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Monday, October 9, 2017



 I am so excited to be a presenter at the Deseret News Home Show at the South Towne Expo Center. Come see me this Friday or Saturday (Oct. 13 & 14) at 8 pm on the Design Stage. I will be talking about Making Secondhand items Chic and answering questions. 
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Check out my Instagram or BatchelorsWay Facebook page for chances to win free tickets all this week.


I hope to see ya there!!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

DIY Farmhouse Table and Seating - Basement Project

I know I am slow going at getting the rest of the basement posted!
Life is very full right now!
Besides the blog and YouTube, 
I'm going to be speaking at the Salt Lake Home Show, 
creating an online course,
updating my mudroom, 
starting a Kitchen remodel and 
most exciting our son got engaged!!

Wow!! So excited about all of it!!


But back to this post; the next installment of the basement.
This post is all about our game table and seating. 
For the chairs I used two chairs my husband bought at a yard sale a few years ago.
He actually wanted them in his man cave, but I begged and he relented to let us use them in the family room.
They were structurally in great shape, very sturdy.
But the finish had seen better days.
I'm guessing they were stored with some occasional water sitting on the seats.



I used a product my mom has talked about for years, Formbys Furniture Refinisher, .
It basically dissolves the finish and stain and then redistributes it. You just need gloves and steel wool. It was super easy. The chairs look soooooo good now!!



Now on to the table.
I decided to use our kitchen table we have had for about 20 years.
It has been used and well loved by our big family for all that time.


For the base I used Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint  Black in the crevices and on the edges.
Next I rubbed VASELINE JELLY  on various places where I had painted black.
Then I painted two coats of chalk paint.


Using a sanding sponge I distressed it; the paint comes off easily where you put the Vaseline. 
Last of all I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax, Natural to give the table a protective coat.
I really like the soft matte sheen, but if I were to do it again, I wouldn't wax the table top. I would use a clear coat that you paint or spray on. 


These are the exact products I used.
 Waverly Chalk Paint in Mineral Matte finish.


As for the top, well watch the video. I will say that I attempted to sand and stain the top which did not work. It was too red and crappy looking. The photo looks better than it was. So I just ended up chalk painting the table top just like I did the bottom.
Trust me it looks better this way!!


For seating on the side of the table that is against the wall, I decided to use a bench.
Watch the video for that story also.
I just filled the cracks with glue and wood filler, sanded really well with a belt sander; and gave her a coat of gel stain.


To protect my new floor I put pads on the bottom of the chair and bench legs.

I think the whole combo turned out great!!!
I am loving the colors and textures together.




Many of you said you liked reading my old posts, so I tried to find a happy medium between simplified posts and videos. Read and watch both and you will get the most out of it, but doing just one or the other will get you a lot of info too. I feel like I am getting better and better at the videos.
I would love to hear what you think of this last one.





Thanks for stopping by and here are the links to many of the products I used for this project. If you have questions leave them in the comments on this post or the video.


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Basement Flooring Options

A funny thing happened to me the other day.
 My husband, my sister, brother-in-law and myself took my mother out to dinner for her birthday.
 (That is not the funny thing!)
After dinner we went to our little towns Art Festival. 
(That is not the funny thing, either!)
My husband went to one booth and I went to another and soon I over heard my husband having a conversation with one of the booth owners. A conversation like they knew each other, so I came over to see who it was.
Here's the funny thing, it was one of my amazing blog followers who had recognized Les, and I assume recognized me also.
 (Who knows maybe it was just Les!! lol)
On the inside I was like, "WOW!! This is so cool! Way to go!"
And then I thought, "What do I do? What do I say?"
I felt like a complete doof!
I was just standing their smiling like and idiot. 
She was so sweet and kind and I am like , ""OH, HI!!.................(sound of crickets)"
I walked away thinking, She probably thinks I am a snob.
And then I thought why didn't you get a picture with her?

Her name was Ann Rasmussen, and she was very nice.
Sorry Ann for my freakishness!

 I love inspiring others and meeting others that enjoy what I do. It is beyond great for me.
So if you see me some where,and you think it is creepy or awkward to say HI! 
Just say Hi, I guarantee I will be the more awkward one. 
 And I will be the happiest that you said Hi!
If I don't say anything, know in my head I am saying, "So great to meet you. Tell me about some of your projects or what inspiration you have gotten from the blog."
Thanks in advance for your help and kindness.

If you don't already know from reading my blog I am just an average Joe that is amazed that anyone wants to even read my blog. So this was a pretty cool experience.

OK, now onto the regularly scheduled post about the basement.
Wait... Ann (from the story above), said she liked the old form before I started doing videos.
Would like to hear from more of you as far as what you think, so leave a comment.


Today's video is all about the flooring in the family room. What we picked and why.
The floor is Valore Planks by Shaw in Roma color. Made from PVC so it is completely waterproof.
We all know basements have a high chance of flooding.
We also used a moisture resistant pad under our carpet. I do not have a name or brand for the carpet. It was a freak deal at our local Sutherland's. Something they don't usually carry, and really no name.

Just watch.



Thanks for stopping by.