Our house, in the middle of the street

Well, I’ve done it. I’ve joined the masses of people who think others care what they do day in and day out. But I won’t be writing about every little thing (whew!), I’ll be writing a little about my charming new house within walking distance of the water in St. Petersburg. It was built in 1949 so it’s more of a ‘Florida cottage’ than a bungalow, but isn’t it cute? (Um, not quite yet, you think? Just wait!)  I really wanted something that was cozy, had some character and history, something I could truly make my own and do lots and lots of PROJECTS in!

pookies house 2

My house – Before

You see, I’ve been sanding and painting furniture for looong before HGTV and DIY started showing you how “easy” (with a background team of 20 professionals, of course!) it is, and now I once again have a lot of elbow room to get dirty in.

OK – fess’ up time…I’m totally ripping off/copy-catting my boss! She started a blog of her own, and it’s awesome if I do say (and I’m not just begging for points 🙂 ). I’d had a goal year after year to write more, and I also wanted to do more projects. But there was always tomorrow to start, right?  Well, she started 6 months ago and has kept it going for that long no matter how busy SHE is – so I figured I better JUST DO IT. Do I know what I’m doing? Nope – but that’s what WordPress is for. Trial by fire! So far, kind of easy. And no better way to get better at writing than to WRITE! Right?

So now that you know my intentions, please come subscribe or come back for the next post that will start demonstrating (or perhaps complaining about) projects!

P.S. I bet at least some of you looked at my blog background and thought to yourselves, “Oh my, how awful/clash/gauche/tacky/loud/busy/etc.” [EDIT – this was before my redesign which is really cool. ]

— I KNOW, RIGHT???? Isn’t it great?

I promise you, as much as I LOVE my blog layout, that all my taste isn’t along those lines (ok, some is…). Sometimes, I have really nice, toned-down Southern style taste 🙂  You’ll just have to stay tuned and see.  MWUAH!

Two easy trays – seeing red!

I thought I would start off with one of the easier projects on my long list, so I took two mismatching trays and decided to paint them something glamorous and matching.  Here are the befores:

Two (be)trays, before
Two (be)trays, before

I wanted to go for a lacquer look, not “distressed” so I knew I didn’t want bumps, drips, or brush-strokes. I looked for the color I wanted in the spray paint section of Lowe’s, but lo (haha, get it?) and behold, they didn’t have the exact color I wanted so I grabbed a quart of Gloss Cherry Red Enamel and took off.

The green tray was wood and I just gave it a light sand before starting with the paint and paintbrush. The other one looked like it was laminate, so I painted it with a coat of primer first. So, how did they look after the first coat? AWFUL!! This was going to take a while. (A friend walked by and commented: a) I like that distressed look you gave them. {well that’s just swell, but I’m not going for the distressed look. Great.} b) did you know if you put them up on a can or glass to paint, they wouldn’t stick to the newspaper? {well, of course I did, Mr. Know-it-all,  I just happen to WANT to sand pieces of newspaper off the bottom edge of my trays between each coat. grump grump grump. Translation…nope, totally forgot that little tip. Up on cans they go for coats 2, 3, 4…})

One primed, one brushstrokes galore!
One primed, one brushstrokes galore!

So after some 220-grain sandpaper, I switched from a paintbrush to the cool little foam brushes hoping to cut down on the brushstrokes. No such luck, the trays really didn’t look much better. After drying overnight (actually 24 hours) and one more coat, I was grumbling something along the lines of “I’m never using anything except for spray paint ever, EVER again.”

But finally after 4 days of painting, drying, sanding, and painting I was able to Mod Podge some really cool abstract fabric into the inner bottom of each tray and give them a SPRAY gloss seal (if you’re doing something like this yourself, be sure to match your sealer with your paint. For instance, I used a clear gloss acrylic enamel spray sealer. Don’t mix lacquer with enamel and vice versa).  Here they are, my “easy” (HA) first project for my blog. How do you think they turned out?

Red trays finished
Red trays finished 
Red trays - looking pink
Red trays looking pink