Friday, September 13, 2013

Dresser Re-do

I would venture to say that I am a very enthusiastic person. Those that know me would probably agree with that statement. With that being said, sometimes I'm a little over enthusiastic and over ambitious when it comes to DIY projects. Like this one.

It was on a rare Saturday that we had absolutely no plans. We were so excited to have an entire day to ourselves. We slept in, made a big breakfast and just relaxed. But by noon, I was antsy. I had to get up and do something. Anything. Then it hit me. Let's redo our dresser! I already had the primer and paint. David, being as sweet as he is, nodded his head out of sheer "husbandly" love and we emptied the whole thing and brought it out onto our patio.

After getting it outside and searching for an electric sander for 30 minutes, we ended up having to sand it down by hand. After about 45 minutes of sanding, we had to go search for paint brushes. After searching for... awhile, we came to the conclusion that we left them at the other church campus during VBS time. Soon, I began to feel a little defeated. Why on earth didn't I plan this out a little better?! We finally found 2 beat up brushes and decided to use them to prime the dresser.  

Did I mention that it was 97 degrees outside with a heat index in the 100's that day? Yeah. (Sorry again babe!) Thankfully, the paint didn't bubble in the heat or get too sticky. That would have made this a complete fail. Anyway, while the primer dried we decided to cool off and run to Lowes to buy polyurethane to seal the dresser and to buy replacement drawer pulls. Why did we need to replace those you ask? Please check the picture below and don't become too jealous.

Oh yeah! Check that baby out. Cute, huh? Let's just say Hobby Lobby saved the day with their big selection of knobs and drawer pulls! 

So after gallivanting through Hobby Lobby and getting a tad bit sidetracked by their Christmas decorations, we selected these three knobs. (The picture on the right is an image I found on pinterest to show you the color scheme of our bedroom. Plum, mustard yellow and mint instead of sage.)

We ended up buying three of the one in the middle, taking it home and hating it on the dresser. They were just too small. So we went back, shopped around some more and left with three new knobs that we absolutely love!

Are you ready to see the finished product? Let me remind you of what it looked like before.

 And after...

 Tada! We love it. It is kind of difficult to see what color it is but it sea foam/mint green.  Like these super cute bikes! >>>

There you have it! After enduring the heat, hand sanding and lack of preparation, we have a lovely mint green dresser that I adore. Have you ever tried to tackle a project on the fly, only to realize it was much bigger than expected? Please share in the comment section below. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Challenge

It is so easy to get caught up in everything that is wrong. "The sink is leaking." "The car won't start." "We can't pay the rent this month." "My dad is really sick." "I am overwhelmed by fear." "I have anxiety problems." "We still haven't sold the house." "The school called. Lice outbreak." "The fridge is empty, and the pantry." But what exactly do we achieve when we weigh our mind down with all this stress. Just thinking about it won't change anything. STOP. There are going to be somethings sometimes that you just can't fix on your own. Pray about them, read God's word to give you peace  and be still. Sometimes, that is all you can do. But what do you do in the mean time?

My dad has always told me that when you are struggling with something like fear, go speak faith into some else's life. Or perhaps when you are struggling financially, go bless someone else with what finances you do have or pray for God to bless them financially. The first time I took his advice, I was astonished with the outcome. Blessing someone else in my time of need, blessed me. This idea has been forgotten in today's world. So many people are out to cover their own skin before considering what anyone else needs. 

Hebrews 10:24-25 says this,

"Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near."

After reading this scripture, I felt challenged. What can I do to help motivate and encourage others to do good and show love? The first step, do it myself of course but at random! If you haven't fully grasped the concept yet, I'm talkin' random acts of kindness. The kind where you randomly do something or give something out of the ordinary to someone you may or may not know without getting anything in return. For example, when my grandma was dying in the hospital I spent many days up there and lots of money on parking. After leaving the hospital of what seemed like one of her worst days, I pulled up to the parking attendant to pay and as I reached for my wallet, the bar immediately rose to let me through. I went ahead and asked how much it was and she proceeded to share with a huge smile that the man in front of me had paid for my parking. Shocked, I just kind of stared at her for a moment and offered to pay for the person behind me to keep the kindness going. 

What if everyone really grabbed ahold of this concept? What if every single week we made a change in our routine just to show love to someone or to encourage them? I know this post was lengthy but I pray that God would grip your heart to do something to encourage someone this week and in the weeks to come. Are you up for the challenge? I am.