DIY Tips and Tricks: Spray painting like a pro!

Spray painting and “pro” probably don’t really belong in the same thought. I’m going to pretend they do, though.

Some people will let the color or finish of an object they want or need deter them from purchasing it. I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to do that. No matter the finish- metal, wood, plastic, or even resin, if you don’t like the color, you can definitely spray paint it. I’ve spray painted wooden ¬†furniture, metal candlesticks, picture frames, and even dishes.

Even though spray painting is ridiculously easy, there are a few tips and tricks you should know about.

  1. Not just any spray paint will do.

No one ever spray painted anything with a cheap spray paint and made it look good. I would steer clear of the store brand, no name spray paints, and buy a good one. I always try to buy a spray paint with a primer built in, since it helps cover the object, but it also keeps the paint from chipping off. You’ll spend a bit more on your paint, but you’ll also have an object that looks much better finished. Also, know what you’re buying. Choose a spray paint that is made for the finish you’ll be painting. There are different spray paints available in a variety of finishes. Some dry with a glossy finish, some dry with a metallic finish, and others with a matte finish. There are also different spray paints for covering plastic, wood, and metal.

2. Prep the surface

You will need to make sure your object is free of dust and dirt prior to spray painting it. You’ll also need to apply primer, if you aren’t using a spray paint with the primer built in. As you can see, I was not as vigilant about pre-cleaning this table, and now the table top is “mottled.” See the raised “bumps” all over it? Yeah, that’s what happens if you don’t dust it first. Use a clean, dry, microfiber cloth as cleaners can interfere with your paint coverage.

3. Buy one more can of spray paint than what you think you’ll need

This is a project where it is easy to misjudge. Here you see a rocking chair that is still partially white, as I ran out of spray paint. And trust me, if you do run out, chances are you may have to visit different locations of the same big box store because your local one ran out of the spray paint you need. I speak from experience on this one, folks.

4. Use the “six-inch rule.”

Hold the spray paint can no closer than 6 inches from the object you are painting. If you don’t, the paint will run and drip. To get a more even surface, hold the can six inches or more away!! If it doesn’t completely cover, you can always touch it up later.

5. Allow at least 24 hours to dry between coats

You might be impatient like me and want to get your project done. Listen carefully: not allowing your object ample time to dry will cause the paint to chip and flake off. It can also cause it to dry unevenly. Make sure your paint has had at least 24 hours to dry, because even if it feels like it’s dry, it may not be.

6. Drips and runs aren’t the end of the world.

If you do notice mottling of your paint, paint drips and runs, or weird dry patterns, it doesn’t mean your project is ruined. Just sand it and start over. DO NOT try to spot paint. You must sand and paint the entire surface again, but your mistake will not show.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks. Now, get to paintin’! If you want to, that is ūüôā

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Recipe: Toaster Oven Quesadillas


Do you have a really picky eater in your home? Does your picky child love Mexican food? Do you want a cheap, quick, and easy meal?

If so, this is for YOU!

You will need tortillas, shredded cheese, coconut oil and a toaster oven.

Preheat your toaster oven to 350. If you don’t have a preheat option, just turn it on 350 for about 10 minutes.


Shred your cheese with a grater, or use storebought shredded mozzarella. Your choice. I like to pile mine high with cheese.

Then, add meat or veggies, or not. My kiddo just likes the cheese.


Then, simply fold that tortilla over, spray it with some oil and pop it in your toaster oven.

Bake it at 350 for ten minutes, remembering to flip it at five minutes.


Then, let it cool for a minute and enjoy! This picky eater totally approves.


You can even cut it up for your little eaters to enjoy.


What super easy picky eater foods do you make?

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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 34:8

I cannot tell you how much this verse means to me.

I was raised in church and attended weekly for most of my life. I even attended Christian school for a bit.

But when I got to college, I attended church less and less until one day, I just stopped. I continued this pattern throughout young adulthood: stay up/out late Saturday night, sleep in on Sunday morning, work hard all week, never even open my Bible, lather rinse repeat.

When a friend of ours led us to the church we still attend today, I began to feel God working in my life. Working ON me. Slowly but surely I began to open my heart and listen. I began to “taste and see.”

The Lord was good back then and he’s been really good ever since. I have since met and married a wonderful man. Then, God blessed us with two sweet girls and a home we love. He gave us good jobs that we enjoy and a church family filled with wonderful, kind hearted people. Things haven’t been smooth sailing all the time but he brought us through the hard times too.

I hope you’ll taste and see that the Lord is good. Here’s a cute kitchen printable for you as well.


To download, right click and save to your device.

