Fly On The Wall Friday

Fly on the Wall

This is Fly On The Wall Friday.  Something new here on Southern Belle Charm.  This  month there are 17 of us who are giving you a glimpse of things you would hear if you were a fly on the wall in our homes.  So sit back, grab some coffee or tea and find out that our homes are just as wacky as yours~  At the end of the post you will find links to the rest of the bloggers whom are sharing their wackiness with you.

Last week when the delivery truck backed into me, Hubs whipped out his phone after the tow truck got there and called the body shop.  Looked the number up on his phone and everything.  So proud of him…………..

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Me:  The insurance adjuster called today.  Said we needed to give the body shop the info on where we got the headlights.  Will you call them for me?

Hubs:  Sure, let me look up the part number.

Me: Thanks, make sure and talk to Joe:

The next morning I get a text from Hubs:

What’s the number of the body shop?

Me:  Can’t you look it up?

Hubs: No.  What is it?

Sighing and much rolling of the eyes as I stop what I am doing AT WORK and look it up.

This is from a conversation I had at work last week.  It’s just a sample of what I deal with on a daily basis.  And yes the BOSS knows I am writing about it.  Because he knows he was rather dense that day.

Me:  The 50 ton press is broken.

Him:  What did you say?

Me: The 50 ton press is broken. They hydraulics are shot.

Him: What do you mean it’s broken?  What’s broken?

Me: The 50 ton press.

Him: Why is it broken?

Me: The hydraulics on it went out.  It is 40 years old now.

Him: What? Why? The 50 ton press has hydraulics?  Why?  What do they do?

Me:  They make it go up and down.

Him:  Wait!  What do you mean it’s broken?

Me:  THE 50 TON PRESS WON’T WORK.  It’s stuck in the down position.  I need to get someone out here to work on it.   J can’t get it to go back up.

Him:  Why is it broken?  Why do we need it?  Who do we call?  Call R and tell him to come look at it.

Me:  Ok, well R passed away 3 months ago, remember?  You and I went to the service?   And it’s broken because the hydraulics went out and we need it to make the product that we sell, so customers keep buying it and keep paying your salary………

 

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Technically not a conversation at home this month as you can see by the date.  But one of my favorite texts of all times.  Talking to my 8 year old grand…….

 

 

 

 

 

Pop on over and see what wackiness every one else has had going on lately

Baking In A Tornado  

Spatulas on Parade

Follow me home

Menopausal Mother  

Stacy Sews and Schools

Battered Hope

Just A Little Nutty 

The Momisodes

Someone Else’s Genius

Disneyland in Kentucky  

Dinosaur Superhero Mommy  

Juicebox Confession

Eileen’s Perpetually Busy     

Searching for Sanity

Sanity Waiting to Happen

People Don’t Eat Enough Fudge

 

 

 

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What I’m Worried About

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So many things to figure out about moving 600 miles away!  So many things to worry about!

Though we won’t be moving for a few more months Hubs and I have started the process of going through things and deciding what we are taking and what is going in a yard sale. It’s tough. Some of these things haven’t seen the light of day in years.

Personally I don’t understand WHY we have to move the two bins of ball caps that have been packed away for 10 years and never worn. Maybe it’s a guy thing? I don’t know. I just know I don’t want to move them and figure out where to put them in our new place.

To be fair to Hubs, he doesn’t understand my determination to take all my ceramic/terra cotta planters.  I’m not going to take the plants in them.  They’ll go to Chloe and Deb cos I know they’ll take good care of them.

I’m not worried about figuring out the logistics of getting our cars and a U Haul to where we’re going.  Not worried about packing it all up.  I’m not worried about finding a place to live.  Shan is on it and what ever she finds will work.  She knows me, knows what I need, knows what I will be comfortable in. She knows the things I am OCD about, after all, who do you think she got it from?  Hmm, yeah it was me.  Also, let’s be real………She doesn’t want to have her Mama staying with her while she finds a place.  She’ll have it all ready for me when I get there.   I’m not even worried about finding a job when we get there.  I KNOW this is what we should be doing and I have faith that it will all fall into place.

So you would think I have no worries about this big move coming up and that I have a plan to get it all done.  You would be wrong.  The ONE thing I am worried about?

