What a great weekend! We spent it at Rocky Gap State Park in Maryland. Surrounded by mountains and next to a lake, it is just gorgeous. We are novice campers and decided to give it a try to see if it is something we would enjoy as a family. We absolutely loved it!
I was surprised (I love my comfy bed) but spending the night in the pure silence of the woods, with the kids playing card games and laughing in their tent (without any electronic device in sight) was fantastic. We hiked, swam in the lake, fished and were successful, first time campers! The kids didn’t want to leave and so we now have found a weekend activity that we can enjoy with the kids that is inexpensive, healthy and super fun.
Now to my favorite find Monday. What do you all think of this table/desk? It is missing a drawer in the front, which is likely why it was thrown away. I happen to love the lines and had to rescue it. I need to have another drawer made or figure out another solution.
The table has a really heavy coat of shellac all over it that was heavily scratched on the top. I want to refinish the top but the thought of sanding all of that lacquer off was quite daunting. I had heard of a product called Citristrip. It is a stripper but without the horrible fumes and actually smells of citrus. I applied it all over the table top and let it sit.
After an hour or so, I took my scraper and had fun scraping all of the goop off. Now it needs to dry and I will go over it with a sander. We shall see how this turns out…
More tomorrow 🙂
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sounds like a fun day! we are on vacation in Tahoe and loving it! Can’t wait to see what you do with the piece!
Maybe some type of sliding mechanism for a computer keyboard in place of the drawer. Great find.
Carol, that is so funny because it is the first thing my husband said. Great idea and one I would never had thought of!
love it! my dad and i made a faux drawer front one time and that worked well!
Have to tell you I’m new to your diet… Love your make-overs! And BTW… Your children are beautiful!
Lol… Auto-correct!… That’s WEBSITE. Not DIET!
Hi Valerie, that was so funny! I was wondering what diet I had you following as I likely need one myself lol! Thanks so much and thank you for your sweet comment on my kids 🙂 I really appreciate it!
What a wonderful, wholesome family weekend! So nice to hear your children enjoyed it and were okay be disconnected from their electronic devices!
Mary Ellen B.
Love to follow what you are doing, you are very talented. All of our children are grown but now they love to camp with their children so we get to go with them and our grandchildren. Your children are so beautiful!
Thank you so much – I am partial to them! How lovely you can spend such quality time with your grandchildren. It must be wonderful 🙂
we live in Lancaster co Pennsylvania and will be making a trip to this state park thanks for sharing the info and I hope you have a lot more adventures like this !!
on another note,i love your site .it’s been inspirational and helpful.
a story about my daughter: she’s been here for the summer (lived in phila 8 years)discouraged and depressed.i was trying to get her creativity juices flowing by proving her w a lot of projects I’m in volved in to no avail…I was getting worried about her. then a neighbor gave her a small desk and I told her she can’t leave it sit around in my shop(he he)she’d have to DO SOMETHING with it,i had just found your website.and encouraged her to watch some of your tutorials…she did and scraped,sanded,painted and poured herself into the piece…what came out was spectacular ! it looks like a water color ! then she had to do another…she took a small china cabinet and wow !!!! instant bohemian !!!!! this has changed her life !!! she finally “gets it”…the sense of accomplishment , making something beautiful , others appeal for the pieces and let’s not forget money …. Which leads me to a question on pricing a piece to sell. what formula do you use ? I’m not sure as I am beginning to sell some pieces at a small market house as well as a small shop I have in the city of Lancaster pa. thanks again for ALL your encouragement,beautiful pieces, and tutorials, laurali
Hi Laurali – thanks for your comment! I’m glad I helped your daughter find her inner artist! It is a great feeling to transform a throw away to a beautiful piece that is has been given new life. As far as pricing, I am going to write a post about that soon. I have had quite a few people ask or comment on the same thing. It boils down to location and piece. I hope to have it posted soon and will email you a heads up so you can read it. The best of luck to your daughter and tell her thanks for watching my tutorials! I am also planning on expanding those soon 🙂 Cheers, Suzanne