Weekly Image of Life: Fun Under the Sun

“Fun is good.” ~Dr. Seuss

On a sunny day at Empire Beach in northern Michigan,  my husband got a dose of fun when a parasailer glided smoothly over the beach and landed at his feet!  They said: “Hello!” to each other and laughed, then began a conversation about parasailing.   You never know when fun will come face to face with you, so be prepared to laugh at any minute!  Fun IS good.  Dr. Seuss was right!

Parasailer on Empire Beach.

Have fun and laugh every day!

Judy

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“Bungalow 47” Inspires My Furniture Makeover! Take a Peek!

Hello wonderful blog readers!

The store~Bungalow 47:

I’ve been having a lot of fun lately!   My daughter and I discovered an awesome new shop about an hour from our home.  The store is Bungalow 47, in Williamston, Michigan.   It’s an amazing boutique full of old and new items.  There are old pieces of furniture that have been lovingly restored, many using CeCe Caldwell paints.  There are new items, home decor, vintage goodies, jewelry, rugs, glassware, pillows and more.   It’s like a candy shop for me!   

As soon as I saw the beauty that Bungalow 47 owners Jill and Chantelle had given old furniture items using Ce Ce Caldwell paints, I knew I wanted to try it myself.   CeCe Caldwell paints are made with minerals: chalk, clay and porcelain clay all blended into a water based solution.  In addition, CeCe Caldwell has waxes made from insect and plant sources.  The paints are eco-friendly, non-toxic and have no odor.  Both the paint and the wax are packaged in recycled plastic containers.  Because the paints adhere well to most surfaces,  users will not have to sand or use primer before painting.  To me, that’s a blessing and a timesaver! 

The staff at Bungalow 47 is outstanding.  I had a question when I was painting and they answered it right away.   They are always very helpful and cheerful!  I’m looking forward to taking their painting classes, where they show participants different painting techniques.

The Makeover~small chest of drawers: 

I’ve had a small chest of drawers for decades.  It used to be a dresser with a mirror, and it had legs.  Years ago we cut the legs and mirror off, stripped off the darkened varnish, and stained it light oak.   I’ve been thinking of painting it black for a while, so when I saw CeCe Caldwell paint’s  “Vermont Slate” at Bungalow 47, I knew that would be the right color.   I also picked up one of CeCe Caldwell’s waxes, called Dark Aging Wax.
After two coats of paint, the dark wax is applied, deepening the color, as well as protecting the paint.    I did not sand or prime before painting.  I painted right over the stain and the paint adhered well.  The wax is like soft butter or shortening and goes on very easily.   After application, the wax is buffed with a clean, soft cloth.

We made some changes to the dresser before painting it.  The two large lower drawers were getting out of shape and every time we opened them, sawdust ended up on the floor.  Also, the bottom of the drawers was thinning.  I decided to use baskets instead of drawers. My husband fit two pieces of plywood where the drawers were, as a base for the baskets.   It wasn’t easy to find baskets with the right size for the openings!    I bought knobs for the top drawers at Bungalow 47.

I was very pleased with the ease of use of CeCe Caldwell paints and wax.  I’m also very happy with the results of my makeover.

Let’s take a peek at the makeover……

BEFORE

the BEFORE look….

Shelves in….Ready to paint! 

Ready!

FIRST COAT OF VERMONT SLATE….

one coat to go…then wax.

AFTER! 

DONE and loving it!

Close-up..

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Thanks for coming along on my painting makeover!  I have another makeover to post.  Yes, I went crazy over CeCe Caldwell paints and Bungalow 47!   You will too!   Stay tuned!

I’d like to thank all the wonderful people at Bungalow 47 for the painting tips they’ve given me, and for offering such a fantastic store in mid-Michigan!   I encourage any of my Michigan readers to make a trip to Williamston to check out this lovely place!  If you live elsewhere, click on Bungalow 47’s name in any sentence and go to their blog.  It’s great reading and full of wonderful photos and inspiration.  Also, CeCe Paint’s site is linked with their name here too.  

Good night, sleep well~
Judy 

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Frederik Meijer Gardens, Grand Rapids, MI.

Hi everyone!

I’ve posted about Frederik Meijer Gardens before;  but we went there in late April, and I wanted to share some of the spring photos.
Frederik Meijer began one of the largest grocery chains in Michigan.   It ultimately grew to serve Illinois, Ohio and Indiana too.   Since Grand Rapids is his home base, he began Frederik Meijer Gardens as a place where the community and visitors from all over the world, can come, relax and enjoy the surroundings.

 A pond in the garden with a simple bench for reading or relaxing.

A pond in the gardens with an inviting bench.

 

A simple shed turns into a magical place with pink dogwood branches making an entrance arch.

A shed is tucked away under spring flowers, like a secret house.

Pretty falls sparkle in the sun; splashing water on the rocks as it tumbles to the bottom.

Cool spring water flows softly down the rocky falls, diving into the pond.

The palace must be her home, she thinks, as this dainty royal purple tulip bows her head.

A heavy water-laden purple tulip bows royally.

After a sleepy winter, the pond awakes with soft colors, mirroring the new buds around its perimeter.

A pond shows off its reflection with new spring buds.

A quick storm blows through and sets off a flurry of activity in the sky.  The clouds form amazing, cotton candy puffs and colors to dazzle the eyes.

The storm is over; the clouds have a party in the sky.

Shades of blue and pink decorate the late evening sky. What a treat!

Thanks for going to Grand Rapids with me!
Judy

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