You guessed it, the dog.  Oh I know he’ll be fine as long as he’s with us.  He knows we won’t let anything happen to him.  He’ll get fed and walked and given his meds like always.  I’m worried about finding a Vet for him when we get there.  Yep, that is the one thing I am worried about.

Can you interview Vets, sort of like you do potential employees or future in-laws?  I don’t know, I’ve never thought about it.   I have to be sure that the new one understands just how very hard the current Vet and Hubs and I fought to keep this little guy alive.

I did talk to Dr. Laura and she has assured me that I can have them call her and that she will be sure the new one has all his records.

So with that settled, I’ll quit worrying for now.

M

 

 

 

 

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Use Your Words ~Spring Cleaning

Use Your WordsIt’s Use Your Words Friday!

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

Southern Belle Charm’s words this month are:

mother of pearl ~ emerald ~ fake it ~ happy ~ mom ~ bless my socks

They were submitted by: http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com

Since getting out of jail a couple of weeks ago, Mama had been on a cleaning spree and was determined to get all the “junk” out of the house.  Sarah was tired and cranky.  Mama still wasn’t talking to Earl Ray and Sarah thought he should be there to help with all of this “spring cleaning”.

Bless my socks” Mama said as Sarah loaded Hubs’ truck for another trip to the local thrift store.  “Would you look at that, I found that ugly Emerald ring your Daddy gave me”.

Sarah rolled her eyes.  She knew that Daddy had given Mama a lot of jewelry over the years and it was all good quality.  She couldn’t imagine any of it being ugly.   As Mama waved her hand around Sarah grabbed her hand so she could get a good look at the ring.   The emerald was gorgeous, the setting wasn’t really Mama’s style.  Sarah couldn’t understand her Daddy buying a ring like for Mama.

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“I had to fake it every time I wore the darn thing” Mama said.   “Every once in a while, your Daddy would ask me about it.  I reckon he just wanted to see me with it on.  It made him happy to see it on my finger.  Funny thing though, he never cared if I wore it when we went out.  I always told your Daddy that since Emeralds were fragile in their own way, it wasn’t safe to wear much”.

Just as Sarah got the last box in the truck, Earl Ray pulled up in his big ol’ SUV.  Sarah couldn’t believe that Earl Ray had bought a vehicle whose color was Mother of Pearl.  Did he not realize how silly he looked in that thing?   You would have thought being Sheriff in a small town he would have chosen something a little less conspicuous for his personal vehicle.

Earl Ray shot Sarah a questioning look as he walked up to Mama.  “What’s going on Mom?  Why is Sarah loading the truck with boxes?  You still mad at me?  I was just doing my job, you know that.  You and Billi Fay have GOT to quit doing things like that.  One of these days, the Judge is going to retire and y’all won’t be able to talk your way out of acting like fools”.

Mama huffed as she put one hand on her hip, raised her hand and pointed her finger at Earl Ray.  “Boy, you better not be talking to your Mama that way.  I taught you better than that.  What’s with calling me Mom?  I am your MAMA.  That’s what you call me, you know that.  I don’t like the word Mom”.

Mama was waving her hands now, the more she got excited, the more she talked with her hands.

Earl Ray went white as a sheet and grabbed Mama’s hand with the Emerald ring on it.   His eyes were as big as saucers and he stared at the ring on Mama’s hand.  “Mama, where did you get that ring”?

Come back next month and find out what Mama has gotten herself into now…….

Follow the links below to find out what the rest of us have to say with our words this month. Be sure to comment.  We like comments…

 

BakingInATornado.com
Baking In A Tornado
spatulasonparade.blogspot.com/
Spatulas on Parade
http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles
http://themomisodes.com
The Momisodes
http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/
Stacy Sews and Schools
http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo
http://eileensperpetuallybusy.blogspot.com
Eileen’s Perpetually Busy
http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Battered Hope
http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com
Someone Else’s Genius
http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch
Confessions of a part-time working mom
http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com
Climaxed
http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Searching for Sanity
http://www.eviljoyspeaks.wordpress.com
Evil Joy Speaks
http://gndisney.wordpress.com
Disneyland in Kentucky

 

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Southern Music

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Last week, I gave a list of Southern  music I love. They speak to my heart. I did leave a few off, so this week, I am going to fix it!
My #1 favorite song about Alabama (in my life, it even ranks above Sweet Home Alabama by Lynrd Skynrd) is “My Home’s In Alabama”. The reasons?
Well, have you ever lived far away from home? Somewhere you don’t feel like you belong and never will? Then you hear on the radio a song that perfectly expresses your longing for home, in a way you never could?

