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Vintage School Desk

I was taking a stroll with my family and noticed an old school desk sitting nicely at the curb. Wow! I thought. I can probably put it up for sale and get some cash for it. I ran back home to get my van so I can lug it back home.

When I brought home the school desk my girls immediately fell in love with it and asked me a bunch of questions. They wanted to know how old the desk was and if I used such a desk when I went to school. They told me not to sell it but to restore it to its former glory. They even promised that they would do their homework on it every day.

We decided to make a family project out of the desk. We went shopping for supplies at LOWES and got to work sanding, cutting, priming and painting. We replaced some of the wood and repainted the surface. The finished project came out amazing! Everyone loved it. Below are the pictures in its stages:

Stage # 1

Since the wood was split and weathered, it needed to be glued and clamped.The seat had a lot of splinters and loose wood that we removed. Wood filler was applied to all the cracks. When it was dry, the wood was sanded to a smooth finish.

School Desk Collage 1

Stage # 2

Since the desktop was decayed and beyond repair, we had to fabricate one out of solid pine. It was cut, sanded, primed, and painted. I removed the desk pole/bracket from the old desktop and primed and painted it a metallic silver by RUST-OLEUM. The desktop itself was primed with a RUST-OLEUM primer and painted a gloss purple with Painters Touch RUST-OLEUM paint. My daughters decided on the color purple since it matched her bedroom decor.

School Desk Collage 2

Stage # 3

The rust was sanded off and the chair was primed with RUST-OLEUM primer. The wood portion of the chair was covered and taped so that I can paint the metal part.Once the paint was dry I used # 7  polishing compound to have that extra gloss. I then did the reverse, covering the metal and painting the wood purple.

School Desk Collage 3

Here are the pictures of the before and after. My children loved it. Let’s hope they make good on their promise and do their homework diligently like they promised!

School Desk Collage 4

 

 

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Fall in love with these great Fall ideas to add some fun to your Fall/Thanksgiving Parties. There is a great amount of Fall bounty such as pumpkins, corn, and lots and lots of colorful leaves. Lets take advantage and use what we have available.

corn cakes

Kids will have loads of fun designing these corn cakes. You can use a cake mix or your favorite recipe. Cut into ovals shapes to look like corn. Cover with cream and decorate with chocolate candies.   http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/harvest-corn-cakes  

You may want to cover the table with a table cloth to keep things neater!

acorn treats

Nothing put you in a great mood like chocolate! Have fun creating these cute acorns with minimal effort from Taste of Home. Click on the link for real easy directions. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/acorn-treats

butterfly leaves Here is a great birthday, Sunday or after school activity; let the kids run outside and gather pretty leaves. With some glue, pipe cleaners and creativity they”ll have fun creating an adorable Fall Butterfly!

wood stick pumpkin

As the seasons change from Summer to Fall we also like to change thinks a bit such as adding new decor, place mats, table linens, etc. to our homes. As we see from this gorgeous wood stick pumpkin from Thistlewood Farms, we don’t have to spend much in order to have something nice, new, and decorative to breathe new excitement into our lives.

http://www.thistlewoodfarms.com/diy-wood-stick-pumpkin

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Getting together for New Years is a fun and exhilarating celebration. We are excited about starting a new year, starting our new years resolutions that we are committed to and hopefully keep for a while. While some go outdoors to celebrate, some prefer that the party comes to them! By decorating your home festively and having tasty treats you and your guests will surely go into party mode!

new years clock

Frost twelve cupcakes and decorate the tops with numbers. Place on a pretty cake tray or platter. Add two clock hands by placing pretzels or chocolate in the center. Let the countdown begin!

Here is a fun game to play while waiting for the clock to strike twelve. Make a New Years Bingo game with fun symbols like party hats, champagne glasses, 2015, and see who gets the first row.

New Years Bingo

Hang balloons from the ceiling with string for a party look. Craftibilities.com has a super fun activity were you insert a note into a balloon and pop the balloon at a designated hour with instructions. http://www.craftibilities.com/2013/01/best-new-years-eve-ever-fun-games-and.html

Place a sparkly tablecloth on the table or a nice solid color tablecloth such as black and bring out the glittery party favors for a stark contrast. Place your appetizers, cocktails, and games on the table. Invite your friends and family. Now you’re ready to party! Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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For many people preparing for the Christmas Holiday started long ago. The shopping, the baking, and most of the cooking are all done and even the presents wrapped and ready to go. For others it starts now right before the Holiday. We searched for some easy to do projects that will make your house glow with the Christmas Spirit and no one will know that it was done in no time!

Candy Cane Vase

After spreading out a nice table cloth on your table you like to add some accessories. Here is a super easy festive DIY candy cane vase from Better Homes and Gardens. The nice thing about it is that you can use a plain vase you have lying around the house,  an empty pickle jar, perhaps an empty can from cooking, or empty baby jars if you would like to make mini vases. You can make one big vase for the center of the table or a few little ones. Use a rubber band to hold the candy canes in place and then tie a pretty bow to cover it up! Here is the link for the candy cane vases:  http://www.stylisheve.com/stylish-eve-diy-holiday-edition-presents-candy-cane-vases/

In keeping with the candy cane theme, roll up your pretty cloth napkins and tie with some ribbon. Then stick in a candy cane. Your table will look pretty and your candy cane vase will be intact from people wanting to take some candy from it!

Christmas Napkin Rings

Decorate your home with a wreaths made out of green clothespins. Clip onto some round red wire, tie it with red ribbon and hang up it up. Add some pretty family photos or Christmas cards. If there are children in the home they can draw some hand prints and can paint them or if you don’t want a mess have them draw hands on green cardboard and then cut them out. Paste onto something round (maybe a paper plate) and they’ll be delighted with their homemade wreath masterpiece.

wreath

Hopefully these quick and pretty ideas will free up some time so you can whip up some cookies and can be more relaxed when the holiday arrives.

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