Thursday, December 6, 2012

The dresser remake!

We FINALLY got a new TV about a week ago.  Our TV was SO old.  When you have kids constantly pulling the av cords in and out of the front of the TV to plug in video games the plugs get loose.  Do you know what happens when those get loose?  I do!  The TV sporadically changes channels by itself.  Humorous at first, but when you are watching a show and you have to keep pausing it because your TV is flipping channels...annoying.

Another fun thing that happens is the sensor go bad.  What does this mean?  You can't change the channel OR the volume with the TV remote.  Also, your DVR remote won't work with the TV.  So every time the TV changes channels, you have to get up to switch the TV back to the DVR channel so you can watch TV.

ALSO...sometimes when you change the channel on the TV by pushing the buttons, the volume can go up or down.  Same thing with the volume.  Want to change the volume, it may change, it might turn the channel.

Anyway, you aren't here to read about the TV.  The TV is gone.  YAY!  We now have a nice pretty flat screen on the wall.  Our old TV was a 32" (I think) and was in a HUGE entertainment center.  The new TV is 42".  So it wouldn't fit.  We moved the entertainment center into the study, and had to get something new for the TV.  Not for the TV to go on, since it is on the wall, but something to put video games in.

TV stands are expensive.  Off to Pinterest I went.  I saw this tutorial and fell in love.  I love the idea, I love the color.  I loved everything.  Off to Craigslist Eric went and he found this:

First thing I noticed when Eric brought it in was that is smelled like smoke.  YUCK.  Second was the horrible drawer pulls on top.  They are ceramic.  Not TOO bad, but not my style.  So I knew those had to go.  I was thinking sparkly.

I went through the drawers just to check them out and make sure they were OK and to my surprise I found a pair of socks and a pair of women's boy shorts underpants.  They were blue.  Nate saw them and screamed "Mine!!" and came running to get them.  To which I screamed "nooo!!!!" and scared the crap out of him.  Then into the trash they went.  Seriously people, if you are going to sell stuff, check out behind the drawers first.  We all know stuff gets behind them.

The gang and I headed to Lowe's to get paint.  While we were there we talked to the paint lady and found out that if you get a certain primer you don't need to sand over some finishes!  SCORE!  I knew if we had to sand, it would still be in the garage. 

This is that magic primer.  She knew what color we were painting the dresser and she tinted our primer grey.  This is what the tutorial suggested as well.   We only got a quart, which was PERFECT.  I still have some left over. 
I liked our paint lady.  She was awesome.  We ended up getting Allen + Roth paint in the color Catwalk.  I forgot to take a picture of that.  We bought a gallon it was WAY too much.  I need to paint something else now. 

So with the dresser we removed all hardware and I painted the dresser two coats with the primer.  I made sure to paint inside the edge just a bit.  The blog made a good point about painting inside the edge a bit.  That way you won't see the ugly inside when the drawer is open.

 After two coats were done I painted two coats of the paint.  The only  roll brush I had was a high nap one for decks.  I think it added a nice texture and helped the paint to go on smoothly.  I used a brush for the first coat of paint and then the roller for the second.  Gave it a nice coverage.

For the brass drawer pulls, I was fine with them, but they were gross.  So I went to Walmart and bought some spray paint in a gloss and white.  I honestly have no idea how many coats of paint I used.  I kept spraying and spraying.  If you do this make sure to flip the handle to the top and bottom for every coat!  The handle was the HARDEST thing to paint.  For some reason it repelled the paint.  The paint would separate on the handle.  I probably did ten coats...literally.

Here is the final result of the drawer pull.  Sorry to make this all "Ooohhh....what will the dresser look like?" But I have some friends on Facebook I have been teasing about this and I am trying to drive them bonkers.  Hi Melinda and Holli!!

The top drawers, with the ugly ceramic flower pulls had to be changed so I headed to Anthropologie, per my husbands suggestion, and found some cute glass pulls!  If your husband suggests shopping there, never turn it down.  This is a rare occurrence.
Ooohhh...Can you picture it yet?

TA DA!!!  The completed dresser!  Was it worth the wait?  I think so!  I didn't finish it with anything.  The paint seems sturdy enough and I have a ton left over for touch ups.  I did let it sit for a day before use, so hopefully that helped. 

Side view!
You must forgive me for the show on the TV.  I just needed sound while writing this.  No judging.  The girl is sleeping upstairs.    We need to get one of those strips to hide the wires in.  I looked up online how to sink a wire in the wall and it looks to be too tricky since it is an outside wall.  Lots of insulation to deal with.

Well there ya go!  I hope you like my dresser and the wait was worth it.  :)  Until next time!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Markle the Elf

Did Santa send an Elf on the Shelf to your house?  He sent one here!  For the past two years, Markle (rhymes with Sparkle), has been visiting our house.  He is a pretty tame elf compared to others.  I do have a feeling he will be getting into some trouble in the near future.  There have been whispers of snow in the air.  This year I am trying to get a collection of pictures of him and his antics. 

He typically shows up right after the tree is decorated.   Interesting how that seems to happen.  ;)

I enjoy having him here.  Not only does it give me a chance to threaten Santa not coming on a regular basis, but it also gives the kids something to look forward to every morning.  Aidan runs downstairs every day trying to find Markle first.  

So here are some pics of Markle!  Do you have any surprising places that you have found your elf?

