Archives for August 2011

Which Paint Type is Right For You?

Good Morning!  It’s Hump Day!  Ugh.  I’ve always hated that saying.  As my mother would say, “It sounds “vulgar”. ha!  So let’s just say, “It’s Wednesday”!  Two more days until No Chore/No Guilt Friday!!!! This is how I live my life….for Friday.  Just kidding.  I really don’t.  I try (not always successful) and appreciate what comes my day EVERY DAY and I hope you do to.  Ya’ just never know when it will be the last!

I’ve got paint on my mind today.  Need to get the paint on the walls in the demo’d bathroom.  I’ve had many of you email me and ask about the different sheens of paint.  I found this great article by Jennifer Jafarzadeh from Real Simple (yup, just cut and pasted).  I couldn’t have written it better. ha!  Hope this will help!


Where to use: Best choice for walls with many imperfections. Use on ceilings and bedroom, dining-room, and living-room walls. Do not use in the kitchen or bathrooms. (**when you cut and paste, sometimes you can’t get things “unbolded”…)

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Flat or matte finishes are easy to touch up but hard to clean. Premium flat paint, such as Benjamin Moore Regal Matte Finish or California Paints Super-Scrub Matte Finish, has better washability.


Where to use: This low-sheen finish is a great choice for living-room or bedroom walls. Do not use in high-traffic areas, like hallways, because the delicate finish mars easily.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Eggshell has a washable finish that can be easily touched up.


Where to use: With a silky, pearl-like sheen, it’s a good choice for woodwork as well as walls in the family room, children’s rooms, laundry room, kitchen, and bathrooms.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Satin has a warm finish that’s scrubbable. More difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent.


Where to use: Semigloss is a popular choice for trim and moldings, and is also ideal for kitchen and bathroom walls because it is more resistant to humidity and withstands stains, chipping, and scuffing.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: Durable and easy to clean, it’s the most scrubbable sheen for walls. However, semigloss is more difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen may show up more easily.


Where to use: Gloss is rarely used on walls because it shows imperfections like a mirror does. It is typically used on woodwork, trim, moldings, and works well only for surfaces that are truly smooth.

Touch-ups and scrubbability: It’s the most durable finish and the easiest to clean, yet is the most difficult to touch up because the difference in sheen may show up more easily.

I’ll be posting the Schluter System…and showing you tile and paint tomorrow!

Have a great day♥


Bathroom Demolition

Have you ever had one of those Mondays when you swing your feet out of bed, put them on the ground and it goes down hill from there?  Well, that was MY MONDAY.  I won’t go into details (quite boring), but let’s just say I finally called it “quits” at 1:00pm (I figured I was dangerous at this point).  I was out TRYING to run my errands.  We have this saying in our house, “If you meet 3 a**holes (excuse my language) in one day, you need to go home, look in the mirror and see who the a**hole really is.” TAG, I’m it.  No one moved fast enough, no one could answer my questions, blah, blah, blah.  Once I was home, my day and evening was much better.  Of course, my hubby was out of town and the girls were working.  It was just me, the cat, the dog and my computer.  Life was good!

Today? So far, so good. Of course I haven’t ventured out yet! ha!  But my attitude is different.  Amazing what a quiet day at home and a good night’s sleep can do!

Promised I’d share my Red Letter Weekend….

We have lived in our house for almost 6 years.  Finally, finally the tile on the laundry room floor was taken out and our guest bathroom was gutted!!!! Whooohoooo!  My son-in-law, Brandon, is a construction worker (he is fast and amazing) and does our remodeling.  Tracie (his wife and my step-daughter) came with him AND my 3 grandsons.  It was a crazy construction zone with the noise, the dust and 3 boys in the mix, but it was a good time.  The boys love the pool and it keeps them busy, hungry and exhausted.  They were happy campers.

So here is my lovely bathroom before.  Don’t you just love the mauve??? Remember the mauve and blue in the early 90’s???

I had planned on keeping the cabinet, so I painted it black and was going to distress it (the cabinet was bleached oak).  But then my hubby said, “Just get a new stand-alone vanity.” So now I’m frantically searching for a piece of furniture that will work!

And so it begins… this is my hubby’s hands (sigh).  He loves demolition!  Is there a man out there that doesn’t?  What’s with that???

This was interesting.  See where someone cut the pipe and then added the plastic piping?  Must of had a leak at one time.

Here is the shower pan liner.  No “hot mopping” here!

