Alright... You know when you start a project, think it's going to take like a day or so, and then about the 3rd or 4th day in you realize,
"WOW, this dang project has turned out to be WAY more extensive and time consuming then I thought it would be!" (grrr)
Yeah, so that's pretty much how my "Faux Barn Wood" painting tutorial is coming along. LOL.
Don't worry, the actual panting technique will be speedy!... it's been all the PREP to get the wood even READY for the paint, that is taking forever! I was so desperate for help to get this tabletop to the point where I could at least start the first step of paint, that I even got my Mom in on the action.
Pssst... Dad, you would have been SO proud! She totally OWNED that little saw!
Honestly, it was the LAST thing we wanted to do, since we had just killed ourselves at the gym earlier that morning doing "The Shell-inator". (don't ask... I'll explain on Monday, when I do another weight loss post. ha!) Our arms were already like spaghetti, and sanding down this planked wood surface, almost did us in.
I'll definitely fill you in more later, when we do our entire "worktable post", but for now, just know that we've planked the top of this custom unit with 5 pieces of wood and drilled out some holes for a couple of different rows worth of wooden pegs, to give the tabletop a really special touch... kind of like an authentic old farmhouse table!
Well, when we installed the pegs with some wood glue, we realized after they dried that a couple were sticking pretty high up, (too high for just sanding alone) so that's where my Mom came in. She used our vibrating multi-functional tool with the saw blade attachment and took the larger raised parts of those little pegs off, by carefully holding the saw flat against the table (so she wouldn't end up gouging any of the wood around it).
PS. Have I mentioned how much I freakin' LOVE that multi-functional tool!? It's a HUGE time saver and always comes in handy during DIY projects big or small!
After she was done leveling out all the wooden pegs, I went in with our orbital sander and sanded the snot out of that thing 2 or 3 times :) I'll be using this worktable for small craft projects, organizing papers and gathering ideas. So I wanted the top of the table to have lots of character, but also be mostly smooth, so that papers and such wouldn't catch on it.
You know our motto around here...
Beautiful yet Functional!
I can't even tell you HOW MUCH DUST was covering my office after we finished. ha! Good thing we covered all of my electronics with thick cloths. It took us about 3+ hours, just to get this portion of our project sanded and cleaned up, so I'm hoping that tomorrow or Friday I'll be able to start in on the painting process... YaHoo!
... till then!
I have to quickly express my undying love and appreciation for i-Phones and Facetime. To me, technology is so amazing, and sometimes it just blows my mind. I can't believe that I can watch my adorable little niece (that I miss so much) plinking and sinking her ABC's away on the piano, in Arizona, all in the comfort of my OWN living room.
I know we often take this stuff for granted, but for some reason I just felt the need to say how grateful I am for all the amazing technology we have in this world today...and of course it goes without saying, being able to connect with all of YOU fabulous people as well, definitely makes it into that "mind-blowing" category :) Thank you so much for reading along with us, we love sharing our story with you, and truly appreciate you letting US, be a part of your day.
That's all.... muuuuah!