Wednesday, June 24, 2015

DIY Side Table Redo

 

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Mike found this little gem on the side of the road a couple of years ago. It was in the basement just waiting for some love. It was a nice solid piece but clearly no one has the insight into what it could become like Mike did.

side table before

He started out by stripping the top with citrus paint removed. Then came sanding and staining. He finished it with a couple of coats of latex polyurethane. On the bottom he painted it with Annie Sloane chalk paint in antibes green. He gave it a coat of clear wax and then a light coat of dark wax. Then he finished it off with light distressing with sandpaper.

The dark wax definitely toned down the green which is actually a lot brighter. It’s the same green he used for the side table in Lincoln’s nursery.

It turned out super cute and would make a great side table or foyer table. We didn’t have room for it so we sold it at our recent garage sale to our neighbor down the street. She seemed pretty excited to snap it up so I glad it went to a good home.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Lincoln’s 19 Month Update

 

Lincoln turned 19 months old last week. This kid never ceases to amaze me. He has started talking a lot more and is starting to know more words than I can list. He repeats a lot of what we say but he is starting to identify a lot more on his own. He got a stuffed Minion (from Despicable Me) for his birthday and Mike would always play with him and say “minion!” The other day he saw a minion in a commercial and yelled “minion!” Then he saw one on a box of candy at the movie store and proudly exclaimed “minion!” We’ve only ever watched half of the movie one time and he has identified with this silly little minion. He is also getting really good a please and thank you. He’s starting to say thank you on his own whenever I hand him something. It gets me every time.

He has become quite the little climber and has to climb on everything. It’s pretty funny to watch how he gets up on some pieces of furniture. He’s really quite clever. When he wants to get on the front porch couch he kicks his little foot up onto the coffee table to propel himself up. When he wants to get on our bed, he puts his foot onto the tiny ledge made by the bed frame to boost himself up. Other things he likes to climb on include, the stove, the baby gate, the side of the dining room chair, the dining room table, his y bike seat and basically anything he can hang or get his feet on.

Lincoln has also started walking down the stairs instead of scooting down on his belly. He holds on to the handrail and my hand and then walks down like a big boy. He will do it all by himself on the front porch and back deck too. It’s fun to see him being able to do it himself but it also spells trouble because not only can he walk down the steps but he also figured out how to open the front storm door. If he really wants to get out it doesn’t take much for him to take off.

We’ve been spending tons of time outside because he is in love with being “side.” We play almost every night in the backyard and have been spending time exploring our local playground. We have tons in our area and have only scratched the surface on the available ones. There is a small one within really close walking distance of our house and a much bigger one a little bit down the road. It’s a longer walk or a quick bike ride. We recently braved a crazy busy garage sale (we got stuck in a traffic jam!) to score a little tricycle. Lincoln’s feet don’t quite touch the petals yet but he loves being pushed around on it. It’s actually a bit of a workout!

We’ve been going through a bit of a fussy time too. Lincoln had a little cold/allergy episode that made him a poor little crank for a week. I don’t blame him because I wasn’t feeling well either. He is also getting much more opinionated with pretty much everything. He likes to pick out his shoes to wear and cries if you put the wrong pair on. He like to pick out the food he is going to eat and cries if you pick the wrong thing. He likes to pick out the book he wants to read and refuses to listen if you pick the wrong one. We are definitely working more on choices because he is happiest when he can choose the option he prefers.

He is still an amazing eater although he does get picky about what he wants to eat sometimes. If he likes something then look out because he will eat forever. If he doesn’t like it he will either, spit it out, spit it out and hand it to me/Mike or (my favorite) throw it across the room. He is developing quite the arm and also an obsession with throwing everything. Maybe he is practicing for a future in pro sports :)

We have been having so much fun this summer and I will get an update out next on our Summer Bucket List.

 

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Playing “water golf”

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On the swing at the park

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Putting his shoes on

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On his new tricycle (his legs need to grow just a little bit)

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chevron Coffee Table Redo

 

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It’s time to start sharing some projects around here. Mike has been working hard to redo some of the furniture in our basement. Ok, I helped a little but it was mostly him. This vintage coffee table we got at a garage sale when I was pregnant with Lincoln. It has been hanging out in our basement forever waiting for inspiration to strike. While what Mike did was not complicated it was really hard to think of a good idea for this piece.

 

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The before

Mike painted it with a sample pot of Valspar from Lowe’s. They sell sample pots you can get mixed to your color preference and they are perfect for painting small projects like this one. He left the spindles the original color for some contrast.

We struggled with a design idea for the top. Originally Mike painted a stencil on top but it just didn’t look right. The next idea was to try a chevron design. He used chevron Frog tape to create the perfect chevrons and gold metallic paint from Jo-Ann. Then Mike went over everything with a dark Annie Sloane wax to give it an aged appearance.

