A homemaker’s (or renting-maker’s) life is all about change. There’s always something to adjust, measure, rearrange, paint, or chuck and replace. Growing up, my Grandma was always about some project. I can remember opening the front door and finding my Grampy in one of the two same spots – the kitchen or reading on his day bed. I’d ask him where Grandma was and he’d always say something different: “in the garage”, “on the roof”, “in the garden”, “the dining room”, “by the fireplace”, or the most likely answer, “*shrug*” (which loosely interprets to “no idea but good luck!”). It does the heart good to be busy.
My humble list is nothing like super-Grandma’s but I have embarked on a few endeavors that have made her proud. My most recent project was turning this:
Here’s how I did it.
Step 1: Picked my color (cool pallet here):
and bought my Milk Paint. Heads up, the colors listed in the pallet are Chalk paint but Milk paint is where it’s at. Just ask Miss Mustard Seed.
Step 2: Cleaned my coffee table. Notice how this step is not sand my coffee table? Milk paint is awesome because you don’t need to sand your furniture! Easy.
Step 3: Paint that puppy!
Step 4: Wait for it to dry (20ish minutes)
Step 5: Paint another coat
Step 6: Wait for it to dry. (This time wait 30ish minutes)
Step 7: Add a coat of furniture wax. Since I worship Miss Mustard Seed I would obviously recommend her wax:
Warning: the wax brush can get pretty pricy but it might be worth the investment. Check out this bodacious brush:
I introduce Waxwell. Isn’t he a hunk?
Step 8: Antique it! A little sand paper on the edges will do the trick.
Step 9: Replace those fug handles! I ended up picking these rope handles:
Step 10: Rearrange your entire living room to accommodate new coffee table.
Have you had any proud Grandma projects lately? Share your ideas with our readers!