Even though I know I posted last week,
it feels like it was ages ago.
Let's get all caught up!
We are back home from Colorado
and back to work.
The first days after vacation are hard!
Laundry, groceries, cleaning, etc...
not to mention getting caught up at work.
We had a great time with Mr. Beaux's brothers
and sister in laws.
The time just flew by while we were
fishing, hiking and boating.
Even though we were there
to relax and rest,
we did have a full work day on the house.
It is amazing what you can get done
with six pairs of helping hands!
And it's easy to convince your worker bees
to get busy when the scenery is this beautiful!
The first project on our list
was this outdoor table/firepit.
We wanted to get rid of the firepit
because it was a liability to us
while we are renting the house out to vacationers.
We just didn't feel comfortable
having others use it while we were not there.
It also had a few broken tiles
from careless renters.
But, I just can't stand throwing out
or giving away a perfectly good table!
So, I had an idea!
First we replaced the broken tiles
with new tiles from Lowe's,
then Mr. Beaux fashioned a new table top...
Out of leftover wooden floor boards.
He cut each board to fit,
glued it together
and then stained it with stain
that we already had.
My Brother in Law
sealed it with a few coats
of Thompson's Water Seal.
A FREE upcycled project!
And you can't beat the view!
Our next project was this bench
in the mudroom.
It had become all dinged up and scratched.
It looks like someone
left something wet on it in this spot.
All fixed up with a coat of Formby's Tung Oil.
I really like Restor-A-Finish
but they only carry it at Home Depot.
But it worked almost as well!
We also oiled up all of the
wood furniture with Lemon Oil.
It gets so dry up there!
You have to protect your furniture!
And, speaking of protecting your furniture...
My leather sectional was looking pretty bad.
It was dry too and had lots of scratches.
I picked up some Leather Revive
spray at Lowe's.
It was inexpensive
so I thought I would give it a try.
Here is a good before and after shot.
You just spray it on and wipe it off.
Looks a TON better doesn't it?
Not the best photo, but the sectional looks brand new!
We stopped in at Habitat For Humanity Restore
to browse around and we found
this cute bench.
I don't know why I am obsessed with benches!
I thought it would make a good coffee table
for our downstairs area.
I thought it would be pretty indestructable too.
It's funny how you start to think
that way when you are renting out your house!
It was only $75 and they were having a sale
for the 4th so it was 10% off.
Mr. Beaux sanded it down to the bare wood.
I decided to leave the green
because it looked woodsy.
He stained it and my BIL
put three coats of poly on it.
It's funny that after he stained it
I thought to myself,
maybe we should have left the wood naked
and just put the poly on...
Mr. Beaux was thinking the same thing!
But the stain was already on
so what are you going to do!
I mean, I don't HATE it
but the raw wood would have been a nice change.
Don't you want to put your feet up?
The kids are mostly down here
playing video games and watching movies
so I am glad we found something
they can't harm too much.
Our other chores were washing
ALL of the blankets and comforters
while we were there,
organizing and inventoring the kitchen,
and painting the front door!
All in one day!
We were all tired so we ordered pizza
and just hung out!
I really was glad to have all of the help
and the great company too!
Until Next Time,
What We Accomplished Wednesday @ Green Willow Pond
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours