Easy as pie? Is pie really easy? It's easy to eat, but not always easy to make. Excellence is easy to appreciate and enjoy, but getting there takes a while. Join me in my Pursuit In Excellence. It won't be quick , but it will be worth it!
For me excellence revolves around motherhood and grandmahood. It is central to my many interests which I use to help my children develop their talents and have fun.
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I’ve had this wooden white trunk since I was a kid. It’s been my coffee table for the last three years. The problem with a wooden box as a coffee table is it’s a pretty hard on my heels when I prop up my feet. I finally remedied the situation by adding a cushion top and dressing it up with some style. I wish I would have remembered to take a before picture.
I started with some cute fabric with cool skeleton keys printed on it, because I love keys. As cute as the fabric was, the background was too light for my room. So, I tea stained it in a huge pot filled with boiling water and 40 tea bags for about 15 minutes.
The next part required some serious muscle grease in sanding down the trunk to bare wood and making it nice and smooth. Then I added a couple of coats of paint to the base. I covered the top with 2″ foam and wrapped the tea stained fabric around it and stapled it securely to the inside of the lid. If I had it to do again, I would have cut the foam to be slightly bigger than the top of the trunk. I also would have added a thin layer of batting along with the fabric to add a little more padding around the edges.
I’m pretty happy with how first furniture makeover turned out. The trunk is unique and matches my decor. And I got to learn a few new techniques along the way. I have plenty of decorating projects on the planning board, but I’ll have to find another furniture project.
September 2015 was the hardest and saddest month I’ve had in a long time! I knew I’d have a hard time with my daughter going to college but it was still more than I bargained for with the empty house. In addition to the time alone, I’m trying to learn what brings me peace now that I don’t spend so much of my life taking care of my children. But that is another post for a future date. On a more cheerful note, here’s a review of last month’s accomplishments from September.
.2 – Pounds gained, it’s a good thing I started working out the last couple of weeks
1 – Birthday card made, I haven’t done that in a while
2.5 – Hours cruising Canyon Lake with my honey
10 – Mini signs on the bicycle wheel on my wall
16 – Pictures on Instagram
18 – Projects finished in September
32 – Construction paper spiders on my kitchen wall to celebrate Halloween
$100 – Gift card to Kneaders that I won!
445 – Just Wanna Be Me pageviews
49,987 – Pinterest views