See where it’s wet under the liner?  Shouldn’t be that way.  Brandon said we were lucky.  Only a little bit of mold.

Low circulation + Poor Lighting + Warm Environment + High Humidity + Damp Area = MOLD!

It’s a done deal!

This is Brandon (taking out the mirror that went up to the ceiling!)  He looks like a guy you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley…but he’s a sweetheart and a wonderful husband and father AND an awesome son-in-law! Had to add “The Joker”, one of his many tattoos.  He drew it himself.  P.S. Brandon is afraid of spiders :-).

Here is the drain that Brandon had to dig out so a new seal could be put back in.


The next step is to prepare for the new tile!  I’ll post that later this week.  It’s a pretty cool process, as we used the Schluter System.

But here is the best part…


My hubby made a run to Costco to pick up a pizza for dinner and this is what he bought me!!!!!

I think I’ll keep him :-).

So excited about my tile pattern that Brandon and I designed.  Coming soon…

Have a GREAT DAY.  Hopefully, you won’t have to go home and look in the mirror!





Painting Wicker Furniture

Happy Sunday to everyone!  Did you have a day of rest today?  I have never been good at resting or relaxing.  I need to practice more :-).  Even on No Chore/No Guilt Friday, I still don’t rest.  I just do fun things.  I’m not one to sit down and read a book in the middle of the day….but if I did, it would be on a Sunday.  I’m a Wanna Be Sunday Book Reader!

Recently, I found out that my cousin, Judy, was going to get rid of her wicker furniture.  I about had a heart attack!  I couldn’t get to the phone fast enough to tell her I WANTED IT!!!!   The furniture is not your typical modern wicker furniture.  It is old and very vintage.  It is so awesome and comfortable.  I’m not one to have an emotional attachment to material things (I’m taking this back after thinking of getting rid of my pedestal cake plates and my McKenzie-Child collection, ha!), but oh how I love these chairs!

Judy lives in Bakersfield and owns a very old house that was built in the early 1900’s with a big ol’ wrap-around porch (if I had a picture I would insert it here…darn).  I have fond memories of my Dad with cousins and uncles sitting on the porch in them smoking their cigars.  My Dad was a large man, so these chairs were perfect for him.  He will be gone 6 years next month.  I still miss him, his laughter and his smile.

I now own 4 of these beauties, along with a side table.  I have them in a grouping on my patio. They are wonderful to sit in under the fan and have coffee in the morning (and when my grandchildren are here we watch the birds and have chocolate milk!).  My little piece of heaven.

The first thing I did to spruce this furniture up was washed it down with a power washer.  They had been painted white and were chipping badly.  Hint: Be careful when power washing…. the paint comes off, but if the wicker gets too wet, it gets kind of “fuzzy”.  When it dries, it’s very “prickly”.  I was so amazed and engrossed at how the paint was just coming off with that powerful water spray that I didn’t even notice how it was affecting the wicker!

After I let the wicker dry for a few days, I primed it with a Gray Valspar Enamel Spray Paint.  Next, I sprayed it with Valspar Premium Spray Paint in Gloss Black.  Each chair took 2 cans of primer and 2 cans of black paint.  There was lots of surface area and lots of angles in these chairs to cover!

I had purchased some Sunbrella Fabric and foam to make cushions for the chairs, but then I was in Homegoods (my most favorite store in the world…if I’m look for something particular I swear I go 3 times a week) and found these cushions which were absolutely perfect and a better deal (and less time) than what it would have taken me to make them.  They were a bit pricey (I think) for Homegoods at $40 each, but I just couldn’t pass them up.  I found the throw pillows at Costco (a 2-pack) for less than $15.

This was before I power washed.

After priming and painting.

Homegoods cushions.  They have “garden” words on them.

The side table

Candle holder (hydrangea holder ha!) from Homegoods.

I paid $7.99 for it!

I love the way they turned out.  Let me know if you give this a try and send me a picture!

I’ll be sharing my “Red Letter” Weekend within the next few days…. lots of good stuff going on in our house!

