On Painting a Console Table

One of my favorite things to look at on Pinterest (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) or Hometalk (FIND ME THERE BY CLICKING HERE) is PAINTED FURNITURE. Actually, I even have an entire board on Hometalk devoted to refinished furniture! And when I come across a blog featuring some painted furniture, I always stop and look at that, too. I’m not sure why the fascination, but I give in every time!

So finally, I decided to paint something myself. I was a bit nervous, because I had heard that it was a bit of work, and if you didn’t get it just so, it would be ruined. 

What did I paint, you ask?

Do you remember our Master Bedroom Tour from July? (CLICK HERE TO SEE IT IF YOU MISSED IT!) Well, there was a console table involved…

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Yeah, that one! A friend of my mother-in-law was going to throw it out, right around the time we were moving from our apartment into our house, so my mother-in-law brought it with her on moving day, in case we had somewhere we could use it.

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Overall, it’s a pretty table! Sturdy and a good size and I like the little details, too!

But, as you can see, it just didn’t match…ANYTHING.

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Summer Improvements for Your Whole House!

Well, it’s officially Summer, y’all! If anyone is qualified to tell you that, I most certainly am. The high today here in Central Florida is slated to be 93 degrees, with a feels-like temp of 99! WOW! (Oh, and a 60% chance of strong storms…welcome to SUMMER!)

Even though it’s getting hot out there, we can’t talk our house into not needing anything done to it. (I just hope we can talk our air conditioner into not needing anything done to IT.) There are still improvements that need to be made, and maintenance that needs to continue.

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So when Stephanie from Monkey Bar Storage contacted me to see if I’d like to share their summer guide (Summer Improvements for Your Whole Home!) with all of you, I headed over to check out the link, and woah baby! With a clean and simple magazine-quality layout, this guide touches on…

17 Easy Curb Appeal Ideas Anyone Can Do
3 Simple Bathroom Storage Ideas for Summer
Boys Closet Organization Project

…and lots more!

You definitely want to check it out!

 

Tell me: what’s on the docket for YOUR house this summer? Did this guide spark any ideas for you?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at Kristen@theroadtodomestication.com. I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

Summer Floral Craft Projects – A Guest Post!

When I was younger, “florist” was one of the things I wanted to be “when I grew up”. I always thought it would be so much fun to work in a shop full of all sorts of gorgeous blooms, and put them together beautifully and in a way that would make lots of people happy! I still mess around with it a little bit here and there, but in the end, I don’t think I have “the gift” to be a florist. Albeit, I’m still very interested in floral arranging.

So when Lauren Fuller contacted me to see if I wanted to share some of her fantastic summer floral craft projects, all the happy flower feelings came to light once more! She’s got some great ideas! Check this out…

Summer weather has arrived and it’s time to brighten up your house with new designs and decorations to make it feel more summery in your space. Making your own summery floral projects is a great way to decorate your home in a cost effective way. You get the fun of first decorating your home with living flowers, and then you can reuse them for summer craft projects to make them last even longer, extending the money you spent on them in the first place.

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Arranging Live Flowers

Before you use your flowers for crafting, make sure to keep them alive and flourishing for as long as you can. You can buy flowers individually at the store and arrange them yourself into nice bouquets or you can go online and order bunches of flowers in less expensive arrangements like these roses from ProFlowers.

Keep flowers flourishing for longer by removing any lower sitting leaves as these will quickly die and can leave bacteria in the water, causing the flowers to die quickly. Make sure to cut the stems at a sharp upwards angle to extend their life and stir into the water any plant food that came with your purchase. If you run out of flower food, you can supplement with sugar.

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Made-to-Order Lampshade

About two months ago, our cat was flying around the house being ridiculous, and knocked one of our matching lamps off the end-table in the living room. She broke the dang thing. Did I mention that they were matching?

Since I couldn’t find another lamp to match the non-broken one, I bought two new lamps, kept the lampshades (which were not damaged) and everything was fine. Except I still had one lamp with no shade left. And no place at home to put it.

But with a new office at the insurance agency where I work full time, I knew I could use it there. The problem was, I still had no lampshade.

So I spent several months looking for said lampshade, finally found the perfect one on Walmart’s website, and I ordered it (on clearance) for about $6. Wohoo, right?

Except when the box came, here’s what it looked like:

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Yeah. So you can imagine what the shade itself looked like. Pitiful. Unfixable. Sold out. Returned.

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