Thursday, October 27, 2011

Craft Kits!


     I love Papa Murphy's Pizza. Why? Because they actually make the pizza, and all I have to do is bake it and eat it. Simple and easy, right? Well, as I have ventured into the wonderful world of blogging and crafting,  I am discovering that people like to craft, but they just don't actually have the time or resources to go out and get all the "ingredients" for the craft...
So a friend and I have teamed up and would love to make a monthly craft kit for you! My friend, Christie, is the author of a great little blog named Portobello Road. She hosts a monthly craft group that I participate in, and the idea for our monthly craft kit kind of grew from our crafting group. Anywho, the kit comes with everything you need to put the craft together! However, there are some things we can't ship such as acrylic paints, hot glue, glue guns, etc., but everything else will be included. So basically we're like the Papa Murphy's of crafting! Ha!
We have decided to start things off slow and just offer one craft kit for November, 
but if things go well (and we hope that they do...), we will offer a couple of crafts for December. 
For our November kit, we are offering a magnetic recipe board.
This recipe board is awesome!
I made one for my kitchen and we decided to offer it as one of our Super Saturday crafts.
And let me tell you, everyone who made this board just loves it!
What I love is that it allows me to keep my recipes off the counter and out of my way while I'm cooking. 
Here are the dirty details...
There is a discount if you order more than one board. Yay!
Shipping is a flat rate whether you order 1 board or 3 boards. 
If you are an amazing human being and you order more than 3 boards, 
please contact us and we'll work out the shipping.
                                  
        
        Brown, Cream, or Black
        
Are you interested?
Email me at ceeceescorner@gmail.com with questions.
Click below to purchase!
Also, if you have ideas, comments, suggestions, or just need a good rant,
I would love to hear from you!
This would be a really fun idea for a girls night out.
You order the kits, we do the prep, and you get to have fun!




Recipe Boards
Font, Color, & Embellishment

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Oh, the Irony...

    My last post was about how not everything of mine is homemade. Today, my post is about some quick homemade rolls. I find it kind of ironic, don't you?  Anywho...  I do use Rhode's Bake and Serve rolls for some occasions, but I usually prefer to make my own rolls. Why? Simply put... they are cheaper. I always have the ingredients on hand, and it saves me money.  Cha-ching!
 I have been on the prowl for a simple and easy homemade roll recipe for quite a while. During my "roll hunting adventure",  I have tried many different roll recipes, and have finally found one that I love because it's quick and painless. Before I tell you why I love this recipe, just know that I hate kneading dough/ Ugh, it's a lot of effort. 
     But!
 This recipe is super easy and there isn't any kneading involved. I can handle that! Plus, it's not a recipe that I have to start early in the morning in order for it to be done by dinner time. I usually start this while my girls are napping, and it's done by dinner! Yay!!!


I love to make these rolls!
I'm not even kidding. 
I love to butter them fresh out of the oven and sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top.
Mmmmm, mmm, mmmmmm.....

Ingredients
2 TBSP shortening
3 TBSP white sugar
1 c. hot water
1 (.25 oz.) packet of active dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. salt
2 1/4 c. flour

Directions
**Grease 8 muffin cups. (I use a cupcake pan and grease it...)
**In a large bowl, mix the shortening, sugar, and hot water.
**Allow it to cool until lukewarm. (Water can't be too hot when you add the yeast
or else it will kill the yeast and your rolls won't rise. However,
the yeast does need a warm environment in which to grow. 
The ideal temp. for yeast to grow is anywhere between 100 degrees Fahrenheit and
110 degrees Fahrenhet. Just an FYI... I've killed many dough recipes with water that was too hot.
Don't make the same mistake I did...)
**Mix in the yeast and let it dissolve. You will know that the yeast is active if the water mixture starts to bubble and froth.
**Mix in the egg, salt, and flour. If the dough is too sticky, add a little flour.
**Let the dough rise until doubled in size. If you are strapped for time, set your oven on warm, cover the bowl with a towel, and let it sit in the oven. I've done this and it speeds up the process because of the heat. But don't get the oven too hot!
**Once the dough has doubled in size, preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
**Roll the dough into 8 little balls.
**Drop the dough balls into the muffin cups and allow it to rise again.
**Bake for 10 minutes. I think I usually check on the rolls at about 8 minutes, just to see how they are coming.