I’m linking with

Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Normal



Upholstery Heaven

I have always loved COLOR and TEXTURE and FABRIC.  I could spend hours in a fabric store and be happy just touching all the different fibers, dreaming of the chair I would recover and the headboard and the settee…..the problem you ask?  I DON’T KNOW HOW TO UPHOLSTER!  I’ve been dying to take a class.  I can’t seem to find one offered here in Fresno. They seem to be offered everywhere else, EXCEPT Fresno!  Ugh. I could go to Long Beach and stay at my son’s and d-in-law’s and enjoy my g-son for 6 weeks while  I take a class.  I’m sure they would LOVE that! ha! 🙂

I ran across this blog late, late, last night and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. The blog is called Fiber and Fire.  It’s run by a mother (Patricia) who lives in Arizona and her daughter (Andrea) who lives in Salt Lake City.  How they coordinate this, I have know idea. But it’s working for them!  I can’t describe any of these pieces more than just plain FREAKING AMAZING!  You can also follow them on Facebook OR you can click on their button on the right hand side of this page (all the way to the bottom) and it will take you straight to their website.

Ready?  I’m tellin’ ya you are going to die and think you’ve gone to heaven also!!!





























Can I just say, “I TOLD  YOU SO!!!!!” Head over to Fiber and Fire and click on the pics. You will be impressed by the detail on these beauties.

If you live in Fresno and know of  a place offering upholstery classes, please contact me.

I’m working diligently on a project.  Can’t wait to show you soooooon!!!

Don’t forget tomorrow is


so get everything done today my friends.  It will be soooo worth it.



Udon Noodles

My bestest buddy, Carrie Lynn, is an awesome cook.  She’s one of those people who can take a recipe (that you think is awesome) and switch this and that around and it’s even BETTER!!!  This is an amazing and healthy dish.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

You see that plate the Udon Noodles are on?  Carrie had been looking for new dishes.  She couldn’t find anything that even remotely interested her (she likes the 50’s era).  We were thrift shopping one day and they had a whole set of these dishes for $5.95!!!  She was so excited.  She made me “watch” them so no one would buy them while she went and got a cart.  Too funny.  She said, “I would have paid a lot of money for these if they were more expensive!” ha! I love when small things can make me/people happy like that!  Problem is, they are too few and far between….but maybe that’s what makes these “happy moments” more special.  Ya think?


Makes 3 hearty servings.

Saute items below in olive oil until lightly browned

Prepare 2-3 cups of meat, chicken or shrimp…I used filet mignon, sliced ultra thin.

(This is easy to do if the meat is still mostly frozen)

1 ½ large white onion thick slices

1 bunch of asparagus

2-3 cups of broccoli

(Add mushrooms, peppers, cabbage, whatever floats your boat)

lightly salt

Prepare Udon Noodles

3 packages of Udon noodles

(found in the refrigeration section in the produce department)

They are fully cooked and soft.  Follow directions on package to heat.


With tongs mix the warm noodles, 1 cup of water and 3 seasoning packets into the veggies.  Stir well.  Keep warm on low.


 In separate pan on high heat sauté meat, chicken or shrimp in butter until nicely browned.

Place noodles and veggies in a bowl and top with meat.

Serve with soy sauce, terriyaki sauce and hot mustard.

Don’t forget the chopsticks!


Submitted by Carrie Lynn 8/21/11

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A Blessing in Disguise

This is a bit of a random post, but wanted to share my day with you.  God works in mysterious ways.

I was up  and at em’ early with coffee and watering the flowers (it’s so hot here…supposed to get over 100 this week…yuk), unloading the dishwasher, etc.  I was in a big fat rush.  Had to make physical therapy on time, then a 10am haircut and color (I’m sooo gray) then meeting my husband downtown at one of the apartments to help choose a color.

After that, I thrift store shopped, found some good deals.  Even got hit on by a little hispanic man.  “You married?” he asks me.  Too funny.  Anyway, all day I just found myself thinking, oh I wish I had that and I wish that wasn’t so expensive, and I wish that I had a little shop to refinish my furniture and I went to Lowes and spent too much money on things I just HAD to have.

On my way home I called the gardener to have him come and give us a bid on new grass in our front yard (my hubby put weed killer on it and yup, the whole lawn is dead) and plant flowers.  I can’t seem to keep up with the front yard, the back yard and the house PLUS do the things I enjoy and try to exercise AND grocery shop and do the laundry.  Ugh.  It never ends does it?  Then I decided I was going to hire a housekeeper to come in every other week to do the deep cleaning.

I know that God was shaking his head at me.  My behavior wasn’t pretty.  I was angry with my husband because everything always gets done at the apartments downtown, but never around here!  So, I decided today that I was going to hire people.  I’m tired of waiting for my hubby to do it. There goes God shaking his head at me again.

