Thursday, June 2, 2016

C gets a desk now too!

My neighbor offered me an old oak desk if I wanted it for either of my kids. When I went to look at it, I was shocked at what great condition it was in. It looked brand new, all the drawers rolled smooth and it it solid! Of course I wanted it! 

C has been asking for a desk since I was looking at desks for L. He has also been planning what color he wanted me to paint it.

This desk was quite fun to work on. There were no little cracks that I had to remove paint from first, I got to get right down to sanding and filling all the oak grain.

If you do this yourself, buy a fresh container of DAP Latex Plastic Wood. Mine was a little dried out, which made it really difficult to put on and it didn't get into the grain as well. I bought a new one and it went in much better.

C wanted a black desk, so I talked him into a dark gray desk with an almost black top. I went with an ebony stain and used spray paint on the desk. I wanted to try the mat spray over it, but I wasn't sure how it would turn out so I left it shinny. C choose the red chair.

We are slowly adding things to his walls now. Finally after 4 years in this house. 

If his room was a little cleaner, I would take pictures from far away. Here is his wall that we added stripes to, remember from this post to lighten up the room. He wanted that so bad, I couldn't understand why he wanted a black desk.

C picked out all the signs for his walls.

Hopefully he can keep his shelves a little nicer and not so cluttered. He is my organized pack rat.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

We are getting right into our gluten free grove and finding/creating/modifying recipes that are approved by the whole family and that don't make us miss gluten at all. (I wish I could say the same for dairy).

We are making these treats on a weekly basis right now and they don't last long. Sometimes the batch is gone in about 15 mins!


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit
2 C Gluten Free Flour (I use Pamela's Bread Mix)
1 t baking soda
1/4 t salt
1/4 c butter
1/4 c coconut oil
3/4 c pure maple syrup
2 eggs
2 over ripe bananas
1/4 t cinnamon

Mash the bananas then mix with all the wet ingredients. Add the dry and beat on high till smooth. These muffins are gluten free, so don't worry about mixing. It won't make them tough. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.

Dairy free option: Substitute butter for coconut oil.

I hope you enjoy them as much as our family does!


Saturday, March 12, 2016

Re-finishing Oak

If you have been following for a little while, you have slowly seen the Mr. C's office transform. We have been working on the front waiting room but have not been able to finish it. In the mean time, here is the magazine rack that I have re-finished.

I have mentioned before that oak is everywhere. I wanted to update this magazine rack.

I filled in the wood grain with some stainable wood fill.

Then sanded it down smooth.

I wanted to show the difference, so on the inside of the rack, I didn't fill the in the wood grain. You can still see all those tiger stripes in the oak.

Here is the front where I filled and sanded. Quite a difference in the look of the wood. It still has some variation in the color, but it does not at all look the same.

Here is the finished rack! I was really happy with the way it turned out.

Yes, the wall is a different color. But, I can't do a final reveal of the waiting area because there are a couple major things that are not finished and it just looks, well... unfinished. Even a couple patients have asked if we are moving... Hopefully we can change that soon.

In case you missed them, her are some posts on the hallway and Mr. C's office.