Thursday, June 7, 2012

thanks, white paint and ice-cream.

Thanks for all the love you sent to my new sofas!  Jilly just informed me that her upholsterer detached the legs from the frame of her vintage sofa and inserted a 5 inch piece of wood to make it taller.  Now I keep finding myself staring at mine, wondering if I could somehow do the same…?

I had a neighbor ask me yesterday why I paint everything white.  At first I was confused and then I realized that they were talking about my primer.  I guess as they drive by, more often than not, everything is white!
But it doesn't usually stay that way.  This dining set got a nice coat of black paint this morning.
But not without a lot of blood, sweat and tears.
I started using a new paint and the learning curve has been quite steep.  This morning, I finally figured out how to adjust the nozzle and pressure settings on my gun for this thinner paint.  Phew.  I'm so glad…I was really starting to sweat it and I just about quit and switch back to what I know.

My parents are in town (they moved from here in AZ to New Hampshire at the beginning of the year) and they took my older three kids to the cabin (last year's cabin photos here and here), leaving this little pip-squeak behind.
In celebration, we headed to the local ice-cream shop where they sell my childhood favorite - Thrifty's ice-cream.  Every time we go there it brings back memories of riding my bike to the local Thrifty's to get a scoop of rainbow sherbet.  Mmmmm - my favorite. 

19 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! I had no idea your parents moved to New Hampshire! What in the world are they doing out there!?

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    1. Seriously a bummer! My dad got a different job out there, but they're planning to come back after they retire.

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  2. those are the cutest pictures of char!

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  3. I love the satiny finish of the black paint! And your kids are sooo adorable!!

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  4. That dining set looks gorgeous! Were you using Benjamin Moore Advance? Because I used that on a few pieces recently and it definitely took some getting used to, even with a brush!

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    1. I just switched from an oil to a waterborne pre-cat lacquer. the lacquer is like water and sprays so differently than oil!

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  5. I want to move to your town just to eat Thrifty's ice cream! Such great memories of that stuff!! And your pieces look beautiful, as always!

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  6. So pleasantly surprised when I stopped by today and found you're back to blogging (and that I had several post to catch up on). I'm inspired and encouraged and happy to see your family healing and living such a beautiful story.

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  7. Ah, Thrifty's! Bubblegum was my favorite back then. I think my kiddos need to experience Thrifty's!

    Those photos of your sweet girl are adorable!

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  8. I was just thinking that it had been a long time since I ran into you mom at the grocery store. Now I know why. Tell her hello for me...she has always been and still is one of my favorites!

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  9. I am glad to see your finally using the lacquer...you will love it! Not only because of the incredible durabiltiy for your customers, but because of the fact that the drying time is so fast and you will breeze thru your pieces!

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  10. AnonymousJune 09, 2012

    Try this site, they have every thing you might need to fix your sofas.

    http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/

    deb

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  11. You have a beautiful blog with a lot of inspiring posts! Congrats on your work! Would you like t follow each other?:)

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  12. Michelle CJune 10, 2012

    Hi,

    I've just discovered your blog, and I love it! I will be an avid reader from now on.

    I was hoping that you could answer a question for me. I'm considering buying some faux wishbone chairs with the paper/rattan wrapped seats. The originals ($$$$$$) come in such beautiful colors, but the cheap ones don't. Soooooo I want to paint them of course! My question is how would you mask/wrap/protect the paper/rattan seat so as to not get paint on it? Any hints you could pass along would be much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Good question. I would probably just plastic and tape like crazy. Unfortunately, I don't have any nifty tricks for you.

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  13. I spy a familiar dresser back there! Love the blog.

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  14. That's funny about the primer...lots of chatter in your neighborhood about you I bet! :) Enjoy the time with one kid..and happy weekend! :)

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  15. Do you happen to have a photo of Jilly's couch?

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