Got home around 5:00 and my hubby got in pretty quick after me (he had gone to donate blood….always the good samaritan).  He received a phone call from a guy who does handyman work at one of our apartment buildings.  He explained that he wasn’t able to do some job for my hubby in the morning because he was going to the thrift store when it opened to get clothes for the 3 kids who live next door to one of our apartments.  They weren’t able to go to school today because someone had stolen all of their clothes.  So Steve gets off the phone and says, “We need to buy the kids clothes.”  I said, “Ok, what sizes?”.  Steve calls back and the guy doesn’t know the sizes and Steve says, “Tell them we are coming to get them and take them shopping.”  Yikes!  So we rush downtown, pick up little Phillip who is  5, David 9, and Jasmine 12.  Such sweet kids.  Shoes didn’t fit any of them.  Growing right out of them! Mom and Dad didn’t even come out to meet us.  Kids just got in the car (can you imagine?)

Once we arrived at Target, hubby took the boys to the boys dept. and Jasmine and I headed to the girl’s.  We had a great time.  She is such a nice girl and so excited about starting to school tomorrow.  She will be in 7th grade.  Big day for her.  She was so excited to pick out clothes.  Didn’t want a lot – very timid, but you could see her pleasure started at the tip of her head and went all the way down to the end of her big toe!

We had pizza and frosties after.  David, was so excited about a tire pump for his bike and a bike lock, Phillip’s big deal was a Pokemon t-shirt.  Jasmine got to pick out a little sundress to wear to church.  She said she didn’t own any dresses.  They all got new shoes and backpacks, along with school supplies.

I was sad to drop them off.  I hugged each one and  told them to be good and try hard in school.  They seem to be great kids, just unlucky to have crappy parents.

God blessed me today.  He put things  into perspective for me.

Please pray for Phillip, David and Jasmine.  Pray that God keeps them safe and provides a wonderful future for them.

Tomorrow’s a new, fresh day for me.  It won’t be filled with “I wish I had’s.”  It will be filled with, “Thank you ♥ God ♥ for what I do have.”

I have a cool little table and chairs that I’m working on for my daughter’s apartment.  She’ll be heading back to college in a few weeks.

Here’s a before picture:

It will be done very soon!  Can’t wait to share the finished product with you!

Anyone make the Moist, Moist Chocolate Cake??? YUMMMMMM.





Moist, Moist Chocolate Cake

This chocolate cake has been in my family for many, many years.  It is so easy and so good!

It can be made in a  9 x 13 inch Pyrex dish, but I like it best made in a jelly roll pan.  It’s my family’s favorite.


Moist, Moist Chocolate Cake

Melt and bring to boil:

1/2 cup Wesson Vegetable Oil

1 stick of butter

1 cup of water

Sift together:

4 Tablespoons cocoa

2 cups flour

1 3/4 cup sugar

Stir into the hot mixture.

Beat together and add:

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

Bake 15-20 minutes @ 350°


Melt 1 cup butter

4 tablespoons cocoa

6 tablespoons milk

1 box (or 1 lb) powdered sugar, sifted

1 cup chopped nuts

Spread over cake after 10 minutes from removing from the oven.




Good Bye White Plastic Chairs

Happy Thursday!  I hope you are doing well and life is good :-).

Thank you so much to all of you who have taken the time to stop by Project Queen and say hello, commented, and complimented me!  I’m really enjoying this creative outlet.  My Mom reminded me the other day of how much I enjoyed writing as a little girl.  I had completely forgotten that I used to write stories and poems.  I feel like I’m coming full circle….I hope you continue to stop by and say hello.  Don’t forget to spread the word about Project Queen!

There really are some amazing blogs out there.  I have a new appreciation for the time that is spent doing this.  You could easily make this a full time job with the research that needs to be done, the learning curve with understanding widgets, links, tags….not to mention learning photography!  This is something I REALLY need to work on.  The quality of my pictures need to be better, okay, okay I’m just going to say it…. THEY STINK!   Looking at new cameras and software….expensive hobby.  Anyway, be patient with me!  The pics will get better!!!  Speaking of pictures, I forget to take them! I will be in the middle of a project and think, “Oh shoot, I forgot to take a picture!”

