Saturday, January 8, 2011

Old to the World, New to Me

I’ve been reading that phrase on a blog that is new to me {Ten June}. If you haven’t discovered it yet, you might just want to go on over for a visit. I’m in love with it.

I was looking forward to this weekend to be a bit more productive than I’ve felt like I have been lately. I swear I’m productive, but sometimes I start thinking about the 1,678,294 things that need to be done.

You know what I’m talking about, right? Clean the house. Wash clothes. Do that great craft project you found. Oh…and did I forget re-design your entire house all in one day.

Why must my mind work that way? Can more hours please be added to the day? Or, at least more hours of daylight? Or, even better….can my mind think about all that I HAVE accomplished?

I would like to  think of myself as a crafty person. Therefore, my brain is constantly thinking of ways to make things better, more efficient, prettier. There’s always a project I want to do or a craft I want to make.

Lord help me!

Today I was pretty busy though. Many of you that know me in real life know that I have been working on refinishing a desk that was at my mom’s house.


I’ve refinished one desk before {see above photo}, and it really needs a partner  since there are two of us that live in this household that operate in two COMPLETELY DIFFERENT manners. I must have forgotten that the last one I did nearly killed me.

I warn you now. Do not take on a project like this unless you are willing to complete it under the circumstances that are the following:

  • It takes HOURS of your time.
  • You are wearing a mask {unless you’re like me and go ahead with the project sans mask}
  • You are willing to have a headache afterwards from all of the dust {from the sander} and fumes {from the paint stripper}

I had taken a photo of what it looked like from the beginning but can’t locate it for the life of me right now.

Here it is as of today though:


It had three layers of paint, and I believe a layer of stain that I have been relentlessly removing layer by layer. I discovered today that the knobs can be removed {seriously I must be stupid for thinking otherwise}.

However, I believe those knobs have been glued down with the addition of a screw, so force may be needed.

This project will be continuing tomorrow, as well as this one:



This chair is what was supposed to be part of my dining room set, but it was the only one left in usable condition. Now, it is going into our office area.


In the photo from the refinished desk I have completed, you see a note holder on top of the desk that is an ivory color, which is a nice contrast. I haven’t decided whether I’m going to paint the chair ivory, a nice dark brown, or some other color. What is your advice?

So, this post has become WAY TOO LONG. I’ll be working on a post for tomorrow to share the rest of what’s been going on this weekend with you. Keyword: weddings.

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