Patio Furniture Revamp

Ever since Cory and I moved into our house three years ago, I’ve wanted patio furniture. Our patio needs to be redone but even so when we have company, it’s where everyone gathers. It never fails. We had a few cheap chairs out there but never enough seating. Every time I would mention getting a set, Cory would say we should wait until we redo our patio before investing in furniture {I have no idea why}.

When my good friend, Tammie, told me I could have her set for $50 with practically brand new cushions, I didn’t even bother mentioning it to Cory and jumped all over it. My Mom just repainted her set this past summer, so I knew with a little bit of spray paint, I could revamp the patio set.

Patio Furniture RevampThe set really wasn’t in that bad of shape. It had a few rust spots but really cleaned up nice with some Greased Lightening.
Patio Furniture BeforePatio Chair Before
The supplies I needed for this project were:

  • Rust-Oleum Hammered Brown Spray Paint (I ended up using 11 cans but I spray heavy)
  • Scotch-brite pads
  • Grease Lightening
  • Spray can grip (Optional)

I began by scuffing up the furniture with a Scotch-brite pad and then cleaning them with Greased Lightening and some paper towels. I set up my little workstation and began spraying!

Patio Chair Before

The first day I painted, Cory was at work and I only got two chairs done. The can was leaking really bad and the chair was really splotchy. Not to mention, the heck of a cramp I had in my hand and spray paint all over me.

When Cory got home that evening, he said “Oh, I have a spray paint gripper in the shop. It makes it way easier”.

Thanks for telling me now!

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go here and order you one for your next spray paint project. They are only a couple of dollars and you won’t regret it, trust me.

Patio Chair Spray PaintThe next day, with the help of my gripper, I finished spraying the furniture and let it dry for a few days. I’ve had to touch it up a few different times, and I’m still finding spot because it’s hard to see the spots until the paint is completely dry.Let me just say, it was two hot days of painting but I love the results. It amazes me what a little spray paint can do. Maybe I’m biased, but I think it looks like a brand new set.

And I just know how much use we are gonna get out of it. We’ve already had people stop by and where do we end up?

Sitting out on the patio in our pretty new chairs.

Cory should listen to me more often.

Ahem…I’m just saying.

Patio Furniture RevampPatio Chair AfterPatio Furniture After

Ignore my ugly, dead fern in the background. I’m good at keeping plants alive until they need watering everyday.

Patio Chair After

Patio Furniture Revamp

Patio Furniture Revamp

Cory and I were shocked at how much nicer the furniture made our patio look. We wouldn’t mind our patio if the whole thing was 1) level or 2) had moss growing in between all the stones but of course, I only photographed the good decent side. The other side is cracking and very uneven. Clumsy me has about killed myself multiple times tripping over stones coming up.

Can I leave you with a word of advice?

Don’t spray paint in flip flops especially right after you have a pedicure. It took me days to get all the paint off my feet and I ruined my fresh pedicure.

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OOTD & Pretty Little Liars

My birthday was two weeks ago and I’m pretty sure at the age of 26, most people stop giving you presents and just give you money. Heck, even Cory has given me money to go shopping the past two years.

I don’t mind.

I was so excited when my colored cords came in last week and yesterday my Michael Kors scarf arrived from Nordstrom. Shay at Mix and Match Family recommended it and boy, was she right. It’s my new favorite scarf and I styled it today with my new cords.

Michael Kors Leopard Scarf

I am by no means a “fashionista” considering most days I prefer a t-shirt, jeans and my rainbows.

Too bad that style isn’t acceptable for work.

Since I felt stylish today and I wanted to show off my new scarf and tell you how fabulous it is and you must go buy one right now, I thought I’d share.

As if a new Michael Kors scarf and colored cords didn’t make my day great already, Pretty Little Liars Halloween special is on tonight!

My most recent Netflix interest obsession was Pretty Little Liars and I watched three and half seasons in a few short weeks. I finished right before football season started and I’ve been waiting two months for a new episode!

I shouldn’t be this excited over a show but it’s right at the top of my list with Grey’s, Revolution, Scandal and Parenthood. It better be a good one because it’s got to hold me over for another three months.

Wanna know the best part? Cory likes it as well. He finally admitted when I was about a season into the show that he was hooked too.

Score.

And just for the record *spoiler alert* I don’t believe for one second that Ezra is “A”.

I just refuse to believe it.

I’m not a band wagon fan but…

Sometimes I wish I was. 

Clemson VS Flordia State

If you aren’t a fan of football, you might want stop reading now because this post is about the disappointment of being a fan. In my case, it’s Clemson football. 


