Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Table From H*ll

Have you ever had a project that just goes so terribly, terribly wrong? OMG, did this little table ever cause me some grief. It's actually my sister's, she left it behind for me after she moved out of my place several years ago and didn't have the room for it. Now that she's in a new place and has the perfect spot for it, she was ready to have it back. I posted a home tour of her place at Christmas time, check it out here. I thought it would be nice to give it a little makeover (kinda like table rent?!)... she had bought the table at Home Sense but it was pretty beat up. She had mentioned that she thought it might look good in a matte black... so I thought I would make it over as a little surprise (plus she doesn't have a space that she could do it at her current place). Seemed pretty simple. Ha. Ha. Ha.

I started by sanding it and wiping it down to prep it for spray paint. It's hard to tell but the table was silver.
I chose this paint, Krylon Dual Paint + Primer in Flat Black - I wouldn't buy it again. You'll find out why.
I gave her a couple of light coats. It was looking really good at this point!!
And then. Fatal Error #1 occurred. My sister is notoriously a bit rough with things (sorry, j... but I speak the truth!). I was worried that the paint would show everything being flat. Flat paint typically isn't very forgiving. So I decided to apply protectant after it had dried for 24 hours - Minwax furniture wax. Uhh ohhhhh. Why can I see ALL OF THOSE STREAKS?!?! I tried to stay calm and thought it needed more buffing. But the streaks weren't going away... and the paint was. My rag was covered in black and the edges were coming off. NOT the look I was going for. At this point, I decided to let it set/dry and that I would re-sand and paint the next day. Luckily, I had started with just the top so didn't have to worry about the legs, etc.
Fatal Error #2... it got worse. Sanding it somehow made the wax ball up into chunks all over the table. OMG is all I was saying over and over again.

I perservered and sanded, sanded, sanded. I finally got back to a pretty smooth surface and was ready to paint again.

Fatal Error #3? If you can frigging believe it (obviously I couldn't), the paint nozzle had somehow gone faulty or clogged. The first spray out of the can (yes, I kicked myself for not testing it first, but I had already used it!!) went on in GIANT SPLOTCHES. Everywhere. And not just on the table. In mad panic, I grabbed a cloth and frantically tried to wipe it off. Nope. That stuff is on there. I only succeeded in smearing it into streaks.
It was at this point that I totally lost my sh*t. Bawling. Huge, wracking sobs. In my garage.
Hahahahaha. I can laugh about it now. I just felt sick that I had ruined a table that didn't even belong to me. Oh and don't forget... it was a surprise, so I didn't even have permission to mess with the table. Eventually, I got myself together and re-sanded again. I took the spray paint back and got another one and did it again. This time, no travesties. Needless to say, there is no protectant on it so I told my sister to be veeeeery careful. There was a lot of blood, sweat and tears in that table. Quite literally. She got it home and has it set up at her front door as her "landing spot". She sent me a couple pics, so here's how it looks now.
She styled it a couple ways because she isn't 100% set on what she wants there. Here's her source list:
Candleholder - The Cross Decor and Design in Vancouver
Key bowl - Home Sense
Flower - Gift
Painting- some talented under recognized painter I discovered. But they didn't sign it. She's referring to me ;)

I thought about it after and thought maybe wax isn't intended for veneered surfaces because it's not pourous? I don't know. But I definitely had quite the adventure with this project - sure turned out cute though, didn't it?! Have you had any misadventures like this one that you'd care to share? Please do, maybe I'll feel like less of a moron.

xo,
Andrea

Monday, January 28, 2013

OH, HEYYYYYY 2013!

I'm back!! And out of my funk. I've been up to a few things while I was on blog break...

Inspired by Jen of The Social Home to start green smoothies as a breakfast substitute!! I am following her recipe pretty closely, she talked about it here. I have never been much of a breakfast eater, and don't feel like protein shakes really meet my needs anymore. They were appropriate when I was spending 1.5-2 hours in the gym everyday but I haven't worked out that intensely in quite some time.
This was the beginning of my prep last night....

