Enchanted Mommy

DIY: Refinished Kitchen Table and Chairs

Remember when I refinished my buffet?  I ended up redoing the kitchen table and chairs to match!  This is a set we have had for quite a while now and has survived three moves and three children.

It was pretty beat up so I was really anxious to refinish it once we got settled here in Florida.

The chairs were the worst because they have spindles and took a lot of extra time to paint.  I am pretty sure I will never do chairs again!

Before and After

Before and After

 

This is how beat up it was!

This is how beat up it was!

Fabulous.  You can almost see the matching buffet to the right that I posted about last month.

Fabulous. You can almost see the matching buffet to the right that I posted about last month.

Supplies:

Oil based primer (I recommend Zinsser)
Sand paper and electric sander (sanding between coats and parts your are staining)
latex paint (I used a satin finish)
water based poly (I recommend Minwax Polycrylic)
Elmer’s wood filler (to fill in any grooves or scrapes)
Wood stain (I used the darkest stain I could find, Kona)

1.  Start by repairing any major scrapes or dents with Elmer’s wood filler.  I used a lot of this to fill in the natural grooves the table came with.  I hated them… food was always getting stuck in them.

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2.  Start sanding!  Use an electric sander to sand off the tops of the chairs and the top of the table.  Make sure you get all the finish off.  Do not over sand unless you are sure your table is solid wood.  I did this and could see part of the particle board show through in one part.

All sanded and wiped clean!

All sanded and wiped clean!

3.  Clean all the dust and start priming the table and chair legs.  I did two coats.  Lightly sand any drips between coats.

4.  Ready to paint!  It takes two coats of latex paint on the table and chair legs.  Work slowly and carefully on the spindles to avoid clumps and drips.  Sand any drips between coats.  I also like to add some floetrol to my paint.  This helps condition your wood and also slows down the drying time to minimize viewable brush marks.

Primed on the bottom and first coat of stain done on the top

Primed on the bottom and first coat of stain done on the top

5.  Stain the top of the table and chairs.  Use painters tape as needed.  I did three coats of stain to get the color as dark as I wanted.  I used a stain called Kona.

6.  After 24 hrs I started the poly coats.  Make sure the poly is completely dry between coats.  I did three coats of poly.  Sand between coats as needed with a very fine grit sandpaper.

Make sure you wait 24 to 48 hrs before putting your table and chairs into regular use.  It turned out great!  We have been using it for a few months now and love it!

Turned out perfect!  I can't tell which chair was the one that was so beat up in picture above.  They all look perfect now.

Turned out perfect! I can’t tell which chair was the one that was so beat up in picture above. They all look perfect now.

DIY: How to Paint a Rug!

Okay so I am picking out things for the new house and came across this very reasonably priced handmade natural fiber jute rug from overstock.com.  It looked perfect under my dining rom table… until my dog got sick and puked on it.  Did you know it is IMPOSSIBLE to clean a jute rug???  I didn’t, but found out very quickly!

Mistake number 1 was using carpet cleaner on it.  This just bleached the rug and made it worse.  Sadly, even using a too much water can discolor a jute rug.  So lame!  I would have never bought this rug had I taken the time to do some research on it… not with a house with three active boys and two dogs!

Here is the bleached out spots made from carpet cleaner after the dog puked here.

Here is the bleached out spots made from carpet cleaner after the dog puked here.

So the rug was ruined and I had a chance to experiment with it.  I have heard of other people painting rugs and started googling.  I found a lot of good blog posts online where people updated there jute or sisal rugs by painting them..  Apparently it is pretty easy to paint a rug!  It also looks great!  I used the site jimmychoosonthetreadmill.com for my motivation.  I also like this rug painting post on natalme.com.

So easy!  The only supplies your really need are some foam bushes, a gallon of regular latex paint, and some painters tape.  I painted mine right in the house after the kids went to bed.  I just put a tarp underneath it.  This rug has a thick plastic bottom and didn’t even soak through to the tarp, but the tarp made me feel better just in case.

