Even if my time is sometimes limited I can smile when I see them around our town. Now that my eyes and ears have been opened to them, I see refugees quite a bit now in our community - at parks, in the grocery store, at the dr's office, etc.
I can donate supplies.
Our church often has drives for assembling health kits, school supplies, blankets, etc.
Praying for them, is also a great place to just start. I can recognize a prompting, and do my best to follow through.
Plan on about 20-30 min. each day, over a period of about 4-5 days.
Don't plan on doing it all in 1 day.
Be patient with yourself, it takes practice furniture painting.
I've done it a couple times now over the years,
and I'm just starting to get better at it.
I'm still learning, myself, what works and what doesn't.
Basics to Remember: Sand, Wipe off, Spray-on Primer, Sand again-wipe off, Roll on Paint
These steps work well together to give you a
finished, smooth, professional look to your furniture.
Sand the wood piece to remove the finish.
I used 80 grit sandpaper (This sandpaper feels rough.)
I like using an electric sander.
I just picked a sander up at my local Home Depot or Lowes or Amazon.
After you sand the piece, use a damp rag
to remove/wipe away all the fine dust on the furniture.
If there are any holes you need to fill or repair do this step next.
There is wood filler tubes, glue, paste, etc. you can also pick up from Home Depot or Lowes.
Spray on a primer using a spray can.
Use a primer color similar to the
color you'll be painting it. Grey primer works great for color;
white primer works the best if the finished piece will be white.
Apply 1-2 several thin coats of primer.
No worries, if there are a couple
spots you missed, since you will be painting over it anyway.
After the primer dries, Sand again! This time using a higher grit sand paper.
I used 220, this sand paper is very fine, and feels much smoother.
It's okay if some of the primer is sanded off. Your goal with this step is SMOOTH.
Be sure to wipe off the excess dust with a damp cloth again.
Then, take your hand over the piece of furniture to see if it feels smooth.
You many need to sand again if it doesn't feel completely smooth yet.
Time to paint. I prefer to roll on paint for the final paint color.
You can spray paint with a can, but spray cans, can get a little drippy for the final finish.
Spray paint cans works great for the primer step-
because it's fast, and if you get any drips, it gets sanded off later.
Spray paint cans also work great for smaller color changes, frames, vases, etc.
I prefer rolling on paint for larger pieces of furniture.
You could use a fancy paint sprayer for this step.
They are expensive and I just haven't invested in one yet.
For now, rolling on paint is the best for me, since I don't furniture paint that often.
Try to get a paint that has a satin finish to it.
That will give it a nice finished look.
I painted on 2 coats of paint.
If you need to take a break, you can put your roller in a plastic bag.
Plastic grocery bags work too, if your roller is larger.
You can leave your roller, like this for a few hours.
These little foam brushes work great for touch-up and some tighter spaces, if needed.
* Special note for this project, I used some leftover sample paint that was very flat.
There was NO sheen or shine to the paint.
So to help finish the piece I sprayed on gloss to give it a finished look.
But it didn't show anything really. So I wouldn't do that again.
Live and Learn- I do recommend getting paint that has a gloss, or satin finish to it.
Here are my favorite hair products that I use with my short hair.
I have thick hair, so keep that in mind,
as you consider these products and the texture of your own hair.
1. Aveda, Brilliant Hair Retexturing gel
I use this one when I have wet hair.
I need to put product in my hair after I wash it.
This allows my hair to be more manageable, after it's dry.
It's a little pricey, but it works so well, I let this be a beauty splurge.
We all need at least 1 beauty splurge, right?
Cheap gels don't absorb in my hair very well,
and don't last throughout the day.
This one absorbs great, with out being too goopy,
and doesn't give my hair a wet, crunchy, look.
It looks natural while keeping my hair more styled.
2. Style Sexy Hair, Slept In creme
This one I use in the mornings on my dry hair,
when it's sticking up everywhere.
This creme is my quick fix, to help me fix my hair fast.
The title is exactly as it's described - it fixes your slept-in hair.
Sometimes I use it on my wet hair too. This one maybe my favorite!
3. Aveda, Control Paste
This one I use on my dry hair, and you need a little product to control some fly aways,
or just tame your hair a bit. It only takes a finger-tip of paste,
that you rub into the palms of your hands,
and then rub into your hair to style it a bit.
It's great for an evening out, or just to fix your hair
when you need to look a little more polished.
This one is pricey, but I use it for years since you only use a little at a time.
It doesn't smell the best, but it works so well, that I overlook that con.
I also use this one with my longer hair too.
It helps with straight hair, without making your hair look wet or sticky.
I have a large bag of brown sugar, that went really hard.
It became hard as a rock -
too hard to put in measuring cups, and bake with.
But, I hated to throw it out.
I googled how to soften brown sugar, and saw this tip:
Put your hard sugar in an air tight container with a piece of bread.
(I also put in a couple drops of water, too).
Then cover it with a lid.
I wasn't sure if it would work. I was a little skeptical.
WaaLah! It did work, I had super, soft brown sugar after a couple of days.
I love how this tip gives us a good reason to use the heels of our bread, too!
Preheat oven to 400. Combine 1 1/2 c. sugar, 1/4 c. four, 3/4 t. nutmeg. Add 3 slightly beaten eggs. Add 4 c. 1 in. slices of rhubarb (1 lb.) Line 9 in. pie plate with pastry; fill with above rhubarb filling.
Dot with 2 T. butter. (* optional, you can add a lattice crust top). Bake for about 50-60 min. Cool serve with vanilla ice cream!
In the pot used to cook the quinoa, combine the 1 stalk rhubarb, 2 T. vinegar, 2 T. sugar and ¼ cup of water; season with salt and pepper. Cook on medium-high, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until the rhubarb has softened and the mixture is saucy and thickened. Transfer to a serving dish. Rinse and dry the pot.