Ready for the kiddo’s to go back to school?  I filled out my last emergency card for Morgan yesterday.  No more papers, PTA, emergency cards, school pictures.  Kinda sad.  Yet, I’m looking forward to the future and what it has to bring….not just for the kids, but for me and my hubby.  This time last year, I was a mess.  I felt like I was losing my identity.  Who am I going to be if I’m not a mother?  Duh…how about Steve’s wife?  How about a good friend?  How about getting to know who Mandy is and what Mandy wants?  Strange feeling, but I’m on board!

Check out my lawn chairs I painted!  Omgoodness.  I think this is one of my favorite projects because it was so easy, fast and made such a wonderful change to my backyard.  I love instant gratification.


I bought these chairs at Lowes.  They had a lot of different colors, but the colored ones (green, red, yellow) just weren’t the right color tones that I was looking for.  So I bought a putty/beige color and figured I’d just paint them the color I wanted.

This orange one didn’t get painted until later because I couldn’t decide on what color I wanted to paint it.  I didn’t want to paint it black because I have A LOT of black.  Besides, I wanted something bright and colorful in the back yard.  The hubby is opposed to anything pink or purple, and I didn’t want to do blue or brown.

Here are the colors that I used.  The green and red is the RustOleum Plastic spray paint.  This stuff is amazing.  It is SOOO easy and takes one coat and comes in a lot of different colors.  The yellow and orange IS NOT the Plastic Paint.  It is the 2x coverage RustOleum Paint, but works great as long as you apply the RustOleum Plastic Primer first.

Recently, I was in Orchard Supply Hardware and they had a very large selection of colors.  I’ve heard that Ace Hardware does too.

Purchase yourself a spray paint handle.  This one is made by Rustoleum.  They save your finger…I ♥ my Rustoleum spray paint handle.

I’m amazed at how durable the paint has been on these chairs.  They have been sitting in the sun for the past few months and they are still as bright as they were when I painted them.  No fading!  I hose them down all the time.  Love, love, love the way they brighten up our back yard.  So fun! I get compliments on them all the time.  When I say, “Thank you, I painted them.”  The reaction is always, “You painted these????”

Check out these plastic chairs.  Aren’t they amazing?

I found these at Better Living Through Design.  They ONLY cost $1,050!!! What a deal!!!!

Did I inspire you to haul those ugly old white chairs out of the garage or take another look at the lawn chairs that are in your backyard now?

I want to see YOURS!!!  I challenge you to give it a try.  I can’t wait to see the color that you pick!

Don’t forget tomorrow is FRIDAY! Give yourself permission to NOT  DO A SINGLE CHORE, no guilty feelings spending the day doing WHAT YOU want to do.  Perhaps we could call it, “No Guilt Friday” or “No Chore Friday”…. what do ya think????



Painting and Distressing Bedroom Furniture

Morgan found this furniture all by herself from a friend’s grandmother who was selling it.    She knew a good deal when she saw it!  (Must have been all that garage selling when she was little). The furniture was in great shape – all the drawers slid in and out nicely and there were no stains.  The only thing that was wrong was one of the handles had come loose.  It just needed a coat of paint and a little bit of distressing.  It sat in her room for awhile (the ugly walnut with the lose handle) until we decided on a color to paint it.

Here are the items that you will need for this project:

TSP (trisodium phosphate), Tack Cloth, Paint brush (I only use Purdy), Primer, Paint, Sandpaper, foam brush, Elmer’s Wood Filler, Glaze and Polyurethane.  All of these items can be purchased at any hardware store (Ace, Lowes, Home Depot).

Let’s talk paint brushes first.  I only use PURDY.  Nothing is more frustrating than picking loose brush bristles out of your paint.  I like to use an angled brush.  It allows you to get into crevices and grooves and it’s easier to “cut” into areas where you need to paint a straight line.  If you take good care of your brushes (try not to get paint in the furrows, where the bristles attach to the metal) they will last a very long time…. my hubby’s paint brushes last FOREVER.  I have my own now (I’m not allowed to use his anymore) because I get paint in the furrows :-(.  I’m not a fan of using a roller on furniture.  If you do use a roller, use a foam one (that is used for doors) and immediately follow up with your paint brush.


This part of the job is not too fun, but it’s gotta be done (ha! poet and didn’t know it)

Remove all of the hardware  and take out the drawers.  Wipe down with TSP to remove dirt and grease.

Using a sander (or you can do this by hand) with medium – heavy grit sandpaper, sand the top of the furniture so it feels smooth when you run your hand across it.  If you have any dents, fill with Elmer’s Wood Filler (with a putty knife) and follow directions for drying time.  Wipe down with the tack cloth.


