Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words....


They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  Well, let's look back on Eliah as a two year old, shall we?!

Words can not describe how much we love him!

Happy birthday to our sweet, Eliah!   We are truly honored to be your parents!  You're one amazing kid!

Naptime Success: Chippy Desk Transformation

Sergio and I have some exciting news!  After living in Nashville for almost a year, we are now in the process of purchasing a home!  I have loved my neighborhood tremendously and thinking of leaving them is difficult.  The kids have made some sweet friendships and we've created lots of memories together!  It's a bittersweet time for our family.

We all know that with a home purchase comes a down payment.  So, here's my warning to you: This blog is not intended to be all about furniture transformations; however, this is now my current job to support our family's down payment goal.

Today's post is to showoff my naptime project.  If you're interested in supporting your family's income and want to jump on the furniture bandwagon, then I'd suggest beginning with a small piece of furniture and post it on Craigslist.

Here are a couple of before pictures:

I really liked all the character of the desk.  It's not a bad desk, but not pretty enough to double or triple my profit as is.

So, after combing Behr's paint with baking soda to make homemade chalk paint, the desk now looks like this:

I am not a professional painter nor am I a perfectionist; hence the paint on the ground in the above picture. 

Here's my confession: "I sand off all my mistakes!".  And now you know why all my pieces are given an "aged" look.  I don't really mind the chippy look.  It gets noticed and sells quickly.  And that is exactly why I do what I do.

How about another quick before and after shot?!

Now, off to sell this desk and to work on a $20 dresser!

Friday, March 16, 2012

China & Chicken Wire

One of my favorite things to find is free furniture that can easily be restored.  But today's post is to show off a dear piece that was given to me by my buddy, Liz.  She was moving into her current home and this piece was left in there and she had no use for it.

It was love at first sight.  I have been holding onto it for about 2 months because I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it.  It has three sections, but only the left side still had glass.  When I looked into purchasing glass, it was going to be $200+ for the glass to be curved and installed.  That was a little above my price range.

While searching Pinterest to find another option, I stumbled upon a few cabinets that caught my eye.  I really liked the chicken wire as a cheap alternative.  Here's my inspiration:


I loaded up the kids and off to Home Depot we went.  I spent a whopping $30 on wire & cutting scissors.  The paint was already on-hand from a previous project.

I absolutely love this cabinet!  When my husband's father passed away, my husband inherited his dishes.  They have been stored in the garage for almost a year with no place to be displayed.

The inside of the cabinet was left alone.  I think that it has a nice contrast of both light and dark to it.

The outside was painted in white and lightly sanded by hand.  The chicken wire was painted white as well.  And what about that vintage, skeleton key?!

Here's another shot of before:

And after:

My father-in-law passed before I knew him.  It has been a joy combining our styles together to create this lovely piece of furniture.


Friday, March 2, 2012

11 Years & Counting...

"give me love, love, love, love, crazy love"  -Van Morrison

Tomorrow marks 11 years for Sergio and I.  As I was going through some of our pictures, I thought it would be fun to share "us" through the years....

College Sweethearts! (2000)

Every weekend, we traveled to Tyro, KS to serve alongside wonderful people @ Tyro Christian Church. (2000-2002)
Sergio arrived TWO HOURS LATE to our wedding rehearsal!! (2001)
I forgave him!  (2001)
He told me that I could get a, I brought home two! (2002)

We graduated together from Ozark Christian College (2003)
We ministered with Ninos de Mexico as teachers and then were houseparents for 13 beautiful children. (2003-2006) 
Josiah was born in Mexico. (2004)
We were expecting our sweet girl, Lydia, in 2007!
And she came bearing the sweetest, chunkiest cheeks!
I'm a blessed woman!
Eliah was on his way when Lydia turned 6 months! (2009)
By this time, we haven't slept in months..maybe years!  (2009)

And, before Eliah was 1, we were expecting Clara!  (2010)
Sergio is my partner in crime when it comes to hosting Murder Mystery Parties!  (2011)
Seriously, one of the best parties EVER!!  1920's Murder Mystery Party!!
Waiting to be wheeled off for my 4th c-section and wondering what Baby #4 would bring to our family.
From the moment the doctor pulled her head out, she screamed for 24 hours STRAIGHT!  I cried a lot that day!
We're crazy out-numbered, but aren't they sweet!
Sometimes...Sergio and I just look at each other and laugh.  Our kids are nuts and we're just trying to survive! 
If I'd have to do it all over again, I'd say "yes" a thousand times over.
Sergio, thanks for choosing me!  I'm looking forward to the next 11 years & counting with you!

Let's always do our best to....
  • Serve together as a fierce duo for the Lord
  • Hug tightly even when the kids shout out "gross"
  • Cheer on the Chicago Bears as I pretend to love them as much as you do
  • Fight for each other, not against each other
  • Hold hands at all times and everywhere
  • Flatter each other's changing appearances
  • Kiss goodbye in the mornings and goodnight in the evenings
  • Encourage one another through our insecurities
  • Be patient always
  • Laugh uncontrollably
  • Wrestle (and I'll sometimes let you win!)
  • Never sleep while still angry, but to forgive graciously
  • Give each other the benefit of the doubt
  • Dance until our kids are embarrassed & continue to do so thereafter
  • Pray without ceasing
Happy 11th Anniversary, Sergio!  I love you!