Sunday, December 10, 2017

Feeling a Bit Better and a Coffee Table Make-Over

I felt better this morning than I have in a couple of weeks now.  I think running the humidifier religiously in my room at night has helped.  It keeps my sinuses from drying out, which is a big deal for me every year when I start using the furnace.  The dry forced air makes me sick every time.  Every year I say I'm going to get ahead of it and start using the humidifier before I get sick, but I never manage to make it happen.

I'm actually enjoying the holiday season this year.  God has been so good to me in spite of my fears and lack of faith at times since my injury.  I don't want to make it sound like it's all about the money, because it most certainly isn't for me.  But....when I can afford to make it nice for the kids, that makes me happy.  I have 4 grandchildren and it brings me a lot of joy to see their happy faces on Christmas morning.  We adults agreed a few years back not to buy gifts for each other, although I do get things for my own grown children.  It's worked out well.

Of course, I explain to them as their old enough to understand, that the birth of Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas, and that the gifts are a symbol of charity and giving and that people brought gifts to the newborn King.  I make sure they understand by having them explain it back to me.  We always attend Christmas services at church and I'm looking forward to that this year.

With my daughter's help, I finally dug into a project I've been wanting to do for a while.  I've had all this time off, but when don't have full use of both arms, it makes it kinda hard to do things.  So, I got her to help me do the heavy lifting.

I've had this coffee table for a few years and there's also a matching end table.  I didn't take a before shot, but you can see it in this photo.  The finish was worn in many spots and I really don't like the color.  These are very good quality tables made by Broyhill.  Solid wood and very sturdy. 

I couldn't bring myself to just get rid of them and being a thrifty good steward of what God has given me, I decided to give them a modern farmhouse make-over.  Here's where I'm at so far with this.  I'm using gel stain, which is amazing stuff and this is after only one quote.  It kinda goes on like a paint, but the wood grain still shows through.  I'll probably do about three coats and then seal it with a satin polyurethane.  

This is what I'm going for.  

Photo Credit:  The Steel Fox Home

I highly recommend gel stain.  I used Minwax brand.  Most people are using General Finishes Java gel stain, but it's more expensive and I don't see much difference in results.

I will post pictures of mine when it's all finished.  

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