Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Isnt She Lovely

Refinishing a wood table sounded fairly simple but my reality was much different. As a first timer I ran into a multitude of problems and had to start from scratch on more than one occassion. Its been lots of hard work and patience but Im pleased to finally show off my new "old" table

Completed TABLE!!! WHOOHOOOO!!!!

and here she is with the inserts

Excuse the chairs.. they are TEMPORARY

My original attempt at refinishing the table can be found HERE . To refresh your memory this is the orginal oak table:

How I refinished a wood table

Materials Needed
Electric Sander
60 grit Sandpaper
Mask for your mouth
foam brush
 Clean Rags
sticky cloth
white paint
plastic gloves

1. Sand down your table using an electric sander with a 60 grit paper. Be sure to get the edges and ensure that you have removed any previous paint, stain, and polyurethane.

2. Once sanding is complete its very important that any excessive dust is removed. I used a dry clean rag, a damp rag and tacky cloth. Its now time to apply your stain. I used Dark Walnut by Minwax. Apply using a clean brush and ensure even coverage. Let the stain sit for 10 - 20 minutes before wiping it off with a dry clean white rag and let dry.
I wanted a rich colour so I repeated the stain application 4 times.

 3. Once your desired colour is achieved you must apply polyurethane. I used a semigloss by Minwax and applied a thin even coat using a foam brush. Once the poly dried I repeated this step 3 more times to ensure a strong poly coverage since this table would be used and abused.

 4. I wanted the base of the table to have a distressed look. I was not interested in sanding so I used a great primer by CIL. After wiping down the base to ensure it was free of dust I applied the base with a brush.  You could apply 2 coats but I opted for just one.

5. Once the primer dried I applied regular latex paint which I chose not to tint and let dry. Again I only applied one coat as I was going for a distressed look.

6. Using a small bit of sandpaper I distressed some areas of the base to give it that worn look. I focussed more on the outer ridges and areas that would most likely see more wear. I have 2 little ones under four years old so I might as well start wearing it out now. Mostly the original dark polish shined through which is exactly what i wanted.

7. Finally I attempted to apply a bit of dark glaze to the base to get rid of the crispy white colour. The can had gone bad and of course since Im impatient I went ahead and used it anyhow. I applied with a brush and wiped it away with a damp cloth.  No harm done and it still made the white look a little "dirty"

I would have had better results if the glaze was still good, it would have really darkened the stressed areas to a black but I think the overall effect is pretty good

And a few tips
  • 60 grit sandpaper worked best for me when sanding the orginal stain and poly
  • Brushing stain on rather than using a rag to apply it seemed to work well
  • Make sure your hands, arms, legs and feet are covered when applying stain. I learned the hardway and became a walking polka dot for a few days.
  • The longer you leave the stain on the darker the color however you should remove the stain before 30 minutes otherwise it becomes thick and difficult to remove.
  • When applying poly, the label suggests sanding in between coats to ensure a smooth finish. I would NOT suggest sanding. Sanding with the suggested 220 paper ruined the table and forced me to begin from scratch. I sanded again using a 400 grit paper and this also ruined the table. Save yourself alot of hassle and just apply thin even coats of poly so you can avoid the sanding.

Thanks for visiting, I hope you like our new table as much as we do :)

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

That's Amore

Happy Anniversary!!

17 years ago I met a cute boy who became my boyfriend
6 years ago I married him
Today and two babies later we are still in love and Im so happy to have found my happily ever after..

We have come a long way and I must admit that I am truly blessed to have found my soul mate 17 years ago. Our wedding was a beautiful day and Mr. Bliss and I had a ball planning the wedding and we both thought up ideas and had a vision of what we wanted. Lots of time was spent crafting.. those who glue together stay together!!

Here are some pics from our wedding with a few of the details that made it special:

our invitations were ordered from and were BEAUTIFUL

Fresh Gerbers hung on the pews

Tears of Joy kleenex packs for our guests, template found at


Water for the ceremony.. we printed labels on sticker paper and voila

we danced upon stars
our first dance

let them eat cake

most beautiful flower girls.. although one is missing from this pic

fresh Gerber centerpiece floating above white river rocks

M&M favors with handmade tags

Sweets table.. a big hit

We made these cherry blossom trees from branches, crepe paper and a bit of cement

And the fun didn't stop there.. We headed to Sandals in Jamaica for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING.. our only regret was not booking a longer trip.

View from our patio

Wow we look like kids here.. and it was only 6 years ago!
Happy 6th Anniversary, cheers to 100 more!

 Thanks for visiting

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

75 cent paint job.. thats how i roll

I pretty much love anything Martha Stewart and I love love love her paint colors! I was shocked to see that her paint line is being discontinued and Home Depot is selling off remaining stock at a discount. I picked up a ridiculous amount few tester bottles for only 75 cents each. I think the bottles are regular $4 or $5

I decided to tackle this chair I picked up on clearance at Rona a few years ago.. it was part of the outdoor garage sale they had and I think I paid less than $5 for it. I like the lines and the wicker seat but the color has never really fit into our decor and we really only brought it out for an extra chair during the holidays


One 75 cent tester later...

A freshened up chair.. now just to find somewhere to put it. MUST STOP BUYING CHAIRS.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Toilet paper art anyone?

If you have visited pinterest I'm sure you have seen toilet paper roll art. The idea is very simple and I thought worth a try. Here is how it unrolled (no pun intended.. okay maybe)

start collecting toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I was amazed how quickly our family accumulated these however it took many many more so we had a few people save them for us

Cut the tubes into 1/2 inch strips. I marked out the first couple of rolls before I just started to eyeball it
I tried stapling the rings together but it was difficult, I then moved on to my handy glue tape but it didn't hold. I will be using my glue gun for the rest of the project

stagger the strips, glue and pinch them together

make any design you like, I chose a flower like design

as usual I got carried away and it became much bigger than I had planned...

It seems to work on the giant space above the couch

Family vote for a dash of color

Here we go...

one spray can later


and of course if we get tired of it we can spray it another color

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