Then imagine, as a young mother with a 5 year old, hearing the people that sing the song that make your heart ache are coming to your town, far away from home.  You buy the tape, you play it all the time, you teach the words to your 4 year old.  You dance with her to all the songs.

When you buy your tickets you buy one for your 5 year old.  Friends tell you that you’re nuts.  No one takes a 5 year old to a concert.  You don’t care.  Your best friend understands and buys a ticket for her and her boys so you can all go together.

Your 5 year old is beyond excited and is counting the days.  When you get there and find your seats, she stands up in her seat when Alabama comes on stage.  She never sits down the entire time they are on stage.  She knows every word to every song.  Every pause.  She claps so hard that her little hands are red and swollen for days afterward and she can’t talk because she has sung so loud.  She never stops smiling and falls asleep in your arms on the way home, still humming.

Many years later, I did stand on Lookout Mountain, because love did find a way.  A blessed Belle for sure.

That’s why this is my favorite song of all time about the South, specifically my home state, Alabama.

Here’s a couple more I left off the list last week that y’all have suggested:

Sweet Home Alabama

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down

So many more I could add, but this is what I’ve got for now!

 

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SSS MY Greatest Adventure

7GosTOxIt’s the 2nd Friday of the Month and you know what that means, right?  No?  Well, It’s Secret Subject Swap post day.  This month 16 of us have taken the challenge of writing on a subject from someone else.

Below this post, you’ll find links to the other blogs, so follow along and read what everyone else has to say on their Secret Subject~

This is Southern Belle Charms Secret Subject Swap

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done? How did you end up doing it?  It was submitted by: http://www.bakinginatornado.com

Hmmm, this one is not as easy as it looks.  So many things to choose fro, but at the end of the day there is only one answer.  Betting y’all will agree after you read it.

Was it marrying the first time at 16?  Nope,  Moving back home at 25 when the marriage went South?  Nope.  Moving on a whim to Gulf Shores, Alabama without a job, just because I wanted to be by the Gulf of Mexico?  Nope.  A move to Florida, where I knew all of 2 people at the time?  Nope. Taking a trip out of the country with a group of women? Nope.  Marrying someone I’d know a total of 5 weeks?  Nope, after 22 years, not even that.

189861_1301762040311_2117348_n (1)The most adventurous thing I’ve ever done?  Be a Mom.

If I knew then what I know now, would I do it over at 20 years old?  You bet.  Has it caused heartache?  Yep.  Sleepless nights?  Yep. Struggle and sacrifice?  Yep. Doing without so she could have?  Yep.  A single Mom, working 2 jobs? Yep. Sitting for days in a hospital room, refusing to leave because something might happen to her and I wouldn’t be there.    Yep.  Sitting on the floor and playing dolls more than I did as a child?  Yep.

The first smile,  first hug,  the first words?  I was there.  The first steps,  the first boo-boo, first tears, first broken heart, first temper tantrum, the first time as a pre-teen that she did something she knew she shouldn’t have?  Yep I was there, heart and soul for all of it.  Countless times those sweet little arms around my neck, hugging with all her might, the smile that lights my world, the look on her face when she learned something new,  the joy that shines from her eyes, I was there to see it all.

Is my adventure as a Mom over?  Nope, never will be.  I will forever more be Shan’s mom, I will watch over her like a hawk, hunt her down if I think she needs me (much to her aggravation at times).  Her smile will always light my darkest days, her laughter will always be the sweetest music I have ever heard.  It doesn’t matter that she started her own adventure 13 years ago when she became a Mom.  I will always be her Mom and she will always be my greatest adventure.

