Thursday, August 2, 2012

The little things I do to keep busy

So my summer hasn't been glamorous so I haven't felt that I've had anything to blog about... but I am trying to keep busy to help the time go by faster. I spend most of my time inside because I hate being in the hot and humid weather (most days over 95). Being from the pacific northwest, I literally have never experienced humidity like this, and it's definitely hard to get used to. BUT, I try to get out at least once a day and take Lucy on walks until we both just can't stand it anymore :).

I have also been working on my wedding coordination certificate, and that takes up quite a bit of my day. I have finished all the classes, quizzes and took my final (I got a 97% yay). I just have to do my three projects, which will take a lot of time, and then will start my next program for event planning and design. 

Spending a lot of time inside (and on pinterest) has inspired me to do crafts. I've been making decorations for the house, but recently took on a bigger project: a night stand. Nick and I have been looking for a night stand since we moved to Virginia, but have never found exactly what we wanted. So this past month I started looking at the furniture at goodwill every time I was out. They usually have everything displayed outside, so I just do a drive by and see if there's anything good. Last week, I found 3 night stands and decided to get one. It was pretty beat up, but I couldn't pass up on a $10 piece of furniture. I found an article on pinterest on how to refurbish furniture and made a trip to Home Depot.

I used:
220 grade sand paper
elmer's wood filler
Zinsser bond coat primer (oil based)
one 8oz tester: glidden sea spray blue in egg shell
angled paint brush
total: $20

First, I sanded down the nightstand because it had a glossy, shiny coat. Then I filled the holes and gouges with the wood filler and sanded again. Then I did two coats of primer and let it dry. Then two coats of paint, with drying time in between the coats. Viola!

before & after

Don't mind my bare wall, still need a headboard :/
I think it turned out pretty good for my first refurbishing project and a goodwill night stand. If saving money means a couple of project days, then I'm all for it. 

I'm off to bake cookies to bring to Nick TOMORROW! I'm so excited to go visit, and will put a blog post about my visit as soon as I can. :)


1 comment:

  1. Enjoy your visit. You are doing a good job keeping busy! Hang in there...and the thick humidity kills me too...I couldn't do it either.