Holiday, Life

Do Good with Wood award

Hello blog world! I feel like I have been absent for ages and am happy to get back into the groove of crafting and writing.  We just got back from a trip to Ohio to see my dad’s family for Thanksgiving. It was a great trip, but I am exhausted for the traveling. The hubby and I are unpacking and relaxing tonight, but I have big plans for crafting tomorrow. I think I am going to start making an ottoman out of pallet wood! How cool would that be? In my head, it is amazing. We’ll see if I can pull it off.

Speaking of working with wood, have any of you guys heard of the new contest Minwax is running? They are looking for people who work with wood in a way that also gives back to the community. It sounds like a really neat award and the prize is $5,000 — not too shabby! Plus you get lots of fun Minwax stuff. I’d love to enter, but I’ve only made stuff for our house… so unless Chez Smith is a charity (which it isn’t), I’m out of this one. But I figured I’d share because it sounds pretty cool. Not to mention it is the time of year to give back to those in need. You might as well try to win a prize while you are at it!! You can check out the rules here.

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It really is a great holiday and wonderful time to reflect on what you are thankful for. Me? I’m thankful for my family, friends, health, house, job, blog, and dog. I’m thankful for my hubby. I’m thankful for my creativity.


Wooden Trunk (part two)

Whew, this little wooden trunk is taking a lot of prep to get to the fun part. After two coats of Kilz primer (I’m gonna try the spray paint primer next time), I painted the trunk with two coats of Behr gray paint. I used Porpoise, which is the darker shade of gray that I painted below the chair rail in our dining room.

It looks really nice — sorry for the cruddy pictures, it was getting dark!

The inside of this little trunk was also rather nasty, so I painted this gray, too.

I am so excited to get home from work tomorrow so I can do the fun part of this project. I’ll give you a hint– it involves metallic silver paint 🙂 Woo!