I don’t blog as often as others. I don’t have a set day on my calendar for a new post, a new project, a goal. Right now, the dishwasher is running, the cat is watching the snow fall outside and there are loads of laundry to be put away. My younger brother, who has landed here for awhile, is asleep on the couch. The house smells like the banana cake the 4 year-old and I just made.
I look at what other DIY bloggers do, the junk sales they’re able to go to every weekend to scour for the best treasures, the book they have in the works, the magazines they’re featured in, the creativity that seems to spew from every part. And my thoughts often turn to, “when will I be that good? When will my painting projects look like so-and-so’s? Will I ever have a whole day to de-junk my garage? Can I ever own my own shop?”
And then it occurs to me-this is all temporary. And I’m not them. I’m me. I’m a beginner, an amateur, a full-time mom and housewife and home-keeper, a sister and friend, a lover of books and all that is chocolate.
All that we compare ourselves to is futile-because we’re not them. We’re us. Our talents, our gifts, our purpose-they are uniquely ours. The question should not be, “why am I not like them?” The question should be, “am I being me?”
We are worth it. We are so much more valuable than any piece of furniture we freshen up, any project we might finish up this weekend, any comments others may make about our finished product.
What about you? Do you know you are worth it today?
This weekend was all about a chair makeover (with the occasional push-the-kids-on-swing break). Several weeks ago, I bought a dining room table to make over, and the lady selling it to me threw in four free chairs. Very. Nasty. Chairs.
The vinyl, which was peeling off, was covering up very dirty 70′s-ish fabric, which was covering up pretty usable foam. For a proper chair makeover, everything has to come off.
So the vinyl came off, the fabric came off, the frame was primed.
I found this super-duper cute fabric at Hobby Lobby. I love love love yellow (and chevron).
After a coat of spray paint and some distressing, the chair makeover is complete!
Not bad for a Saturday project, eh?
Remember this post from a few months ago about the old dresser?
Old dresser before
Old dresser, new life!
Here’s what I did to it:
-removed the drawers and doors
-sanded off all the old paint
-used this homemade ageing stain for the top, insides, sides and back
-added scrolling with my Dremel tool
-painted the front in yellow
-cut wood to fit inside as shelves and painted those in yellow
-added baskets purchased on etsy
-sewed cloth napkins to fit a tension rod on the top shelf
What has been your weekend inspiration?
I’m visiting Tennessee this weekend to see my brother–
(ain’t he a handsome one?)
and I plan to do some treasure hunting in Nashville while I’m there.
It will be my first time in Nashville, and I’m a bit excited!
Here are some I’ve found so far:
Butler’s Antiques (Hopkinsville, KY)
Will post pictures of this adventure next week!
Yesterday was such a great Saturday, with spring-like weather and good family time with the little men.
It was also nice enough to open the garage and get out the Dremel tool to make an attempt at some scrolling work on the soon-to-be-finished dresser turned buffet or whatever it will be.
Earlier this week, I picked up a stencil pattern I liked, then went back and forth about painting it, until Mr. Fresh Thrift suggested using a Dremel tool to hand scroll the pattern.
He stenciled the pattern on lightly with a pencil, then went through each design with the Dremel grinding stone to add the detail.
I have to admit that I’ve put so much work into this piece that I was a bit hesitant to allow him to take a tool to it, but I am pretty happy with the results.
Now–to leave it natural, or stain all of those little details?