How to Paint a Table in One Day

When Bobby and I got married, we were gifted with my parent’s old dining room table. This table has been around for awhile, and I’m thinking was the “hot” item from the late 80’s because I have seen said table and chairs SO MANY TIMES over the years.

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We were very thankful to not have to purchase a table as newlyweds, and it was still in great shape (aside from a stain form when I was 7 and my dad spilled shoe polish on it trying to clean my white church shoes. (I told you it’s been around for a long time!)

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Since we moved into our current house almost two years ago, I have been itching to paint the table. I scoured Pinterest for instructions and before and after photos. Everyone seemed to say something different, and I got a little bit confused. I put the idea out of my head because the past two years have been super busy, but decided for my Mother’s Day gift this year I wanted the table painted. I figured it would be a lot cheaper than getting a new table, and I decided to enlist the help of my dad who is a great painter.

They came into town last weekend, and my dad and I headed to Lowes. We had an idea in out heads, and confirmed with the guy in the paint department before purchasing.

We went home, put an old sheet in the garage, brought the table out, and did a little bit of sanding.

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Then, it was time for primer.

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This primer dries really fast, so we were able to paint two coats fairly quickly.

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We waited a couple of hours until we were sure it was dry, and then started with the paint.

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This paint is really nice and goes on very smoothly and covers well. We still decided to do two coats, but it was plenty.

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We finished off with a couple coats of a sealant. This isn’t 100% necessary, but because it is a dining room table that will be used daily, and we have a toddler, we decided it would help the table to hold up longer.

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We decided to change out the rug with the one we had in front of the couch, and take the leaf out of the table to give more room in the dining room area. I am so pleased with how it turned out! It feels like I have a whole new dining room and we only spent about $50. I bought the chairs from Wayfair.com a few months ago. They were on sale and have free shipping.

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If you have any questions about what we did shoot me an email or leave a comment here. Good luck!

QOTD: Have you ever painted furniture?

A Petting Zoo, Painting Project Kind of Weekend

This weekend did not suck. We were again blessed with great weather, and my parents decided to come into town Thursday afternoon. We picked up Emma Kate from daycare and went to the third week of Swing into Summer.

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Except this week trumped all, because they had a petting zoo.

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Animals?!? WHERE!

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Girlfriend went CRAZY. She petted, talked to, squealed at, and played with all the animals. She was so overwhelmed she didn’t know which one to go to, so kept hopping around from one to the other.

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One of the workers handed her a brush so she went around brushing the animals. She is FEARLESS and walked right up to this guy. II t was adorable.

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Bobby got her (after a few failed attempts) to feed the animals out of her hand and she kept wanting to do it over and over.

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This little goat was only 7 weeks old. It still drank from a bottle and every time it made noise EK jumped and squealed. I think we would have stayed all night if it were up to her.

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My parents had fun watching her interact with the animals, dance to the music, and attempt to eat a snowball.

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It may or may not have ended up all over the ground.

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I’m sad we only have one more week of Swing into summer, we have been having a blast!

Friday morning I went with my dad to Lowes and we bought some paint. I have been wanting to paint my dining room table for YEARS and since my dad is a really good painter, I signed him up for the job without his knowledge. Thanks dad!

Apparently I am NOT a good painter because after helping with the first coat for primer, he said he would finish the rest by himself. Sad times. Anyway, this table is old yall, like I ate off it when I was a toddler. Despite it’s age, it was in good shape. I was not about to shell out hundreds of dollars for a new one when this one was plenty sturdy, but I was willing to buy $45 worth of paint to make it look brand new.

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It turned out GREAT, and we decided to leave the leaf out to make the room look bigger. I plan to do a full post one exactly what we used because people have been asking me, so stay tuned! I’m super happy with how it turned out, the room looks so much brighter!

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Friday afternoon my mom and I did a little shopping and stopped at Starbucks for a pick me up.

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We went back home to pick up EK and the boys before heading to our favorite Mexican restaurant, Papitos, for dinner.