At the end of last season, Clemson was the underdog in the Chick-fil-a Bowl against LSU and we won. The win was big for us. Really big. We started off this season playing 5th ranked Georgia and we won. Again, the win was big. Last night we faced Florida State for another big game. 

Going into the game, Clemson was ranked 3rd and FSU was 5th so it was bound to be a good match up. ESPN Gameday even came back to Clemson for the second time this season. 

But Clemson proved everyone right  and I hate to even say it but pulled a “Clemson”. According to Urban Dictionary, “Clemsoning” is

“the act of delivering an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

I’m not saying that Clemson “pulled a Clemson” because they lost but how badly they lost and bad they looked on the field. And I’m not saying that FSU shouldn’t have won. They are a good team and obviously deserved to win but Clemson proved to everyone who said that we were over-ranked at #3 that they were right.
  
The final score was 51-14 at home.  
 
They completely blew their chance at two conference titles by losing last night. 

Ouch.  

After the game last night, I was cold, tired and honestly, pissed. We tailgated for 12 hours for what? And to top it all off, everyone on my Facebook feed was all “I’m still a fan” or “still love my Tigers”. 


And you know what I wanted say? I wanted to say “Screw Clemson football” or “I’m through being a Clemson fan”. 

Last night, I wished that it was easy enough for me to just give up on Clemson so I wouldn’t have to face the disappointment. I thought how easy it would be to like a college team like Alabama who has multiple national championships.

But I can’t. 

See, Clemson means more to me than tailgating or a football game. Clemson is my alma mater and I’m very proud to be a Clemson alumnus. Because of Clemson, I was able to cheer in college, met some incredible people and be the first person in my family to earn a college degree. They also happen to be my employer and a source of my livelihood. Clemson is a captivating place and I am honored to be more than fan.

Obviously, I still love the Tigers. Obviously, I’m always going to be a fan and I think this should go without saying for all fans. That’s what makes you true fan…you take the good AND the bad. 

Is it okay to have these feelings? I think so. It’s only human nature to feel disappointed. Without disappointment, the good times wouldn’t be as sweet. At the end of the day, it was important for me to take a step back and realize that being a Clemson fan encompasses so much more than just the football team. 

Clemson VS Flordia State

Anyway…The Walking Dead is tonight and Cory got the night off! We are gonna grab some dinner and curl up on the couch together for the first time in a week or so. 

Happy Sunday!

Five on Friday

Woohoo! It’s finally Friday and I’m doing my first Five on Friday. I know I’m a little late in the game but at least it’s making it up on the blog before midnight!

{One}
I got this baby on Monday and I love it. After a few weeks of research, I decided on the Canon Rebel T3i. Now, I’ve just got to learn to use it.

{Two}
This is my niece Taylor aka Tater. I’m not sure why but I’ve always called her that. Maybe because she looked so much like a tater {potato} when she was a baby with her bald headed self. She was staying with my parents last night so I took the opportunity to try out my new camera.

Seriously. How cute is this little face? I hate the second picture is blurry but I just love her expression so I had to share.

{Three}
I can’t share the cute pictures of Tator and not share some of my sister Gracie. We are that family where Gracie is only three years older than her niece but they make our family so much fun. 

Notice her freckles on her nose and the little gap between her front teeth? Those are two of my favorite things about this precious face and I never want her to lose them. 

Yes, I understand that in about 5 years the gap won’t be as cute but for now it keeps her “babyface”.

{Four}
Stein and Hampton got their haircut last night and while I was waiting on them to finish up, I browsed around Petsmart. 

Bad idea. 

When I saw these, there was absolutely no hesitation. They were in my buggy before I even had the chance to think it over. Good thing, they were 75% off. 

That’s right. $5.47 for these bad boys.

As you can see, the dogs just loved them. HA! They hate me, I’m sure of it. 
{Five}
Clemson plays FSU tomorrow and it’s a huge game! Two top five teams and ESPN Gameday came back to Clemson! During my four years as a student at Clemson, Gameday came once. And this is the second time they’ve come to Clemson this season! That’s a big deal. Trust me. 
Leaving work today {I work for Clemson} was craaazzzy. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many people in such a small town. Tomorrow is going to be a long, crazy day but I can’t wait!
Lord, please let us win.  
Since it’s just me and the dogs tonight, I’m gonna pop some popcorn, grab a coke and snuggle with the all three of the babies. {No, we didn’t get another dog. We are just dog sitting for my parents}
Happy Friday {what’s left of it} and Go Tigers!