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Picnic Table Makeover

Hello friends!  I know that I have been missing in action for a while, but you know how life can get very busy sometimes. Today I decided to finally show a project that is long overdue, but I did promise some folks I'd have it posted on here regardless, so here we go.

I started out with a plain, store bought, raw wood, picnic table and made it lovely with paint and stain.

It was rough on the surface and along the edges, not comfortable if you are using it for the summer months, so I had it completed sanded down to smooth out the surface.

Once everything was nice and smooth, I began the painting process. I started with chalk paint and used about three coats for this porous wood.

After I painted the bottom white and the paint was completely dry, I used a wax to give it a little sheen and to protect the surface. As you can see below, the top of the table is still raw. I wanted to make that wood look a bit aged, I used the same technique for the wood, as I did with the chalkboard frame.

I loved how it turned out.  I cannot wait to decorate with an Autumn theme.  The picnic table is
currently sitting in my kitchen area until we can get a breakfast table. In the mean time,
this is working out fine.
You can see below how the top turned out after the stain and wax.  This is a phone image.

I hope that you enjoyed it and have a great week!

Getting Started (Making a Book)

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I've wanted to make another book, but the idea of starting it is pretty daunting. What should 
I put in it?  How do I get organized? (Don’t get me started about getting organized.) It seems 
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I hope that you enjoy your book making experience!

Four Steps to Age New Pine

My new favorite item is the skinny chalkboard.  A couple of weeks ago I made a
Skinny Chalkboard, and featured it on this post.  I used a light stain on it,
but I was not completely satisfied with the color.
I wanted the frame to match my antique pine furniture,
so I had to make it look a bit old.  In my local hardware store they did not have
the stain I was looking for.  I decided to use a mix of colors to achieve the shade
I wanted for my frame.

There are several methods that you can use to get an aged wood look,
but that depends on what you are aiming for. I knew what I wanted and I went for it.

In order to remove the previous stain, I had the frame sanded.
After the frame had been sanded, I cleaned up any dust left behind.
The pine was back to it's original bare state.  To achieve the old look I
wanted, I did the following four steps:

Step 1. I used a pre-stain to condition the wood.  This helps prevent blotching. Follow instructions on the can.

Step 2. I used a driftwood stain next.  The driftwood stain is almost grey in color, so I rubbed it thin on the frame and wiped the excess off.

Step 3. Next, I gave it a semi-thick coat of the golden oak stain and let it dry completely.

Step 4. When the stain was completely dry, I rubbed on a dark wax. I waxed it on and waxed off excess wax leaving the wood looking darker and aged.

I love the new color on the frame, it matches the furniture perfectly.
Thank you for joining me today and hope that you were inspired.
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A Place for Your Travel Memories

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Traveling during the summer is a great time to make memories that you can cherish forever.  A trip to the Grand Canyon, to the lake or the mountains, serves as a canvas for awesome photos.  I remember heading over to the Disney Parks as a child with my family.  My dad could not always make it to our vacations, but we were able to share our adventures with him. We looked over the photos that my mom took of us on our outings and we recollected every moment. Those were the albums of the past and not in the best condition today. You can't bring everyone with you while traveling, but you can share what you loved about a place in a one of a kind travel book.  

This is the summer to create the book and preserve your memories, a custom travel journal documenting your favorite adventures—even to sell and fund your next trip.  Get step-by-step instructions and book ideas from great travel books created with Blurb to help you make a book you'll be proud of.

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