When Life Gets in The Way

This last week has been another one in a long line of events that have had us hopping from one place to another in a hurried frenzy to get everything on our to-do list done. We’ve had outdoor projects, work deadlines to meet, family events, and church commitments, not to mention the regular day to day duties of running a household. As you’ve been able to tell by the dwindling posts, blogging hasn’t been making the priority list.

When we started this venture Dustin didn’t have full time work and we kept ourselves busy by working on our little “The Rooster and The Hen” blog along with a few other side jobs. We’ve since been blessed by him finding a great job that he loves. To top it off, his new company has offered to pay for some additional schooling which he’ll be starting next month, meaning we probably won’t be seeing much of him this summer. There go all my honey-do lists!

As for me, I’ve been battling “morning” (more like all day) sickness for some time now and it’s taken it’s toll on both me and the kids. I’ve been feeling lately that I need to focus more on spending time with them rather then planning and executing projects around the house.

But this is not goodbye – we’re just going to take the summer off from blogging with the hopes that we’ll be back by the fall (and perhaps a few random posts and Facebooking in the summer). We’ve met so many wonderful bloggers out there that have such fantastic content that I’m sure we’ll hardly be missed. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequent reads so you’ll have plenty of inspiration while we’re on hiatus.

We hope you have a great summer…stay cool.

The Rooster and The Hen

Need Inspiration RRR Transformation Party

Let me level with you – my mind has been out of blogging mode for a couple of weeks now. You see, Dustin and I have been involved in a local Wood Badge scout training course, which has had us learning leadership skills, camping, and team building exercises. If any of you are familiar with the BSA Wood Badge course, you’ll know that we’re spending 6 action packed days in the wild with 80 of our new scouting buddies (and I’m only one of five total women, three of which are on staff).

And no, there will be no photos of me in my scouting uniform…

So, as you can imagine, the extent of decorating lately has been limited to where to hang the flashlight in the tent. I’m completely out of my element in the woods, but I’m having an experience that I won’t soon forget. I’m in dire need of some inspiration!

So let’s get the party started! Link up any of your transformation projects, past or presence – so long as it’s not been shared here before.

Let’s get the party started!

Since we’re not big fans of rules, here are some suggested “guidelines” and some general information for the Repurpose, Remodel, Reveal party:

  • Please link up your transformations only.
  • We’ll be looking for project reveals, repurposing, remodels, decorating, furniture transformation etc., so please no food, linky parties, giveaways, etsy shops etc.
  • We’ll announce the “reader’s choice” based on clicks as well as the personal favorites next Friday.
  • Feel free to grab a button, link back, or follow us in some capacity, it helps everyone know we like to party over here.

We’ll host this party the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month with features the 2nd and 4th Friday, so get working on your next project!

Thanks for linking up, we’re excited to look through your projects!

The Rooster and The Hen

Whipping a Table Into Shape

We’ve been spending a lot of time out of doors lately – what with nice spring weather and plenty of projects to do such as the gazebo, trimming up fruit trees and gardening. While we still have some more planting to do, we’ll wait until after Mother’s day before we get the tomatoes, basil, peppers and some flowers into the ground.

So with a little lull in the outdoor activity it’s time to get back to work on the dining room…I know it’s been a while, but you do remember this mood board don’t you?

Whitney already mentioned the cane-backed chairs and table we picked up from a yard sale last fall, you know, this one:

After sitting in our garage for a bit we finally got around to spiffing it up, but not without a good sanding. I honestly think that sanding furniture is one of the worst jobs out there – I loathe it. But like I tell my son, we do hard things because it’s worth it.

So begrudgingly I got to work sanding down the legs and backs of the chairs. Sure, I’m probably supposed to sand these gently, but I can be quite impatient when it comes to this sort of stuff, so I whipped out the palm sander and some 100 grit sand paper.

Six chairs came as part of the set, with two of them having arms. Actually, one had both it’s arms while the other one was missing one of them.

I thought for a while about how I’d repair it until it donned on me that if I were to remove the arms altogether, I could patch up the holes and have them match the other four.

So that’s what I did. After taking out a few strategically placed screws and some taps with the hammer, off they came. I added a bit of wood filler to the holes and waited for it to dry before sanding it down smooth.

With the pieces all sanded and ready to go, I applied a coat of white Zinsser primer before busting out our trusty Canyon Cloud paint we’ve used before. I completely recommend using a pneumatic spray painter to apply the paint, it makes such a difference when working with latex, helping to avoid unsightly brush strokes.

Our other trick is to use 400 grit sand paper both between coats of paint as well as before the final clear coat finish. You can’t even tell where the arms were taken off of the chairs either. Nice!

With the seats all sanded and painted, it was on to the table top for a thorough sanding to remove the finishing lacquer and a couple decades worth of scratches and dings.

We’ve learned through experience that table-top surfaces, when painted, don’t hold up to the daily abuse. So it seemed that the newly sanded raw wood shouted up at me begging for a stain, but not before we tried out a wood conditioner first.

While we tested out our samples of stain, just as we had done with the bathroom vanity, our first coat of didn’t have quite the look we were going for, so we followed it with a coat of dark walnut.

The walnut added the darkness we needed but we put our own spin on the final product by lightly brushing on some watered-down Canyon Cloud before sanding it back down – to help give it a lighter look (a true testament to our indecisiveness).

The result was a highlighted table top that complemented our wood floors without competing too much with the other pieces in the room. A final coat or two of polyurethane finished up phase one of our dining project.
We promise as we get closer to revealing this table in full, we’ll have better shots of what we’ve done…gotta keep suspense somehow!

So what’s left? Those nasty cushions are in major need of an overhaul. Whitney spotted some striped fabric she thinks will work great and we’ve already begun dismantling the seats so we can recover them.

We’re excited to introduce this table into the dining room, but there is still lots more work to be done before we’re ready, including finding a table for the kitchen nook once we finally get this one done. The idea is that we can sell the table that currently resides in the dining room to make way, and the money that comes from that sale will either help fund the project, or at least help us get a new table for the kitchen.

While we’re playing dominoes with the tables, we’d love to see what furniture pieces you’ve been working on lately. Can’t wait to get inspired on Friday’s RRR party – see you then!

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