Wednesday, April 18, 2012

King Size Bedroom Dressers

I have spent the past week exerting all my energy and extra time into two dressers.  Usually, a dresser can take a day to complete.  But, these two dressers measure over 6 feet in either length or height and were in need of a lot of tlc.  Everything that I've ever learned about furniture redos, I've put into these two pieces.

I completely forgot to post before pictures, so I grabbed these off of Craigslist before the previous owner deleted them off of the site.

Here is the long dresser that stands about 4.5 feet tall and over 6 feet in length:

The mirror sits on top and puts the completed piece over 6 feet tall.

Here is the tall dresser that stands over 6 feet tall:

After a grueling week of cleaning, filling in gaps with wood filler, gluing broken drawers together, sanding, painting several coats, hand sanding, glazing, adding a poly coat, & drilling new holes for the new hardware, I'm extremely happy to post the after pictures.

Let's see the before pictures one more time:

And again, here's the tall dresser before the redo:

Here's what I did:

1.  I found a gallon of "oops" light grey paint at Home Depot and picked up a few paint brushes.
2.  I cleaned up the dresser by wiping off all the tape residue and dirt.  
3.  I sanded down all the knicks in both dressers and filled in the gaps & holes with wood filler. 
4.  While the wood filler settled, I took off all the knobs and pulled out the drawers.

5.  Realizing that some drawers needed wood glue, I had to pull out the glue and start fixing them up.
6.  Once the wood filler settled, I sanded and smoothed out the areas.  
7.  It's ready to paint.  I mixed up some plaster with light grey and gave each dresser two coats.  (This took days and I made such a mess!)

8.  While each coat dried, I tried to be cheap and just reuse the knobs by painting them black.  

9.  They looked terrible & cheap!  So, I had to run to Home Depot and pick up new knobs.  They (nor Hobby Lobby) carried any drawer pulls that would fit the smaller holes, so I had to find a pull that would cover up the existing holes.  This is where I learned how to use my husband's drill & drill bits, but was done after the glaze was added.  

10.  I came home and gave each dresser a light, hand sanding to bring out some of it's character.
11.  I added a Metallic Glaze called Black Coffee to both pieces.  This was more work than I liked to share, but was worth it. 
12.  After the glaze was on, each dresser received a clear, poly coat. 
13.  All 30 drawer pulls were screwed in and drawers were put back in.


It's time to take a small break and pack up for our trip to Exponential in Orlando, FL as well as pack our home for the big move in just a few, short weeks. 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Rizo Sneak Attack: Operation "You've Been Egged!"

Last night, our family headed out to "Sneak Attack" some of our friends.  We do this periodically and want our kids to grow up considering others better than themselves. 

Here's how "Rizo Sneak Attack" works.  First, we dress up all in black as to not be seen by our "victims".  Our missions are always done in the evenings. 

Then, we write up a few quick signs to display on the front doors.  You can make your signs as beautiful as you'd like.  We, however, chose the handwritten method.

Next, we load up the car with all our eggs, tape, & signs.  And while we're doing that, our kids escape and try running down the street. 

Once we are all in the car and close to our destination, my husband puts in the Mission Impossible's theme song.  This gets the adrenaline pumping. 

Since the youngest three are ages 4, 3, & 1, they usually stay in the van with me.  Josiah and Sergio complete each mission by depositing the "goods", ringing the doorbells, & sprinting to the van which is parked at the corner. 

There is much laughter & joy after each mission is completed.  Our kids think it is the best and we are blessed by our time together. 

Here's a few ways that you can "Sneak Attack" your friends and neighbors:

1.  It all begins with relationships.  Meet your neighbors and hear their stories.  Who are they?  What do they like?  Go deeper in your friendship and discuss struggles, needs, and ways that you can pray for them. 