Saturday morning I ran some errands with my dad, and then we sat outside and played in the water with Emma Kate. The original forecast called for rain all weekend but the weather was awesome.

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Saturday after lunch, my parents and I went and looked at a few of the parade of homes houses. A bunch are really close to my house so we were able to check out several before they had to drive back to Louisiana.

After they left, Emma Kate played in the water again and we just enjoyed the evening at home. Sunday morning was church and more relaxing and enjoying the sunshine. Temperatures are getting up to the upper 80’s this week so this may have been our last cooler weekend until fall (nnooo!)

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Another great weekend in the books. So glad I have my blog to keep track of these great memories!

QOTD: What did you do this weekend? Ever painted furniture?

When the World Stopped Turning

 

Growing up, I always heard my parents and people their age (you know, old. Just kidding!) talk about where they were when Kennedy got shot. Obviously, I wasn’t born yet, and so I couldn’t really share in the conversations. However, I vividly remember where I was on September 11, 2001.

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I was a Junior in High school, and I think I was in 2nd hour. We were in the middle of a lecture, when another teacher came in and pulled my teacher aside and whispered something in his ear. Our teacher then told us a plane had crashed into the WTC, and at first we thought it was a joke and didn’t believe him. Then, he pulled out the TV and I think later went home to find some rabbit ears so we could watch the news.

I just remember sitting in my desk being in shock, a little scared, and wanting to call and talk to my family. Here we were, just going about our morning routine, while our fellow Americans were dying in awful and scary ways. I prayed a lot that day, for the families, for President Bush, for the nation. I cannot believe it has been ten years since that awful day.

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I am very patriotic, and so proud to be an American. It angers me beyond belief that this happened on our soil. It was a scary wake up call that no one is truly ever “safe” in your home, at work, on a plane, etc. In my opinion, the only TRUE safety and security is found in my relationship with the Lord. I believe HE is in control, and though tragedy may happen, He already knows how it all turns out, and whatever happens to me today, tomorrow, or 10 years from now, I don’t have to live in fear or anxiety. It is SUCH a freeing feeling!

I get choked up thinking about that sad day, and about all of the innocent lives lost, the families that lost their loved ones. I pray they have found hope and comfort over the years, and will remember that we have not forgotten about them, or their loved ones.

Ok, I need to move on or I am going to turn into an emotional wreck.Smile

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Yesterday morning, Bobby and I were up at the crazy hour of 4:45 so we could meet with our Team in Training group for an 8 mile long run along the beach boardwalk and out and back over the crazy steep Ocean Springs Bridge.

It was nice having low humidity and temps in the upper 60’s to start, even though later the sun was beating down and it got well into the 70’s. we actually had a good run, completing 8 miles in 1:20:00. We came home, and immediately got to work staining our back fence. We have had the stain since we moved in 6 months ago (can you BELIEVE it’s been 6 months?!) but it has been way too hot to get out there and do it. It will take weeks to get it done, but we got a good start today!

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I’m ready to paint, yall!

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I made Bobby paint with the Disney paint brush. Because of this, I got a hidden Mickey from him. I guess the brush has a mind of it’s own?

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do you see it?

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So apparently, I paint too slow. My side on the left, Bobby’s on the right. I thought I was going fast!

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Apparently I am also very sloppy. Oops. I look like I have chicken pox!

(fun fact: I got chicken pox when I was 5 or 6, a day or two before I was supposed to get my tonsils out. I was so happy b/c I thought this meant my tonsils could stay in….well…not so much. Also, I have a bunch of chicken pox scars, mainly on my hands/arms.)

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Look how great it looks now!

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THAT took over 2 hours…yeah…we have a long way to go. (We have to paint the inside, and other 3 sides, too!)

*RAFFLE on the blog TOMORROW! Great stuff you can win, please come back and check it out! All proceeds go to Team in Training!

QOTD: Where were you on September 11, 2001 when you heard the news?