To Alex -

To Alex...who is far away in person, but never far from my heart. I miss you. Enjoy these snippets of everyday family life here in the states.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fire Engine Red

Favorite youngest son was over this weekend and together we worked on one of the many projects in queue around my house that require orbital sanders, paint stripper and new paint. He has his own place and was in need of a coffee table. Hmmm, I just happened to have a coffee table that I had pulled from the dumpster where I work, and it was in need of a new home. How fortuitous!

I love my orbital sander. It makes short work of projects, but I wish it could bend around curves and reach into crevices. Would that be too much to ask? We tried hand sanding the legs and sides, but only until my arm gave out. Alas, time for the wicked paint stripper. Sometimes, it must be done.

The color he chose doesn't surprise me in the least as he's always been fond of bright color. It's not orange, even though the picture looks like it. It really leans more toward red, but it certainly has an orange tone to it. What a difference! This was our first time using the Behr Paint and Primer in One and I will swear by it. It took two coats to get the perfect coverage, which is much better than the normal two coats of primer and then two coats of paint.

This beauty is currently seasoning in my garage for a couple days and then it leaves for it's new home. Did I mention that I pulled this from a dumpster where I work so the only cost was a quart of paint?


  1. GORGEOUS!!!! Free is MY favorite price TOO!!!!

  2. Oh, me too, Rhonda. I have to stop myself from hauling perfectly good stuff home that others have put out on the curb. Sometimes I wonder if I could make a living out of trash picking and repurposing. I bet I could.