Tuesday, April 2, 2013

2 Refreshed (Well, as much as possible for 34 weeks)

I'm proud to announce I have a new niece!  My brother and his wife welcomed their third child this past week.  That brings the count for my family to 7 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.  Of course, we're only 40 days away from granddaughter #3 making her entrance into the world.  It's great that these two little girls are going to grow up so close in age.  My brother is planning on building a house that's about 5 minutes away from our house, so I think there will be a lot of slumber parties in our future!

Nothing much has changed in pregnancy.  I'm still suffering from awful acid reflux every night and having to sleep completely straight up some nights.  This week we tried a new remedy that someone at Bobby's work had told him about.
That's right, I told him he was crazy when he told me I needed to take vinegar for acid reflux.  It sounds completely counter-intuitive.  But I Googled it and there were plenty of sites that said to mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with water and sip on it to cure heartburn.  It sort of worked, but definitely didn't cure it. It took the burn away for the moment, but when I laid down to go to sleep, there was still acid coming up.  Still, a little relief is better than nothing.

I was able to get some rest this week and still work on a little project.  A couple weeks ago during our big furniture buying weekend, I forgot to mention that I got an awesome $3 chair at a thrift sale.  I never realized before that there is a different thrift sale every weekend in March.  This one had mostly junk, but I spotted this $3 beauty and although it was beat up and stained, it looked like it had a beautiful pattern to it.  So I thought I'd try my hand at spray-painting it white to put at my desk.

I don't think this picture does enough justice to how gross looking the chair looked before.  My husband asked why in the world I was buying it.  My answer was because for $3 it doesn't matter if I completely mess it up!

I looked up some tutorials on spray painting chairs, because this is the first big piece of furniture I have attempted to spray paint. I found some great advice on CentsationalGirl in this post and this post.  I especially like the post where she transformed the chair with the rattan back.  I'll never look at a rattan back chair the same at a thrift store!

Following her posts, I sanded, then spray painted with Rustoleum Spray Paint, and used Minwax Polyurethane.  I wanted to use the Varathane satin finish polyurethane that she raved over, but it wasn't at Lowe's when I went to pick up supplies.

I've always had great luck finding exactly the fabric I want at Warehouse Fabrics Inc. online, and choose a green lattice fabric to try to help brighten up our dark brown office.  Being exhausted from pregnancy + working full time means that I don't exactly have the time to comb through all the local fabric stores for the perfect fabric.  There's another discount fabric website that I've been meaning to look through, but I couldn't remember the name of it.

Here's how it turned out.  I love it!  The white paint really brings out the beautiful pattern in the wood.


  1. Wow! That's quite the transformation, Kimberly! I definitely would have passed over the chair in its original state, but you did a great job of it. I'm going to have to keep my eyes peeled when I do a bit of garage saleing and thrifting this spring.


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