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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Well that snuck up on me

I don't know what it was but this summer, I had no desire to do a single DIY project that wasn't necessary.  It might've had something to do with last year's big living room remodel.  After refinishing an armoire, a side table and dining room table and a few holiday projects here and there the last thing I wanted to do was strip, sand, paint, drill or anything in that category.

Then all of a sudden those skis on the wall I said last year I was going to strip, get that weird blob off and re-stain before the holidays this year are laughing at me saying "aren't you decorating for Christmas this weekend?


PLEASE excuse the garage.  The floor needs repainted and the lighting is horrible.  I couldn't open the garage door for light because the neighbor was out there and I had no desire to talk to him especially since I could hear he was in...uh...colon distress a few times.  My main mission was to get rid of this atrocity...

You know, the one that the people I bought it from said was dirt and would wipe right off?  It wasn't, dirt and even a massive clean up didn't help.

I laid out the skis on my project table.

It was time to get the tools of the trade.

I slathered on my natural stripper.

 ...and waited an hour

and used stripping pads to pull off the top layer of glaze.

Thankfully it looked like it was no longer way lighter than the rest of the ski so I was glad.  I didn't mind if it was darker.

I toyed with keeping it dark but decided to do one more layer since it was obvious I wasn't going to get to bare wood.

Once I got the second layer off, I was happy with the results.  A little faded here, a little darker there.  I wiped down the skis and used a wire brush on the crevices.

I sealed them with some Annie Sloan wax and buffed it to a light shine.  (The one on the right has been waxed.)

You can see how much glaze was stripped with this pic of the bottom of one ski compared to the front I just stripped and sealed.

They're curing in the house now but should be ready to be hung over the couch by Saturday.

The only pisser is the wire I wound around them last year had to be cut off, so I know what I'll be doing this weekend.

I really wanted to do some recipe stuff in the kitchen for you guys but the weather was utterly crappy and natural light would've looked Smurfy from the overcast tone of the day.  Same with today.  So that's why I decided to work on projects I put off all summer.

Well that and I'm hosting my first afternoon tea next Friday and I want things to look just so because it could be the last time my friend and I see each other before she moves out of state.

What projects have you been putting off?

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  1. I thought you had re-stained them given that they look a lot like the stain of our wood floors but wow, what a gorgeous finish underneath all that gunk you removed! Great job!

    1. I was very relieved to see I didn't need to re-stain them! I was very happy with the end result!

  2. Sooo pretty! That's the stripper I love! I was on a refinishing frenzy then abruptly stopped after not liking how the top of my drybar (sp?) Looked after 2 applications. It is in the woodshop looking sad and abandoned right now. My motivation has returned now that I am unexpectedly hosting Thanksgiving!

    1. Isn't that stuff great?! I love that it gets the job done without all of those gagging chemicals. The smell reminds me of tanning lotion. LOL Good luck on the last minute push to get things together. It can be fun being the hostess with the mostess but also exhausting!

  3. So many projects. I did quite a bit this summer, but it seems like there's always something doesn't it? Plus the windstorm the other night pulled the pool cover off my pool so I have to redo that, and the kitchen floor I had done this summer has a weird spot where it's pulling up so I have to call floor guy too.

    1. Yes it does. Ugh, there's nothing worse than thinking a project is done and you have to have more work done. (Citing basement guys appt this week. Why can't they all just do it right the first time?)

  4. You did an awesome job with the skis! Those will look so pretty hanging on your wall. I have many projects that I "should" be doing, but I keep saying I don't need to "should" on myself about them. LOL! My main focus needs to be cleaning up the basement and getting rid of stuff. I've had stuff on shelves for over a decade that I just don't use or need so I need to stop being lazy and just get rid of them. And I really need to put my Longaberger stuff in bins and get it organized. It was create so much more space and look neater if I did this. We did bring the couch up from the basement last night when I got home so there's more room down there now. And good gravy, was that a bit of a pain. It's a reclining couch so not only was it super heavy, but when you had it up on its side to maneuver around the button kept getting pushed and the recliner part would kick out right in to my gut. So I was basically in a UFC fight with the dang sofa!

  5. Can't wait to see the skis hung on the wall! They look amazing!!


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