Archives for August 2016

08.18.16

Painting A Dresser For The Nursery

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After moving into our new home we had this dresser in our garage waiting for a purpose. We decided that we could use it in the nursery but it would need a good paint job. Tom wasn’t confident in our ability to paint a piece of furniture well. I had a Home Right paint sprayer that I had not been able to use yet, and I decided that this would be the perfect beginner project. The dresser was wood not cheap laminate so it was worth it to re-use it. I decided to use latex paint from Sherwin Williams in the color Alabaster. Alabaster has a lot of popularity and I see why. It’s a beautiful white that isn’t too bright and just creamy enough. It is imperative that you sand and prime your piece before painting it. This will make all of your hard work last a lot longer. This is especially important when using latex paint because it can peel.

I started by sanding down the furniture with my palm sander. I used medium to light grit sand paper. After sanding wipe the dust off with a damp cloth. Once it’s dry you can start priming. I used the Sherwin Williams wood primer and a foam roller. I could have used my paint sprayer, but we thought a roller would be better.

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We let the primer dry a full day before painting. I unboxed my Home Right paint sprayer for the first time and read all the instructions. After a little effort my paint was thin enough and ready to paint. Over the span of 2 days I sprayed 3 light coats to cover the dresser. It was a learning experience seeing how heavy and light to spray the furniture to avoid drips. Of course there were imperfections that I had to sand away and spray over. But I can’t recommend this sprayer enough! It made the job so smooth and easy. I could have painted the 3 coats in 1 afternoon with the sprayer, but I didn’t have the energy to be honest.

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I sprayed the third coat of paint and waited a full day to be sure the paint dried completely. Then I sealed it with MINWAX Polyacrylic in a semi-gloss finish. I chose semi gloss because this would be in a babies room and the slick finish would make it easier to clean.  I sprayed 2 coats of the Polyacrylic and then I was done. It’s amazing how accomplished painting a piece of furniture can make you feel. It’s hard work but so worth it. It’s much easier with a paint sprayer! This was a great piece to learn how to use my Home Right on. I’m excited to use it to paint the ugly oak cabinets in our master bedroom. I’ll probably try chalk paint on the cabinets. I’ve heard a lot of good things about that type of paint.

I didn’t want the hassle of painting the pulls so I just went to Home Goods and bought more. They were a STEAL at 6 for $9.99. I love the glass and white combination for a nursery. The dresser came out so good. There are imperfections, but I’m ok with them. I knew there would be imperfections since I was just learning to paint with my sprayer. Even with the imperfections, the dresser looks SO much better than it would if I used a brush or roller. I hope to get the energy to start painting my cabinets next. Maybe nesting will kick in and give me that boost soon.

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08.11.16

Clean Hard Toilet Rings!

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Where we live we have pretty bad hard water. Our toilets had hard rings around them when we moved in. I tried to clean them with regular toilet cleaners and it did nothing. There is nothing worse than going into a guest bathroom and having it be filthly. Cleaning hard water stains are easy, it just takes a few extra steps. For everyday cleaning I recommend keeping a Clorox ToiletWand in every bathroom. Those disposable scrubbers are miracle workers for dirty toilets. But here is what you need to clean the impossible hard toilet rings:

  • Clorox ToiletWand
  • Pumice Stone (Walmart or home depot)
  • Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Cleaning Gel
  • Rubber Cleaning Gloves

First step is to use your handy Clorox Wand to clean your toilet. This will get any stains or gunk off before you go in with the stone.
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Now you can go in with your pumice stone. Make sure you wear your gloves! Scrub your toilet hard, don’t worry about scratching it. The pumice stone will start to disintegrate and you’ll see gray specs all over. Keep scrubbing anything you need to get off. Scrub over the ring a few times then flush the toilet and look to see if you missed a spot. I like to go over the ring again just to make sure I got everything off.

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TADA! Look how clean that toilet looks now! It’s restored back to your porcelain throne. To finish it off and keep the toilet clean through use I stick on a Scrubbing Bubbles toilet gel. These little jelly things are so cool and every time you flush your bathroom will be filled with great smells. All of these things help make life a little bit easier when it comes to keeping bathrooms clean. We all could use that, especially since I doubt any of us actually enjoy cleaning a nasty toilet.

Just make sure your toddlers dont know how to use the Clorox Wand! Audrey watched me clean the toilet once and since then it’s been impossible to keep her away from them. She loves to use them to clean the toilet, except she uses ALL OF THEM! She clogged our toilet because she then leaves them in there and tries to flush them down. Every time she goes to time out I giggle a little. Just the thought that I had to put her in time out for cleaning the bathroom makes me laugh haha!

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