Time Out Chair

Couldn’t resist this cute little child’s chair.  For $5 how could I not buy it?  Unfortunately I bought it pre-blog and I didn’t take a before photo of it, but it was pretty beat up.  Imagine a chair with paint splatter all over it.

kids time out chair

I gave it a coat of spray primer and 4 coats of red spray paint to clean it up.  Of course my kids picked red.  They want everything painted red.  My oldest even asked if we could sell our house and move into a red house.  Sure, that seems like a reasonable reason to move, right?

I used some vinyl numbers cut from my cricut machine to add the numbers “1234” and “sit”.  I just thought the lettering made it look cute.  But a friend was visiting and asked if it was our time out chair. No, but that’s brilliant!  So now the boys have a time-out chair.  

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Thirty Handmade Days

My Topless BFF

Since this is my birthday weekend, yes I have convinced my kids that the entire weekend is my birthday.  We strapped the boys into their strollers and headed to the Raleigh Flea Market on Saturday.  By the way Saturday is a much better day to go than Sunday.

I gave the boys $1 each to find a toy.  Jack found the long sought after Mario Andretti from “Cars” the movie.  Yup we’re developing their thrill of the hunt early.  And Sam found himself another lawnmower.  He has a strange love for lawnmowers. I hope he still has this love when he is 13 and old enough to put his passion to use.

As for me, my find was this darling little cabinet.  I walked by it a few times admiring it, but wasn’t really sure about it.  I wasn’t sure because it was topless!  Yes that’s right an x rated cabinet.   

The asking price was $45, so of course I asked if he would do $40 and he agreed.  Should have offered $35, darn it.

Can’t wait to find some time now to refinish it and make it decent again!

Updated cabinet post to come soon, (I hope).

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Painting with Vaseline, What!

It’s official we are not going to purchase nice furniture till the boys have moved out of the house.  Seriously,  what is the point!

When our eldest son began to toddle around we decided to put our coffee table away in our attic.  The Fewer sharp corners for him to collide with, the better.

Well I was sick of living without a table so I went up to the attic this weekend and pulled it back out again.  But boy has my style changed in that 4 years.  I had picked this table up at Value Village (oh how I miss my Canadian thrift stores) for $4 years ago.  It was still in good condition, but just kind of boring.

I decided to paint it a bold aqua blue but thought I would beat the boys to the distressing part and just do it myself.  I had heard about using Vaseline as an easy way to distress furniture.

Island Blue (EB8-1) by Eddie Bauer Home Valspar
Instead of buying a litre of this colour , which would have been $15, I bought a sample pot for only $2.97.  Those little pots are more than enough paint to do a small project like this.

I decided just to use the brown paint that was already on the table as the base.   I just cleaned the table up with some soap and water.  I then rubbed on  a thin layer of vaseline on the spots that I wanted the brown to show through.  I then painted 2 coats of the blue over top.

I think I may have put on too much vaseline since the blue paint barely covered the areas where the Vaseline was.  I think it’s better to go lighter with the Vaseline.

I let the paint dry for 48 hours.  Actually it sat in my garage for over 2 weeks before I got around to finishing it.  Just let it dry.

how to distress furniture

Now to think like a 3 year old and destroy it distress it.  I used my mouse sander to take off the blue paint.  Just think about the spots that the kids will destroy first; edges, sides, top, and corners.  With the Vaseline it really doesn’t take much effort.  Super easy.  It would be just as easy to sand it by hand.

Once you have the look you are going for spray 2 or 3 coats of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss Protective Finish.  I use this on everything, even my kitchen cabinets.  It gives a clear top coat and protects from further kid damage! 

I love the new pop of blue!

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Toddler High Chair

There are lots of things people don’t tell you before having kids.  Probably because you will never have kids if you know these things.  One of which is that you will spend the first year constantly trying to clean a high chair that will never actually be clean again.  It’s one of those impossible things, like fitting into your pre-pregnancy jeans.  
So after four years of living with our highchair I was so happy when my youngest was finally old enough to sit in a booster chair.  But that quickly became a sticky mess too. 
I thought maybe he was old enough to just use our chairs, but his little head barely made it over the table.  This would not work.
So I had my eye on the Ikea Ingulf Junior chair but with the closest Ikea 3 hours away, and the price being $49 per chair.  I knew there must be a better option out there.
I spent a couple of weeks scouring Craig’s list and came upon this super cute wooden high chair for $5!  It was missing the bottom foot rest but for $5 I could live with that my boys could live with that.  I immediately emailed the seller and after two weeks of emailing back and forth (sometimes I really hate Craig’s list) that chair was finally mine.  
I had my heart set on painting it yellow.  But in the spray paint aisle of the hardware store my 3 year old somehow convinced me it should be red.  
wooden high chair
In the end he was totally right and I LOVE the red (spray paint “Red” by Valspar).  I also borrowed my friends Cricut machine and cut out the letters ‘sit’.  I think I  say ‘sit down’ about a thousand times during any given meal in our house.  So I thought this was appropriate.
I was thrilled with my little chair for about 3 seconds.  That’s when the fighting over it began.  What was I thinking! Of course with 2 kids I would need 2 chairs.  So the hunt for chair number 2 began.  The next weekend I headed down to the Raleigh State Fairgrounds flea market.  I found one for $15.  I thought that was a fair price, but wanted to see if I could get it for a little less.  I asked the seller if she would do $10 and she immediately said yes  Whew that was easy!  Saved $5 which was enough to cover the cost of the spray paint.  For this one I got my way and painted it a cheery yellow (gloss “Gold Abundance” by Valspar).  LOVE it!
Once dried I sprayed it with Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss Protective Finish.  I will be wiping these down A LOT so they certainly needed some sort of protection. 
toddler chair
And now no more fighting, at least not over chairs!

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