Don't be scared by making homemade rolls. Trust me, I've had more than my fair share of screw ups, but this recipe has been pretty much fail proof for me!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Not Always Homemade

     There are times when I simply do not have the time to make everything homemade. While these times are rare, they do happen. And guess what? I'm okay with that. I have come to terms that I simply cannot do everything perfectly and extravagant.
     The month of October has just been chaotic, especially these past two weeks. I have been running on empty trying to get all my "projects" finished, and in the midst of everything, it was my daughter's birthday. She just turned 4, which means that she knows that her birthday is coming up and actually has opinions on what she wants. In past years, I have been able to get away with celebrating her birthday on a different day, and I got to choose the themes. Well.... times have changed!
    Miss Ava changed her mind every day on what she wanted her birthday cake to be. First it was a rockstar cake. Then it was a princess cake. Then she wanted a fairy ballerina cake. She finally decided she wanted a Barbie cake. She decided to mention this little fact when I was putting her to bed the night before her birthday. On her actual birthday, we were planning on going to a pumpkin patch with her preschool friends, so she wanted to have cupcakes for them. So, at 10:00 on the night before her birthday, I was baking pink cupcakes and a little pink Barbie cake.
    I just didn't have time to bake her cake from scratch, so I used a boxed cake. And canned frosting.                                                           *Gasp!* 

     I had no idea as to how I was going to make a Barbie cake. So I went online, and found a silhouette of Barbie, printed it, cut it out, and taped it to a fondue skewer and stuck it in the cake. Clever, I know.  Please pay careful attention to the droopy frosting, and the pathetic attempts at a pink border.

     Things were so crazy, that I didn't even have time to make dinner. So, we had cake for dinner.  After we sang "Happy Birthday", I set the cake on the table, grabbed some forks, and we all went to town.



      
     Did it matter that there was droopy frosting, no dinner, and a fondue skewer in the cake? No. Miss Ava was absolutely tickled pink with how her "Barbie" cake turned out, and she loved the fact that it was pink. There are times when I put so much pressure on myself to make everything "perfect" that I forget why I'm baking the cake in the first place. So please, don't kill yourself trying to make everything perfect. Cut yourself some slack and just take time to enjoy some boxed cake once in awhile.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pink Champagne Baby Shower

Whew!  What a week...Super Saturday, lunch meetings, MPI (Meeting Professionals International) all day meeting, more meetings, deadlines, craft night and finally catering a baby shower. Needless to say I completely crashed this afternoon!  But I was so excited that the baby shower food turned out after hours of slaving cooking away in the kitchen, I must share with you.  Always good to post some recipes as well.

So when I was asked to come up with a menu for the shower, of course all I could think about was pink cupcakes.  It's a girl!  Then I saw this recipe for Pink Champagne Cupcakes and I had to make them.  Slight problem...I don't drink.  So both of my brothers had to be my taste testers.  One of my brothers is a chef so I had no qualms about that. 


Recipe


Pink Champagne Cupcakes

1 box of white cake mix
1 1/4 cups of champagne
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
4 to 5 drops of red food coloring (I used the gel food coloring)

Champagne Frosting
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup champagne
1 tsp. vanilla
4 to 5 drops of red food coloring
Pink sugar crystals or pearls

Step 1
Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups.

Step 2
In large bowl, mix dry cake mix and champagne. Add oil, egg whites and food color. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed 2 minutes. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
Step 3 Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.




Step 4
In medium bowl, beat frosting ingredients with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with garnishes. Store loosely covered.

Makes 24 cupcakes



I also made some darling little fruit kabobs.  But these were not just any fruit kabobs, they were rainbow fruit kabobs with a delicious cream cheese pineapple coconut dip.  Pretty easy and great looking.

