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Happy Memorial day to you! 

As crazy as it sounds...this has been the best holiday ever.  Do you want to know why?  It's not because of what we did or where we went.  It was because this Memorial day was the FIRST holiday EVER for us as a couple where working retail was not part of our lives.  It feels SO great knowing that Doug has off EVERY weekend.  He get a ton of paid holidays that he HAS to take...no more begging for time off and being denied.  He gets a WEEK off for the 4th of July!  We are so thrilled to be leaving the world of retail faaaaaar behind us.  Though I will say, it should be a law somewhere that everyone has to work in retail and be a waiter/waitress at some point of their young lives.  You learn a lot about how to treat people in both worlds.

So, we didn't do much but for the first time ever we got to do all American holiday things ON the actual holiday.    
We had a cookout and I made Moses a hedgehog watermelon.
We went swimming at a local lake and the boys and I made the news!
And I knocked this project OUT!  I found this gem at Goodwill for $30.  It was ugly.  But I knew there was a good shell in there.  It is solid wood and HEAVY.   
Here she is cleaned, shined and with new handles.  We lived with her like this until spray painting season began here in Virginia.
Here she is in her undies! 3 cans of Valspar primer.
And here she is all dressed up!  3 cans of "Exotic Sea" by Valspar.  The knobs are from Lowes.
 Once the paint was dry, I gave all the edges a good sanding!
Look at all the pretty character...





I love it.  She sure will bring some nice color to our new rental...which is painted fully in builder beige. :)

I love Goodwill! :)
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16 comments:

Laurie said...

The dresser turned out great!!

Rachelle said...

Congratulations on moving on from retail! That is something to celebrate for sure. :)

I *love* your Goodwill find! Especially now that it's painted. Beautiful!

Holly said...

That did turn out great! I love the color!

The Perfect Trio said...

I love the hedgehog! I love the aqua dresser! And I love the sanded characteristics!!!

renee said...

Have you had a holiday season without retail yet? I'm talking Thanksgiving through New Years. Its THE BEST THING EVER. The first time I was able to say to my family, sure I can meet up the day after Christmas, that was Blissful!

maribeth said...

haha! we say the same thing about retail and restaurant. congratulations on the job change! After years of retail for me and restaurant work for my husband, it was so nice to be able to enjoy all the holidays like normal people!

cbryan said...

Yay for holidays together!! I remember when my husband stopped working at a theme park and started working as a high school math teacher, the weekends and summer and all holidays off was great!

Dusty Rae said...

I was brought to your little fucky world by a random pinterest pin(which one I can't remember.) I have been reading for a good 2 hours, and I must tell you how grateful I am. 1) for entertaining me on a rare child-free night 2) making me laugh out loud at least 3 times and 3) allowing others into your creative funky world. You are a true blessing and I thank you for sharing your faith, family, and talents with us all :)

Elisabeth said...

Love the dresser! I wish I knew how to redo furniture!

JAC said...

I used to have that very same dresser! And it's matching chest of drawers and night stand. I cannot believe how amazing it looks.

JAC said...

I used to have that very same dresser! And the matching chest of drawers and night stand. I cannot believe how amazing it looks!

Drew and Kristi said...

omg LOVE the dresser! it is so pretty! I've been wanting a big piece to paint turquoise and now I really need to get it done!

April said...

Soo glad y'all had a FUN holiday TOGETHER!
You have got me eyeballing a LARGE armoire in my bedroom...wondering how some lovely sea-blue shade would look. It's currently the "albatross" in the family.
:)
Happy day to you!
~april

LibraryGirl62 said...

This weekend I got a wicker table, side table and three chairs for $30 @Goodwill:) I am stealing your color for the table...I think the chairs will be yellow and the side table will just get a fresh coat of white!

A Bridge Of Grace said...

This piece is GORGEOUS! Caught my eye in your new home photos.....we FINALLY got a flat screen this week and desperately need something lower, but w/ storage, to put it on. I told hubby I'm waiting to find the perfect piece--something like this--and make it our own! I was actually looking at that color last week at Lowes! ;o) Love it! Great job CJ!

Kate the Great said...

Love it! So I'm a 1st timer. Did you sand before the primer or just slap it on as is? Any other tips?
Thanks!

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