Thursday, June 14, 2012

Have a Seat. Headboard Bench No.2

I was in Tucson, AZ with my husband and as we were driving down the road I happened to spot something that I was very keen on checking out.  So, naturally I started screeching to my husband, "turn around, Turn around!"  He turned around and there we were... in the parking lot at Habitat for Humanity.  VERY exciting, my first Habitat for Humanity store.

I found a few things I was really interested in, but Handy Hunk just wanted to get home.  SO, I didn't get a single thing.  I had spied a bed set in the back tucked behind all the other beds.  As we were getting back into the trucks I was lamenting to Handy Hunk how much I really liked the bed set.  He told me to go back in and make an offer.  (I'm sure he knew he'd hear all about how I should of gotten it...;-) ) Short story shorter, I got the bed set for $30.  Thanks Terry!  He's the Director of Retail Operations there.  Really nice guy!

I did a little research on the Showers Brothers Furniture to make sure I wasn't about to repurpose something incredibly rare... didn't find much, so on with my plans...

The front legs were going to be too short, so I ended up taking some of the middle railing that was left over from when I cut it in half and doweling them to the bottom of the existing front feet.  Let me tell you- that was a lot of fun :-) 

Thankfully you can not really tell that I had to add to the feet.

Handy Hunk did have to help me a bit with cutting the seat.  Apparently I didn't make it completely even and level. :-)

Bench Seat Take 1:

Just stained it with some of the stain I already had on hand. I thought it looked just ok.  But it just wasn't doing anything for me.  SO... 

Take 2:

I sanded back the stain then watered down some of the red paint and painted it on.  A definite NO for this one. 

Take 3:

Since I was almost completely out of the ASCP Old White I watered it down to get as much coverage as I could.  I am not wanting to have to buy any more of this paint, so I had to keep watering it down to make sure I could cover the whole area.
Take 3 1/2:

Since I didn't have quite enough of the white to cover it all and some of the red was still peeking through I ended up just sanding it back.  Maybe a little too much, but oh well.  Its how its going to be for a while.

I framed the Showers Brothers label. The Dollar Tree has little wooden frames for a whole buck- love that. The label says that it was shipped to the Fort Wayne Indiana store.  Which is very close to where my dad is from.  I still have family back there, so I was really excited when I saw this label. 

I did a really light coat of paint which was mostly water.  I had some hardened paint in the top of the can so I put water in it let it sit for a while and then mixed it as best I could and brushed that on the back of the bench.

I love the detail this bed has. 

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Grilled lettuce?!?!!

Have ya'll tried grilled lettuce?? Oh my!  It is so good! My brother was telling me about how he's been doing it.  So, of course I had to google it.  I feel like I'm totally late to the party.  Its SO GOOD!!!

I found Grillin Fools, awesome website!  Step by step instructions.  There's a whole section on grilling veggies and fruit.  I've got some experimenting to do. 

What I did was so easy and super yummy.  Handy Hunk even tried a bite and said it was good.  (Coming from him- is a BIG thing.  He's a massive meatatarian.)

I put minced garlic, Garlic Olive Oil (I get it from The Queen Creek Olive Mill), roasted sesame seeds, black pepper, and a pinch of sea salt.  Then I grilled it.  I think I should of left it to grill just a bit longer, but this was my first time and I was a little unsure about it.  As soon as I took it off I put some shredded Parmesan cheese on it.  Then on one half I put the dried cranberries and sliced almonds.  I poured a little bit of a sweet balsamic vinaigrette on it and Oh my!  I ended up doing the same thing to the other half.  I can't wait to do it again.