Have a wonderful week.

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Weekend Reading

Happy Saturday to you! If you happen to notice a hobby farm/homesteader theme here today, you’re absolutely correct. We moved out of our house in town and bought a house with a little land almost four years ago. We have full time jobs and two kids, so we’re a little slow getting our homestead/hobby farm started but we’re finally finding our footing. I thought I’d share some of my hobby farming research with you today.

Country Living: How to Build the Ultimate Chicken Coop

We are in the process of preparing a chicken coop so we can get a few laying hens.

Better Homes and Gardens: Missouri Roots Farm

 

Modern Farmer: Raising Backyard Chickens for Dummies

Gardening Know How: How to use a mini greenhouse

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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Farmhouse Friday: “Antique” tool caddy

Two years ago I went shopping at a local dollar store and I found this:


Granted, when I found it, it had this horrendously ugly label on the front:


Sorry if that’s your thing. I soaked it and scraped that bad guy off. I didn’t really do anything with it after that.

I do have some great ideas of how I’m gonna use it, though.


I added some mason jars to it (Classico sauce jars fit perfectly!) and used it as a silverware caddy in my dining room.


Then I had another idea and I grabbed some tin cans and used it to store my art supplies.

I can’t claim this one, but someone in a Facebook group I follow did this:


Now I want to buy a few more of these!!!

Have you dressed up a “Cheapy-find” and then find more than one use for it?

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New uses for old things: K-cup carousel


Lately we’ve had two organization problems in our house. Our spice cabinet has looked like this:


And our K-Cup carousel has looked like this:


We’ve recently decided to use ground coffee and a reusable K-Cup to save some money and we weren’t really using our carousel.

I decided to make it work for storing our spices.


To my utter surprise, our spice jars fit perfectly.


Problem solved!

What awesome solution have you found while repurposing something else?

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Word-full Wednesday

I’ve been trying to share quotes on Wednesday that speak to me. Sometimes they’re really relatable quotes, but other times they’re just quotes that are pertinent to whatever is happening in my head at the moment.

I didn’t make this printable, but I did find this one on Pinterest (original source unknown).


Comparison is something I struggle with. “She does just as much as I do, if not more. How come she has it together and I don’t?”

This quote speaks to me because it reminds me of how I shouldn’t compare myself to others. We are all unique, and fearfully and wonderfully made. We each have our own unique needs and talents. We all have a unique purpose in life.

Just like no two flower blooms are the same, neither are we. That speaks to me and reminds me to celebrate my “uniqueness” instead of play the comparison game.

Have a wonderful week!

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Space planning: our dining room 

Currently, our dining room looks like this:


Not that there is anything wrong with that. Before I tell you what I want to do, let me tell you what I like about it.

The picture frame molding is beautiful and it adds a lot to the room. The room is also a nice size and it gets TONS of natural light.

Now for the bad:

There is no rug under the table now that we got a bigger table. We have no curtains up and I want to change up our decor a bit. Plus, we need a prettier chandelier!! I made this mood board for inspiration:


What do you think? Stay tuned!

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Recipe: THM style Joseph’s Pizza

I’ve been actively on the Trim Healthy Mama plan for about 16 months now, and I’m slowly but surely getting my family on board as well.

I recently tried this pizza recipe from the THM cookbook. It calls for a Joseph’s pita, but all I had were flatbreads. Also, you’re going to need a sugar free pizza sauce. You can make your own or you can purchase the No Sugar Added sauce at Aldi’s. I originally tried to use Classico but it does contain sugar, so it’s off plan.


Swap out the Classico for a sugar free sauce and here’s your cast of characters.

First, preheat your oven to 400 and bake those pitas or flat breads for about 5 minutes so they’ll be crispy.


Let them stand for two minutes before saucing them up. Add your cheese and pepperoni.


Then, pop these guys back in the oven for about 5 minutes.


See? Super easy. And pretty cheap. And totally customizable. Since these are “personal pan” sized, you can make them with whatever toppings you please.

Cheap, easy, customizable AND healthy. What could be better than that?

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Scripture Sunday: Psalm 145:18

First of all, I didn’t make this printable. It did, however, show up on my news feed this week on Facebook.

I’ve been working hard on my spiritual health these days. I’ve not only been making an effort to pray daily but I’ve been struggling with HOW I pray. I find that a lot of times I am praying for situations but for the most desirable outcome…for me.

In other words, I’m praying more for what I want versus what God wants. Or I’m praying only to ask for something, instead of praying because I need to talk with God.

When I saw this verse, I was reminded that God hears our prayers, but first we must PRAY.

Have a wonderful week!

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