up late playing scrabble with me, sleeping in late and enjoying a nice 
breakfast and having funny conversations, will now be replaced by hurried evenings and hurried mornings.
:(

But life goes on, right? And speaking of life, my daughter is doing great with her fiancee and my beautiful little granddaughter in their new apartment. 
As part of a gift to them, I bought them a nice kitchen table and some vintage wooden chairs.
My plan was to revive them with Annie Sloan Chalk paint then do some light distressing. 
The kitchen table had a pretty bad paint job. There were several coats of horrible yellow paint on it.
My hubby stripped the top of it and decided to stain it.
Here is the before and after of the table:

                              You can see the various layers of paint coming off the top
      My hubby stained it in this beautiful stain and even drew a band around the edge!
It looks gorgeous in person!

Next I was going to be working on the table base.
 Here is the before (turned upside down) and below is the after:

As you can see I painted it Old Ochre and did some light distressing. I had the paint already on hand so the paint cost me nothing. The table was $40. The most time consuming part is the distressing. 
The chairs are vintage and they took a little more work. I enlisted the aid of two handsome guys :)

                                    Here they are almost done. We had to put two coats of the paint, but, I tell you that Annie Sloan Chalk Paint goes a long way!!

Another shot of the chairs. The right one with the two coats of paint. 
What's awesome about the paint (can you tell I love it?)
is that it hardly has any smell to it so I could do the painting inside my house. Forget me doing any kind of work outside. The paint would not stick, it's so hot!
So after letting it sit for a few days I went back and applied a clear coat of Minwax. I use the one for "blond wood". After that sat for about a day, I came back and distressed the edges and other random places.


I used 120 grit sandpaper. I tell you the sanding took the most time. I had to put down a huge tarp to catch the dust.
After sanding I used, CeCe Caldwell brand "antiquing cream". It's a dark wax that goes on very well.
I left it on for 24 hours then came back and buffed it with an old clean t-shirt.
I'm dying to try the Maison Blanche brand of dark wax but that line is so hard to find here in my area. I finally discovered that a shop carries it so I'll be trying it next. 
I really wanted a darker wax, but this brand is not that dark.
All in all I am pleased at the result. 
I can't wait to show it to you all set up at my daughter's house.
I still have two more chairs to go.
The chairs cost me $60. So for $100 she got a "new" cute table and chair set for her apartment. 
Not bad, huh?

I'm also busy designing my son's homeschooling classroom/craft room for mom :)
It's going to be great!
I'll share all the step by step with you guys soon.
What have you been working on?
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xoxo 
Patty


p.s. this is not a sponsored post :)








Monday, August 19, 2013

DIY Home Hair Highlighting Kits-Do They Work?

I've been wanting to have a hair style change for 
a loooong time now. 
Finally a week ago Friday, I just did it.
I went into my stylist's and asked her to give 
me......bangs :)

I love it! She also layered my hair in long layers to keep my length. And since I was on a roll, I thought why not color my hair too, right?
So I waltzed into my local Walgreen's and 
bought a home hair highlighting kit.
I've colored my hair before plenty of times, but I've never highlighted it. 
I wanted to be your guinea pig so here it goes:

{These are all cell phone pics. I apologize for the lack of quality}


These two pictures are the "before" color and highlights. I wanted to show you here the color of my hair. 
I used L'oreal Paris Couleur Expert Brioche

You begin the process by coloring your hair with the correct numbered bottle. The instructions are easy to follow. The color after I rinsed and blow dried looked like this:



You can see in this picture above that the color is a nice subtle change. I really liked the color. Now onto the second step: Highlights
I was pretty scared I was going to mess up. I've never done this before and the kit came with two tools. One was a thing you slip over your finger and you're supposed to apply it with that or a mascara wand. I opted for the wand. 
I just sectioned off strands and ran the wand down each strand. The color of the tint is blue, which helps identify which strands you've already done. I suggest you do this with another person to help get at the back of your hair. I couldn't see nor reach the back and who knows how it turned out!

All in all, it took me one hour from start to finish. This includes the washing and blow drying of the hair both times. 
Here's another view:



Can you see the difference? The highlights came off looking to coppery. I really didn't like it and if I do this again, I'll leave it on for less time. I also did not run the wand down the length like I should have and the highlights look choppy. Oh well. They'll fade over time. Here are some extra views:


The bottom one is in better light taken by my hubby.
I wanted you to see it from different angles.
It wasn't too bad of an experiment at $14.99.
I paid for this myself, so this is not a sponsored post.
I just thought I would try it and share with you all.

So go out there and give it a shot. Just remember to have a buddy to spot ya!



I'll be back tomorrow on a furniture restoration post I've been working on!


Have a great week!

Patty






Sunday, August 4, 2013

Yummy Pinwheel Recipe and Giveaway Winner


Hello everyone!
How's your summer going? Here in North Texas it's hotter than he**
I don't know about you, but the older I get, the less I can stand the heat.
So on a hot summer day the last thing I want to do is cook over a hot stove.
My hubby is a fantastic cook and he makes some amazing dishes. And he can also make
some yummy cold sandwiches. And since I love everything he whips up, I thought I'd share one of
his favorite recipes for making ham pinwheels. 






He prepared them for my daughter's baby shower, along with all the other food, and they were a BIG Hit!
I'd love for you to try it out and share with me how your friends and family liked them. My hubby says you can add any cold cuts you'd like but we used ham.

Here's what you need for this simple crowd pleaser:
Fresh cilantro
Limes
Roma tomatoes
Cream cheese
Salt
Onion
Ham
Burrito sized flour tortillas

First chop the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Toss in a bowl and add the juice of lime to taste. Add a little salt to taste. 




Lay out the flour tortilla. Spread cream cheese liberally on the tortilla. 


Place two to three  pieces of ham on the tortilla, slightly overlapping but not leave a space
towards one end of the tortilla with the cream cheese showing (the cream cheese will act as the "glue" to hold it together). Spread a little more cream cheese over the ham pieces.



Next add a spoon full or two of the veggie mix.  Roll tightly. 
Slice into 1/2 inch slices (approx.)



Set them out and watch them disappear :)

For a refreshing summer drink, try my watermelon water or agua de sandia as we call it!
Find it here: 
Agua de Sandia
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And now for the announcement you've all been waiting for: the winner of the Thirty One organizer is comment #3! Erica Henderson
Please contact me to give me your mailing address so I can send your prize.
I'll be back tomorrow to announce my August giveaway!

xoxo
Patty

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