Priming is important if you don’t want your paint to peel or chip off.  It gives the paint something to grip to.

1.  Apply a coat of Kilz ODORLESS OIL-BASE  paint.

Make sure it is OIL BASED, not water based.  Oil based dry time is much quicker than the latex version, which can take up to a week to cure.

When brushing the primer on, paint in the direction of the grain in the wood.  I put 2 coats on the top of the dresser to give it extra durability.

After your coat of primer is on and dry, sand very lightly with a fine grit sandpaper.  Sand LIGHTLY in the direction of the grain.  Run your hand across the surface and make sure it feels smooth.  You don’t want to remove the primer, you want to only smooth the primer coat and prepare for the next coat of paint.

After you have sanded lightly, remove the dust with your tack cloth.


I used a gray semi-gloss paint.  Paint WITH the grain of the wood.  Apply a LIGHT coat of paint and allow to dry.  I always apply two coats of paint.  Be sure to allow your 1st coat to dry at least 4-6 hours before you apply the 2nd coat.  Most times I will let the 1st coat of paint dry over night before I put the 2nd coat of paint on.  If you apply a 2nd coat of paint before the 1st coat is dry you’ll have “gummy” looking brush strokes.   Before applying the 2nd coat of paint, run your hand across the painted surfaces (especially the top of the furniture) to make sure it is smooth.  If it is not, lightly sand and then wipe down with the tack cloth.


Distressing is easy and the fun part! Use a medium grit sandpaper (I usually use about #120 grit). I have a Mouse Sander that I absolutely love, but I only use it when I have a lot of distressing or a large surface area to sand….I suggest perfecting your “distressing technique” first before you use a sander (when I first started using the sander I had to work at making the distressing areas look natural).   Sand in spots that would normally get “wear and tear”.  All the edges, drawers, corners, front of the legs….basically anything that “protrudes” and would get scratched easily.  At this point you can even use a hammer or a chain to make dents in your wood!  Depends on how “stressed” you want it :-). When you are finished distressing, wipe it down with your tack cloth.

"Hmm, I guess this color will work"

Don’t you just love my mauve colored grout in the kitchen???  This crap tile/grout is gone VERY SOON!!! Hello granite!!!


I have used Ralph Lauren’s faux glaze that I bought at Home Depot for years.  Then, Home Depot quit carrying RL, but you could ask them to mix it for you because the formula was still in their computers.  TODAY, (yes the day I’m posting this) I find out that they NO LONGER have the formula in their computers!!!!  Ugh.  So, here is what my buddy, Julie (who is the Queen of faux painting, decorating…you name it she can do it) suggested.  Buy the Martha Stewart or Behr Faux Glaze (it’s clear) from Home Depot and add your own color of paint to the glaze.  Home Depot suggests a 4:1 ratio.  Martha Stewart’s glaze is washable.  She also has her own set of 8.5oz samples of paint colors.

The color of my glaze that I used on Morgan’s furniture was called “Smoke” by Ralph Lauren.  If I was to pick a color of paint to mix in with the glaze, I would choose a blackish/brown or dark brown.  Sorry folks.  I will know more about this when I use it on my next project. But I do think this will work fine.

There is several ways that you can apply the glaze depending on how dark you want to make it.  For Morgan’s furniture I didn’t want it to be too dark.  Using a sponge brush, I applied the glaze into the grooves first.  Then, using a slightly damp cloth (lint-free, I use old t-shirts) I dipped it into the glaze and began applying it to the furniture.  If you want it to be darker, then you can use a dry sponge brush (instead of a rag) OR use a dry rag.

I suggest practicing on a piece of wood.  You’ll get the hang of it!


Last but not least, apply 3 coats of polyurethane.  Make sure that it is water based!

Allow your painted furniture to dry overnight before you apply the polyurethane.  I use a foam brush to apply it.  I’ll be honest, polyurethane is a bit tricky (especially if you are painting something vertically like the front of  the dresser) because it runs/sags if you get it too thick.  So what I do is I apply a thin coat and then keep inspecting where I have applied to make sure that this doesn’t happen.  Even when you think the coast is clear, you’ll go back and there are the drips….so keep an eye on it. If this happens, wait for it to dry (don’t try to go back over it with your foam brush) and sand it lightly.

