Today I’m sharing my latest furniture flip:
As promised, I’m back to show how I prepared this CL table for use on our back patio ~
I haven’t started on the benches yet ~ I’m sure I will finish them to match the table color, then find a bright outdoor rug to ground the table and define the area.
We are just starting on our patio space, and one of the first things Kevin did was hang these cute outdoor lights overhead.
The lights create the right amount of bling and ambiance while hanging out back.
Anyway, back to the process of refinishing the table.
First, I sanded through the old stain and finish with 120 grit electric sandpaper. Then, I smoothed it all over with 220 grit.
Next, I used a pre-stain wood conditioner, since pine is so soft and porous and the wood would have otherwise looked too blotchy. The stain color I chose was what I had on-hand, Minwax oil-based special walnut.
Since the final finish was going to be applied with my spray gun, I chose a water-based product. This is Spar Urethane in satin, which is supposed to be good for furniture used outdoors, as it claims to expand and contract during changes in temperature. I applied 5-6 coats, and will be sure to update at a later date whether or not I would recommend the water-based Spar. They make an oil-based version, and that is what I would have used if I were
brushing this product on. But, my spray gun wins almost every time, and I go for the easiest clean-up
p.s. I could only find the water-based Spar at Home Depot; my Lowe’s only carried oil-based.
Whomever built this otherwise amazing table used PINK wood filler all over it! I mean, it was everywhere.
So, after staining, I took some acrylic craft paint and a small brush and blended the pink in with the rest of the table color.
…and after sealing with the topcoat.
Here’s one more shot of the finish that I am expecting to hold up to rain and the major AZ temperature swings.
Up next is a boy’s antique dresser set in midnight blue!
I know many of you just throw everything in your purse and the problem starts when you hear your phone ringing and you reach into your purse but you just can’t seem to find your cellphone, you’re frustrated and decide to dump everything out of the purse to retrieve your cell phone.
Another situation is when you are trying to find your keys, and for some reason, you just can’t seem to reach them. You’re frustrated because your bladder is just about to give in and you need to get into the house with immediate effect to go and relieve yourself, the only thing you can think of is dump everything out your purse just to retrieve the darn keys.
I have some juicy information for you so just keep reading because this might be the solution that you have been waiting for all along. One of these purse organizers might just be for you.
Here are our 5 best purse organizer reviews
1. Periea handbag organizer
This polka dotted handbag organizer is not only pretty but has 12 compartments. 10 inner and outer compartments and 2 zipped compartments.
The best thing is that it comes in three different sizes, small, medium and large.
You can also choose from an array color since it has 23 colors available.
The periea handbag organizer is very durable and can withstand anything. It is machine washable so don’t be shy about putting it in the washer.
It is made of nylon and polyester with a cotton lining that ensures the organizer stays in place.
The organizer is fitted with solid handles that make it easy to lift it in and out of the handbag. It is voted as the best organizer because of its long lasting nature and pocket-friendly price.
2. Vercord handbag organizer
This flowered insert handbag organizer has a total of 13 pockets, 1 large pocket, 2 zipper pockets, 4 small pockets and six mesh pockets.
It has 15 colors to choose from and comes in three different sizes. The small size has a measurement of 8.2in by 2.5in by 5.5in, the medium-sized measures 11.2in by 3.1in by 6.4in and the large one measures 13.3in by 5.9in by 7.8in.
This organizer is of high quality; it is made of nylon that is waterproof, don’t fret if it falls in the water. It is very easy to clean, foldable and last but not least it is super lightweight.
3. ZTUJO purse organizer
This beautiful beige colored organizer is not only pleasing to the eyes but is very essential.
It comes in two sizes, medium and large.
It consists of 11 pockets, that is 8 interior mesh pockets and 3 exterior pockets.
This organizer has a soft texture because it’s made from felt fabric. Felt fabric is very sturdy and durable making this a very high quality organizer.
This organizer has two soft handles that makes it easy to transport from one handbag to another without much fuss. It is very lightweight. The meticulous stitches with delicate designs make it so appealing.
