Welcome to Restoration Redoux! If you’re a regular, than you might be asking what exactly is this The Bloglight?
Hometalk is an amazing online community of bloggers and nonbloggers talking about home improvement, DIY, and everything in between. At Hometalk you can share DIY projects, comment on posts, and follow people.
I’m a Hometalk junkie. I have posted 41 projects in the 3 months since I discovered the site!
There are people of all levels, posting projects and asking questions. Every week they choose a different blogger to feature, and they have given me the honor this week!
Miriam, the Director of Community at Hometalk, sent me over some questions to answer … so let’s get started!
Happy Monday everyone!!
I had a busy weekend full of painting and cleaning up filthy furniture rescued from barns and sheds, not so fun … but on the upside I found out it was the General Hospital 50th Anniversary marathon. From Saturday night to Monday morning, SoapNet was airing 50 hours of “vintage” General Hospital episodes.
The downside was, I don’t have the SoapNet channel.
So I called up my cable company and found out it would be an extra $10 a month. So I did some negotiating and got my bill reduced by $16 a month; so basically, it meant I got the channel for free. So now I have 50 hours of GH recorded and no time to watch any of them.
Until a couple of years ago my parents had lived their entire married life never having owned a dog. Both of them liked dogs, but never really had any desire to own one.
Three years ago, I was volunteering at my local Humane Society when I came across a case that broke my heart. This grey mess of a dog was brought in so horribly matted and overgrown she barely even resembled a dog. She had been found wandering the streets and had obviously just given birth to puppies. But it was her eyes that melted my heart.
The shelter had to shave her down, she was covered in scabs, infested with fleas, and looked terrible. And, she was the most terrified animal I had ever seen.
The snow is actually starting to melt here, and for the first time in a while there’s no more accumulation predicted in the forecast. That’s a great thing since the pups and I are much happier when we have warm weather and sunlight.
Speaking of pups, my normal readers know I am at the vet’s office more often than Lindsay Lohan is in court — which is saying a lot. Yesterday was no exception. Gracie was in a scuffle with the neighbor’s dog and needed some anti-inflammatories, Charlie needed prednisone for his allergies, and Kitten needed her blood tested (follow-up for her thyroid issue).
I returned home with a bag of meds, and then I had to actually administer them.
Since we are about to start off a new year, I thought I would reflect on this year’s favorite posts.
When I first started reading other DIY blogs, I have to admit I was a bit intimidated. Every project they did looked so perfect. When there was a tutorial, a lot of them used terms or techniques I wasn’t familiar with, and so I would never try them.
I was searching for a blog that brought it down to a beginner’s level. I wanted one that would say “Hey, I’m no expert, but this is what did or didn’t work for me.” I didn’t just want to see perfect houses with their perfect lives. I wanted the “Hey, my husband’s been out of town, my house flooded, the kid is sick, and the house is a wreck … but here’s this easy project I completed in the middle of it all.” I wanted real life. I wanted someone to tell me that not every project they do turns out perfect, or that they had to do a technique 3 times before they got it right, and I wanted to learn from their experiences.
While putting up the Christmas decorations today (yay!), we somehow got on the topic of snow — which took us back to the first time my hubby took our unnamed daughter sledding.
She must have been around five or six, and she had her first loose tooth (it will soon become clear why I associate those two events). And that front tooth was really, really loose — at that nasty point where it was just hanging by a thread, but she refused to pull it.
It just so happened, that day was the first big snowfall of the winter, and while I was at work, he bundled her up, and strapped her on her brand new disc sled (the kind you can’t steer, but can go really, really fast).
Let me preface this story by referring to a previous post about how accident prone my hubby is.
Ok, I’m officially starting my own blog. I’m not sure when I’m going to have time to do it or who is going to be interested in reading it, but here goes.
About six months ago, I started buying vintage furniture, redoing it, and then selling it on craigslist. I put the first piece on having no expectations of anyone really buying it. They did though, and lots more since then.
I have sold every piece I have finished and am getting decent prices for it. People keep telling me I’m selling things too cheap but the fact is, I want it to sell quickly. I have no place to store all of this stuff–something my husband tells me daily.
I’ve been thinking about contacting a place in town (Wichita, KS) that sells furniture like I do but they 1. are way on the other side of town, 2. take a pretty good-size commission, and 3. I have been selling my things so quickly that I would have to stockpile quite a few pieces to make the trip worthwhile, and then we come back to the storage issue again. So I guess for now I will keep doing things the way I have been since it seems to be working.
My goal for this blog is to share some tips, show some before and after photos, and have a place to list all of the items I have for sale.
If people are coming here looking for some expert advice they are coming to the wrong place. Most of what I do is complete trial and error. Most of the time what I envision a piece to be and what it actually turns out to be are two totally different things.
On almost every piece there seems to be some giant obstacle to overcome. Whether the paint turns out a different color, or there turns out to be 52 layers of paint to strip off, or something is so decorative and ornate that it takes me weeks (and millions of Q-tips and toothpicks to glaze).
Overall, I enjoy these projects (or at least most of these projects) and it’s a good way to earn a little extra money. My teenager is going to need a car in the next year and any extra money will come in handy.
Here is one of my first projects. I bought this old desk off craigslist. Originally I was going to paint it black. So I sanded it down (my least favorite part) layered on 3 coats of latex paint.
My dear hubby told me it would be fine to wax over latex, so that’s what I did. Did it work? Not so much
I buffed and buffed that thing but no matter what it looked like there was Vaseline smeared all over it. I was not happy. So then what?
I heard about chalk paint. I researched chalk paint but it turned out to be $42 a pint! Too steep for me. So I decided to make my own. Once I got a batch made up, I had no idea how it would do over a piece that already had been painted with latex and waxed. What did I have to loose?
I put two layers of the turquoise over the black and nothing disastrous happened. It was incredibly bright so I decided to make my own glaze and try it out. I used a black glaze over it and it toned it down just the right amount. I added some fun new handles and Ta Da!! It looked pretty darn good.