Project Elephant {#1} – TV tables

Project Elephant {#1} – TV tables

Okay you guys…I did it! I finished a project on my Project Elephant list!!

Wait, what?

Back to the beginning. I started a new challenge thanks to Abbie over at 5 Days 5 Ways.

(*side note: I just realized we have more than the parentheses in common…I love to have things centered on the page, and so does she! You guys, it might seriously be a match made in blog heaven…although, while I enjoy watching her 5 kids on her blog, I think I might honestly have an aneurysm if I had 3 more kids — 2 of whom are twins! For reals…She’s amazing.)

Anywho…she started a project on her blog called Project Elephant.

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The idea behind the project:

Q: How do you eat an elephant?

A: One bite at a time!

I’ll say it just like I said last week — GENIUS!

It seems so simple, but I mean, really…why didn’t I think of that?

You know when you’re so bogged down by all of the chaos and often insanity inducing activity life that happens every day, and then your project list just grows and grows? Before you know it, you can’t even bear the thought of cleaning out the refrigerator, and forget about washing the windows on the house, or — what’s even more — renovating that room!

So whether it’s a big or little project…I’ll be breaking it down into one bite at a time! If they are bigger projects, it will mean breaking them down into smaller steps, or completing smaller projects in their entirety. At one a week, I will be able to make a big dent in that list in no time!

Well here is my list now –

Project Elephant #1a

I did the TV tables! Wanna see ’em??

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Well, okay…I tricked you. This is what I started with.

They were a little beat up with some scuffs — nothing structurally wrong with them.

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The reason I chose not to just keep them black and cover up the marks was because all the furniture in my living room is black! While I love what I already have, I seriously just couldn’t add more black!

I’m trying to make a concerted effort to brighten it up in there…this was a good start!

These are the colors I chose, because I have some fabric in mind for later. We’ll see if I change my mind by the time I decide to do the project….

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I got these at Wal-Mart, and they are pretty cheap. I think they were around $4 a can. Also, I should have posted the picture twice, because each table actually needed two cans of paint.

Side note: If you have to spray paint anything other than a tiny little object, I recommend getting this little contraption:

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I got this at Wal-Mart, too, and let me tell you — this has changed my life.

It attaches to the spray paint can so that you can use the trigger, rather than pressing on that itty bitty little button and cramping your finger until it feels like it’s gonna fall off! I want to hug whoever invented this.

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Anyway…this also helped me to get a more even coat  because I wasn’t focused on my finger hurting. Lame, but true.

I should note here that I should have sanded the tables (while wearing a mask), but I was too impatient and I really wanted to get it done that day. However, if I was painting something more important or more “fancy”, I would do that step. You decide.

So now we can see some pictures of the tables:

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See why these needed two coats? Covering up the black was a little difficult.

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I applied one more coat, and then turned them upside down to get the bottoms.

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Then I let them dry, and…ta-da!!!

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I’m so excited to have these in my living room! We love having people over all the time, and this provides even more eating spots in the living room!

This bite of the elephant was delicious! Can’t wait to chow down some more this week!

Wanna see Abbie’s project? Check it out here. It’s a BOMB plate wall. So cute!

What about you? Did you do any projects for Project Elephant? Leave a link in the comments — I wanna see it! 

Friday’s Five Faves {#2}

Friday’s Five Faves {#2}

Welcome back to Friday’s Five Faves!

Wow, what a week! I have been working really diligently on getting my projects for Project Elephant, so stay tuned!

So until my first reveal on Monday, here are my 5 favorite things this week!

New Project – Project Elephant!

New Project – Project Elephant!

If you’ve never visited the blog  5 Days 5 Ways, you must! She’s amazing, and she has so much fun every day on her blog! Someday I’ll be  like Abbie…

*sigh*

Already, we share the love of the parentheses, so it just may happen!

Aaannyywaaaay…..one of her new projects is what she calls “Project Elephant“.

Friday’s Five Faves

Friday’s Five Faves

 

Okay I’m starting something new on Fridays.

It’s the day that my kids aren’t in school, so we are using it as a fun day around here. No time to post!

So instead, I am going to post 5 of my favorite pins from my Pinterest.

So…here’s my first Friday’s Five Faves!

Words – You Choose

Words – You Choose

Today I got hit over the head…with truth.

I have been feeling really guilty lately about how much of a yeller I am becoming. I’m not even sure how it happened. I mean, I know that I am loud by nature. I can be heard from miles around when I’m just chatting. But this is different. I’m yelling out of frustration.

So many times, it’s at my kids.

And then I want to curl up into a ball and cry. My poor children! What a terrible picture of their mom — as someone frustrated and taking it out on the people that she loves the most! 

Okay, so I freaked out. So what??

Wow.

Really. Wow. That’s all I have.

When I started my blog, I didn’t realize that within 5 posts, I would be at almost 1,000 views!

So when I started this blog, my biggest hope was that people who read this would first understand about me that I just want to be authentic and honest. In turn, I hoped that people would be vulnerable and open with me, too. I want this place to be a safe place.

And then I got almost 1,000 views.

A Baby Sprinkle!

A Baby Sprinkle!

My friend just had her second son a few weeks ago. He’s so precious! Of course, we had a baby shower.

But wait!

I learned something in the planning. Did you know that a baby shower for a second (or third…or fourth…) is called a SPRINKLE!?!? Get it? Not a full-blown rain shower, just a little sprinkle? Oooookaaaay….

Oh, yes? You knew this?

Dang.

Well…in any case….I didn’t know!

So…you can be sure that once I knew that….it was over! We had to have a sprinkle theme.

Wanna see??

My Snow Globe

My Snow Globe

I had some friends at my house a few weeks ago and as my boys were showing them their room in all of their excitement, one of my friends asked, “Okay, is your house always this clean?”

Ha!

That was just because I was having a party!

There was a time when my house looked like no one actually lived there. It was cozy, clean, and uncluttered. It was organized, and it was simple. Everything had a home (except, perhaps, for the pile of papers that inevitably ends up in some corner that I once thought was the bane of my very existence).

I know.

I sort of don’t even believe it myself!