Tell Me Somthing Tuesday

Posted November 10, 2020 by Sophia Rose in Meme / 20 Comments

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Have You Found Any New Interests or Hobbies During the COVID Lockdown/Stay at Home Orders?

Yes!  I was interested in learning how to sand and re-finish furniture because I had a few yard sale pieces I got and they were waiting for me to spiff them up.  I also had the tools and the finish and gloss out in the garage ready to go.

My husband taught me how to work the belt sander and a smaller sander (can’t remember the name) so I sanded and finished a drop-leaf coffee table and the top of a dressing table (hubby will do the tricky legs and scrollwork).  

My next project is a drop-leaf kitchen table that was left in our basement and my MIL told me was probably original to the house since it’s from the early 1930’s.  I want to restore it so I need to find the stencil patterns that were originally painted on it and then I’m good to go.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sam@wlabb
22 days ago

Applause, applause. That table is stunning. What a great skill set you picked up during lockdown. I never thought it would last this long. I should have done something more productive.

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

Ah shucks! Thanks, Sam. I’ve been wanting to learn how since I saw my sister in law had redone her chairs and they looked gorgeous. Sometimes you need to just vege so no guilt, lady. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

That is really cool Sophia!

Sophia Rose
22 days ago

Thanks! I had a good teacher. 🙂

Jen
Jen
22 days ago

Sophia – That is beyond awesome! Great work. I’m so impressed with the quality of work and that you had the ambition to learn something new and put it to use! I only started a new video game. lol.

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  Jen

It was a good starter project since there was a nice flat surface. Ha, I took the picture so the flaws didn’t show, but they are there. 🙂 I do want to get better so I can do more complicated sanding projects.
Hey, no guilt over needing to dive into the gaming world to get away. That is needed sometimes, too. 🙂

sherry fundin
22 days ago

that table is gorgeous. you did a great job
sherry @ <a href=”http://www.fundinmental.com/”> fundinmental</a>

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  sherry fundin

Thanks, Sherry! I was nervous at first, but then figured out how much pressure to put on the sander without causing grooves. I struggle with smaller rounded areas, but I’m getting there. 🙂

Karen Alderman
22 days ago

That’s awesome! I used to do some of that years ago and wanted to get back into it but we just moved to our new place and need to start over with supplies and that wasn’t easy to do during the lockdown lol

<a href=”www.fwiwreviews.net”> Karen @ For What It’s Worth</a>

Sophia Rose
22 days ago
Reply to  Karen Alderman

Oh yeah, moving and getting settled in and then COVID would definitely cause some extra hurdles to doing DIY projects. 🙂

Anne - Books of My Heart

That’s very cool. I did some of this work when I was in my teens and 20s but I’m kind of lazy on it these days.

Sophia Rose
22 days ago

I can honestly say that it was the least expensive route to go for the furniture, but yes, one does have to factor in the time and energy to do it. 🙂 Neat that you got the chance to learn sanding and staining early on.

Lorna
Lorna
20 days ago

Wow Sophia! I’m very impressed with your work. I can’t even imagine how hard that was to do. I’m not gifted that way! All I’ve done is read, listen to books and watch tv. I’m so boring these days.

Sophia Rose
20 days ago
Reply to  Lorna

I definitely couldn’t have done it without close supervision. LOL I wanted to learn how to play guitar, too, and still need to work on that. I like to read and watch shows to get away from it all, too.

Sharonda
20 days ago

this so cool! like now is the perfect time to learn new things 🙂
I’m attempting to catch up on things I should have been doing in the 1st place, lols.

Sophia Rose
20 days ago
Reply to  Sharonda

Thanks! I was glad to get to these projects finally. It feels great to get stuff done. Oh man, I hear you. I still have a long catch-up list. 🙂

Rachel
19 days ago

This is a very useful skill! I’ve refinished and repainted furniture and it’s a nice way to re-fresh a look. Looks beautiful, Sophia! 🙂

Sophia Rose
19 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

I agree. I keep eyeballing different scuffed up pieces in the house and planning their reno job. 🙂 Thanks, Rachel!

Lola
18 days ago

That sounds like a great skill to have! Must be fun to be able to restore your own furniture this way.

Sophia Rose
18 days ago
Reply to  Lola

Yes, I can afford furniture that would not normally be in my budget and stain it in colors that match my other furnishings. Win, win!