Recipe

Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
1-2 pints of strawberries
3 peaches or oranges or 1 canelope
1 whole fresh pineapple
green grapes
1/2 pint of blueberries
purple/red grapes
1 bag of skewers

Pineapple Coconut Dip
1/2 cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate
8oz. of cream cheese
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1 tsp. of imitation coconut flavoring
1/2 cup of toasted coconut

Step 1
Prep all of your fruit.  Just chop in big chunks.
Step 2
Put fruit on the skewers in order of color (strawberry, peach, pineapple, green grape, 3 blueberries, purple grape...just like a rainbow!) and arrange on a platter.
Step 3
In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients for the dip.  Put in a serving bowl and sprinkle with toasted coconut.



My favorite part of the menu was this.....Brie En Croute or translated as Brie baked in puffed pastry.

Recipe

Maple Raspberry Baked Brie
1 large sheet if puff pastry dough
1 round of Brie cheese or Camembert (leave rind on)
Raspberry jam
Brown sugar
Maple syrup

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2
On a stick free cookie sheet or use parchment paper underneath, lay out puff pastry. 
Step 3
Cut off thin top of Brie.  Put the jam on top.  Turn over quickly and place down on top of the puff pastry.
Step 4
Wrap up the Brie.  Just bring up each corner and press together.  Turnover smooth side up and bake.  (if you want a cut out, take it from the first corner you would fold up, see pic)
Step 5
Drizzle maple syrup over top and sprinkle brown sugar.
Step 6
Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Let cool 10 minutes before slicing open and serving.  Serve with crackers, bread, or apple slices.

Serves 10 people



This is a crowd pleaser for sure and so easy!  I have some other party throwing tips for you.  I think a few things that could be difficult to decide is how much food to make and how many different items.  There are some different things to consider.  What time a day is the party?  Woman or men?  Are you providing a full meal or just some tasty bites?  For today's tips I will assume it is an afternoon party for 24 women and we are serving small bites.  I decided to serve mini chicken salad croissant sandwiches, baked Brie, (2) different types of cupcakes, and our rainbow fruit kabobs.  

Here are my suggestions for a party like this baby shower I catered...
1 savory meat item (chicken salad sandwiches)
1 savory vegetarian item (Brie)
1 healthy item (fruit) 
2 dessert options (cupcakes)
I normally would not have done two sets of cupcakes, but it was requested by the client.  I probably would have done one cupcake and one other item making sure that one is chocolate and one is not.

In deciding how much to make per person, a few notes.  You want to think about what items someone would have one or two...or three of and cost.  And then make the appropriate amount.  In the hotel business when we suggest amounts for how many appetizers for a light reception it would be 5 to 8 pieces per person.  So for this example, I made enough mini sandwiches for each person to have two, they were really small. One fruit kabob (only because fruit is expensive, but I am sure one person could easily have two).  I made two baked Brie, one serves about 10-12. For the cupcakes I assumed 1 1/2 cupcakes per person.  Figuring some will want one of each and some will just want one.

I hope this is helpful.  If you have any questions, please comment below. 


Friday, October 21, 2011

Diet Coke Sloppy Joes

    I am a lover of Diet Coke. Mmmm.... those bubble just get me giddy, and I just love the way an ice cold Diet Coke tastes. I wasn't always a lover of Diet Coke. It all started when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. I was practically as big as an elephant and it was the middle of summer and I was extremely miserable. On my way out to my parents house, there was a huge Coke billboard that was red and it had bubbles all over it... similar to the one below.


Those bubbles would just call out to my gigantically pregnant self. They would sing "Drink me and all your miserable pregnancy woes will disappear"... oh, how I wanted to drink those bubbles.
And so I did.
I broke down one day and bought myself a fountain drink at 7-11, which I never do.
As I sipped those amazing Coke bubbles, I knew there was no going back.
I was hooked.
From then on, I had a Coke once a day.
After my daughter was born, I switched to Diet Coke, which was even better.
I knew my love affair with Diet Coke could easily spiral out of control, so I allowed myself a DC only while I was working, which was 2 days a week.
There are rare occasions when I will buy a case of DC, but I limit myself so that it's still a novelty every time I drink it. 
Pathetic, I know.
So, on those bless.ed occasions when I do buy a case of DC, 
it is inevitable that I will make Diet Coke Sloppy Joes.
I'm not sure where I came across this recipe, but it's made me love sloppy joes.
These DC sloppy joes are tangy and have just a hint of sweetness.
I apologize for the terrible quality of the picture, but remember, I like to bake and cook.
I'm not a professional photographer!
So please, hold this recipe sacred to your heart. 
It's one of my faves...