M

Baking In A Tornado

http://berghamchronicles.blogspot.com
The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

http://spatulasonparade.blogspot.com
Spatulas on Parade

http://dinoheromommy.com/
Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

http://themomisodes.com
The Momisodes

http://stacysewsandschools.blogspot.com/
Stacy Sews and Schools

http://sparklyjenn.blogspot.com/
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo

http://gndisney.wordpress.com
Disneyland in Kentucky

http://thelieberfamily.com
The Lieber Family

http://www.someoneelsesgenius.com
Someone Else’s Genius

http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch
Confessions of a part-time working mom

http://climaxedtheblog.blogspot.com
Climaxed

http://batteredhope.blogspot.com
Battered Hope

http://www.smalltalkmama.com
Small Talk Mama

http://singlemumplusone.blogspot.com
Searching for Sanity

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The Principles of Natural Healing

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The Principles of Natural Healing
as noted in “The Nature of Animal Healing” by Dr. Marty Goldstein

–Disease is an absence of health, and vice versa: health is an absence of disease. But health was here first!

–Disease is a process used by nature in an attempt to get itself healthy.

–Degenerative disease is not caused by nature. It is an aberration of nature (caused mostly by – in my opinion – man).

–Cancer is nothing more than a severe aberration of nature manifested in and by the body.

–Sickness is an excuse to get healthy.

–Don’t mess with Mother Nature!
the mechanism for healing is already built into all individuals. Healing therefore occurs most rapidly when we realign with the natural laws governing that mechanism.

–Pure health is spontaneous healing.

–The immune system functions maximally and at peak efficiency in its totally unaltered state.

–The degree to which we have to work toward health is directly proportional to the amount we have messed it up in the first place. Health is simple; disease brings in complexity.

–Generally, it’s not what you put into the body that restores health; rather it’s what you let the body eliminate.
–Physically, health isn’t everything, but without it, everything is nothing.

–Food, including the necessary vitamins and minerals, was intended not to improve, but rather to maintain, the body. Therefore the need for treatment reflects the degree to which the individual has strayed from nature.

–The body does not have to degenerate or age nearly as quickly as we presume. Each body cell has the ability to replicate itself 100 percent, and the process should continue for longer than we currently expect if we minimize deleterious effects on the cellular structure. It is only what we choose to do to the body, both consciously and unconsciously, that leads to the premature aging we experience.

–Genetic predispositions to disease are only predispositions, and do not have to manifest if health is maintained. Once a genetically predisposed disease condition appears clinically, it can be reversed, although with more difficulty, as a course toward health is taken.

–Nature and the being itself are the true healers. The practitioner, in the guise of being the healer, is truly the guide. Or: Physician, heal thyself!

–Nature uses disease to establish balance. Only when our bodies are out of balance are we subject to disease, and if we can just endure the natural healing process, the disease will soon abate, having restored us to the balance that is optimal health!

About Dr. Goldstein: Dr. Goldstein is a graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and runs a renowned clinic in South Salem, NY.

In his practice, Dr. Goldstein has had extraordinary success treating cancer and leukemia. He believes that the best way to cure an animal who is ill is to help the animal cure itself. We are not the true healers of our pets – THEY are. By treating the root of the problem instead of its symptoms, holistic medicine enables our pets to regain and maintain their own health.

Songs Of The South

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www.naturalnorthflorida.com

Southerners (at least this one) love music in just about in any form.  We like it even better if someone is singing a song about the South.  In my family, you have to be a music fan before we even date you, much less marry you.  It all goes back to my great-grandfather Marsh,  a gospel music composer.

This is my list of some of my favorite songs of the South, no particular order.    These songs always put a smile on my face when I hear them.  Some you may know, some you won’t, they cover a wide range of years and artists.  So sit back, turn up the speakers and enjoy~

I’ve provided links to the YouTube videos of these.

The Stars Fell on Alabama
Jimmy Buffet’s version is one of my favorites of this song. How could it not be? It’s Buffet

The Stars Fell on Alabama

Southern Accents~Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
I have been lucky enough to see this performed live.

Southern Accents

Birmingham Tonight~Telluride
Most of you won’t know who this group is or have heard this song. I used to go see them every chance I got. This is one of my favorite all time songs.

Birmingham Tonight

Seminole Wind~John Anderson
This one makes my heart hurt for what Florida was and is.

