DIY Kitchen table makeover




I love my kitchen table.

If you asked me a month ago if I loved my table my response would be terribly different.

It would go like this:

Nope

Not at all

I need a new one

Just don’t look at the chairs

I bought this table 5 years ago when we had our second son.  I decided it was high time we had a kitchen table but we didn’t have too much in the bank so it had to be cheap.

It was 50 bucks.

Dirty and Damaged.

When you are saving every dime and need to make money stretch, 50 dollars for a kitchen table is perfect.

Recently, I had been craving a new kitchen table set.  This one was looking ratty and the dog chew marks (from the previous owner) were becoming a major eye sore.

Instead of plopping down $800+ for a new table and chairs I decided to paint it.

Before shot:

Brown kitchen chair before

I sanded it with a Medium grade sandpaper (150) and took all the finish off. I also attempted to sand down the chew marks.

Next I added a coat of gray primer.

Kitchen chair with primer and paint

VERY IMPORTANT TIP:

The primer suggests doing it in an area away from direct sunlight and wind.  Follow these instructions!  On the first chair I ignored them and the primer dried extremely fast and was clumpy because I added too much.  Rookie mistake.

You live and you learn.  Here is a picture of the mistake chair..

I was too lazy to sand it all the way back down and make it smooth.

Kitchen chair painting mistakes

It’s hidden on the opposite side of the table.

I moved the other chairs into the kitchen to be painted…

Kitchen chair drying

The entire process took approximately a week.

After multiple layers of Rust-oleum black paint , few layers of a clear sealant  and many hours of drying time, it was finished.

Kitchen table DIY makeover

Kitchen table DIY makeover

I’m in love with it.

This makeover cost $30.00

Including:

Sandpaper – Medium Grade and Fine

Rust-oleum wood primer

Rust-oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover Black Paint

Brushes

I saved $770.00

Now I really love my “new” kitchen table.  It really changes the look of my kitchen.

DIY Kitchen table makeover

Unique Tie-Dyeing that is worth the time

I have come to the conclusion that the majority of art crafts or projects that I choose for my children are really projects that I want to do.     If you take a glance at my Pinterest board there are a variety projects on the “Ideas for the kids” board that I have fallen in love in with and can’t wait to try.

Do I think the kids will like them?

Maybe.

Do I really care?

Nope.

Are we going to do them anyways?

Yep.

Art under protest sometimes brings out the best results.

This, however, was not one of those times.  My kids and I really enjoyed this one.

Sharpie Tie Dye T-shirt

SHARPIE T-SHIRT DYEING 

I found this tutorial being pinned like mad and I jumped on the pinning bandwagon.

It is easy, has minimal ingredients and can be very creative.

We had a lot of fun experimenting.

The above is mine trying different techniques.

Annie, the creator of this up-cycled brilliance,  recommends using a cup underneath the design.  Tightening the design across with a rubber band around the brim and dropping rubbing alcohol on it.

The affect is seen in the finished circles above.

I played around with the idea and some designs….

Sharpie Tie Dye before

I ditched the cup and simply added drops of alcohol on each spot and waited

Sharpie Tie Dye After

The tutorial gives you and step by step process including ingredients and photos.

This is a GREAT art project for both kids and adults alike.

 Unique and it doesn’t take days to create. Individuality on a clock. My favorite kind of individuality, the fast kind.

Now don’t be surprised if your kids don’t create something astonishing… (Not that mine is either)

It’s going to look more like this:

Sharpie Tie Dye kids

Blobs of color.

Well….

Jackson Pollock had to start somewhere.

Pulled Pork recipe

A few months ago I received this recipe from a very dear friend and I have made it at least a four times since then. It is delicious and extremely easy.

I am officially naming this recipe the Maegan’s Amazing Pulled Pork

What you need:
Crock pot
1 white onion
Boneless Country style pork ribs 3-4lbs
Apple Juice
Brown Sugar
BBQ sauce

1. Spray the crock pot with cooking spray and then cover the bottom with chopped onion

2. Trim the fat from the pork and place on top of the onions

3. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of Brown sugar on top of the ribs and 1/2 cup of Apple juice  

I used an organic juice but any apple juice will work

4.Turn crock pot on low and set for at least 8 hours.

5.Come back around when it only has one hour of cooking time left. Drain the pork in a strainer and return to crock pot

6.Add the sauce and let it cook for the remaining hour. Once it is finished shred the pork (forks do this great)

Add to bun and enjoy!

Rainbow Rice

I don’t know what it is but summer really destroys any motivation I may have in the craft department.   I seem to get all my inspiration and motivation in the cooler months.

Today I broke my trend of nothingness.  I looked up a blog that has great kid craft ideas we made one.

The Pink and Green Mama always is up to something wonderful and I tapped into her artistic abilities today
Here are the results.
Step one- Plain rice.  We prepped it with a few drops of alcohol and waited till it was dry
End Result.  I’m sorry I forgot to take pictures of the steps in between.  I had four boys with baggies filled with rice and food coloring, my thoughts were preoccupied.
This was an extremely simple and fun activity for the kids.  They loved playing with the rice and the fact that they were allowed to help dye it made it that much better.
Drop by The Pink and Green Mama for the recipe and other awesome crafts.

Homemade Playdough

I made homemade playdough today! It is extremely simple to make and I even had my children help out in the process.

The ingredients are as follows:
* 1 cup flour
* 1/2 cup of salt
* 1 cup water
* 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar
* 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or canola oil

First mix all the dry ingredients together – The flour, salt, and tartar
Next combine all the liquid ingredients in a saucepan and heat over a medium heat until it is hot – not boiling. This is also the time that you add the food coloring (in the saucepan) See picture below

After the water, food coloring and oil are warm add the dry mixture and continue to stir until it is very thick and sticks to the sides. Below is a picture about half way through the process

Once the playdough has reached a thick and sticky consistency take it out and place it one a floured surface and knead the dough until it is cool. Remember that the dough will be hot at first


The purple playdough above is not the most attractive picture but this was the second round of making playdough…




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