Monday, July 27, 2015

Prayer Request and a DIY

I have been MIA from this blog but it's been busy round here. The Young Life office has been in full on crazy mode as we prepare to send over 100 kids to camp this summer. The 6th grade trip left this Saturday and I am so glad to have that one checked off my list. Next up this weekend is the high school camp which is going to Malibu Club in British Columbia. 60 hischoolers crossing the border is no joke, there are also two ferries involved. It's a bit like wrangling cats trying to get health forms, and parent consent and make sure everyone has some form of ID that will be acceptable on both ends of the trip so we don't have to leave anyone in Canada (I kid... but this is my nightmare).

Fortunately the Lord is in this and He know who needs to be at camp these weeks. He knows that these kids need to get away from the noise and away from their cell phones and their messy sometimes painful home life and be in a place where they can hear the truth about how loved and treasured they are by the maker of heaven and Earth.  He hold it all in His hands and it's amazing how everything always seems to work out and fall in to place just right at the last minute despite all my fears. So I pray big prayers for a perfect trip and try not to worry about the 80 percent of campers who can't afford the cost and what that will mean for our area's budget, and I try not to worry about trusting kids with their birth certificates. That being said, your prayers are appreciated.
In other news my sister comes to visit me TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!

Nothing like a visitor to motivate you to check things off the to-do list. Our guest room was passable. It had a comfy bed and the lamps on the floor didn't seem to bother our parents when they came to visit.... what more do you need? It's not too big of a room so there really wasn't space for a large dresser so I wanted to find a small chest of drawers that could double as both a nightstand and a place where guests could unpack a bit when they stay over, maximizing the space.

Here's my inspiration pins:

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I finally found the perfect size dresser at an antique store and I also found a small nightstand for the other side of the bed as well. Together, both pieces were under $80!! They needed a little tlc so I also picked up a can of Valspar Chalky Paint in Kid Gloves. Chalk paint is all the rage on pinterest, I know, so I was anxious to try it out for this project especially since it said little to no prep work required. I gave the two pieces a light sanding and using a cheap chip brush went to town. It only required two coats and the paint was super forgiving and easy to work with. Now most of the design blogs say to seal it with a wax. I've never worked with wax before and the guy at Lowes said that it was super tedious and really only practical if you plan on never using the piece of furniture. Wax was traditionally just for old antiques that sit on display and don't see a lot of action. Otherwise you have to watch it like a hawk and re-wax it every so often. Ain't nobody got time for that. Instead I bought a clear, water based polyurethane in a satin finish, which went on in a jiffy and still gave that matte-like finish that I was going for with the chalk paint.

Long story short, here's the before...
And here's the after:
I tried to keep a little bit of the distressed, shabby-chic feel to them but now they look fresh and clean and not so mis-matchy. I got the new drawer knobs from Hobby Lobby- they're a greenish color glass which compliments the new wall color (Sherwin Williams, Sea Salt). I'm still figuring out knicknacks for the dresser top and other things for the walls, plus curtains. And I like the idea of doing two wall sconces instead of lamps in here, especially since the dresser and nightstand are not exactly the same height (hence the two books), but overall it feels like the guest room is going to be the first room I can call finished. And it's much more ready for my sister's arrival!!! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

deck makeover

A few months ago, T.J. and my in-laws built us a deck. Since then it's pretty much just held our grill, a small cafe table, 1 Adirondack chair (part of a set but I'd been too lazy to build the other one) and several dead plants (thanks to unusually hot weather and Hunley). We invited people over to our house for a 4th of July cookout and since I knew we'd mostly want to be outside I took this as motivation to spruce things up a bit.

For starters I finally assembled the second Adirondack and then decided to paint them both white. Then I hit up Lowes and picked up a little 2 seater and a coffee table, plus an adorable plant stand. I replaced all my dead herbs and potted plants (and vowed to be better about watering them and protecting them from the beast) and then I hit up Target and Pier 1 for pillows and cushions.

The plant stand was originally also white but since it was going to go between the two white chairs I decided to spray paint it an aqua color to tie it in with the new pillows and add another pop of color.

What's not pictured is the other side of the deck with the grill and the home for our little cafe table. I just love this little outdoor space even more now. It's so nice to sit out there and read while Hunley digs holes in the ground...actually the digging part's annoying but we're working on it and at least now I have a comfy cute spot to sit and keep my eye on him. 

To make the front porch as inviting as my updated back porch, and since I was already in a crafty mood I decided to also make a new wreath for the front door. And, yes I realize the 4th of July was 2 weeks ago but this patriotic little number is still hanging on my front door so I can still blog about it! I made a rag wreath which was super tedious but super easy (3 yards of fabric cut into 1"x8"strips and then just double knotted around a wire wreath form) and I love how it turned out! 
Hoping to take some of this diy decorating energy inside now. There are still so many things I want to/need to do to our home. Sometimes it's just easier to start with a smaller space, like our deck, rather than looking at every room in the house and only seeing is a giant to do list. I'll get to it all someday... hopefully before we move away.