Seminole Wind

Dock of the Bay~Otis Redding

Dock of the Bay

Rainy night in Georgia~Brook Benton

Rainy Night In Georgia

Mississippi Girl~Faith Hill
I think I like this one so much because she’s speaking her mind, in a very Belle way

Mississippi Girl

Devil Went Down To Georgia~Charlie Daniels

Devil Went Down To Georgia

Sweet Southern Comfort~Buddy Jewell

Sweet Southern Comfort

An American Trilogy~Elvis Presley
I get goosebumps every time I hear this song. Always will.

American Trilogy

Song Of The South~Alabama

Song Of The South

Chattahooche~Alan Jackson

Chattaooche

There you have it.  I’m guessing y’all have your own lists.  Share them with me and I’ll get them posted here.

Hope you enjoy some old favorites and maybe find a new one

Minette

 

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ALL THE MUSIC SHARED HERE BELONGS TO THE ARTISTS/MUSICIANS AND IS COPYRIGHTED BY THEM

Trying Not To

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We have no secrets here Belles…….
So forgive my rant. But I reckon those that have been through it are going to understand that I’m trying not to strangle the Hubs……….

SO many changes since the first of the year. Hubs being forced to retire before we were really ready for that to happen.

So my question to all of the Belles that have been through this, How in the heck do you NOT strangle the Hubs as he adjusts to all of this?

I now understand all those jokes about retired husbands and the cartoons with the wife rolling her eyes and making a snarky comment.  I am now living it E.V.E.R.Y. day.  Heck, if I could draw, I would make a few of my own.  Seriously.

BUT and it’s a big one ( that’s why it’s in caps) how long does this take? How often do I need to ask him to do the dishes after supper. I mean, Jeez, we’ve been married 23 years. He knows I NEVER go to bed with a dirty kitchen. Why then,  does he tell me he’ll do them in the morning, knowing I won’t wait that long? How many naps is a newly retired Hubs allowed a day? How long do I have to listen to his work stories ( you know I’ve heard them as they happened, right?) Should I let the floors get so nasty they can’t be walked on till he cleans them?

Should I be sending him out to play golf?  He can’t go play with his friends during the day, they still work.   HIS car gets washed about 3 times a week.  Mine?  Nope, not unless I do it.  Shouldn’t he be doing that for me now?

I don’t know Belles, you may see headlines like this

“Middle~aged Woman Strangles Hubs For Not Doing Dishes” or something similar.

Any advice or words of wisdom you care to share will be greatly appreciated.

 

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Figuring It All Out

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The sun will come out………

As y’all know, Hubs and I are in the process of figuring it all out because of his retirement a couple of months ago.

To say we’ve been stressed would be an understatement, yet at the same time we are both filled with a renewed appreciation of our life and looking forward to some things changing.  Yes, there are days I want to strangle him.  But I don’t.  It’s brought us closer and he’s not nearly as grumpy as he used to be.  WIN WIN

In order to keep health insurance going,  I’ve been looking for full time work and thought I had a job I’ve wanted for more than 10 years. It was offered, accepted and rescinded all within a matter of hours because someone on the other end made a mistake in addition on a test score.  To say I’ve been devastated would  be an understatement. I’ve spent almost a week thinking there is something VERY wrong with me and my skills. That somehow I am not enough as I am.

I’ve let myself be discouraged by the lack of growth on this blog, the lack of income, all sorts of things.  I’ve thought about giving it all up.  That’s not normally me.  I am a glass half full sort of Belle.  I’ve yelled at my best friend when she tried to tell me otherwise, yelled at Mama, Hubs and Shan for the same thing.

Hubs and I have had some sleepless nights, him worrying about things, me feeling like I am not enough and lacking in some obscure way that I don’t realize and those closest to me won’t tell me.

Thankfully, there are those in this world who without saying a word have let me know just how very wrong I am.  They’ve gone out of their way to let me know that I am ok, just being me.  Flaws and all.

In the midst of all the chaos our lives have become, we made a decision this week that I am so excited about.    It’s a dream come true for this Belle and something I wasn’t sure if or when it would happen……..We are going to move to North Carolina.   There are things we have to wrap up here, we have a home, obligations we can’t abandon that we will take care of.

