Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Craft Posts Coming Soon...

After a very long hiatus, I am planning a return to the paper craft/ blogging world. I have lots of new crafts to show you and a number of DYI projects lined up as well. See you soon!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Refinish an Old Knotty Pine Dining Table: The Story

Seventeen years ago, I purchased a big sturdy knotty pine dining room table with four chairs at a furniture store in my town that was going out of business. I think I paid 4 or 5 hundred bucks for the set and it has served my family well (although we are constantly pulling extra chairs up to it to seat all of us) over the years. As you can imagine however, it's seen a lot of miles, three daughters, and four grandchildren later, the soft pine wood top was more than a little worn and the once white chairs with pine seats had yellowed (I tried EVERYTHING to keep the white, white, but as the years passed the chairs were impossible to clean). Here's what the table looked like after all seventeen years worth of use:

and here is a close up of the top of the table in all of it's scratched up glory (and yes, that is a part of a birthday cake in the photo, I didn't think to take any staged photos before the refinishing began):

At any rate, once our kitchen/dining/living room remodels got underway, I decided that it was a great time to create an even BIGGER mess in the house by also refinishing this table and chairs (as well as a coffee table, two end tables, two side tables and a media center, but that's a whole lot of other stories!!).

I started the project by slathering on a TON of of paint/varnish remover like so:

and since I was working inside I used that orange citrus remover to prevent killing myself and my animals in the process of refinishing...

After I scraped off the old finish I got out an old palm sander that I had for probably the same number of years I owned this table and got to work... but frankly sanding sucks and so did that palm sander, so then I ran (ok, ok, I DROVE because it's FASTER and I am too outta shape to actually RUN) to my local Menards and bought this bad boy (one of my new favorite toys!!)

This little gem is a finishing/orbital/palm sander all rolled into one neat little package and I am IN LOVE...thus the refinishing of TONS of furniture ensued after the purchase of the Black and Decker Complete Sanding Kit (retails at about 60 bucks), you can read about it right here. I think this sander changed my life... no kidding!

At any rate, I sanded the table and the chairs like so (yes that is my kitchen remodel project in the background before it was completed)...

Then I mixed my own concoction of light walnut and mahogany stain (I wanted a darker finished to match the rest of the wood furniture in my house) to do the table and chair seats, hauled the chair frames outside and spray painted them white... and TA-DA!!!

I think this baby is ready for another decade at least, don't you?  In fact, I'm so proud of my "new" table and chairs that I am entering the following link parties:

Miss Mustard Seed
Liz Marie
The Shabby Creek Cottage
House of Hepworth's 
Redoux Interiors
The Shabby Nest
DIY Showoff
Funky Junk Interiors

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Crafters Earn Cash from Kraft Outlet!

Here's a great way to earn a bit of extra cash from your crafting projects via Kraft Outlet!

We know that you have many choices about which products you use for your paper craft projects. Through our new Kraft Outlet endorsement program we hope to encourage you to use our products and thank you when your projects are published!

To be eligible, your project will need to meet these criteria:

1. Kraft Outlet products, including all consumable products available for purchase at Kraft Outlet ( must be prominently featured on your project with a ratio of at least 50 percent of product used and purchased from Kraft Outlet.
2. Projects included in the following print media publications will be considered. Other print publications will be considered upon request.

·        Creating Keepsakes (and their idea books)

·        Paper Crafts (and their idea books)

·        Better Homes and Gardens Scrapbooks, Etc. (and their idea books)

·        Scrapbook Trends, Handmade, and Cards by Northridge Media (and their idea books)

·        Crafts ‘n Things

3. Attribution in the magazine must include the words “Kraft Outlet” plus the actual name of the product that you used as listed on the Kraft Outlet website.
If your project meets the eligibility criteria, the endorsement fee that we offer is $25.00 for an inside page and $100 for publication on the cover of the magazine. Cash payments will be provided through PAYPAL. Here is what you need to do to submit your endorsement fee request:

1. Scan or take a photograph of the page where your project has been published. Make sure the publication name, issue, your name, your project, the page number, and all the attribution is clearly visible. Save the picture of your project in jpg, gif, or pdf format and make sure the file is not bigger than 1MB.
2. Within 6 months after your project is published, email your endorsement fee request to us at
Please include the words “Endorsement Fee Request” in the subject line.
In the body of your message include your name, complete address, and phone number, as well as the date(s) you ordered the product used on your project and your order number(s).

3.  Attach the scan or photo of your project.
4. Include your PayPal Account name and email address for payment.

When your project is published, the magazine typically reserves certain rights which may include not having the project appear online for a period of time. When the magazine allows for the project to be published online, we reserve the right to publish the project on our website, blog, PINTEREST and use it for other marketing and promotional activities.
We also reserve the right to change this program or terminate this program at any time.

We can’t wait to see all of the crafty things you create with Kraft Outlet products! If you have any questions, please let us know.
You may download a copy of our Endorsement Program right here, or visit our Endorsement Program page in our page link bar at the top of The Kraft Journal blog.
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