Ain’t Nuttin’ To It But To Do It

mondayfeet

Hey there!

How was your weekend?! I hear the Bite of Seattle was on fire this year. I know I had myself a great time last year, but this past weekend there was only one thing on my mind, IKEA. My buddy Bethany and I journeyed to the fair land of Renton, Washington. Visited foreign Starbucks. Ate meatballs. Deelish! I got so many good treats!

But if you thought IKEA on a Saturday was tiresome enough, no, no, you were wrong. After a daring moment of strapping this giant Mona Lisa on the roof of the car, we made our way back home to drop stuff off, then went to Home Depot for flowers and supplies. And THEN went to Fred Meyer for groceries! I was exhausted by the end but I love being stocked up on all sorts of stuff for all sorts of projects to share with you!

Upcoming:

One Step at a Time, wherein I aim to spruce up outdoor spaces in order to better enjoy them in all this sunshine…that is if/when I ever actually just sit down. The photo above illustrates what that might look like.

Routine Maintenance, I may have mentioned that I’m a list person. I mean, I don’t need to tell you–in the middle of a list–that I love lists. You know me! But there are all sorts of things that don’t fit on the average to do list that are important for health and happiness. I want to get serious with myself and figure out the best plan to keep up.

That Fabulous Table, my buddy Ryan gave me this incredible round coffee table he inherited from his grandma that is in need of a little TLC. Back when I refinished my dresser I was gearing up for this table–this table was my goal, but I got scared because all the little fittings and hinges are precious and what if I ruin it?! Well, bottom line is I ain’t no punk! I’m going to stain it black and I’m gonna name it Sirius and it will be the best thing that ever happened. You just wait!

After that, well, I may just have a BIG GINORMOUS SURPRISE.

Or not.

Whatever.

You didn’t hear it from me. 😉

 

What are you up to this week? Looks like the sun’s gonna shine. Perfect time to be productive little busy bees!

xo,

Sunshine

 

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Happy Friday

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We’ve made it to another weekend! Nice job, friends!

I saw this on Huffington Post and I couldn’t help but love it!

Jay Z’s 99 Problems: Illustrated

I’ve got loads of projects to work on this weekend and quite possibly a trip to IKEA. Oh! So much to do!

So little time!

What are your plans? Tell me!

Enjoy,

Sunshine

 

Staining My [Antiquish] Dresser

Oh hello there, hi! How are you?

Good weekend?

Mine? It was FRIGGIN SWEET! I approached, tackled and defeated the beast that is my dresser. LOOK!

Before: before

DRESSER!

See, what had happened was: this neighborhood cat named T peed on it! Like two years ago. I know. Gross. Luckily the dresser was stained and polyurethaned so it didn’t seep into the wood.

I took off the existing fixtures which were breaking like little antiquish jerks. Someone had glued and screwed these things on. Ugh. I unscrewed. I beat them off with a hammer. Problem solved.

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Then I grabbed my Makita and got to work. I started with grade 80 sandpaper to get the ugly off. Then 120. Then 220. Then 320 just on top. Then matte finish polyurethane to protect my work. This stuff covers like some kind of magical butter that isn’t made of fat.

When doing a project like this I suggest buying those fancy safety goggles and nose protectors. You don’t want to end up with sawdust nose hairs like me. I swore at the hardware store that I wouldn’t pay $5 for one and that I could use a bandana. Got home and couldn’t find my bandana anywhere. Um yeah. Bad news for my nose and ears and lungs. Good news for the dresser, though. So that’s something.

naked wood

Sanding wood down to its natural finish is like unwrapping a present carefully and slowly while also doing a million reps with a shake weight. [My arms are sore.]

flipped it

But it’s worth it when you find sweet, sweet wood ripples like these. I fell in love!

wood ripples!

Then the staining began. I used Varathane’s Weathered Gray [and the same brand matte poly].

