I have three fluffy white dogs. I have only introduced you to Gracie and Lulu, but Charlie’s story is for another day. As it happens, all three of them have allergies. In the spring and fall they are itchy messes. At night, after they go out for the last time, we stick them in the tub with a couple inches of water to wash the pollen off. Last night we forgot, and this is how my night went:
- 1:00am -I try to fall asleep.
- 1:30 – I get up because Gracie is scratching like crazy while laying beside me. I go to the kitchen and give her a Benadryl.
- 2:00 – Lulu is chewing on a paw like crazy. I go back to the kitchen to fetch her a Benadryl.
- 2:30 – I can’t fall back asleep.
- 3:00 – I go upstairs with Gracie and Lulu and get in bed with my hubby and Charlie (dog #3). Charlie is ticked off at this and decides to express his annoyance (he does not like sharing his bed with the girls). He is snarling and growling and generally acting like 5 pounds of fury — naughty little dog. Like I need this at 3am!
- 3:30 – The brat, Charlie, is now the one incessantly chewing on his paw. I am done at this point. My hubby is apparently completely unaware of the dog gnawing its foot off, laying right between his feet. This is our conversation:
- Me: Topher, Charlie has been chewing his feet raw for the last hour. He needs a Benadryl.
- Topher: looks at me and rolls over.
- Me: I take that as a no.
- Topher: You want me to do that now?
- Me: OF COURSE I WANT YOU TO DO IT NOW! What do you think? Next week? So he stumbles into the kitchen and gives it to him. Now normally I wouldn’t get him up in the middle of the night because he has a real job that requires him to get up everyday, but he happened to have the next day off…so I was taking advantage of it.
- 4:00 – I hear Charlie’s little feet making their way down the hall, and he jumps into bed (via the handy pet steps the hubby constructed a few years back). FINALLY, I can get some sleep! Then I hear chomping, crunching, smacking, and chewing. The little butt found a bone! Fan-freakin-tastic! I should have just stayed up all night painting.
- 6:00 – Charlie and Lulu are on top of me in bed wrestling. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! Just kill me now. How my husband can be in the same room as me and oblivious to all of this happening is beyond me. Am I bitter? Absostinkinglutely. Bitter and exhausted. I’m not sure which is more exhausting having a newborn or having 3 dogs.
So today has been a looong day. I did get my two yellow tables completed. The hardware on one of them isn’t dry yet, so I will show you that one tomorrow. They have the same shape, but the doors are different.
I used a different technique this time. I didn’t do much distressing, and I went really heavy on the glaze. I usually mix my glaze with with a mixing glaze/stain ratio, but I wanted to try it with a glaze/paint mixture instead. I used Olympic flat black paint. The yellow I used on this table is bright (Golden Flame by Valspar). By far the brightest color I have used so far. Let me warn you, if you are going to use this color, you are going to use at least twice as much as you normally would. It goes on really thin and doesn’t cover anything underneath. I probably put on 5 or 6 coats to get an even finish. Once I put the glaze on, it toned the color down a bit. It stuck perfectly in all the grooves.
When you apply the glaze, you want to put on a thick coat and then have a damp cloth to wipe off most of it, and then repeat until you get it the color you desire. Now by the time I was finished I was covered in black paint. It was all up and down my arms and all over my feet and legs. It was a mess! I did like the results though. I waxed over it and was good to go.
This will go great next to a bed or couch that is really dark color, like a black or charcoal grey. Or next to a white or khaki bed or couch. It will look great with a black, white or silver lamp on top. It is going to go up for sale tomorrow for $45.