Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
It is a pretty basic bed, but if you search Google for the KURA bed there are a million hacks to personalize it. It is tall enough for me to sit underneath, but just barely. We plan on putting a curtain around the bottom to make forts. And I thought that I was also going to spray the nude furniture white. If I had a way to see in the future I would not have bothered. My mod has been a FAIL. But the bed will survive....
Another cool thing about this bed is that it can be flipped upside down. So if they decide in a year or two that they hate climbing the ladder it becomes a canopy bed.
(looks good until you flip them over...)
Here, I spread out all the pieces to spray paint them. DO NOT do this, this way. Put the boards up on blocks. The spray paint seeped under the boards and made a mess that I had to sand. Adding a second coat before the first one had a chance to dry, created a chemical reaction in the paint and it bubbled up, creating another layer for me to sand down. I tried this several times, waiting days in between and still kept getting the reaction. Then as I was stacking the boards in a corner to start the second bed and give them extra time to cure (they were dry, just not cured.) I started noticing scratches. Sure enough, banging two boards together and the paint scratched off. A flick of a fingernail, same thing. I figured the beds would look horrible in two weeks. I had bought primer& paint in one, but it did not stick on the lighly poly'd surface of these boards. IF you are going to attempt to paint the KURA beds, you better find a better way than what I tried. Now I've spent the past two weeks sanding and paint stripping all the work I did. What a mess. I do have one of the beds put together though...
Friday, February 14, 2014
A couple of us homeschoolers got together and had a Valentine's party that would rival any public school party. We had a grand ole' time! I started the whole thing up, but then my friend Angela offered to host and gladly handed the party to her capable hands. We actually all pitched in a bit and that made the party just perfect. We had two art projects, a Valentine's Bingo, a "Cake" walk, a card exchange and a snack of fruit and cupcakes.
Here Makena, Kayla and Evelyn are working on the Secret Message Hearts that I brought for the kids to water color. I wrote "Be Mine" or "Sweet Stuff" or "Friends 4Ever" type of messages in white crayon on each heart. Then the kids used watercolors to make the messages appear.
We also had another party the next day, but I forgot to take any pictures of it! It was with our regular homeschool group, ACE. We also did some art, card exchange, play and snacks. What lucky kids to have two parties! As for John and I, we took advantage of the girls girl scout meeting the day before Valentine's to try a new restaurant. Way less crowded and just as special. We went to an Indian place, my first time to try authentic Indian food and I really loved it! And of course it was nice to be able to steal some alone time in a quiet restaurant with my hubby!