Wednesday, May 27, 2015

How to Spray Paint Plastic Outdoor Furniture


With the weather nice out these days, we're spending more time outside--aren't you? But this year, I got fed up with our outdoor furniture, but our budget couldn't handle new chairs. So I decided to paint the furniture we already had...and I was surprised at how easy it was!


Do you have plastic exterior furniture that has seen better days?


You know, the furniture that you can scrub and scrub but it still won't return to the original color because of dirt stains...or because they are faded by the sun? We had some plastic furniture that was still in good shape, but everyone was afraid to sit on it because it just looked dirty. And we had some kids' furniture that was faded from the original bright colors...so I decided to take these pieces and make something that looks good—for just the price of a couple of cans of spray paint.


Now, before you run off and try this at home, please know that I didn't use regular spray paint. You want to use spray paint that is especially formulated for use on plastic—it bonds way better than regular spray paint. I used Valspar's spray paint for plastic that I found at Lowe's in Satin Apple and Cocoa Bean, but you can find this type of paint in other brands.

Make sure you clean off the plastic item as much as possible and allow to dry. Small children are useful for this step.


Then all you need to do is paint in thin, even coats. If you're going with a drastic color change, chances are your first coat will look like your furniture has leprosy. Do not panic; do not apply heavy coats. Allow to dry and continue applying thin even coats.


After about 3 coats, you'll find that you have a brand new look for your outside furniture!

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Menu Planning Monday 2015-05-25


I hope that you are having a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! We've been really productive here with painting, installing lights, working in the yard, cleaning, and shopping. What have you been working on this weekend? We're going to start the week off right tomorrow with  grilling--I see a lot of grilling this week with the temperatures topping 90. That, and crockpot meals.

Here's the plan for the week:




Monday: Cheeseburgers on the grill, Salad
Tuesday: Mini pizzas on Ciabatta, Apples
Wednesday: Barbecue Chicken (in the crockpot) Sandwiches, Salad
Thursday: Pancakes with Fruit and Sausages
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Hot Dogs and Italian Bean Salad


Sunday:  Apple Sausage Bean Hash, Bread


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Easy Antiqued Candlestick Remake

Isn't there something amazing about a fresh coat of paint(even when it's distressed)? I am os excited about these rustic candlesticks!


I love candlesticks. Not because I actually use candles with them, but because of their sculptural forms. Last summer, I painted a couple of candlesticks to make a nautical look, and this is what they looked like:


After living with them for almost a year, I decided that I wanted to simplify. That's part of the attraction of paint—how easy it is to redo. So now, instead of a drybrush heavily rustic look, I have a simple, lightly antiqued look where the form is the center of attention—not the finish.

The steps are pretty easy with this  painted piece. I simply lightly sanded the wax that was on the paint before to rough it up. Then I applied several coats of satin sheet latex paint – I used  Sweet Retreat by Clark & Kensington—I had a sample jar of this color, and it's a extremely light aqua color that just seems fresh to me. I did several coats, sanding between coats to cover up the previous dry brush effect.

When I had achieved the coverage I wanted, I lightly sanded the edges and a few other locations to gain a very light distressed look. In a few places, the distressing went down to the wood, but mostly I exposed the dark blue and gray behind the aqua. Then, I waxed the candlesticks with creme wax and buffed it to a high sheen. It almost looks like these candlesticks are enameled.


I love how a simple paint job can change the look of a piece so quickly! I'm off to more paint jobs...how about you?


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Chocolate Marshmallow Banana Push Pops

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered a grab box from Pick Your Plum, and was excited to see push pop molds in the package. You all know that we love a good popsicle around my house, and a fun shape is always welcome! I had to make some simple, 3 ingredient fruit popsicles for dessert. After all, I love simple desserts that include fresh fruit for my kids!


Here's what you need for 6 push pops:
3 ripe bananas
about 1 cup mini marshmallows
about 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Puree your bananas. You want a very smooth mixture.


You can either mix in your marshmallows and chocolate chips or alternate bananas with the chocolate and marshmallows for a more layered effect. Freeze overnight.


Enjoy! You can use regular popsicle molds, too, but I have to say that these little heart push pops are super cute!


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