So here is the rug before I did anything to it.  This is a close up of the texture it has.

So here is the rug before I did anything to it. This is a close up of the texture it has.

I decided on a Chevron pattern and made a triangle from construction paper to make sure the chevron strips were exact.  Then I outlined the triangle back and forth with painters tape.

Notice my pink construction paper triangle.  I used this to measure and make sure my chevron strips were uniform.

Notice my pink construction paper triangle. I used this to measure and make sure my chevron strips were uniform.

After I had the design all mapped out on my rug, I painted! I used a soft foam brush and regular indoor latex paint, just like you would use to paint your walls.  Make sure to get a pack of foam brushes as I went through 3 or 4 on this project.

I got the paint from Walmart.  Did you know that they have pre mixed colors for 50 – 75% off?  It is hit or miss on what colors they have available, but I was happy to find this shade of grey for $4.

I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on this project since it was my first time painting a rug and I wasn’t sure of the outcome.  I am now ready to admit that I like the rug even better than before!  Considering I bought a $4 gallon of paint and a $4 roll of painters tape, I basically redesigned this rug fabulously for less than $10.

After the paint is dry, peel up your painters tape to see the masterpiece!

A close up of the rug after the painters tape was pulled off.

A close up of the rug after the painters tape was pulled off.

 

Looks awesome right!

Looks awesome right!

Guests come over and are shocked when I tell them the rug didn’t come this way.  It looks great and I feel so talented! ha! I might even want to try this out on another rug!

Some of the other posts I found on this told me to sand my rug with an electric sander when it was done to take away the crispiness the paint can leave.  I did not do this since this is a jute rug and it already has a tough texture anyway.  I can see how this would be a necessary step on a smoother, less textured rug.

DIY White Buffet makeover

Again, with the beat up furniture from the move!  Ha.  I am slowly moving from project to project as I get settled in the new house.  I got this buffet about 6 years ago.  It was one of my first pieces of furniture I was able to buy after graduating from college and getting married.

I sold a lot of my stuff before the move, but I always loved this piece.  It got really beat up in the move… maybe because we pack all our stuff ourselves, or maybe because it drove from Virginia to Florida in an open trailer secured with ropes and bungee cords.  Oops.

Oh well… I actually LOVE the new look.  It fits in much better with the colors of my house.

This is the buffet before.  With the black knobs and handles removed already.

This is the buffet before. With the black knobs and handles removed already.

 

Close up of some of the worst dings.

Close up of some of the worst dings.

I started out by sanding all of the little dings until they were nice and smooth.  After that I used Furniture Refinisher with steel wool to give me a good start on getting the top finish removed.  I wanted to stain the top so I really needed all the finish completely gone.

This had a really thick finish so I used the Furniture Refinisher to keep me from sanding my life away.  Make sure you use gloves if you decide to use this product for your project.

To use this product you poor a little in a bucket, then soak up your steel wool scrubber in it and continually rub in a circular motion.  Its gooey and you will use up an entire package of steel wool.

To use this product you poor a little in a bucket, then soak up your steel wool scrubber in it and continually rub in a circular motion. Its gooey and you will use up an entire package of steel wool.  It definitely does its job.

 

HEre is what it looks like after using the Furniture Refinisher.  You can tell it still has a little finish on it, but it is looking pretty good.

Here is what it looks like after using the Furniture Refinisher. You can tell it still has a little finish on it, but it is looking pretty good.  I also have a coat of primer on in this picture.  I would not recommend doing this until you are sure you don’t have to go back and sand… saves you time cleaning and dusting before starting to paint again.

Then, I took an electric sander and used a medium grain sand paper to take off the rest of the finish.  After I dusted off the rest of the mess from sanding, I was ready to put on another coat of primer.

I like to use Zinsser Oil Based Primer from Lowes.  Sand lightly between all coats of primer and paint to remove any clumps or paint drips.

So here it is with two coats of primer and the top sanded down.  You can see the difference the extra sanding makes after using the Furniture Refinisher.  You really need to get all original finish off you plan on staining.