This organizer is multi-functional, it can be used as a purse organizer, car organizer, diaper organizer, closet organizer or even an office organizer.
The best part about this organizer is the fact that, it comes with a one year warranty. What more could you ask for? 100% after sale service with the satisfaction guarantee.
4. ETTP insert bag organizer
This organizer has 13 pockets in total. 6 mesh pockets, 4 parachute pockets, 2 zipper side pockets and 1 big pocket.
It comes in 5 colors and is very light weight. It is washable hence can be cleaned from time to time, you can also use a wet cloth to clean it since it is made of nylon.
You can fit this organizer in your backpack, tote bag, travel bag and large handbags.
It comes in two sizes, medium and large. The dimensions for the medium one is 10.8in by 3.5in by 6.7in while the large one is 13.3in by 7.1in by 7.8in.
The best part is that it is lightweight making it portable and compact. It also has handles for easy carriage from one handbag to another.
It makes the handbag look very neat, clean and well organized.
5. AJAY in bag organizer
This beautifully crafted organizer is all hand-made. It will be worth all your coins.
It is made of 3mm blended thick wool felt that makes it sturdy. It has 10 pockets in total, 4 exterior pockets, and 6 interior mesh pockets. The middle part can be removed since it is attached with velcro. You can easily add larger items like a book or IPad by removing the middle section. Each section is perfectly sized to fit your cellphone, pens, books, lipstick just to mention a few.
The AJAY organizer comes in three sizes, medium, large and X-large.
The dimensions are as follows: medium organizer is 9.1in by 5.1in by 5.9in, the large organizer is 11.4in by 6.1in by 7.1in while the X-large organizer is 13.2in by 6.5in by 7.1 in.
You can find whichever size to suite your needs.
The AJAY organizer is made of a high quality material, it is not only beautiful but unique and is very comfortable to use.
You can leave all the mess behind with this AJAY purse organizer.
Things to consider when buying purse organizer
Size of your bag
You need to consider the type of bag that you are carrying. Not all organizer can fit in your handbag. If you know the type of bag then it will be easier to know if you will need a small, medium, or large organizer. You cannot use a large organizer on a small bag just so you know. Knowing the size and type of handbag and the size of an organizer is usually key.
There are so many things that women carry in their handbags. It includes water bottle, coin purse, cellphone, makeup, makeup brushes, keys, pens, books, business cards, snacks. All these things in a bag can make it look disorganized, so having an organizer helps all these contents fit in their appropriate places making the handbag to appear neat and easy to find contents.
The material used is crucial when choosing an organizer. The material should not be heavy because this will make the organizer heavy. It should be a material that can be easily cleaned because you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning it. The organizer should be made of a material that is sturdy, this ensures the organizer stays put in the handbag hence giving the handbag a good shape.
You need organization in your life and most of all in your purse. Whichever purse you carry, be it a tote, handbag, backpack you can find an organizer that suits your needs. Everything needs to be strategically placed in your organizer so that it can be easy to reach. You can place your cellphone in its place to avoid scratches, you can place your earphones in another pocket to avoid it being tangled, you can place your pens and lipstick in another pocket to avoid smudges and lastly, you can place your book in its section to avoid tear. This is just the beauty of having an organizer and the above mentioned organizers can be a good place to start. Get yourself one.
One evening my lovely bride (who just finished painting our laundry cabinets) showed me a picture of this new concept of a washer/dryer stand, and she wanted one. The only thing she said I needed to include is that this was not her idea and to give credit to Sausha at Show & Tell for the inspiration. Now keep in mind our washer/dryer came with the upgraded lower drawers, however I know not to stand in the way of progress. I also know that Christa’s love language is acts of service, so when I build something for her, it’s a bigdeal. I’ve given up on giving her flowers, mushy cards, and romancing her. All she really needs is for me to help her build and fix stuff. And I’m okay with it. She never discourages a tool purchase.
