Monday, August 22, 2011

It's me!! Facebook, pinterest and some TV Trays.

My name is Kathy Dairman.
It has been over a year since my last blog post.
I used to be really good about updating my blog.

Then facebook happened.

People might tell you facebook is a waste of time, or might even go as far as to call it the devil. They aren't using it correctly. I have re-connected (actually face-to-face) with many old friends via facebook. I can also run into people at the store and feel like it hasn't been 15 years since I saw them. No need to act like I don't recognize them, worried that they won't know who I am... if you've never done that you are weird. Not me.

And, most recently, pinterest.

Sucks hours from my life. Literally hours. The thing I love about pinterest though... is NOT when this happens:

That actually causes sheer panic
I do like that it starts with "Ugh"... that's funny.
However, when it is working, I can actually save things that I plan to do in a very organized way. Sort of my very own to-do-list if you will. One thing I found on pinterest that I NEEDED to do was this:

(click the picture to go to the link)

See how easy that was to find???

So... back to the reason for this EPIC post
I posted a picture, on facebook, of the TV trays I upcycled this weekend.

Some of you wanted to see how I did it with spray paint.

Here is what I started with:

If you have ever eaten at my house you know we use these often. We have a gigantic couch in our living room. We do not have a gigantic kitchen table. You also can't see the TV from the kitchen table. My brother and my dad are not fans of that when they are eating burgers at my house.

Also my children eat their breakfast every morning on these trays.

They were ugly and boring.
First I cleaned them. Really well. They were sticky, gooey, and gross.
Then I flipped them over and began spraying them with white primer.

I ran out of primer here:

As you can see in the picture, I had another project going too, so I didn't underestimate THAT badly. LOL

Insert Hubby's trip #1 to Home Depot here
(love you babe!)

I missed taking pictures of the next few steps. We will blame the heat. It was HOT out there!!

After the underneath dried, I turned them over and primed the tops, then repeated the two step process with white.
Next I put them on a table and put garbage bags over the legs and sprayed the tops green.

Then I started taping. I did not have a plan. Not a good one anyway. Just winged it. I've never done a chevron pattern before. It was a learning experience. It's okay to laugh at it. I did too. I realized it was going to be REALLY crooked and could have started over, but didn't. Who needs perfect?

To create the chevron pattern I criss crossed the tape all over the table first, then marked the areas to save and used an exacto knife to cut of the unneeded portions.
Can you see where I removed tape that I wasn't supposed to?

Next I sprayed it with brown.

Insert Hubby's #2 Home Depot trip here

Mine looked red. I wish I would've taken a picture of the cap and the actual color. Not cool.
So, I sprayed them again... with the new awesome brown brown.

Here they are (moved to the patio) after I pulled the tape off.
I sprayed the whole tops with a poly to protect them from my children.

And here they were the next morning.
Good enough to eat off of.



Courtney said...

Those look great and yea, for a blog post.

Sharron said...

Yeah! You posted . . and they look great!