So here it is with two coats of primer, two coats of latex paint, and the top sanded down. You can see the difference the extra sanding makes after using the Furniture Refinisher. You really need to get all original finish off if you plan on staining.

Next, I put on two coats of white latex paint in a satin finish.  I added a little floetrol to my latex paint.  This helps condition the wood and slows down the drying time so that there are less visible brush strokes.

I used a a dark stain called Kona on the top of the buffet.  I actually did 3 coats of this stain to get it as dark as I wanted it to be.  You can always get it a shade or two lighter using less coats.  I also sanded between coats to make sure it was extra smooth.

After 24 hrs of drying I started the poly coats.  I like to use a water based poly in the satin finish.  The oil based poly’s will yellow over time.  This might not show on a darker piece, but would be terrible on this white.  I recommend Minwax Polycrylic.  Again, make sure to sand between coats to make it extra smooth.

Here it is in the garage with the hardware finally back on.  I like to wait 24 to 48 hrs before putting any of my pieces to use.

Here it is in the garage with the hardware finally back on. I like to wait 24 to 48 hrs before putting any of my pieces to use.

 

Finally, its in the house and looking fabulous!  Still need to figure out how I want to dress it up, but I am very happy with how it turned out!

Finally, its in the house and looking fabulous! Still need to figure out how I want to dress it up, but I am very happy with how it turned out!  Bad lighting here and the pic really doesn’t do it justice for how beautiful it turned out.

 

A quick side by side of before and after for you.

A quick side by side of before and after I decided to add at the last minute.  Please excuse the cell phone shot. 🙂

 

 

Check out my antique turquoise armoire I did as a recent guest post here.

 

DIY Burlap and Cork Board Frames

We are finally settled into the house enough for me to start doing some crafts!  Yay!  I hope to never ever move again.  It is so much work and its seems that all my furniture gets a little bit more beat up with each move.

Anyway, you might have seen this project floating around pinterest from shopcraftwarehouse.blogspot.com.  I love it!  I love how easy it is to change out the pictures!  I have such a hard time choosing between pics anyway so this display makes it super easy to switch out picutres.

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The original blogger used spray paint, magnets and metal sheets, but I didn’t want to deal with that so I used cork board under mine so that I could pin up the pictures instead of put them up with a magnet.  It just seemed a lot simpler.

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SUPPLIES

  • 3 Square frames (I used 10 x 10 with 8 x 8 photos, but 12 x 12 would look great too)
  • Wood letter of your last name (found at any craft store)
  • Acrylic paint color of your choice (I used beige)
  • Cork board roll or squares (found at any craft store or on Amazon for $5.94)
  • Burlap roll (found at any craft store)
  • Hot glue gun

*** Paint your letter.  Carefully remove glass from all three frames.  Cut cork into squares to fit your frame and glue to inside cardboard backing of the frame.  Cut burlap to fit the frames you picked out and glue the corners unto the previously glued cork board squares.  Glue your wood letter to the middle of own of the cork squares.  Put your frames back together again and use any thumb tac to put up your square photos.

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DIY Earring Organizer!

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Isn’t it fabulous!  I am so in love with it!  Previously all my earrings were thrown all together in a jewelry box drawer.  I would have to shuffle through them digging for a match and could hardly even see all the earrings I had .

I admit, I probably spent more money on this than I would have liked.  I do LOVE it though and once I committed to making it work there was no stopping me.

I went to homedepot planning on getting chicken wire for this project and ended up finding this aluminum sheet in the roofing section that I loved instead.

I used a lincane aluminum sheet similar to this one from Amazon.

I used a lincane aluminum sheet similar to this one from Amazon.

I had the frame made to fit the 12″ x 24″ aluminum sheet at Michael’s using a 60% off coupon.  I had them make the frame, but told them not to cut any glass for it.  Then I used a glue gun to glue it in place before mounting it on the wall.

