Checkers – Done!

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We’ve had several storms blow through lately so time for some inside projects.  I worked on the checkers for the outdoor kitchen/bar over the weekend.

Just used some acrylic craft paints and some Mod Podge.  I was going to clear coat them and thought about using the Mod Podge instead due to it’s like glue and I thought it might help keep the bark on . . . we’ll see.

And yep . . . the “crown” side of my checkers are “swans”!

(I can hear you gasping & imagine you have chill bumps Marsha! LOL)

Kitchen/Bar – Done!

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Done! Well technically I have to seal the grout & add some caulk.  I realized I didn’t take pics of the back sooo that’s still coming.  Those are the vintage bar stools I bought last year and redid. https://gettinmycountryon.com/2017/07/27/vintage-bar-stools-redo/

Grouted and all the paint touched up!

Yep! That’s a checkerboard!! Between the 2×2 tile checkerboard and the 4×8 tiles – I didn’t have to cut ANY tiles and that was the plan!

And those are my left over Aspen tree branches!!  Next project – I need to paint the checkers!

 

Kitchen/Bar Counter Top Trim

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I found some of that poly trim stuff at Lowes in the perfect size.  The 1/2″ plywood + 1/4″ cement board + 1/4″ tile =1″ and the trim is 1 1/8″ tall – perfect!  I used liquid nails and some tape to attach it to the edges.  Grout, caulk & touch up paint to go . . . .

Baby Shower Prep Has Begun!

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If you know me at all, you KNOW that the prep began wayyyy before now, lol.  We have these chalkboard signs that were used for Amie & Matthew’s wedding just about 3 years ago.  Tara (my daughter-in-law) did an amazing job on alllllll the wedding signs.  You can still see how cute this one was.  They’ve been stored in a plastic tub in the loft of my barn.  I guess the chalk stuff baked on in the heat.  This board is already wiped down with a wet rag.  Guess I should have cleaned them before I stored them, lol.  Any-who,  I went to Hobbs (Hobby Lobby) and found this small acrylic black “chalk” paint!

Voila!! Just like new and ready for the baby shower!

Porch Skirt – Done!

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I can’t take credit for finishing this project.  I’ve decided to pay my neighbor to help me get some projects finished around the yard.  He was working on this while I was in the back working on the kitchen/bar counter.  I love it, it looks finished and I don’t have to worry about the cats in the neighborhood getting underneath, lol!

Aspen Scraps

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I have some Aspen scraps leftover from making the little Aspen Bed for my newborn photography.  So I thought I’d cut up some rounds for a little project I have in mind . . . . more on this one later.  Oh the suspense . . . LOL

Outdoor Kitchen/Bar Update

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I purchased a sheet of 4’x8′ – 1/2″ exterior grade plywood and asked Home Depot to cut it to size for me.  I painted the underside and edges for a little extra protection and then screwed it into my framing.  Next step was to cut the hardie backer board down to size.

I applied a bit of thinset in between the plywood and backer board for extra adhesion.

FYI – it’s been in the mid to high 90’s here for wayyyyy to long.  A friend of my suggested that I put the thinset pail in a bucket of water to keep it cooler than the air temps.  It worked perfect!!!  Never dried up on the top or edges of the thinset pail.  Thanks Sherry!!  I actually had this pre-mixed thinset left over from tiling my bathroom shower (over a year ago).  That is one advantage to purchasing pre-mixed.  You don’t have any waste.

I used the hardie backer screws to attached the backer board to the plywood and clamped the seam down to dry.

My last 5 tiles!!!  Planning on trimming it out and grouting this weekend!