I stumbled upon Annie Sloan chalk paints in a magazine over a year ago. My dreams of turning junk furniture into beautiful heirlooms were finally within reach with this wonderful paint. I even took a class to learn the techniques to use with this unique paint. Over the next few months, I acquired a large selection of furniture (aka: junk, according to my husband) from garage sales that I had big plans for. Fast forward almost one year and I have completed one project. It turned out great and sold quite easily, so I am very happy. This one successful project has ignited my crafting fire, so watch out! There is much more to come!
The large, solid oak table was beautiful to begin with, but had some normal wear and tear. The intricate carvings were practically begging to be painted and distressed to bring out the details! I used a coat of Annie Sloan Primer Red first, then a coat of Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue was painted on top of that. I then used a block sander to distress the corners, legs, and raised details. Next, I applied a coat of clear wax before adding dark wax to the details and corners. Finally I applied one more coat of clear wax and used a rag to wipe away excess wax and to soften some of the dark areas. After the wax has set for 24 hours, I lightly buffed the table with cheesecloth to finish it up. This may sound like a lot of steps, but the end result is well worth it!
Pedicure or cleaning supplies? If I can save a few bucks by making cleaning supplies myself, I’m going to do it. Especially if the product I make is better than the store bought one! Even though I don’t work outside the home, I say “saving money is making money.” Well, if that money goes to pedicures, maybe that’s not so true, but you get the point! Today we are making dishwasher detergent. Here’s how:
*If you want to start making all your own cleaners, you may want to buy extra Borax and Washing Soda. I found mine at Walmart.
DIY Dishwasher Detergent
1 box Borax (76 oz) found in detergent aisle
1 box Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (55 oz) found in detergent aisle
24 packages unsweetened lemonade drink mix, like koolaid (Note: lemonade will stain soap dispenser yellow. Another option would be citric acid, but it is harder to find.)
3 cups Epsom Salt
The original recipe calls for Lemishine to be added to each load, but vinegar as a rinse aid works as well.
Found this on Pinterest, of course! (original recipe can be found here)
Just mix all these ingredients together in a large bowl. I like to use a plastic container with a lid and shake it up so I don’t have to breathe in all the powder that gets stirred up. The smell is quite strong, but clean! You might have to use a whisk to break up some clumps. At this point, I put a portion in a mason jar with a Tbsp tied on with a rubberband. I keep the rest stored in the plastic container. Use one tablespoon per load. It will last forever! Now go spend that money on something more fun than soap!