Day one.  Markle arrives and hide on the pot rack.  Looks like I should have given him something to dust with.

Today Markle decided to sit in my wreath.  I was not very excited about this one. Luckily he didn't squish my wreath too bad.  He sat rather gently.  That wreath took forever to make!

This is my favorite.  The colors just popped this morning!  That is our lovely fake Christmas tree he is perched on.  He seems to have a case of monkey love.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Toddle Along Tuesday.

I am excited!  This is my first Toddle Along Tuesday post.  Basically a bunch of bloggers write a post based on the same theme and they all get linked together.  This first one is all about hobbies and co-hosted by my friend Amber over at Goin' Bananas.

My hobbies.  That is a tricky one.  Right now I don't have too much time for hobbies.  I run an Etsy store that has been picking up business lately, so I don't have too much free time.  When I do, I LOVE to knit.  LOVE LOVE LOVE it.  I have tried crocheting, but can't quite figure it out.  It is quicker it seems, but I dig the use of two needles.  I enjoy the different stitches and patterns that you are able to make in your creations.  

Here are a few pictures and link to the patterns.  

 Well.  This is crocheted.  This is the extent of my abilities.  I can make a scarf.
 My new slouchy hat!  The pattern came from Etsy.  One of the best hats I have made.  So nice and warm and soft.  Ahhhh....
 I made him, and the hat.

I made this hat for a friend for a craft swap this year.  This is the SECOND time I made her this hat.  The first time it was all wool.  her boyfriend put it in the washing machine.  Enough said.  

Another Etsy purchased pattern!

So.  Do you have any interesting hobbies?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Day of Thanks

It seems all bloggers are expected to write about Thanksgiving and what they are thankful for.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  The roof over my head, family, friends, yadda yadda.  The traditional stuff you hear all the time.

Today though is a toughy for me.  A year ago on Thanksgiving my middle kiddo, Nate, had a seizure.  This was his second seizure.  His first was the day before my anniversary last year, October 8th.  That was a fun anniversary.

So.  Last year started like any other awesome day.  Eric was home.  We decided to keep the kiddos at home instead of going to the parade.  Nate still had a bit of a cough and the idea of taking him out in the cold just wasn't something I wanted to do.

So Eric and the kiddos played in the backyard while I got lunch ready.  I made all the required foods: turkey, potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, etc.  Nate came in and passed out on the couch.  We thought nothing of it.  He played hard on the swingset in the backyard.  

Around noon I had everything ready and we sat down to eat.  Nate is the worlds pickiest kid and we knew he wouldn't eat any of what I made, so we decided to let him nap.  Right when we got ready to eat, literally the fork in my hand, Eric and I looked at each other.  There was some weird clicking noise coming from the living room.  I thought it was the tv or some toy going crazy.   Eric went in there and yelled to me that Nate was having a seizure.   

Hardest thing ever.  Seriously.  Eric took him to the other couch and was holding him in his arms on his side and stroking his head.  I spazzed and called 911 and freaked out on the phone until the ambulance got there.  By the time they showed up it had stopped.  It was a short one.  Less than a minute but felt like an eternity.  I talked to the ambulance people and they said that they could take him if I wanted them to.  I replied hell yes.  Then we got in the ambulance.  Nate was on a stretcher and crying.  Eric was going to bring the others to the hospital in a bit.

He was coming to at this point and just kept crying and freaking out.  When I asked him why he just kept saying he didn't want me to leave him. Hardest thing I have ever heard in my life.  I kept telling him that I would never leave him  Ever.

We got to the hospital and he didn't want to be wheeled in on the bed so I carried him inside.  This was when he decided to throw up down my back.  Fun times.

We were there most of the day, Eric showed up later.  They found nothing wrong other than a cough.  He didn't have a fever at this point.   He was hot as crap at home, but he was under a blanket so we weren't sure if he had a fever or if it was just that. 

We were prescribed some Diastat, which is an emergency rectal seizure medication and told to see our regular doctor the next day.  We did and since this one was not a fever induced seizure she referred us to a neurologist.  We saw her the next week and had a sleep deprived EEG and there was a TINY weird blip, but since I had seizures as a kid she decided to do a 24 hour EEG.  Thank God she did.  There were bunches of abnormal spikes.  

Nate is now technically an epileptic.  He has been on meds since and has not had a single seizure since!!!

So I guess you can say that I am SUPER thankful for my Nate.  Everyday I am SO thankful that I have him here.  EVERY day.  Just thinking about what could have been kills me.  I am also SO thankful for his neurologist.  If it wasn't for her and her decision to do the 24 hour EEG and check him out, this last year could have been much worse.

So here is to another year seizure free!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Wowza. This took a while

I try to be a good blogger.  I VOW to be a better blogger.  I get it in my head that I will write about XYZ and then I don't.  And I stop writing.  From this point on, my only "theme" will be me.  Me and my life.  My life with my family.   They are my life.  :)

You might see an awesome recipe, you might see pics of the kids, I might write about the latest show I am in or show you what I am working on for my store.  Who knows?

That is what my life is about.  Just one big crazy ride.  Feel free to jump on the bandwagon with me.

As a consolation prize for me slacking so much, here is a picture of a "feather" that my son decorated.  He was asked at speech what he was thankful for.  His reply?  Toilet Paper. 

Only my Nate.  :)