Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend!
Topher and I are celebrating our 19-year anniversary tomorrow! How the heck are we so old? It seems like just the other day we were walking down the isle.
Wow, I just heard myself saying “it seems like just the other day“. Only old people say “it seems like just the other day“. Please stop me the next time you hear me say that people.
Anyway, Topher and I went to Kansas City for a little weekend getaway, and even though we were only a few hours away, and we weren’t gone very long, it was nice to reconnect and have fun together.
If you haven’t heard, we started our new travel blog Our Empty Nest Adventures. Now that the kiddo has graduated, we thought it would be fun to travel more and take time to do fun things together. While we wish you would be seeing us trek to Bora Bora every couple of months, in reality it will be a lot of little fun weekend trips, and us exploring places we wouldn’t normally take time to check out.
We decided that we are now going to devote more time to our relationship, and that means having big, and little, adventures. We will be recommending fun places to eat, stay, and most of all places to play. Not saying there won’t be some bigger trips coming down the pipeline, but they won’t all be … and that can be fun too.
To check out some photos of our weekend away check out our new IG page.
Speaking of fun, I got this fun little reproduction vintage ice box at a yard sale a few weeks ago.
Now before people start jumping down my throat about destroying a fabulous antique, make sure that you see the words REPRODUCTION. 🙂
It was in rough shape, so I knew that I wanted to paint it.
I cleaned the whole piece off with some Simple Green to clean off all of the dirt and grime.
Next I tried a new-to-me product called Bartenders Friend to clean off my hardware. Usually with other cleaners I have to scrub and scrub to get a minimal amount of tarnish off, but not with this stuff. It rubbed right off immediately, and I was shocked at how well everything shined afterward. I will definitely be using this product again and again.
I then painted my whole piece with Deco Art Americana Chalky Finish Paint in Carbon.
After a couple of coats of that dried, I used Americana Creme Wax to seal it.
I loved the way this piece turned out. I think it would be great in a bedroom as a nightstand or in a living room as an end table.