with a little help from my chickens

I picked up the little assistants today and we decided to take on a few more projects.  On the way home we stopped at Ikea to exchange Camille’s lamp with a clip type so I don’t have to mount it to the wall up top.  As always a trip to Ikea spirals out of control and we ended up with a few extra things.  Besides the Ikea Jansjo Clamp Spotlight for Camille Ayana decided she wanted pink rather than the orange she had picked up a few weeks ago.  I secretly wanted a Clamp spotlight for my own room so I let her pick the new color she wanted and will have hers.  (my kids aren’t spoiled though, no way).

Also ended up picking them up each a Pluggis Container Set for storage on their walls.  Ayana specifically wanted one to store her book in after reading at bedtime.  Who can fight that right? During the drive home I told Ayana about the cork board I’d picked up for her room at the thrift store.  It wasn’t in shabby shape but a typical boring cork board.  She’s growing up quickly and is getting into charms and chains and jewelry.  With some push pins I knew it would make a perfect way for her to hang her little bits and photos and other random keepsakes.  I had her search pinterest for Chevron Corkboard DIY and she was sold. Ayana is a very go go go non stop kinda person.  She is very neat and organized and focused.  That focus meant once we were home she was on me to hang the storage containers, wash the new duvet cover (oh i didn’t mention that?) and get that cork board ready to go.  So i set her loose.  I showed her how to sand it and then vacuum it and she went at the cork board.  I helped her tape off the edges then let her prime.  At this point I have no clue where Camille was or she was doing. DSC00599 DSC00602 While it was drying we hung the storage containers in her room and she talked her sister out of the two square mirrors that were intended for Camille’s room for the 4 pack.  She wanted the border white and the inside chevron gray.  Figured we could make it work by mixing some of the 3 year old red paint (Seattle Red that’s on the door) with some of the white primer.  After I got it to the pink of her approval they painted the frame.   Once i realized i’d mixed up waaayyy too much paint I had them grab the blond wood side table that was previously been in Camille’s room.  I gave it a quick good sanding and vacuuming and taped it off.  I let them paint on the pink stripes and border (yep, blame them for the bleeding).

After i started drawing lines for the Chevron on the cork board I realized things were not coming out balanced and it would be lots and lots of taping.  So I decided that we were over Chevron.  We went with diagonal stripes instead.  Easy enough for me to lay down a strip of painter’s tape and then use a mini piece to measure the space for the next. We pulled again from our paint stash.  This time using the dark gray from our family room.  Kelly Moore Martini Shaker Gray that came out nearly the same dark metallic like gray of their loft beds.   DSC00604 DSC00606 DSC00610 DSC00613 Camille very much enjoyed the peeling process.  We were very happy with how it came out.  Next time I would tape up the inside ledge so it would remain solid pink.  For some reason I thought it would look good with the gray running up the side. DSC00614 DSC00615 Here’s the improved space (with a table that was brought back out to the garage after the photo since i’d just applied another coat of Poly to it)  I told her to wait a bit for the paint to really cure on the cork board before she went pinning crazy.  We went ahead and hung a few pieces of her jewelry. DSC00619 DSC00620   DSC00625

How a 6 dollar mirror turned into an all day painting experience

Trying to keep with the momentum of this craze of cleaning and organizing.  I’m really enjoying it.  What does the commercial say, “a body in motion stays in motion”, true or not my body could use much more motion.

Today’s project is Maricel​​ ‘s fault because she asked me to dinner Friday.  We decided to walk around Benicia after dinner to kill some time and check out some shops.  Most of them close at 5:30 but one happened to be open a bit later.  After nearly missing out on a back room of furniture we turned the corner and I found this.  It was $6.00.  I kind of have a weakness for wood and for $6. i needed it.  I’ve set in my mind that I can only buy things when I have a plan for them.  (see previous post on the state of my garage). So i decided that I’d turn this into a vanity/dressing table for Camille.  She’s been wanting a mirror in her room (not that it will keep her from using my full length closet mirror every morning) and this seemed like a good solution.


That night I looked up some plans for building a desk and really fell for some stuff over at the Ana White Blog.  (by the way, I want to be like her when I grow up.)  I was fairly set on building the child vanity she has plans for but I wanted something no more than 25 inches wide.  I craigslisted a bit and then decided I would get up the following day and visit a few thrift shops and try my luck.  If it came down to it I would go buy lumber to build a small table.  After i visited my usual thrift shops (and resisted looking at anything besides a small table).  I was coming up empty (Ok, in the search for a small table I did find a small gray metal typewriter desk for $5.00 that makes a perfect garage roll around with me with tools or paint or whatever table).

I decided to take a different way and happened to see a street side sale.  I stopped and then noticed across the street a small antique shop.  And then i found a little 26 inch wide “Martha Washington Sewing Cabinet”.  It has just been brought it and hadn’t even been priced yet.  For $20.  I bought it knowing the $6.00 mirror wasn’t going to work.  The mirror was just too bulky for such a delicate piece.  I tried it on for size in the garage anyways only to quickly confirm my thoughts.  Even if i mounted it to the wall above the table it just wouldn’t look right.

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I brought it in the room and tried it in the spot I want.  Her closet is just to the right.  She has a small leather chair that would work well with the tiny table that she can stack all her lip glosses and other girly-ness.  I googled and searched pinterest on how to paint furniture and went back to Home Depot to pick up some primer.  I have a few gallons of paint from when the house was painted so I figured i’d use some of that. After feeling bad for a while about the idea of painting wood and consulting a few people via text I went ahead and sanded that sucker. Primed.  And painted.  Then I started apologizing to the table because I realized.  I’m not very good at painting furniture.

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After 2 coats of primer.  2 coats of light gray “Portland whitbed” paint from the family room (that basically looks white in my garage light and was super thick for the first coat (3 years in the garage) before I figured I should water it down). Lots of drying time it’s now waiting to be sanded of the (many) imperfections and coated with some poly tomorrow morning.