September 27, 2017

Some Feelings As An Empty Nester...

It's official... we are empty nesters.  Not that our kiddos have lived at home for the last 5+ years....  They haven't.  But I recently painted my daughter's old room... Lots of feelings going on during that.
Daughter's bedroom

September 21, 2017

The Best Topcoat Ever!!

(This post contains affiliate links. I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.)

Hi Friends!  How are you all doing?  Life has slowed down a bit since my daughter's wedding. 😍  I'm finally sharing my new table top finish. It is the BOMB! Everyone needs to know that this is

The BEST Topcoat EVER!!!

The Best Topcoat Ever!!
Do you remember when I did a complete makeover on my dining table? I did it wrong... Well, the process was right, but I definitely didn't use the best topcoat.  
Dark Dining Table
The post is, Refinishing My Ugly Dining Table, you can click over and take a look see. 

Let me emphasize that this is NOT a sponsored post.  No one has given me product or paid me to share my opinion.  Although, I am including an affiliate link because you can only order this product online.

This was the after... I hadn't painted the chairs yet.
Light & Bright Dining Table
It been 3 years since I refinished it, and I still love it!  It looks soooo nice!  Especially, after I finished the chairs. 😍  Be still my heart.... I'm get all kinds of good feels with this photo. Wow! I can't believe it's been 3 years already.
The reason why I'm refinishing the table top is because of this.... ugly dirtiness... I'm not sure the photo shows it well enough. But this cannot be scrubbed off. 😖
Dirty topcoat
Over the years, the minwax polycrylic has "worn off" so to speak... especially where hubby rests his arms. It also always had this "orange peel" look to it. Here's a nice closeup....
Dirty Orange Peel Topcoat
I just thought that was the best it could do...

I was sooo wrong!

So, I decided it needed to be re-coated or something. I heard that General Finishes had an an amazing top coat. Hmmm.... I've used General Finishes before when I stained our garage cabinets.  I was pretty amazed with that product, maybe this would be just as amazing. I ordered a can of it. You can order it on Amazon. Here's the link, General Finishes High Performance. It's not cheap, but definitely worth it!
Refinishing supplies
I watched the General Finishes topcoat video on Youtube. I linked it if you want to check it out. It was pretty informative. They suggested you use a painting pad to apply the topcoat.  Where have you been all my life?? If I had known that it would be this easy, I would have done it sooner!

Now, you're probably wondering... what's with the pantyhose? Well, that's what they suggested to minimize bubbles. Genius! You just wrap it over the paint pad. I picked up the paint pad at Home Depot.
Pantyhose on paintpad
Now the time consuming part is the sanding... and sanding... and more sanding... well, why don't you just watch the video... In 3 minutes you can see all that I did to refinish the table. 😊
The table is now as smooth as butter... I walk over to it and run my hand across it, just to feel it. Hubby laughs at me. 😂😂😍  I love how it feels. I just can't believe it! I did 3 coats and it looks as good as it feels!
The best topcoat ever!
Love. Love. Love!!! I can't say it enough! I never thought it would look or feel so good!
The best topcoat ever!
You're welcome! 😊
Blessings!!

September 18, 2017

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Bacon Broccoli Casserole

I posted this photo on my Instagram account the other day.
Spaghetti Squash on Instagram
I was making one of my favorite dinners and had a few requests for the recipe. 😊   
I should have shared this sooner because it is soooo good!
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Bacon Broccoli Casserole

September 12, 2017

Perfect Wedding Day!

Hi friends! Wow! What a wedding! I can't believe it has already been more than a week since that magical day! I took some extra time to just recoup and start getting my act together... Not that I got far, but the effort was made. 😁

The wedding photos are not in yet, of course, but I'll share a few snaps that guests and family took. Oh, the photographer, Lauren Paige Photography, put up some sneak peeks! 💕   Oh... my daughter is sooo beautiful! I just love this photo! They are so in love....
Wedding