Diet Coke Sloppy Joes
1 lb. lean, ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 1/2 TBSP flour
1 can DC
2/3 c. ketchup
2 TBSP vinegar
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp. dry mustard 
3 TBSP brown sugar

*** You can always add more Worcestershire sauce, mustard, or brown sugar.
I always add more. Remember how I hate measuring? I usually just dump ingredients in until I like the way it tastes.... I'm just sayin'...

Brown the beef and the onion in  a skillet. Add all the other ingredients and simmer for awhile, until the sauce thickens....
Now, for the love of pete... enjoy!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

$0.60 Halloween Wreath

     So, remember when I told you that I've been working on building my Halloween decor? Well, in case you don't remember... I'm working on getting more Halloween decor. :) But, it has to be within our little budget, so I've had to get creative and pretty much use things around the house.  First, I started off by making some Halloween Clippies. Second,  I completed my Halloween shelf (found here). Now, I just completed a Halloween wreath which cost me about $0.60 to make.
     You see, I already had the wreath... it just looked like this...

 Yeah, it needs a little TLC. I found this wreath a couple of years ago at Smith's Marketplace and it was on clearance for about $3.00.
Everything was held on by wire, so I just grabbed my wire cutters and went to town cutting everything off.
I decided to keep the bats because they were still in good condition, and plus, I liked them.
Once I cut everything off, I decided I wanted to make some purple and orange felt pom poms.
I didn't have the felt colors on hand, so I went to Michael's and bought 3 felt sheets (that's where the $0.60 comes in). 
I first made some purple pom poms.
I cute a wide strip of felt, which was double the width of what I wanted my pom pom to be.

I placed hot glue down one side of the felt strip.
I then folded over the felt and pressed the two edges together.
 

I then cut little strips down the whole length of the felt strip, leaving about 1/2 inch at the bottom.
You don't want to cut the side that was hot glued.


I placed a dab of hot glue at the end of the felt strip, and just started rolling the strip up.
About every other roll, I would dab some hot glue to hold things on place.


Secure the end with some hot glue.

Ta da!

I made 3 purple pom poms, but you can make more or less depending on what you like. 
Also, you can try using different widths of felt. The wider the felt strip,the bigger the loops will be. You can cut the loops wider or thinner,
depending on what look you want.


Next, I decided to make some smaller, orange pom poms.
But instead of folding the felt strip over (which will create the loops), 
I just started cutting the felt strip, but still leaving about 1/2 inch at the bottom.
(Sorry guys, I hope this tutorial is making sense. I'm not very good at explaining things.)

I dabbed some hot glue at the end, and started rolling.

And this is what it ended up looking like...

To secure my pom poms to my wreath, I cut some more felt into strips and wound it around the wreath.
I wound one strip of felt around the wreath for each pom pom. This is what secured the pom pom to the wreath.

I then hot glued each pom pom onto the strips of felt and arranged them like so...

I took the leftover bats and strung them from the top of the wreath.
If you don't have wooden bats, you can always cut some out of cardstock and string them with fishing line or yarn.

Here's my finished wreath!

 I love it, and I love the fact that it didn't cost me a lot of money. 
Again, sorry if my tutorials don't make sense. It's hard to explain each step, and my brain just gets jumbled sometimes...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

21 things you can do with a Pallet!

I have been oooohoooing and aaawwwing over all of these Pinterest pictures of pallets made into things.  I am just waiting for the time and space to work on some of these.  When I will actually get a house with a backyard...who knows.  But there are a few little projects that would fit just perfectly into some of my spaces. 

