Monday, March 24, 2014

Weekend Projects - Table for Jonathan's room Part 2

Ryan had a week long work trip.  I was proud of myself, I got the top and bottom attached to each other with blocks that I predrilled pilot and countersunk holes.

Evenings I would go down and put a layer or two of paint on.

One thing we have learned from all our projects is that we take a lintless rag and put the paint on thinly.  We like the finish.  Since this was going to Jonathan's room I stayed more to the masculine side of our mistinted paint stash.  I liked this army green so there are 4 coats of this on the table.  The issue is the walls in his room are two shades of green so it couldn't stay that way.  Then I used a red on top but again it didn't look right.

I found a mistint of brown.  It looked pretty good, not exactly what I wanted though.  I wondered if it looked outdated, kind of 70's.  I also found another container from the same maker and family of an almost white washed blue.  I covered it in that too.  Then I went back to brown, a couple coats.

One time I put on paint and then the paint took off the layers below it.  I had to then sand and repaint for a smooth surface.

Then one or two light washes of the blue. I made sure it wasn't perfect.  I liked having the edges show the brown.  It gives it a more farm table look.  Also once it gets really used it won't look as bad as if I did a pristine job.  It also holds up to Lilly climbing on it to get into the crib with Jonathan.  

Not that she ever goes in there to jump up and down with him.

 And how it looks if moved into the living room.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Weekend Projects - Table for Jonathan's room

Normally Ryan would be working on his train but he needs to sandblast the body and paint it and its 20 degrees outside.  I am not really inspired to work on any quilts.

So now for something a little different but the same...

About a week ago I decided Jonathan needed a table in his room for Lego's.  This boy likes tables now that he is walking and has balance.

We went though the stock of loose boards, cabinet doors and found a dresser top from my Grandpa Kissell.

Next to make a frame and legs that could handle a little climber on it so off to the 2x4 stack.

Ryan helped me square up the frame.

 Ryan  helping drill the holes for the screws.

For the last couple days I have used half a bucket of wood putty and been sanding with 80 grit and now I am up to 120 grit sandpaper.  3M sandpaper for me after using the cheap stuff and nothing happened.

I am trying to sand it so that no little fingers will get slivers.  I am amazed how many times I run my fingers over it and then sand it just a little bit more.  I could fill a cottage cheese container with the shavings and dust I have taken off this table already. 

I should clean the mirror soon.  I am not sure what the cats were doing on it...

Monday, February 17, 2014

It is still snowing so we got a snowblower

We ended up buying a snowblower.  


We gave up on shoveling, I mean we just quit doing it.  You don't even shovel from the garage to the house.

The snow just keeps coming and after a while you just think "I will drive over it."  

Until your van likes to swerve into the house.  And your car likes to swerve into the house.  Ryan spent 4.5 hours outside today so that we can park and drive out of our driveway.  

The street is another matter.  Jonathan and Lilly didn't mind the sled but I don't think we will get too far with that.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Child's Play

Lilly has a good friend who comes over on Fridays for play dates.  They must have been playing well for Little Grey our kitten to sleep next to them.  They are up on the couch so Jonathan can't get them.

Lilly was posing for Anna.  This involved some kind of fashion show.  Anna wanted to show me some of the other pictures but they were taking on a toy camera.

Lilly is my little helper making pancakes this morning.

Then they had 3 hours of Legos.  Even Jonathan has his Duplo's up on his highchair.

Monday, November 4, 2013