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Domestic Imperfection: March 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Radio Silent

Hey everyone! I thought I would just pop in with a little update and let y'all know that you won't be hearing from me for a little while longer. I'm in the middle of my big move to wordpress and won't be doing another import from blogger. I'm also not  ready to redirect this blog to wordpress yet... sooo I'm just going to take a blogging break. I am, however, using this little sabbatical to check some bigger projects off my list... so hopefully those will be all finished and ready to reveal over at the new site!

In the meantime, I was tagged by Julie over at Crafty Imaginings & Silly Things in a game of blog tag, so here are my answers to Julies questions....

1. What is your all-time favorite book? 
The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Awesome.  I did just buy the first book of The Hunger Games... it seems I'm the only person in America that isn't raving about it, so that will be my next read.
2. One word that describes you? 
Tired, lol. I know that's a cop-out answer, but it's true.
3. What is your dream job? 
Making a decent income off my blog would be amazing. 
4. What are you most proud of? 
My family...they're pretty much the best thing ever (even if they are the reason for my answer to #2).
5. Cook or eat out? 
Eating out is so expensive, so that's not my favorite...but at home I have to do all the work. But kids in a restaurant....but dishes. I don't know. It's a tie.
6. “Must watch” shows on your DVR? 
We don't have a DVR, or cable, or get a single channel on our TV. Adam and I do watch TV on our laptop before bed though...we watch Modern Family, Up All Night, 30 Rock, Once Upon A Time, The Office, The Middle and random others. During the day it's all Curious George though.
7. Biggest pet peeve? 
When people use an exclamation point after every sentence. It's seems disingenuous and basically drives me bonkers. I'm on the other end though, I usually go through posts before publishing and force myself to add a few exclamation points. I don't want y'all to think I'm not a happy excited person or anything...especially since I tend to be sarcastic, and through text only that seems to come off as just mean and grumpy. I promise, in real life I'm actually quite delightful!
8. How long have you been blogging? 
A little over a year.
9. What is your favorite room in your home and why? 
Hmm, probably my living room. And once it's not our garage/shed/workshop anymore I'm going to love our giant front porch. 
10. What is your go-to easy dinner recipe (for those times when your projects have taken over!!)? 
Spaghetti, frozen pizza, a big salad or grilled cheese and tomato soup.
11. What was the last thing you pinned on Pinterest? 
I'll have to go check...a coffee table with little benches added to make a kids table.

That's all for now..see y'all on the other side!

(Also, I know I've said this like fourteen thousand times now...but if you follow through Google Friend Connect, then please find a new way to follow. Choices are on my sidebar ----->)


Monday, March 5, 2012

The Cutest Table I Ever Hated

 I'm going to start this post off a little different than normal and show you the finished product first.
See this adorable little table?
It was a total pain in the butt. Projects going wrong before they go right seems to be a theme around here.

I bought the table back in January for $10 at a thrift store. I actually finished it during No Spend February
 but couldn't show it to you because it was part of the Every Creative Endeavor contest (it won first place in round two!).

Here is the before picture...
(In case your wondering where my crappy $5 table went, it now happily resides on the other side of the couch.)

So here's the process. It may seem like I did this in a matter of hours or a day or actually took about a week of being an in-progress mess on  my kitchen floor (aka my workshop). Just FYI.

First, the boys and I sanded,
and then removed all the hardware.
Next came the painting. This piece wasn't the easiest to paint...I was really wishing I had cheated and stocked up on white spray paint before February started. 
I wanted to do a design on the top, so I painted the octagon insert blue (left over from the toy box - which I had mixed from leftover kitchen paintResourceful, yes. Cheap, you bet!).
For this part I turned to my friend Katie from CRAPTASTIC, who did a tutorial for her zebra table.
First I taped off the outside..
then completely filled it with painters tape (This is frog tape).
I decided to copy the leaf pattern from a chair I have in the living room, so I tried to trace and transfer it using parchment paper. 
It wasn't working out all that well though, so I ditched that idea and decided to free hand it.
 Much easier.
Next I cut it out using an exacto knife...while wearing my painting uniform of course. I swear I wear regular clothes sometimes!
Then I gave it a quick coat with the base color again. The top is textured and I wanted to keep the lines crisp, this way the base coat fills all the cracks instead of the pattern color. I didn't let it dry all the way before applying the leaf color - which was the base color mixed with white. 
Then came the exciting part - taking the tape off to reveal my perfectly crisp leaf pattern. 

Except that's not even close to what happened. 

I caaaaaarefully peeled back the tape.....and when I was done, well, this is what I was left with. 

I did not freak out -at least not out loud. I hurried over to my pantry and grabbed a ginormo handful of chocolate chips and thought about how I was going to fix it. 
Now, if I wasn't entering it in a contest I would have painted it over in blue and called it a day. After four days of working on it I was pretty over this table. But I WAS entering it and I had to make it work. 
So yeah, I hand painted it. It took two more days worth of nap times... and along the way I really started to hate this table. 
Than goodness it turned out well!
The last step was to glaze it. You can't have a furniture piece with detail like this and not bring it out with glaze, right? I used the same process as I did with my experimental frame and used the base blue color.  
Glazing didn't really go as planned either, but when I compared the finished door with the plain one I had to keep going. 
Next I gave it some super light distressing, put the hardware back, on and was done...finally!
Here is the finished product again....and you know what? I. LOVE. IT. 
It's the cutest table I ever hated. 

I'm so glad I stuck it out...I love how unique it is. I also love that it only cost ten bucks and was made just for my living room!