Monday, March 14, 2011

My 1st Tutorial...or so I thought...

Good Morning!

I wish I could say that with great enthusiasm, but truth be told I can't!  I woke up this morning to a  blown up laptop!  Yep!  This is the second time this has happened, so I'm hoping there is a "warranty"  since it only lasted 4 months :(  Perhaps my darling bitty girl is correct in saying, "Just by a new one Mom!  That one's JUNK!"

So, the story begins
There are many tutorials out there about painting, stripping... finishes (had to word that one carefully lol~), slip covers, and tons of others that are awesome and very insightful, but very few address removing veneer.  You know, that thin layer of expensive wood that over time has been destroyed on top of the bones of the sturdy little piece?  I know from experience I have avoided those pieces like the plague as I was just too afraid to tackle them.
Then, I came across this sad set from a guy down on his luck and donated some cash to him in trade for the plagued pieces.  My next thought was "I CAN DO THIS!?".  Another thought that quickly followed was "If I can do this, I should make this my 1st tutorial!"  Off I went!

You may remember this piece:
As you can see I had already started lifting the veneer, and then life happened and the project was put on hold.
With the warmer weather yesterday, I decided to dive back in and in the process, and document a tutorial. 
This piece has a sister dresser in equally as poor shape which is the one I started on was at the front of the garage while this desk was at the very back piled under :)

I worked on it, photographed it, edited the photos, and then saved everything on my lap top to resume the tutorial today...and then BOOM!  It happened!  AGAIN!  My laptop blew up!  So, all my work is buried in a laptop that is completely froze!  And of course I did not save to our external hard drive!  And of course I deleted all my pics off my camera!  And of course...well I can't think of anything more terrible than that, but for sake of making this post as drama filled as possible, I had to say it just one more time :)

I love my little laptop!  It was the first thing I put AutoCAD on.  My first design boards, floor plans, client information, dates, projects, rejected jobs...yes I keep those too as they are a stepping stone that built my design business!  So I'm not having a "good morning".  But, it's not that bad and I can make the tutorial even better, maybe a movie!

My little family is so blessed!  We have a roof over our heads, warm cozy beds, and food on the table.  And right now there is an entire country without that. 

Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.
Psalm 80:7 (NIV)

So Good Morning Everyone! (even my blown up laptop!)


  1. Christie I feel for you desktop took a dump in Jan and its where I had everything stored also..Now about your photos go to your dashboad and open up Picasa and you'll fine them all there...everytime you upload your photos they should go to that album does that make any sense to you...I'm not good at explaining things girl..and the veneer will come off real easy with a heat gun as I have used it before..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  2. لقد القت العاب تلبيس باربي اقبالا شاسعا لدى العديد من الناس الذين يهتمون بهذا النوع من الالعاب خاصة الفتيات اللواتي يبحتن عن اللهو و الاستمتاع مع اجمل العاب تلبيس الجديدة و المتوفرة في موقعنا الذي يقدم لكم دوما احدث العاب باربي .