2.  Listen carefully.  There is always someone fighting a hard battle.  Once you overhear of a need, that's your cue to "bless" them.  Let's start taking care of one another!  If your friend is struggling to buy food, go to the store and pick up some items for them.  If your neighbor is in financial need, you can tape an envelope to their door with a little bit of extra cash.  It doesn't have to be much to bless, encourage, and love on those around you. 

3.  Plan out your own special mission with your kids.  Get them involved and allow them to own it.  Play together.  Laugh together.  They will grow up with these memories and you'll be deeply blessed with them, too.

If you "Sneak Attack" your friends, family, or neighbors, I'd love to hear about it!  Send me your stories!

"Live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep his tongue from evil
and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.  For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also he went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him."
 I Peter 3:8-21

To all those in our lives, beware!  We may be coming after you next!  No one is safe! 

Friday, April 6, 2012

Painting Dressers & Desks

It's been a busy few weeks!  I've been working hard on hunting down cheap pieces of furniture to fix up and sale on the Beloved Craigslist.  This post is dedicated to the recent transformations as well as a few oldies.

The last two projects were completed and sold within two days.  My dear husband is bringing home 2 dressers, a desk, a nightstand, & a bookcase for this week's workload.  There was a dear lady changing out her daughter's bedroom furniture & blessed us with paying close to nothing for her "old" furniture! 

I'm not sure what I enjoy most, the treasure hunt or the reward.  Either way, every dime goes towards the purchase of our new home and I'm having a blast meeting all kinds of Nashvillians! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Missional Motherhood: Wisdom Shared

While out running a quick errand, I hear the kids arguing from the backseat of our van.  I take a few deep breaths before speaking.

"Kids, please stop arguing and use kind words when speaking to one another."

"BUT, MOM, LYDIA SPIT ON ME!"  Josiah shouted.

I decided to address his response before talking with Lydia.

"Josiah, what do you need to do because she spit at you?"

He jokingly replied, "Punch her in her face!"  Laughing begins to commence from all.  He knows and has been taught repeatedly that we do not hit.

"Josiah, you are not to punch your sister.  You are called to forgive her."

"WHAT?!" He was confused.  "But, Mom, she didn't even say sorry to me!"

"She doesn't have to in order for you to forgive her."

Here's where wisdom is shared.  Julie St Clair spoke into my dear friend Dawn's life yesterday who then imparted it on me and I taught it to my children this morning.  (I love the body of Christ!)

"Josiah, do you know what tomorrow is?"


"Tomorrow is Good Friday.  Do you know why we remember Good Friday?"

"Because Jesus died."  He simply replied.

"Yes, Josiah, because Jesus died.  However, Good Friday has many lessons for us to learn.  One of the most important lessons is to forgive.  Do you know what the people who Jesus loved, cared for, and came to save did to him?"

"They killed him, Mom."

"Yes, they did.  They beat him, spit on him, made fun of him, and did many things to him.  He came to seek and save them and do you see how they treated him?  Did He look up to Heaven and say, 'God, I am not going to forgive them because they have not apologize to me first?"

With tears in my eyes because of my own convicted heart, I continued, "No, he didn't say that.  His response was this:  He looked up to Heaven and said, 'God forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.'"

"Josiah, if Jesus could be hit, spit on, made fun of, and beaten by those He loved, don't you think that we can do the same thing when someone hurts us?  Josiah, I want you to remember this: the hardest part is not to forgive, it's choosing to forgive."

He looked over at Lydia, and said, "I'm going to forgive you, but don't think that you can spit on me again!"

Well, it's a little victory.

This weekend, let's take a deep breathe when our kids act out.  Let's become slow to anger.  And let's point our dear blessings back to the cross.

Because He Lives!

He Loves!

He Redeems!

And He Forgives!  

May your homes be filled with many opportunities to share the story of Christ with your children this weekend!

(Also, can someone in Joplin, please hug both Julie St Clair & Dawn Goerke for me?!  It takes a village to raise my family & their part has not gone unnoticed!!)