Recycled School Desk

Finally, after having this in my garage or two years, I figured out what I wanted to do with it (helps that we are homeschooling this year and our boy needed a desk) and I did it.

Here’s the final product….






First, I sanded it down; all of it, the wood and metal parts.



Then spray painted the top surface with chalkboard paint.  I actually had purchased a can of  “paint on” chalkboard paint but ended up using the spray paint after the last project I did with my sister.  I wasn’t sure how the spray paint would do on the wood surface but it was pretty good.



Next step…cover up all the surfaces that I didn’t want sprayed red….You can see here how I used newspaper and Frog tape to cover up all my non-red surfaces.  I didn’t take too many pictures of the process.


And I sprayed it red.  I used Valspar spray paint +primer (combined in one product) from Lowes.  I’ve tried all the different spray paints and Valspar is my favorite by far.


After removing the paper and the Frog tape, I stained the wood seat and sealed it.

Then I chalked up the top surface by rubbing chalk all over the top then spraying it down with water and wiping it off.







I’ll have to take a picture of our little school area (it is pretty much setup just need to clean up a few messes around it.  My son is super excited about his new desk and homeschooling.  We will write him a sweet note for his first day of school.


Baby Girl’s Room

We have lived in our house for almost 3 years and the only room that had been left untouched was our “baby room”.  We fostered twins for a while (girl and boy) and I thought about redecorating then…but it’s hard to come up with a girl-boy idea and when fostering you don’t want to jump into redecorating based on a child that may or may not be staying.  Last year (yes, it has been almost a year) we began fostering our baby girl.  The plan is adoption.  It was time to do something with the was purple with a pink stripe on two walls and a yellow stripe on two walls…and I didn’t hate the purple until I saw the colors I love next to it.

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Here is my sister-in-law, helping me tape off.  You can see the old color.  And in the top picture you can see the new color.  It is a Valspar color from Lowe’s called Sprinkle.  I used this paint (click for the link).



It has great coverage.  I used a gallon for the room (with some left over).

Then I decided to add an accent wall…a wall of lattice.

I love FROG TAPE!  This stuff is awesome.  FrogTape plus a laser level my husband bought me for Christmas…

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Because there was texture on the wall, I did have to go back and touch up…with an artist brush.  The paint guy at Lowe’s told me there is actually a FrogTape designed for textured walls.    So look for that.

Here’s the fun stuff…




A new canvas project.






It had a few flaws so…I did a wash…

And painted the edge of the the canvas the same “hot pink” as the wall….




And I’ve been spray painting a few other accessories….



Today…they all get hung up.

I will try to update with some pictures so you can see the finished product.





Mickey and Minnie Mouse Pinata

As requested…I finally downloaded my pictures.  I started with a balloon with two plates taped on. I wish I would have taken better pictures.  I used four (4) paper plates and cut one side in order to tape them to the balloon.  I used scotch tape.  It really doesn’t matter what kind of tape you use as you should paper mache over every thing.



I cut strips of news paper using a paper cutter (way faster).  Then applied a flour/water mixture.  For those of you who need a recipe click here.  I used flour and water and mixed it to a soup consistency.  You kind of figure it out.  Dip your news paper strips into the mixture and apply it to the balloon.   I put on a layer, allowed it to dry for a couple of hours (you will be able to tell when it is dry) and then applied another layer.  Be sure to store it in a dry open space.  If it doesn’t dry, it can mold or effect the integrity of the pinata.   You can apply the news paper over the plates to give the pinata a cohesive look.




Putting all the layers on took me about 10 days. I wanted a very strong pinata as the pinata was quiet large and I had a lot of children attending the party.   Finally, I cut tissue paper into strips and fringed it (it didn’t take as long as it looks) and I glued the strips onto the pinata.  Be sure to leave a hole (I left one inside one of the ears) to put candy and treats into the pinata.  And also, pop the balloon!




This one was decorated as Mickey Mouse on one side and Minnie mouse on the other as we had a “Minnie/Mickey” party for our four year olds.




Next time I make a pinata, I will incorporate a rope or some type of hanging devise into the structure of the pinata….I didn’t this time.  My husband worked it out but I think it would have lasted longer if I had incorporated the rope into the structure.

Countdown Santa

I will definitely post pictures of this.  My sister has asked me to help the kids make a “Countdown Santa”.  Basically a kid friendly advent calendar.  When I was very little, my Sunday School teacher gave me one and my family used it every year.  It holds candy canes that are tied on with yarn and there is a bell at the bottom.

There is poem that is attached to Santa’s beard that reads:

December 1st to Christmas
Is the longest time of the year.
Seems as though old Santa
Never will appear.

How many days to Christmas
Is mighty hard to count.
So this little candy ribbon
Will tell the exact amount.

Untie one candy each night
When Santa casts his spell.
And Christmas Eve will be here
By the time you reach the bell.

Yes, I will be making these to sell.  😀

Coffee Cake

My grandmother was German.  My grandfather was Czech.  They met and married in south Texas and to my knowledge never lived very far from there.  My mom doesn’t enjoy cooking very much.  My grandmother was amazing in the kitchen.  She taught me many things I know about baking and cooking.  My aunt (on my mom’s side) taught me many things too.

Last night I was making my grandmother’s coffee cake; from scratch.  My grandmother passed away several years ago, I’ve been making her cinnamon rolls and coffee cake for years.  Last night I was reading my recipe (one of the few recipes I actually use and follow).  The recipe card is yellowed and stained; it looks like it survived a world war.  Those are the best recipes aren’t they.

This sweet dough can be used in many ways…

Scald a cup of milk and combine it with 1/2 cup of butter or crisco and 1/2 cup of sugar 1/4 t. salt.  Allow this to cool. 

After the butter/crisco melts, combine 1/4 cup of lukewarm water and a packet of yeast (yes, you can use quick rise).   Add this to the milk mixture. 

Mix in 4 cups of flour. 

Allow to rise for a couple of hours.

I do this in using my Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook. 

Enjoy.  Ask questions if needed.  I’ll try to take a picture before I eat all the coffee cake.