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I was worried that it was looking it bit too blue with the first coat. But I could already tell that choosing stain over paint was the right way to go. Look how that grain shines through!

it's like fancy driftwood

Not too blue, definitely gray. And ooh!

jewelry tree

Putting everything back took some time. I went through all the jewelry on my tree and kept only what I wear often. At least three were made by the lovely and talented Jeri Mack.

lady stuff

I recently procured this IDEAL candle dish from IKEA to wrangle all my stuff. Our teeny bathroom is too small for getting ready so all that get done at our individual dressers. These items are either very often used or too tall to go inside the drawers [which explains why I want the PS so bad, it’s got room for tall items].

from across the room

Now I walk in the room and my eye goes from the duvet cover to the dresser and back and forth and I smile like a fool every time. 🙂

Awesome.

This was my successful project. Next I’ll tell ya about the not-so-successful thing I did…well tried to do…but, damn it, did.

Happy crafting!

Sunshine

Project Sourcing & Pricing

Dresser, inherited

Drawer pulls, IKEA SATTA Knob [when I saw them on the website I thought they looked cheap but when I saw them in store, it was love. They have a great weight to ’em and they’re hella inexpensive!] $1.99 x 2

Varathane’s Weathered Gray Stain [it’s like fancy driftwood] $8

Varathane’s  Matte Polyurethane $8

Various grit sandpaper, $15

BAM $35 holla!

This last photo is an experiment to see if my cell phone takes as good of pictures as we thought. Meh, but there’s definitely not as much light going on in this room in this corner this morning. And this is with the flash on. More on that later!

dresser from cell phone

Moving Right Along

Well I think I’m doing alright. Well, as alright as can be. School starts Monday. Here’s my updated winter break to do list:

  • clean smokeware
  • figure drawing session
  • super special Christmas surprise!!!
  • new planner crossover
  • 2013 rough plan
  • wedding considerations (update, pre-measurements, invitations)
  • Studio (floor plan, brainstorm, paint, desk, room divider, set up)
  • work out
  • infinite cuddles
  • read a book purely for pleasure (suggestions?)
  • trip to Walla Walla
  • get camera cleaned, get battery for remote control
  • Meet:Jeri

If you’re ever looking for a semi-inexpensive date for you and your boo, I suggest a figure drawing session. I say semi-inexpensive because I already had an 18×26 sketch book and charcoals in many sizes [but charcoal is not expensive and you can get smaller sketch books cheaper]. I set up two heaters and drew nude Honeybee in charcoal and pastel. It was my first time working with pastels [I got them for Christmas from Granma Jo, thank you!] and I loved it, although they’re not quite as easy to manipulate as charcoal on newsprint…unless your hands are warm.

figure drawing session date

honeybee’s chest

As for the rearrange, everything’s coming along nicely!

Plan for the bedroom:

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Actual bedroom:

voila!

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So, okay, it still needs some work. Moving everything around forced me to realize just how uneven our space is. Look at how crooked those DVDs look! But we ended up keeping the coffee table. That’s a victory. The room still feels spacious and we have all that extra storage. Score. We win.

Now the other room didn’t get the love the bedroom did. I didn’t draw up a bunch of little graph paper squares. I didn’t think it would do much good because everything in there is a square.And pretty much everything has to stay where it is. So here’s where my desk will be!

Room dividing curtains:

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There’s a water heater back there. And, you know, I like the industrial look, but, um, something had to be done.

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I decided on curtains instead of a hinged-wood room divider. They were cheap and pretty damn easy to put up. Should I shorten them? Probably. But that’s not what’s happening today.

I had to invent this chain out of extra IKEA pieces to keep it from slouching around the duct. Whatever it takes.

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Ignore that dust.

The two things I won’t have time/money for [painting and the desk] are okay for now. I found a table top in the AS IS section at IKEA that’s the same size that I wanted for half price except it’s the blonde wood. I’m just not into blondes. So I’m gonna sand this bad boy and paint it black. Then I’ll finally decide on legs and get those to match. Yay! And in the meantime, if I happen to do some homework in bed it won’t be the worst thing that ever happened to my back because we’re now against the wall. Hooray! I can lean! Gangsta lean!

As for reading a book purely for pleasure before the next semester starts—not gonna happen. Unless you count Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts. What can I say, it brings me pleasure. I’ll get the camera cleaned in the coming weeks. And, well, I hope we get to Meet: Jeri soon!

Now then, off to do!

xo,

Sunshine