Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Prepping Cabinets for Paint

Last week (or so..) I shared with you the before pictures of my cabinets (HERE).
Painting Cabinets with Fusion Mineral Paint

I am happy to say that I am halfway done painting my kitchen cabinets.  It is going much more quickly than I would have guessed and I am thrilled with the results. But, before I show you the progress (that will be later this week), let's talk prep.

I know, there are chalk paints out there they say, absolutely no prep needed. In the words of Dwight Schrute, FALSE. I have seen all different brands of chalk paint chip, and scratch, and stain. If you want good adhesion that is going to last, you are going to need to do some type of prep work.
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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on the Power of Positive Thinking
Happy Sunday! What do you see in this picture? A pine branch, right? In the background of this photo there is a lake and a mountain and many more trees, but you don't see them because I focused on the branch. God knows that what we focus on, we will "see". He knows that directing our 10,000 daily thoughts to good and worthwhile things will positively impact our lives. What we put in (our thoughts), comes out (our actions and words). Proverbs 23:7 tells us that what we think in our hearts, we become. There is power in focusing on good and honorable things. This week, ask God to help you change negative thought patterns and practice thinking about those things that are excellent and worthy.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thrift Store Chair Makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint

I have always had a thing for chairs. I am not sure why, but when I started redoing furniture 18 years ago, chairs were my primary makeover victims.

But, over the years I stopped buying chairs to re-sell because they are often wobbly and difficult to make sturdy and they are not quick to paint with all of their spindles. However, I still am always on the lookout for good chairs for my home and when the dear daughter spied this barrel back chair at the thrift store for $5.99, I was in. It is solid and in very good condition.

Thrift Store Chair Makeover with Fusion Mineral Paint

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on seeing the light in others and loving unconditionally
Happy Sunday! The other evening, while hiking a familiar trail at sunset, I turned around and saw amazing light glowing through a "hole" made by the trees over the trail. I have hiked this path countless times, but I have never noticed this view until I was looking at the light.  It is hard sometimes to see the good things in others because we aren't looking for the light. We focus on the negative flaws and see the familiar and the dark rather than loving fervently. When we look for the light in others, in seeing people through God's eyes, our perspectives change. This week challenge yourself to practice looking for the light in others, extending grace when necessary, and loving each other earnestly.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Painting Kitchen Cupboards

I am making the jump--the jump on to the painting my kitchen cupboards bandwagon. 

I know, some of you are cringing right now, but hear me out. Our cupboards are stained cherry--they are NOT cherry wood, but cherry stain. They are too red and too formal and too not me.
Painting Kitchen Cupboards

Monday, July 2, 2018

Old Tin Glory

We (we, meaning my husband, who did the work) recently took some old, corrugated tin off the roof of a shed. I used some on a potting bench and a hall tree. I had a smaller, leftover piece.
Old Tin Glory
I knew it would make a perfect flag.
use old corrugated tin to make a flag

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional on Getting Over It
Happy Sunday! Have you ever been told to, "Cry a river, build a bridge, and GET OVER IT!"? It is harsh advice, but there is truth and wisdom in it too. We all have something we need to "get over"--a relationship, a job situation, an injustice, or something WE did. God did not create us to live in the past. Dwelling on former things keeps us from being who we are meant to be. Getting on with life does not mean what was done to us was okay, but it does mean that we forgive and that we choose to enjoy and be present in the moment. We need to leave those things behind that prevent us from moving forward. Give it to God and let him help you get over it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

DIY Distressed Flag Sign

I cannot believe it is almost the fourth of July. We have had so much rain, it hasn't really felt like summer yet. But, June is almost over, and it is time to decorate for Independence Day.
use a scrap piece of plywood to make a sign

Using a rectangular scrap of plywood painted dark brown to make a distressed flag sign is a great place to start on your summer decorations.

DIY Distressed Flag Sign

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sunday Verses

devotional on trusting God and letting everything work out on his timetable
Happy Sunday! Summer is officially here--three months of warmer weather and longer days. There are years when the change of seasons seem to come slowly. But, even when the seasons don't change on my timetable, I trust that they eventually will. This verse reminds me that God has his own timetable to work in our lives. We may be going through a season where everything seems hard. We may feel like we are praying without getting answers and we grow impatient and discouraged. Do not give up--be patient, rest and trust that God will bring you through the current season and that he will work everything out in his perfect timing.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday Verses

Devotional for Father's Day
Happy Sunday and Happy Father's Day! Today, some of us remember and know that we are blessed to have had good fathers and we know we have good men raising our children. But, for far too many, today is a tough day and too many feel alone and cheated of a loving father. For those who feel that way, hear this truth-- you have a Father who has chosen and adopted you, who loves you unconditionally with open arms, who accepts you, who cares about you. God is a father who wants to have relationship with YOU. Call out to him and let your heavenly daddy comfort you, guide you, and love you.

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