The handles were spray painted to update the look and this table was finally done. We thought about selling it but after all our hard work we tried it out in the living room to replace our oversized ottoman and fell in love. It fits well and is easy to move out of the way because of the wheels. I would love to paint our current side table to match it. Maybe that will be Mike’s next project...

Chevron coffee table redo

Chevron coffee table redo

Chevron coffee table redo

Chevron coffee table redo

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

May Gardening

 

Another month of blooming has gone by so it’s time to share some more garden pictures. I spent my Memorial Day weekend planting annuals, dividing Black Eyed Susan’s and pulling some pesky weeds. I also got our veggie and herb garden planted a few days later. I got my seedlings in and planted a ton of seeds.

I discovered I have a little garden helper. Lincoln was thrilled to help me dig in the dirt and get my pots ready. He was quite obsessed with the shovel and imitated everything I was doing. It was the cutest thing ever. My only hope is that he doesn’t pull out all the tiny seedling before they get a chance to grow since he also has an obsession with picking flowers blooms. We are working on saying “flower” and “pretty” and learning not to pick them. We’ll see how that goes lol.

My May blooms were looking pretty good this year but I have a hole in my bloom time. The end of May (right now) there isn’t a whole lot going on. My Siberian Iris and chives are blooming and my lilac bush is ending. There is nothing in my large main bed so it looks a little sad.

I have a couple of chives plants that I just moved my back veggie bed to the front and just squeezed them in. They have pretty purple flowers right now so I think they will give the bed the pop of color that it needs. They are super hardy so hopefully they will do well. The soil isn’t the greatest and it tends to be on the wet side for some reason so I struggle with some flowers not doing well. Plus it’s part shade so that rules out a lot of flowers I would like to try. And the other issue I have is that I am running out of room to add anything else so I have to be selective about what goes in.

I planted a ton of petunias in the back yard that we got on clearance (they were in perfect condition so I was happy to buy them on markdown.) I haven’t had much luck with them in the front though so I got some impatiens for the front bed and calibrachoa for my hanging baskets. We just need to mulch the front bed and plant the impatiens and we should be done planting flowers for season.

I had lots of action in the month of May.

 

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Azalea

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Allium buds

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Allium in full bloom

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Lilac bush

Lilac bush. So many blooms this year!

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Lilac bloom

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Siberian Iris

Chives

Chives

Chives

Chives

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Summer Bucket List



There is so much I want to do this summer that I created a Summer Bucket List. I want to appreciate Northeast Ohio a little more and really enjoy this summer so I have researching some places to check out plus in addition to some things we have talked about doing but never gotten around to. I tried to get a mix of kid and adult activities (but Lincoln will be accompanying us on most of these trips.)

This may be completely unreasonable and is not set in stone. I love to plan so I wanted to get a list going and I will just call it a work in progress. I plan on giving updates and sharing what we do or don’t accomplish and how the list evolves over the Summer. When I say Summer I am basically referring to the months where it is warm enough to enjoy being outside in Northeast Ohio :)

I’m going to break this up into a couple of different categories. Clearly doing something that is five minutes away is going to be much easier than anything that is an hour away or more. We’ve actually already started working through the list so I already can cross off a couple of things.


To Do- In Cuyahoga Falls
Play in the fountain downtown
Go to a Friday night concert downtown
Italian Fest
Waterworks
Keyser Barn Summer Concert Series
Concert at Blossom
Cuyahoga Falls Library
Local playgrounds
Wading Pools
Riverfront Cruise In
Kids Carnival (7/23)


To do- Close By
Fishcreek Road Firehouse Park
Rubber Ducks Game
Hale Farm
Akron Zoo
Stow Library
Visit as many Metroparks as possible for biking and hiking
Explore the Cuyahoga Valley National Park trails
Stan Hywet- Done

To Do- 30 minutes plus
Great Lakes Science Center
Natural History Museum
Botanical Gardens
Cleveland Zoo
Headlands Beach
Indians game
Cleveland Flea
Cleveland Aquarium
Holden Arboretum
Cleveland Children's Museum
Stearns Homestead Farm (Parma)
Malabar Farm (Lucas)
Lake Metroparks Farmpark (Kirtland)
Hinkley Reservation
Preston Hope Playground (Beechwood)

Restaurants to Try
Laziza
Newdle Bar
Flipside
Lager and Vine
Red Tomato Grill
Nuevo Modern Mexican and Tequila Bar
Katsu sushi
Moe’s Restaurant
The Wine Mill Winery
Kiflis Restaurant and Bakery
Flurys Café
Darby’s Done

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