When we head out of here, it will be free and clear of things here, off to a new start in a new place.  I will finally get to the the kind of grandmother I’ve wanted to be.  I will be able to be a part of their day to day lives, attend programs at school, go fishing, take a walk, go shopping, all the things I want to do  with my Grands.

Chances are Mama will also make the move shortly after we do.  We’ll be together in one place, my little family, just doing what we do.  I can’t wait till the day comes.

Yes, I will be sad leaving here for many reasons.  I’ll share them with you I’m sure.  It’s what I do.

So y’all, never let it be said that even pushing 60 dreams can’t come true!  They do.  I’m living proof

M

 

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Fabric Painting

Before
Before

While moving things around recently in the living room, I brought this chair back, in addition to bringing in a smaller couch.  All for the Furbaby to make it easier for him to navigate now that he’s blind.
Once I brought the chair back in, I noticed the cushion and how nasty it looked. YUK and YUK is all I can say.
While researching how to recover this cushion and the couch (dingy and needs to be freshened up)  I came across a fabric painting tutorial from www.kimsixfix.com .  She painted an entire chair in her nursery.

Hmmm,  y’all know I love to paint and my personal opinion is that paint can fix just about anything………Well, ok maybe not everything, but close…….. I thought it would be better to experiment on the cushion first.  Much easier replaced if I messed it up than the couch.

I read it several times and decided to give it a try.  Kim recommended using this product for the medium.

Fabric Paint Medium
Fabric Paint Medium

I wasn’t able to find it in the craft stores around here, so I went to my go to place, Amazon……. (here’s the link if you have the same problem I did)  http://amzn.to/1Pb1U9F

Following the tutorial, I assembled what I needed

Fabric Medium
Paint
Stiff brush
Sanding block
Spray Bottle of water
Container for mixing

Kim used a latex paint, so I thought I’d stick with that, plus it’s what I had in a color I liked.  Following the directions, I used 1 part fabric medium, 1 part paint and two parts water.

What you'll need
What you’ll need

While not mentioned in the tutorial, I did sand the fabric first.  Once you’ve applied the paint and  it dries, it will be stiff.  NOT comfortable to sit on.  The sanding breaks down the fibers so it softens the fabric.

After sanding, I sprayed one side of the cushion with water.  You don’t want it soaking wet, but damp to the touch.  This allows the fabric to absorb the paint.

Now for the scary part……….dipping the brush in the paint and painting.  So take a deep breath and do it.

Just like painting anything else, THIN coats work best.  It will save you time and will look better when you’re all done.  Trust me on this one.   I learned the hard way……  Once the first side is dry, flip it over and repeat on the other side.

Here it is after the first coat

First Coat
First Coat

Now here’s where you don’t want to get in a rush. Let it dry thoroughly.

Sand it and be sure to get all the corners and little hidden places.

Brush it off well so there is no paint dust left for the next coat to stick too.  Spray with water so that it’s damp but not soppy wet.  Paint on your second coat.  Again, let it dry thoroughly.  Then sand it again.

I should have done a third coat but I got in a hurry and didn’t.  So when I go to paint the couch, I’ll mix up this color and add the third coat.

All done
All done

Once it was all done, I wanted to check for color fastness.  I wash the  couch cushions a lot at my house because of the dog.  It didn’t fade or run after being washed and dried.

I love the pop of color it adds, it was an inexpensive fix to a yukky cushion and it looks great!

It’s hard for me to tell you just how much you will need.  It will depend on the size fabric you are painting, if you are covering a pattern and how dirty it is.  I used 1 cup of paint for this.  Once I put the third coat on, I will have used 1 1/4 cups of paint, 1 1/4 cups of the medium and 2 1/2 cups of water. That’s it.

Kim’s tutorial mentions she used 2 bottles of the Fabric Medium, she was painting an entire chair.  I used less than one bottle for the two coats, so when I add the third coat, it will be an entire bottle.

Some of you loved the color, so here is what I used. I had it on hand from another project.

Paint Color
Paint Color

I plan on tackling the couch this weekend and I’ll post pictures of the before and after when it’s all done.
 

 

 

 

 

Minette

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