I always get the urge to tackle projects over long weekends. I have projects I would like to get to all over the house, some small, some large. I look at them and think “I will get to you one day”. And I have the best intentions…..
This Memorial Day weekend I went with the projects that needed to be done for sanity. There are three kids and two adults in this house. That’s 10 feet. On average we each have 3 pairs of shoes (actually the adults have more, but I am not tripping over those). At any given time there are about 12-14 shoes scattered around by the doors. I have shoes mats, I have shoe boxes in the garage for each child. But still, shoes are scattered by the doors.
I have been looking for a better way to store and organize these shoes. Ikea, magazines, on-line. You name it. First I was thinking about a storage system in the garage since that’s where most of the shoes/cleats/ect are. But It had to be closed since I didn’t want spiders and insects getting in. Then I had an idea for a dresser. If I could find a dresser I could use it for shoes, socks, and miscellaneous kid stuff. I didn’t want to spend a lot. And it had to have specific dimensions for the area it was going to fit in.
Out running some errands, I happened upon a dresser. I measured it, saw it was of good quality construction, and I thought, “this may work!” So I started the transformation. Something fun and colorful.
It was a light wood color with tarnished brass handles. I rubbed it down with a cleaner to take off the clear coat.
I found a paint color “paprika” in the Rustoleum furniture kit make-over. (go figure, it’s a food color)
After 2 coats of the paint color, then I put a coat of dark glaze over. It dried over night and then I applied the clear coat.
I spray painted the hardware in a black metallic finish. Everyone now has a drawer for socks and shoes and I have a “junk” drawer for all the stuff that gets left on my kitchen counter.
I also bought a dress last fall while we were in Georgia at vintage boutique. I liked the dress, but wanted a skirt. I decided to cut off the top and put in elastic.
I also tackled cleaning out the lint screen on the dryer. Regularly cleaning out the lint keeps the dryer operating efficiently, takes clothes a shorter time to dry and therefore uses less energy.
Lastly, this weekend, I decided to see if name brands really matter. Extra virgin olive oil. San Marzano tomatoes, Vidalia onions. Would using specific products make a different in my tomato sauce that I would be able to notice a difference?
The sauce was good, but compared to other sauces I have made without the brand names, I am not sure if I could tell the difference.