  1. Recycled Vertical Garden - Design Sponge
  2. Painted Pallet on Coasters - Tres Chere
  3. Pallet Day Bed - Under the Sycamore
  4. Outdoor Pallet Couch - Apartment Therapy
  5. Daybed - Casa Sugar
  6. Coat Hanger -El Costerero (in spanish, but the picture is self explanatory)
  7. Pallet Chair - Dornob
  8. Several Pallet Furniture ideas (No tutorials) - Home Deco2u
  9. Pallet Coffee Table w/glass top - Stylizimo
  10. Headboard - Crafty Nester
  11. Shoe Rack- Crafty Nester
  12. Misc Ideas - The Richmond Thrifter 
  13. Picture Display Pallet - Amanda Carver Designs
  14. Coffee Table with Drawers - Esprit Cabane
  15. Pallet Planter - Esprit Cabane
  16. Pallet Sign - WhipperBerry
  17. Pallet Painting - Young and Crafty
  18. Farm Bench - Craftberry Bush
  19. Table with Planter - Today's Nest
  20. Porch Swing - Sheryl Salisbury Photography
  21. Outdoor Pallet Table - Joy Ever After

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Halloween Decor... For Cheap

 


   As I pulled out all 3 of my Halloween decorations, I was sadly disappointed that I didn't have more! I have tons of fall decor, but hardly any for Halloween specifically. Well.... I set out to change that! Since we are on a tight budget,  I knew that I had to be creative in how I decorated.



     As I have been slowly adding some more Halloween decor,  I started with my Halloween subway art (you can find it here).  I painted the frame black and then added the subway art. Easy, right?
     After that, I got my trusty apothecary jar that I found on clearance for about $3.00 and filled it with black licorice which was about $1.00 from Target. I then went to Michael's and found some purple, sparkly branches (I'm pretty sure I found it in the Christmas section) and stuck it in a clear vase. I then made tissue paper pom-poms using the tutorial found here. I had the tissue paper on hand, so they didn't cost me anything. I strung them with fishing line (yeah, I'm pretty sure my husband didn't plan on having his fishing line used to decorate our house... oh well.) and thumb tacked them onto the black shelf.
     I am pretty pleased with the end result. All in all, it cost me about $5.00, which is well within our budget. I am working on a tutorial for a Halloween wreath that only cost me $0.60 to make, so stay tuned!


Friday, October 14, 2011

{Feature Friday} - O.P.I. Crackle Nail Polish

Every so often, we have "Beauty Parlor" at my house.
We lounge in our pajamas and we do each other's nails.
This week, I decided to change things up and put on some crackle nail polish.
You know, for a little Halloween effect.
The girls got to pick which color they wanted underneath.
I was ecstatic when Miss A chose the neon green,
because it would go perfectly with the black crackle on top.
So, I painted their nails as usual,
but then I surprised them by putting the crackle nail polish on top.

All I had to do was wait for the first color to dry.
Then I simply put on a coat of O.P.I. Crackle Nail Polish
and we all watched in amazement as it started to.... crackle!
Imagine that!

My daughter was so excited, she wanted me to take lots of pictures...

Doesn't it look like fun?
The girls loved it and they just talked about their
"spooky nails" all day long.

(I just love her chubby little fingers. They make me smile every day.)

O.P.I. Crackle Nail  Polish also comes in a variety of colors.


I've seen a lot of knock-offs, and I've never tried them so I don't know how they
compare to O.P.I., but I absolutely love this stuff!
And, I think it's absolutely perfect for this time of year.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

{Simple Solutions} - Keeping Your House Tidy



Hahahahahah...... that title gives me a little chuckle.  Keeping my house tidy... yeah right.  I have 2 kiddos and I tend another kiddo, which means that there is stuff, fingerprints, goo, dress up clothes, crumbs, stuffed animals,  Barbies, dolls, and all that other goodness, everywhere! So when I actually do get a rare moment to clean, (and when I say moment, I literally mean m.o.m.e.n.t.), I ask myself why I'm even doing it in the first place. It's just gonna get dirty in 22.4 seconds anyways...

