Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Again

It's Friday again and here we are at the start of another weekend? Where did the week go? What's been keeping you busy? I've been - surprise! - painting. I'm working on an old bookcase right now, which has been around since the beginning of time. Well that's not true. It's actually been around since my kids were very young. And so was I. When I'm finished with it, it'll look so much more...I don't know...youthful. If only a simple thing like paint could turn back the clock for us, as well. A light sanding, a bit of primer, a couple of coats of a bright colour and - voilĂ  - 20 years younger.


These painting projects are fun (minus the cleanup and preparation) and I've been tackling one at a time from my list of "old furniture that needs a new lease on life". To date I've completed two nightstands, a console table and a rocking chair. I've got three pieces to go, including the one I'm working on now, and then I'm going to walk around the house and see what else I can freshen up with paint. Or what else I can do. I've been visiting a lot of crafting blogs/sites and painting blogs/sites and renovation blogs/sites lately to learn as much as I can. There is no end to the amount of projects one can do when you head down this road. Trips to the hardware store are always a joy and I've even run out between coats of paint because "there's something I need for this job!". Yesterday it dawned on me that I'm becoming one of 'those' people. The DIY people. My dad would be proud, of course, since he was a cabinet maker and such a handyman in just about every type of renovation job. With the exception of electrical work. He never touched that.

Anyhow, that's what's going on with me lately. It's enjoyable and I've been singing while I've been working. Literally. Because there's always music playing. Like this song that has me dancing around my workspace with the paintbrush used as a microphone.



What's up with you? I'll wish you all a wonderful weekend while you answer that!

42 comments:

  1. I love when something can be reused and beautiful again with just a can of paint...great recycling, Martha!
    Unfortunately...I have seen elderly women try to look younger by wearing to much make-up and coloring their hair bright red or blond or black even brown. If they are happy than I am happy for them.
    I am now seventy and even though I wear my gray hair long and mostly in a ponytail, I have opted to wear very little make-up if any. But then...this is my choice.
    As for the wet paint sign...I walk on by and I'm never tempted to touch...well, maybe just a little :)

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    1. I have chosen the same, Jan, and I'm in my early 50s. I wear only a touch of eye liner, nothing more. When I got to a wedding or some formal or special gathering, I add a little bit of blush. And that's it. The natural look is my preference now!

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  2. I wish I were more DIY like you Martha, I think it's the cleaning and prep that put me off! Happy Weekend, it's a gorgeous day here, am so enjoying the rapidly deepening fall colours.

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    1. Everyone has their preferences, Christine, and things they enjoy. And even someone like me who enjoys these types of projects will admit that prep and clean up are a pain in the rear!

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  3. I'm at work right now so can't listen to that video -- will return later!

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  4. Good for you, putting a new lease on life for some of your furniture. You would get a long fabulously with my sister. She LOVES hardware stores, lumber yards, architectural salvage places... I'm not even a fan of stores. -Jenn

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  5. Love the video! Thanks for posting.

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  6. Wouldn't it be great if we could undergone such a transformation with painting and look 20 years younger? This week flew by (they all do these days though)

    Happy weekend!

    betty

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  7. “Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.” ― George Carlin

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  8. Yes, the week has flown by.
    I'm hoping the weekend will be good and one or two enjoyable Autumn walks can be had.
    We are also seeing some of the family - which will be GREAT!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Wonderful, Jan! I hope you had a terrific weekend.

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  9. It's been 36 years for Lynette and me! Where has all the time gone?
    Great video.

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  10. Refinishing furniture can be hard work but so much fun and so rewarding :o)

    I also enjoyed the video, very fun!

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  11. I do a lot of painting but not because I like it. There are certain things that have to be done and I do them. Now a wet paint sign? If I see it I do what it says. I'm the kind of guy who comes home with paint on his coat and I have no idea where I got the paint.

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    1. When we own homes, we sometimes do jobs we don't always like. Or things start to fall apart!

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  12. Ha! I'd be one of those folks who would touch the paint. :)

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  13. I'd probably not see the sign until after I've leaned up against the wall. ;-)

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  14. Sounds like you're enjoying yourself. Go you! And yes, I can be in a room with people I don't like...do it a lot these days...the hi and bye strategy usually works well in that situation.

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    1. A simple hi and bye is sometimes the best way to handle these situations.

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  15. I love that video. I have enjoyed the song's cheerful sound on the radio but hadn't seen the video. Super cute.

    I too have immersed myself in projects but not of the painting kind. The sewing kind. Hunting down the fabrics I need is eating up all my time.

    I agree that a coat of paint on anything makes it appear new again. It's the prep work and the clean up that often keep me from actually doing it though.

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    1. The prep and clean up are truly a pain in the rear, but over time I've discovered tips and tricks to make it a little easier. Still. Not something I enjoy!

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    1. HAHAHA! Fair enough. I will eventually share images!

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  17. YES! I always touch the paint just to see for myself!! lol
    Now this song would get a LOT done around here, Martha!!
    The 'other Martha' (Stewart) would be so proud of you!!

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    1. I love playing music like that. It really makes the jobs that much more fun!

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  18. Painting and sandpapering stuff...
    I am not feeling that, anytime of the day, every year, ever.
    I was forced to do them before (by my dad) of course.
    I'd never touch to feel if the surface is still wet.
    I am too lazy to clean my fingers if i was wrong.

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    1. HAHAHA! I love your reason for not touching the paint :)

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  19. my hubby loves to pain old furniture in his spare time ,

    your question is so kind of teas .

    when i see such sign hopefully i resist my wish to touch it to verify the sign
    have a lovely week dear

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    1. That is terrific, Baili. Painting old pieces of furniture brings them back to life. I really enjoy it.

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  20. Love DYI. The best, I say, the best.

    Your projects sound like a lot of fun. Will you share photos when you're done?

    Hope you had a great weekend. Ours was a 3-day holiday and it was no lie, killer good. Now I'm at the kitchen table, sipping a homemade pumpkin spice steamer. I'm showered and in my jams.

    Ah ..... the good life.

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    1. Sounds like a super weekend! Yesterday we were really busy, today less so, tomorrow even more. We've got some projects going and they're keeping us quite occupied. I have to say that this furniture painting is the absolute best. How goes you and what are you working on these days?

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    2. Hope we get to see some pictures.

      Tim moved his office around last night. It connects to the kitchen and with the stuff we demoed out (the bar, tall cupboard, mirror and mantel), this place feels HUGE.

      Today, I skipped my mudding and the last little pile I had and hit the road. I even pumped gas again and lived to tell about it.

      Now, I'm back at the table, drinking another steamer (homemade, always). Tim has music on and he's at his desk.

      Not sure what tomorrow will bring. It will depend on what my body tells me.

      Enjoy your projects. They sound fun!

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    3. I will definitely share pictures once I'm done. I should get into the habit of doing before and after pics, which I forget all the time. I get so busy doing whatever it is I'm doing that I forget that part.

      Good stuff about hitting the road and the gas and living to tell about it :) Go, you!

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