Friday, October 16, 2009

The Yellow Table

Last Thursday, I dropped Chris off for a 10-day underway and when I got into the neighborhood, I saw a coffee table sitting on the side of the road. It was kind of beat-up, with child-proof latches on the drawers and dog scratches on the legs. I saw a blank canvas and got excited. Unfortunately, try as I might, I couldn't get the heavy table into my car. I was crushed.

Fast forward 15 minutes and after some Facebook encouragement from a fellow Navy wife, I threw some old quilts onto the back seat and sped back there, praying all 3 blocks that it still be there. 

There it sat, begging for a fresh coat of paint and loving owners. 

After 20 minutes of huffing and puffing, about 10 unhelpful neighbors had driven by and I finally got the table into my backseat! I can't describe how triumphant I felt! 

So, I'd like to share its transformation from worn-out veteran of children's sticky fingers and bored little doggies to a beautiful sun-shiney entryway bench for a cute pair of newlyweds. 

     First,  I removed the hardware (one very loose knob!), pried the safety latches off and took out the drawers. 

Then I sanded the whole thing down. That helped a lot with the scratches. 

Next, I sprayed a coat of primer all over. The primer filled in the rest of the scratches. 

After a second trip to Home Depot to get the perfect yellow, I applied two thin coats of Behr Sunburst. 

 Bought some pretty hardware for the drawers. 

Here she is in her new home, our entryway! 

And here's a close-up of the wall decor. See my friend, the elephant? 

I can't wait to show Chris when he gets home this weekend. Usually we come in the laundry room door, but the past few days, I've been coming in our main door. It's much nicer to be greeted by a joyful elephant and bursts of color rather than piles laundry! 

Any do-it-yourself projects in your future? Do tell!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's the Little Things

Chris has been gone for almost a week now and as I await his return on Saturday (to be followed a few days later by another week long trip), I have found myself lifted by the littlest things. I thought I'd share a few with you.

I bought myself flowers on Sunday. They add such life & color to our dining room. I accidently left that yellow flower too long when I trimmed them, but I like how it stands out from the rest, so I left it He's saying, "Hello! I'm here! Look at me!" 

A blank canvas. Aah. I love it. I set up my easel on Monday. I'm so excited to get back into painting. Now I'm just brainstorming what to work on first. I love the look of a blank canvas, no matter what form it takes. A fresh sheet of college-ruled notebook paper, a white wall, a clear glass vase. Thinking about the possibilities makes me giddy. 

This little guy puts an instant smile on my face. I saw him at Ross on Tuesday, picked him up, giggled a little (in my head, not outloud, that's just weird) but decided not to buy him. Today (Wednesday), I went back to Ross with a friend and she convinced to buy him. I just love how he looks standing proudly on our new shelf in the hall!

We rarely have soda in the house. I figure, if it's there, I will choose it over water or juice and really, I should drink more water or juice. But this week, I indulged in a bottle of Dr. Pepper and each and every glass was sweet & delicious. I love Dr. Pepper. 

I've also been busy with a few projects this week. Come back later in the week to see what I've been working on! They involved some heavy lifting, lots of yellow paint and several trips to Home Depot!

(Okay, so seriously, God has taken such great care of me this week. He has given me so many things to smile about and projects to keep me busy. What could have been a depressing, boring week without Chris was actually a productive, fun week and it was not from my own strength or willpower, but only by His strength. Praise God! )

What seemingly small thing has made you smile this week?

Saturday, October 10, 2009

"So Others May Live"

My husband is a United States Navy Search & Rescue Swimmer. He endured 4 weeks of tough physical training, pages and pages of procedures memorized, gained great leadership experience as the class leader and graduated with flying colors. His wife couldn't be more proud of him. 

{meanwhile, I endured 4 weeks of daytime television (lots of Tyra Banks & Full House), wrote pages and pages of thank you notes & gained great knowledge of the Twilight book series}