van was the man of the hour when dad came for lunch one day. he bought enough ice cream for the whole class, and van got to walk around with the ice cream bin and deliver it to everybody. we’ve got a great dad around here:)and here’s another pic when peter came to van’s school when he was here last month. van loved showing him off to all his friends
Archive for March, 2012
van wanted to earn some money to get this pokemon card that he really wanted for $17 (it was some over sized collectors thing) so we gave him the job of weeding the back yard and man was it a huge job. we told him that we’d probably give him around $10 but that we’d decide once he was finished- based on his attitude and how long it took. maybe he could do another job and get the rest of the money for the card.
he worked for 2 days on that thing and didn’t complain once. he’d come in for breaks now and then, but went right back out and kept going. we were so impressed with his attitude and the awesome job he did- we just got him the card without any extra jobs. such a great kid.
i wish i would’ve taken some before pics because the weeds were out of control, but here’s some of him working and one of his new card:)
(i love to see before and after/step-by-step pictures of how people make things, so i thought i’d share my little project with y’all in case you’re like me.)
so i was at the thrift store last week and found the top part of a cute little hutch for 20$ and brought it home. i wasn’t sure what i was going to use for the bottom piece, but i thought i’d figure that out later. i’ve been wanting to brighten things up in my house and add more color, so i was excited to do this piece. plus, i’ve had this other baker’s rack thing for like 10 years and it was time for something new (and i needed a project to remind myself that i’m good at something other than changing diapers). i decided to strip the paint because it had a bunch of layers, and i found out that i hate stripping paint. ugh. but i knew the fun part was coming so i carried on…
the fun part- sanding and distressing! (doesn’t take much to get me excited)
i took that baby outside and hit the crap out of it with a hammer, scratched it with a knife, put nail holes in it, and hammered screws all over it. then i used my distressing blades to make some nicks and grooves, and sanded it up. mia had fun helping.
then i painted it bright green!
so get this. i got this shelf thing a while back for ten bucks at the thrift store. it looked like it was a holder for pool cues? anyways, i got it to put in my laundry room to put shoes in, but it turned out to be the exact dimensions of the top piece! so excited. i wasn’t crazy about the pool cue look to the shelves, but i’ll worry about that later.
so i painted both pieces and tried to distress them the same as best i could (different wood underneath the paint). it’s not a perfect match, but i don’t think anyone else can tell but me. i cut a piece of wood and attached it to the top of the bottom piece to make a sturdy surface and a slight lip, and painted that as well. i decided not to strip the paint on the doors, and now i’m kicking myself for stripping the rest because it actually looks better- as far as the look i was going for with the white underneath. oh well, next time.
i painted the back piece and attached it, except it still didn’t look right. i ripped the drawers off my other baker’s rack and painted them green and glued them on. there, that’s better. and i put some paper on the shelves to cover up the non-shelf look (i still need to finish that up, i ran out of paper) and there you have it! i got some bright pillows to tie in the red that i already have, and i’m hoping that it doesn’t look too forced- but i don’t really care if it does because i’m liking it (btw catherine if you’re out there, i used the pillow shams you made and turned them into curtain shams). it took me about a week working through nap time and neglecting my housework, but it fed my creative urge and i got a colorful new piece for my kitchen so it was worth it.