But alas... I still attempt to clean. I hate messes and I don't want my kids living in filth. Plus, I feel my children need to be taught the importance of cleaning up after themselves, to feel the satisfaction of working hard,
and taking pride in where we live. So, when I found this article on Yahoo! I was ecstatic. I do most of these anyways, so deep cleaning comes about once a month. But here are some helpful hints on how to clean your home in about 30 minutes a day...

Disclaimer: You will not magically look like her if you follow these cleaning tips.

Kitchen
(a dirty kitchen makes me cringe. I don't know why, it just does!)

1. Do your dishes or put them in the dishwasher after every meal. It only takes about 5 minutes to do the dishes, and then they are out of sight, out of mind. Plus, once dinner hits, you won't have that many to do. I actually do this, and it does save me a lot of time.
2. Wipe down counters and stove with an all-purpose cleaner after cooking. I just keep sanitizing wipes under my kitchen sink, and I do this daily. It keeps your stove looking nice and tidy, and eliminates crumbs from building up.
3. Wipe up any spills and crumbs after eating. I wipe my kitchen table off after every meal and snack. I know, it seems like a lot of wiping most days, but it's easy to clean.

Bathroom

1. Keep sanitizing wipes under your bathroom sink.(You are more likely to clean if you have cleaning products within reach.) Wipe up the sink and countertop after you wash your face. Although I don't do this every day, I do it about 3x a week. Works for me.
2. Once a week, wipe the toilet rim and clean the toilet bowl.  I do this on Mondays. I put cleaner in the toilet bowl and spray my shower/tub with cleaner. I let them sit and cleanse the dirty germs away while I get ready. When I'm done getting ready, I just simply wipe down my tub and toilet. Voila! My bathroom feels and looks a million times better in a matter of minutes.

Bedroom

1. Fold and put away your clothes right after they're finished. I'm terrible at this... but when I do fold and put the laundry away once it gets out of the dryer, I find it only takes me about 10 minutes per load. P.S. My laundry day is Thursday...
2. Get in the habit of making your bed every morning, right when you get out of it. Yes, I do this! I feel so crisp and fresh once my bed is made. I loooove getting into a nicely made bed at the end of a long day. Making the bed seriously only takes about 2 minutes, and it's so worth your time!

Living Room

1. Break out the dust buster to suck up those crumbs, while you watch TV! 
2. Put away remotes, magazines, games, etc., at the end of the day.

It was surprising to me that I already do most of these things. I don't have a "set" day where I clean everything. I usually do one major task a day. Like I said before, bathrooms are on Mondays, dusting/vacuuming is usually on Tuesdays, sweeping/mopping on Wednesdays, and laundry on Thursdays. That way, I don't spend a lot of time doing deep cleaning. It works for me.

What are some of the ways that you keep your home tidy? 

Oh, and P.S. If I were to do another giveaway, what would you like for me to giveaway?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Music Chair?

So I live in Portland, Oregon.  This is pretty much what our winters look like around here...

Friday
chancerainMostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Highs 55 to 60.
Friday Night
nt_chancerainMostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows 45 to 50...except 40 to 45 in outlying areas.
Saturday
chancerainMostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs 55 to 60.

Since I do my painting and refinishing furniture in the garage/ally.  It is a little difficult to continue with the projects during winter.  I finished this chair a few months ago and thought I would share since the furniture posts will be a bit sparse for the next few nine months.

Some of you may know what this chair is suppose to be called, because I know there is a proper name for it. So comment and share!  I found it at good will and it screamed potential cuteness. 
It was quite a project, even though I thought it would be relatively simple.

I really don't get whoever made over this chair the first time. Teal canvas with chartreuse-ish green/yellow paint? 

Has good form though...

Here comes the regret...I used Citri-strip the tall green and orange can of paint stripper.  It is suppose to be less toxic.  It actually worked well.  But not for a chair with little itty bitty grooves.  I think if I could start over I would have just sanded a little primed and painted.  Even though having layers of paint is not a best practice.

I primed with 1-2-3 Zinsser water based primer and then I painted two coats of off white oops paint.


I lightly distressed it with my sander and upholstered the seat in a light aqua. It was a gift for my mother-in-law to go in a little corner by the river view window.  It is the perfect home for this __________ chair.

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