So, one morning I decided that a distraction from work was in order, and off to the hardware store I went, with inspiration photo in hand.
I set up shop on the rear patio with my miter saw, circular saw, and compressor powered nail gun, and things came together pretty quick. This is the desert, though, so it was hardly ideal.
An unbalanced washer (a high probability in a house with four women) is nothing to mess around with, so I made sure the entire base was good and stable.
A few hours later (did I mention how hot it was?) I had the entire stand built, and just like the picture, I might add. I was hoping my bride wouldn’t notice that the trim I purchased was smaller than the inspiration photo, but she has a sharp eye, and I should have known better. (In my defense, it was the only thing available.)
She still liked it, and also helpfully pointed out that it would be great if the three baskets could slide out as one piece. I couldn’t deny it was a good idea, so I used the leftover plywood and added three drawer slides to make it work.
The end result turned out quite nice. We opted for a tallish version to not only accommodate taller baskets, but also to avoid bending over to do laundry. The stand makes the room feel more open and clean. The baskets bring in texture and warmth, and are very organized and easily accessible.
I must tell you that if you do this, please be sure to measure twice and cut once so that the baskets you choose will fit perfectly. (Christa got these on clearance at Target.)
So you want your husband to make you one to make one yourself? Here is how it came together. (Show & Tell had a great tutorial, too, which you should check out.)
Materials: 4″x4″x8′ wood post, (2) 6″x1″x8′ trim board, (6) 2″x2″x8′ furring, (1) 1/4″ thick 4’x8′ premium plywood, (2) 1/2″ thick 4’x8′ middle grade plywood, a handful of wood screws, and (8) small “L” brackets.
I selected middle quality wood, but in retrospect a higher grade would have been better. We are all about saving money so that mindset ruled the moment. At least I avoided all the wood that had crooks, cups, and bows.
The small crown trim squares had to be precision miter cut and glued to the 4×4 posts. If I nailed them they would have split so wood glue was easy enough and set up quickly with our 130 degree temperature. Because of the rounded edges, it was difficult to judge the exact size and not all the sides were exactly the same (due to shrinkage, a term you won’t hear me mention much of), so I found myself making a slightly longer pieces and then cutting it specific to fit.
Here is what we started with:
- This shot is a little better representation of the color.
- I thought her new flooring was beautiful.It’s tile made to look like wood.
- No worries about scratches, and talk about easy maintenance.
I’m excited to be sharing the paint colors we decided on before we move!
We have accepted an offer on our current home so the move day is drawing closer, but hopefully not too soon since there are a lot of dusty projects left to do. Ideally, those projects will be complete and I’ll do a thorough clean before moving us all in.
Back to the paint colors. On my monitor, the colors come through pretty true, and aren’t dark at all. One thing I’ve learned (through the process of choosing 9 colors for this house) is that paint looks different in every house. But, seeing a color in someone else’s home or online is always a good jumping off point if you are in the market for new paint.
Having said that, there is one that I can HIGHLY recommend and it’s a trim color -Ben Moore Mascarpone. It is beautiful, and I think it would look great in any home. We used it for all of our white trim and doors and we love it. Whites can be tricky, and this one is a WINNER.
The main house color we chose was Frazee Keratin. It is a greige with a little bit of a green undertone, and we love it. It toned down the pinks in the tile quite a bit and would be a great backdrop to many types of decor.
For practically nothing. I picked up this coffee table at an auction a few weeks ago. I was originally going to fix it up and sell it, but we decided to keep it.
Don’t despair, the clear coat will solve that problem!
You can also use those wood touch-up pens.
Here it is in our home:
Products I used:
- Black paint: SW Solo Interior/Exterior Low VOC in Semi-Gloss
- Rub-through: Denatured Alcohol and a scrubby sponge (or #1 or #2 steel wool)
- Smoothing the paint: I prefer between 400 & 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper found at automotive stores
- Final Finish: Varathane Floor Finish in Semi-Gloss
- Smoothing the Finish: Dull with super fine steel wool, then Maguire’s car polish to shine