We are starting to menu plan on a weekly basis! We choose our meals, then grocery shop and prep all the produce for the week. I think it will help to eliminate the frustration of thinking about what to make when we are hungry, make our grocery shopping more effective and cut down on prep time for weeknights when we get home starving!
Finally put out my first One King's Lane purchase... how cute is this bright monogrammed door mat?! It's the only thing at our sad little front door right now. I ordered it back in September but I had Fall and Christmas mats, so this is the winter mat for now... till Spring ;)

I was inspired by this diy seed bead jewelry seen here and here by Andrea at For the Love of. I loved her creations and ordered seed beads in a couple of colour families (coral, green and blue) from BeadFX. Maybe I should have stuck with one, because they are very, very tedious. But I'm almost finished my first necklace!

Spent last weekend in Whistler for a stagette - we had a blast. If you haven't tried snow tubing, you must. Or maybe I'm just really out of the loop and I'm the only one who hasn't. Either way, so.much.fun.

While we were there, we made sure to hit up Whistler Brewing. They have their {very} limited release of Winter Dunkel out right now - and I have to say, I'm not much of a beer drinker, but this stuff is like liquid gold. When it was released, between ourselves and a few friends we completed depleted all of the local stock. So we made sure to get a growler filled up - draft is always tastier! Their Chestnut is also really good but sold out for the season.
Sunday brunch yesterday... I'm clearly ready for Spring as I am already rocking the graphic neons. Yessssss. 
Hopefully you have stuck with me through my little break... I feel motivated and ready to roll. One of my sanity savers is that I've decided I'm going to stop apologizing for cell phone photos. They are reality for me - my phone is always handy so it's what I use. I hope you can stand it - I'll still have some quality photos for posts too, but I'm not going to feel bad about cell phone photos anymore!! Ahhhh. Better already.

New post coming up on Wednesday so check back!

xo,
Andrea

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Oh, hey 2013

So I'm a bit slow getting back into the proverbial blogging swing. Truth is, I feel a bit overwhelmed.

Now, I really don't believe in "resolutions" (because I think they are often too hard to keep or too easy to break... kind of like setting yourself up for failure), but I do believe in fresh starts. There is something about the beginning of a new year that screams fresh, exciting and motivating to me. I had a little list of things that I want to tackle... things that I feel I can improve on.

But. All this being said, I feel like I'm standing in front of a giant wall. When I was coming up with action plans for my list, I was pumped. Pumped. But, over the past week I have become more and more overwhelmed by the number of bloggers that are doing organizational overhauls or big projects. Not because I don't love them, because trust me... organization makes my heart flutter. I just started feeling like I didn't know where to begin. The more I thought about where to start, the more deflated I felt.

So, pardon me from the blog for a bit while I re-focus. I have tons of plans, projects and ideas but have a serious need to prioritize and budget. I don't want my blog to turn into a pressure cooker for me. I have decided to continue my little bloggy break until I feel like a have a solid, feasible plan in place for things to tackle. And the big kicker is that they must meet our financial goals too. Which is tough for me, I have to admit. I like to live outside of my means which is a dangerous place to dwell. One of our biggest focusses this year is to get on top of our finances, tighten our belts. We don't want to live in this house forever, but at the rate we're going, we will.

So, that leaves me with finalizing our budget, choosing areas to organize slowly (by purging, donating and selling - a must-do before this house is up to the rafters in crap), committing to better meal planning to cut back on food waste, creating healthier habits and spending our free time together more meaningfully. That sounds like a lot. No wonder I'm overwhelmed. But I do have an actionable plan that will tackle these things in smaller bites than I just dumped them out in. I read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin back when we were in Maui and was so inspired that I took tons of notes. While on the beach. Ha. So I'm going to re-read my favourite chapters to get some of that motivational spirit back. I promise to be back to my normal self next time I'm here... it won't be long!

xo,
Andrea