May 5th – “The gold and olive tones of your lines and furniture will be highlighted by a long panel picture of trees with golden leaves. A real green plant, as long as your water it, is a good fit too.”

I just acquired a piece of new furniture. It was the perfect time to move a few things around.

I took this pathiphyllum (Peace Lily) from my office to my bedroom. It brightened everything up. It’s amazing what a little plant can do!

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It goes well this painting of trees with golden leaves that I already had on my wall.

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Thanks for the easy one, horoscope!

April 23rd- “The moon is sashaying through Pisces and your flamboyant fifth house, coaxing you to add more color to your world.“

My yard is wild and unkempt. In nearly every corner of the yard, you’ll find patches of weeds which help keep beetles, spiders, and other critters hidden from plain view. This doesn’t prevent colorful flowers from springing up.

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I clipped a few sprigs of color and brought them inside to enjoy for the rest of the day.

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November 11th – “Create more harmony and calmness…to improve how you feel when you’re at home.”

My bedroom has been filled with a mish mash of landscapes and cats since September. When I put them up months ago, I left space for the new paintings I would make. That didn’t happen, so the canvases have been hanging on my wall looking pretty awkward.

The obvious lesson here is that when you spend too much time thinking about the future, it’s easy to lose sight of today. In planning ahead for future paintings that I didn’t make, I didn’t get to enjoy my work in the present. The empty space was not harmonious and annoyed me! I kept the paintings there because I thought it wouldn’t be long before I would add new ones. I was so wrong!

Last night, I decided to end my suffering and took them all down.

This morning, I sorted the paintings, took out the ones that I didn’t really like, and rearranged them on the wall. Immediately, I felt better!

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It’s amazing what a difference a small change can make. My horoscope also said that my home redesign “doesn’t have to be a major project,” which I found to be a great tip. Sometimes it just takes a little effort and attention.

I would still like to improve my painting skills, so instead of saving empty space on my walls, I sketched out a couple of cat paintings.

I’m leaving these on my desk until they’re done. If I don’t post the completed paintings in the next couple of weeks, please send me a message or comment!

October 1st – Is an auspicious time for “decorating the home”

Today I tackled my cabinet project. Over a month ago, I purchase an old painted cabinet from Goodwill to repurpose for my bathroom. I’m a fan of Flea Market Flip and have fantasized about doing my own upcycle projects for a while. This was the perfect opportunity!  Of course, TV makes these makeovers look so fast and easy. With the help of professionals and access to any tools they need, viewers are able to see the competitors turn antique barn hooks into a rustic chandelier in the course of 10 minutes. Obviously, my project took much longer.

I didn’t have a team of professionals, but my significant other is Mr. Handy Dandy. He gave me the tools I needed and detailed instructions. All I had to do was pick up red paint and put in a few hours of labor. This was my first time repurposing any type of furniture, so I had a lot to learn.

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First, I sanded off the old paint. I had different degrees of sandpaper and was instructed to start with the lowest number first. After the first sanding, I moved up to the higher numbers. If you don’t sand off the old paint, the paint doesn’t have a rough surface to stick on, and it will peel off! I’m glad I didn’t have to learn that the hard way!

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Next, I vacuumed and wiped the surface off with a cloth. There were lots of little bits and pieces of paint leftover from sanding and I didn’t want these particles to get trapped in the new paint.

After that, I taped off the knobs and the areas I didn’t want paint on. I didn’t have painting tape and just used masking tape.

dsc06851Then it was time to paint!  I did one coat, let it dry, and SANDED AGAIN before putting on the second coat. This gets the imperfections out and helps the second layer of paint stick. I was too lazy to paint the inside so I left it brown. This matched my color scheme, so I didn’t mind.

Finally, I screwed the door back on and was done!

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I think it looks great with my crazy cat lady shower curtain.

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dsc06856My tips for first time painters:

  1. Buy the right type of paint for your project. My cabinet needed to be waterproof so I got semi-gloss.
  2. Sand your piece well before painting.
  3. Start with the coarsest (lower number) sandpaper, then move up to finer (high number) grades.
  4. Make sure you sand the edges of the doors/openings really well. It will be difficult to open if you don’t! The person who painted before me painted the drawer without sanding, so it was closed shut. It was useless to me, so I painted over it
  5. Clean off the paint particles with a vacuum or cloth
  6. Tape down anything you don’t want to get paint on.
  7. Paint at least 2 layers.
  8. Sand in between layers to get an even finish.