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Building an Ottoman from nothing.

Just about every month now, Hubby and I have a kid free weekend thanks to my parents. As I have gotten older I have come to understand I won’t always have my parents and one day I am going to wake up and wish Glitter would have gotten to spend more time with them. So once a month I can give up a couple hours to take Glitter down and hang with them as well. The rest of the weekend is up to us and we are loving the time together.

We had one of these weekends recently and decided it was a perfect time to get a project off the “to do list”. Before Hubby and I got started, I had the naïve thought: “Oh this won’t take too long and should be done in plenty of time to go out for dinner.” Y’all, it took so long! I am not kidding. What I thought would be a couple of hours turned into two days!! Bless my Hubby’s heart, he never faltered and keep me going when I wanted to quit.

The project started off with the idea of turning this box into an ottoman to go with my chair.

Just a little FYI, there is always more than meets the eye. We started with trying to sand off some of the paint. We found out the paint was latex paint and was gumming up the sandpaper. After 45 minutes and 5 pieces of sand paper, we opted to just strip the paint.

As the stripper started working, we found out there was multiple layers of paint. It started with the brown/reddish, which covered the blue. The next layer was red, then led to gold, like Christmas gold. White waited under and finally found the original color which was military green. No, the box was not a military box but rather a plywood box someone hastily put together. The hinges had been replaced and painted over as well. After an entire can of stripper, we finally gave up.  We only had three sides done and lost about 2 and half hours until finally I threw in the proverbial towel. That moment is also when my dreams of repurposing furniture died, I think.

A quick trip to the local hardware store and big box store, found us back at home to start on building an ottoman. I thought about how big it should be and told Hubby. He didn’t question he just started cutting the wood. After it was cut, he handed me the Bosch multi tool with the sander attachment on it and told me to get busy sanding. (Hey Bosch, let’s talk about a series of posts using your tools. We are game!) As I finished sanding, Hubby started putting the sides together. Y’all a two-foot cube is HUGE for an ottoman!! When I figured it out we were low on daylight so we only had time cut the cube down to one square foot and high tail it to our uncle’s shop. There we spent the rest of the evening trying to finish up. By 10 that night we had enough and ready to bed.

Sunday was the last day we had to get the ottoman finished and to pick up Glitter. Painting was the main objective for this day. The ottoman had been put together the night before and was waiting on us when we got started. I chose a bright shade of blue called Centurian Blue by Kilz. For the fabric cover to the padding I chose a cream color fabric since the blue was bright and the chair I paired it with is gray.

 

I got it painted and mostly done before we had to go get Glitter. Thankfully my parents had already told us they were going to make supper for us. By the time we made it home it was late and Hubby agreed to stay at the shop and finish the little things, while I put Glitter to bed. He installed the hinge and put on the final touches like the knob and the wheels. The final product was done about 10:30 at night. I couldn’t have been happier with it. The ottoman looks amazing with the chair.

If the right project comes up again I would be glad to use the power tools. Painting is always fun as well. Have you ever built something or repurposed furniture? I would love to hear about it!

 

Until we next meet,

A

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Where do those ideas go?

I am sure you can tell by the title of this post, my ideas have left me. Don’t get me wrong, they are still in the big space of my mind. They simply do not want to come out. Just as I get ready to put one on paper or continue with another one, they jump ship. Then all I can think is: What are you guys doing? Quit running away.” So that let sums up my ideas are at the moment.

My midget is keeping me busy. She has an attitude to match her cuteness. Some of things she says has you rolling and then the next minute you want to send her to her room. The other day she and I were playing and she look up at me so serious and said: “Momma, the Wizard of Oz is my movie. It is my second favorite. You can’t have it anymore. Okay?” I just agreed with her. She has always love it and simply loves her red slippers we got her. I don’t mind her wanting her own copy of it. We( aka me) have like three different DVDs of it and two VCR tapes of it. (Yes I know hardly anyone has a VCR player any more.) So yeah she can have her own copy of it.

This got long quick. Okay, I promise to have some more ideas on here within the week. Better keep checking because it will be a new one!!

Until we next meet,
A.

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1940s idea

Okay I had an idea about a teenager/college age person looking for work for the summer. The only thing left is a job no one wants, at an antique store which seems to be stuck in the 1940s or 1950s. The record player only plays that kind of music. No modern technology works there. It really feels like you have step back in time. Maybe leading to a mystery of time travel or people living extend periods of time. Something I really have never done before. I think it could be fun to write. Just having a blast with ideas floating around my head. Need feedback on this.

Until we next meet,
A

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