Between each coat, sand lightly with your fine sand paper.   DO NOT attach your sand paper to a block unless you are 100% sure that your furniture is flat, otherwise you end up creating deep scratches into your polyurethane.  Run your hand across the surface after each sanding to make sure you get all the tiny little bumps!  Don’t freak out if you have a lot of bumps, this occurs because 1)poly dries very quickly  or 2)you didn’t get all of your debris off before you applied the poly.

The polycrylic comes in several types of finish – satin (being least shiny), semi-gloss, gloss.  This stuff is amazing.  My daughter’s, friend knocked over a bottle of fingernail polish remover and it didn’t even hurt it!

After applying the last coat of the poly, let dry for at least 24 hrs. before setting anything on it.

Now, I’ve heard that polyurethane  yellows on lighter, colored,  painted furniture.  I have several things that I have applied it to (years ago) and so far, so good….. no yellowing.

I kept the original handles and just spray painted them with Rustoleum spray paint.

Here’s the finished project!


If you have any questions, PLEASE don’t hesitate to leave a COMMENT.  If you have questions, I’m sure everyone else does too! YOU CAN DO THIS!  It’s just paint :-).

Can’t wait to show you my thrift store finds from the weekend!  So many creative things swirling around in my head…….Ugh…why do I need to sleep????


Mikey and Make-Up

I bet you’re thinking this woman has lost her mind!  Mikey and Make-Up?

My blog mentioned yesterday that I was going with my hubby and friends to the Michael Buble’ concert and I also mentioned that I had purchased  a make-up remover cloth from my girlfriend’s cleaning house party…. (now you’re really thinking I lost my mind!).  For those of you who read my blog yesterday it all makes sense, for those of you who didn’t, check out yesterday’s blog and you’ll be all caught up.

I’m not one to get up every morning and put make-up on and do my hair.  I keep telling my hubby that I’m a VERY LOW MAINTENANCE kind of gal.  I usually throw on my sweats and a t-shirt (my mother always taught me to put my play clothes on) and my tennies (because my orthodics in my shoes feel soooo good) and I’m ready for my day!

After a day in my night gown, about 4:00 I decided I better get my act together.  Jumped in the shower (shaved the legs), lotioned up, dried my hair…. and after going to my daughter’s bathroom 3 times to retrieve my mascara, eyelash curler and bronzer (I was fit to be tied….I swear I’m going to spread her favorite things she needs every day all over the house and she was LUCKY she wasn’t home), I was ready to go.  I want you to know I applied a little bit of extra make-up just in case Mikey glanced my way *wink*.   Anyway, here is MICKEY!

Isn’t he cute????? We had great seats and enjoyed the show.  He is very entertaining and quite the comedian.  He performed a Michael Jackson and a Journey number.  Of course it was very humorous.  It’s hilarious when he introduces his band members.  Am I making you want to go????? I have to say, when I looked around, the crowd was mostly women and a much more mature crowd than what I expected….hmmm….I guess I’m getting old mature….speaking of mature, we have always called this kind of music “sexy music” in our house.  Last night someone called it, “baby makin’ music”. LOVE IT!

We got home around 11:00pm and I was ready for bed.  Of course, I had to wash my face (I’m one of those people who never, ever goes to bed without brushing my teeth or washing my face….make-up or no make-up).  When I do wear make-up I use the Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cloths.  I buy them from Costco in this huge box…they run about $15 a box! I couldn’t wait to try the new Norwex Make-up Remover Cloth that I had ordered at the cleaning party.

My girlfriend, Anne S., and I (she was at the cleaning party too) couldn’t believe that these little cloths could remove make-up and even WATERPROOF mascara.  So being the frugal women we are (ha!) decided we would split a package (they come in a package of 3) and give them a whirl.

Let me tell you folks, I “wetted” my little blue cloth down and started wiping my face….the make up was OFF before I knew it, including my waterproof mascara.  UNBELIEVABLE!  (I swear I’m not being paid to tell you this).  I washed my face with my regular face wash and my face was clean as a whistle!

Here’s what the brochure says:

These antibacterial suede cloths are gentle and effective for removing makeup and are designed specifically for sensitive skin and delicate eye areas.  The tight weave of the fiber allws for mascara and dark makeup to wash away easily. They are 8×8, come with a 2 year warranty and cost $19.99. 

Gotta try them folks!  They are worth every penny.

If you would like to purchase a package of these you can contact Judy at:

Another fun post coming atcha’ tomorrow!  Thank you for stopping by.



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