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Makeover Monday – Painting Over Potato Chips

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Last week there was a day where all 3 children had quiet time and nap time at the SAME time! This is an unheard of day so what was a mom to do?

Well what I wanted to do was open that bag of potato chips my husband snuck into our cabinet, sit on the couch and turn on Netflix. I kept peeking into the cabinet, contemplating my options and consequences. I glanced at the picture that was hanging in my dining room and back into the cabinet. Oh how I wanted to tear those chips open and slump on the couch. I’ve done it before and it is quite nice.

But….

It’s January and in January I should be doing no such thing. In January I should be sticking with my goals a little more strictly. Which means that I should choose the painting over potato chips. My goal for the year is to update our house as frugally as possible which basically means, paint everything. I’m trying to lighten up all the brown so other than my table DIY project in January there was also this picture that I wanted to paint white. So the struggle,

Potato chips or paint, potato chips or paint?

You would be so proud, I certainly was. I chose… Drumroll Please

PAINTING!

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This is the final result. I’m not gonna get too close with the camera because sadly it isn’t as perfect as I would like and probably needs another coat but for now I’m liking the look of it and how it kinda brightens up that wall. And I’m liking that I didn’t have to explain a half empty or (lets be honest) a completely empty chip bag.

Here’s to painting over potato chips!:)

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Makeover Monday – Old Oak Table

Im pretty sure that spring or so of last year I promised more dIY projects by me. You can read about that here. Then nothing happened until a couple months ago I started watching Fixer Upper on Netflix. Not only do I just love Chip and JoJo but I love pretty much everything they do. So my virgin DIY self started getting antsy! I’ve never actually tackled most of the DIY projects that I yearn to do on pinterest so this is my year to turn my house and everything in it around. Major house makeover. As a family we are practically spilling out of it with the 5 of us so our plan is to put it up for sale in 2017 which means we need to update it on a budget to get it ready. I’m hoping that mostly paint will do the trick but I know that in the long run new flooring is needed and a cabinet makeover for sure. But that’s months away.

Here’s what I started with. This old oak table.

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My parents gave it to me after my dad made them a new one. I grew up with this table. My sisters and I all had our designated seats for dinner. Many a memories at this table and I’m thrilled that I will get to use it for my family. But that honey oak color isn’t my favorite by any means which really stinks for me because everything in my house is that color; trim, doors, cabinets, floor. So an update is definitely due. Now this being my first actual do it yourself project I had to call my mom. She came out and showed me how to do a couple things and ta-dah, a wee bit later we had this.

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Supplies and the “how” behind it:

Sander
Paint brushes (We didn’t use anything fancy)
123 Bullseye Primer
White Paint
Stain
Polyurethane

I sanded the top and sides but left the bottom glossy. My first time using a power sander, lets just say I felt the power! It made me very giddy like a school girl. The primer we used for the base is supposed to go over any surface so we went for it. My mom started staining the top, one section at a time and waited 3 minutes before wiping stain off.

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I started painting the bottom of the table with the primer. This is the only picture I got after stain and primer was applied.

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This is what we used for the top of the table and the bottom of the table.

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Sorry my can of white paint has seen better days.

I’m a bit in love with this table and can’t believe how amazing it looks.

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The plan is to get long benches for both sides and I updated a couple of the matching chairs to the table to go at the end.

One question I still have. Should I rough up the white bottom of the table and make it a little more rustic and farm house like? I think I know what JoJo would do but what do you guys think?

My first Makeover Monday under my belt and hopefully there will be many more to come!

Fast Food Free – Continued

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It’s been just about 2 months since this crazy mommy gave up fast food for our family. Which you can read about here.┬áIt started with a conversation over hamburgers and fries that were not homemade and ended with me saying “This is the last time we are going to eat at-INSERT FAST FOOD NAME HERE- for awhile.” And that was that. 2 months later and it’s been hiccup free!

NOT

The first couple weeks were the hardest. Almost every time we passed those golden arches my kids asked it we could stop for “just a few fries”. Their words not mine. And those times that they didn’t ask, I had to fight the urge not to turn into that lingering and forever convenient drive thru just to get my kids to stop fighting or screaming or having an emotional fit with tears and all. How easy is it just to turn in and soak those tears up with some sesame seed buns. Then there were those moments when we were all legitimately hungry because mommy forgot to pack sandwiches on a busy day full of lots of car time. Those moments I almost caved in. I almost made excuses and I almost threw out my previous commitment, ready to title it as another failed attempt at bettering our lives. But guess what, I didn’t cave in and just kept driving. Yay me.

When I say bettering our lives I’m really not over exaggerating, here are a few positives I’ve noticed since quitting the fast food craze.

OUR BUDGET

We’ve noticed a huge shift in our cash money. (I love me some budgeting) I went back to the month of August on our bank statement and we spent exactly 110.72 on fast food. That’s just over 100 dollars a month savings. To me that seems steep and makes me a little more grossed out at how much we were actually eating fast. Now with this freed up money it allows us to actually go to nice restaurants a couple times a month as a family and sit down and enjoy an experience. I’m thrilled by this.

HEALTH

My kids have had fast food twice since we’ve started this, once when their aunt took them and once with their Nana. Just to keep this short and sweet and prove my point. My two year old daughter puked up her fast food fries in the middle of the night. At this point it had been about a month since they’d had fast food fries. If barfing doesn’t make this project worth while I don’t know what will.

TRYING KNEW THINGS

My kids aren’t as picky now. They try more things at dinner time and honestly so do I. I’ve been experimenting with recipes and adding more variety into our menu. Even my husband eats his vegetables better because I’m getting more creative with making them.

To think, all of this from a simple change in our eating habits. I know that my husband still has an occasional burger or taco on his lunch breaks and he’s a grown up, I gotta let the man be but as a family we are rocking this fast food free lifestyle so far. It hasn’t been especially easy but it’s been well worth the fight. I’m excited to continue on this journey with my lovely Lanes. I would encourage everyone to give it a try. Let me know if you decide to jump on the fast food free train with us!

Here’s to conscious eating!