One thing about moving that I love is starting fresh and getting organized.  I organized both my spices and cooking utensils using these inexpensive drawer organizer from Walmart.

Amazon.com_ Copco 4-Inch by 12-Inch Mesh Bin Organizer_ Home & Kitchen

Love having my spices in a drawer instead of upright in a cupboard.  I get to them so much easier!

Love having my spices in a drawer instead of upright in a cupboard. I can get to them so much easier!

 

This use to be one  big messy drawer with everything all mixed together.

This use to be one big messy drawer with everything all mixed together.

 

DIY Canvas Prints

Michael’s Doller days is this week!  Yay!   This is like Christmas for a crafter like me!I have already gone twice this week!  My favorite deal this week is the two pack 16in x 20in canvases for $5.  If you dont like that size, you should know all the other canvases are 40% off this week.  Check out their dollar deal sale here.

So I bought a canvas for each of my boys to have fun with and then a pack for me to play with.

I made these easy tropical leaf prints for $8 total.  $5 for the canvases and $3 for the spray paint (after using my 40% off coupon found here).  My guest room walls were pretty bare so I am thrilled to have something to put on them and give the room some more color.  They took all of one minute to make.

1.  Pick a leaf with come good texture to it and grab your canvases.

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2.  Put your leaf on your canvas

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3.  Spray paint around it

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Seriously, that is it.  Quick, easy, and inexpensive.

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Here are the boys’ creations.  I hung them in the toy room.  They look great and the boys were excited about having them hung up.

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Enchanted Mommy’s Easter Crafts

Below, I’m linking to three Easter crafts and two yummy treats. Easter is right around the corner (March 31), so live it up before it gets here!

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Easter Bunny Cup Craft – So adorable!

I just think this craft is so adorable.  It would even make a great party favor with some candy in it!

 

This is made out of a paper plate, cotton balls, pipe stems, construction paper and googley eyes.

This is made out of a paper plate, cotton balls, pipe stems, construction paper and googley eyes.

Check out this Bunny craft!

 

popcorncake

Such a delicious and adorable Easter dessert!

Click here to find out how to make this yummy popcorn cake!

 

Learning words with Easter eggs!

Learning words with Easter eggs!

This is such a fun way for kids to learn words that rhyme and how to sound out different words!  Check it out!

 

Easter Egg "Nests"

Yummy Easter Egg “Nests”

Look at these adorable little nests for candy eggs!

 

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Easter Puppet!

I just posted this two weeks ago, but it’s a good chance to pull out all those craft supplies!

It’s amazing how quickly the holidays come and go the older you get.  I feel like I get so caught up in time (and possibly the fact that I’m 29 weeks pregnant) that I forget to do things with my kids.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!

An Easter Craft – Bunny Puppet Made Out Of A Paper Bag

Winter can seriously peace out.  I’M OVER IT!!!!  While being stuck in the house today, my 3 year old and I made this cute bunny that I found here:

So simple and so adorable!

So simple and so adorable!

All you need is:

All you need is a paper bag, googly eyes, pink pom pom, two cotton balls, pipe stem, white and two other colors of construction paper and three buttons!

All you need is a paper bag, googly eyes, pink pom pom, two cotton balls, pipe stem, white and two other colors of construction paper and three buttons!

Plus, you’ll need some scissors and a hot glue gun.  So simple to make, yet so adorable!

After this, I just got out a bunch of craft things and just kind of let her go at it creatively on a new paper bag.  She loved it!  Happy Easter, a little early!

An Easy Christmas Craft!

Wow, Christmas is fastly approaching!  There are so many easy Christmas crafts and cookies that I’ve been doing with Ella.  This one was one of her favorites!  She even had the neighbor over and they did it together!

Cute Christmas trees made out of sugar cones and green icing!

I didn’t see the green icing at the store so I just added a few drops of food coloring to white.  I pulled out leftover Halloween candy, marshmallows, sprinkles and chocolate chips.  They went at it and had so much fun!  Our gingerbread house this year was an epic fail and these were so easy and already constructed!

Fun stuff!