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Take care of yourself with Molly Maid {Giveaway}

*Update: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you for participating!*

Thank you Molly Maid for sponsoring this post. Take care of yourself and your home with great tips from Molly Maid and the Cleaning Tips Institute! #MollyMaidTips


For as long as I have been working outside of the home full-time, I have always wanted to hire a maid service to help me to maintain the cleanliness of our home. There is only so much cleaning that I can get done during the evenings and on the weekends around here. Besides, I would much rather spend the majority of my free time having fun with my family, gardening in my backyard, painting my latest furniture find or even watching a movie!

It is not that I mind cleaning so much. I just find that there is not enough time to get everything done that I want to. As a result my cleaning usually gets put on the backburner!  I also am blessed with two wonderful children so keeping things clean and organized around our house has become my biggest challenge yet. Those of you with children can probably relate to this; kids can make messes faster than they can be cleaned up sometimes!



When I think of cleaning services, Molly Maid is the first name that comes to mind for me. They have been known as a reputable company for so many years! Recently, I have been seriously contemplating hiring a maid service to help me with the cleaning and to help maintain my sanity. I decided to pop over to the Molly Maid website to see what was new. One thing that really surprised me was that Molly Maid has cleaning tips videos on their website? I had no idea they had this! So helpful!

Out of the 11 videos that they have on their website, the video below is my favourite as I have been trying to get my kids to help out more around the house. Molly Maid has the right idea! Team work is the only way we are going to get things in order around our house once again and keep it that way. Thanks Molly Maid!


 All Hands on Deck: How to Get your Kids Involved in Cleaning


Two other videos I found to be very helpful was the one on Coffee Table Crop Signs and also the one on Dirty Dishes Dirty Sink. My kids are forever leaving water marks on my furniture when they help themselves to a drink (they forget to use coasters most of the time!) so it is great to know how to get rid of those pesky watermarks on my sidetables. As well, around our house dirty dishes tend to collect very quickly, sometimes even overflowing the sink. It is so nice to know how to keep the dishes in order and the kitchen sink clean and sparkling.

I need to talk it over more with my husband, but I would really like to hire Molly Maid in the near future to help out with some of the cleaning that tends to not get done as often it should around here such as cleaning the bathrooms, washing the windows and keeping up with the seasonal cleaning.  Having Molly Maid come in to do the deep cleaning, even once a month, would help us out so much!

Have you ever hired a maid service before? How was your experience? Is it something that you would do again?


I am so excited for our first giveaway on the blog!  Here are the details…


Molly Maid has generously offered one of my readers the chance to win a “Take Care of You” gift pack (a $50 value)! It includes a nail file, foot pumice scrub, microfiber cleaner, and more!


Giveaway Rules
Win a “Take Care of You” gift pack from Molly Maid ($50 value)!

This sweepstakes will end June 14th at 11:59 PM PT, so enter now! A winner will be selected randomly from the comments on June 14th and contacted via email, at which time the winner will have 48 hours to respond with shipping information before a new winner is selected. Please make sure you’ve provided an email address where you can be contacted!


Enter up to five times by doing each of the following:


  • One Entry – Tweet about the Molly Maid sweepstakes (you can even use one of the handy-dandy Tweets below, if you like) and leave a comment here with either the Tweet or the URL to the Tweet. Please be sure to tag your Tweet with #MollyMaidTips.
  • One Entry – Tweet out the URL to one of the Molly Cleaning Institute videos and leave a comment here with either the Tweet or the URL to the Tweet. Please be sure to tag your Tweet with #MollyMaidTips.
  • One Entry – Post about this sweepstakes on Facebook, and leave a comment here saying what you posted. Please tag the post with the #MollyMaidTips hashtag.
  • One Entry – Write a blog post including at least one of the videos, and  – you guessed it — leave a comment here with the URL to the blog post.
  • One Entry – Just leave a comment on this blog post telling us about your favorite cleaning tips. They could potentially be included in a future video!


Sample Tweet: I just entered to win a gift pack from Molly Maid! You can too! http://bit.ly/LdmRAz #MollyMaidTips

Sample Tweet: I just learned a new cleaning trick, courtesy of Molly Maid. Check it out for yourself! http://bit.ly/LdmRAz #MollyMaidTips


This contest ends at 11:59 PT on June 14th, 2012


Good luck!


Enjoy the rest of your day!





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More of my absolute favorite products for furniture refinishing

I am sorry that it has been so quiet around here lately. As I mentioned in my last post, a few days ago I injured my back while lifting a piece of furniture out of my husband’s truck and I haven’t been feeling well since. The buffet that I was lifting was not overly heavy and I have lifted other pieces of furniture before with no problems. This time, I was fine until I went to put my end of the buffet down and then I felt a sharp pain in the middle of my back near my spine. I didn’t realize that I injured my back until an hour later when I knew I had done something wrong! I had thought that maybe I had just twisted things the wrong way.

Since then, the pain has been getting progressively worse so I have been living off pain killers which makes me a little drowsy. I also can’t sit in one position for too long so sitting and writing is a very uncomfortable. I have had a sore back before but this is way beyond that!

For that reason, today’s post will be a little shorter than usual. I am sure that after a couple more days rest I will be feeling better and will be back to my usual activities.

Have you ever injured your back before? What things did you do that helped you to feel better?



I had mentioned in PART ONE of my favorite products for furniture refinishing HERE that I planned to share some more products with you in the near future. So I am here today to share four more products that I love to use when working on transforming a piece of furniture. These products will help you to not only achieve a professional look and feel to your furniture piece but they will help to make your life a little easier throughout the entire process.


This first product you may already own or you may have seen it on TV or in home improvement stores. It’s Frog Tape.


FrogTape 1358463 Multi-Surface Painting Tape, Green, 0.94-Inch Wide by 60 Yards Long


Before becoming a Frog Tape advocate, I used to buy the regular blue or green painter’s tape. I found that the regular tape kept the paint from bleeding under the area that I had taped off only some of the time. It was a hit or miss! Also, when I would remove the tape from my piece of furniture, part of my newly applied paint would come off with it no matter how gently I removed the tape. I felt like screaming so loud that the neighbors would hear me when that would happen. I was so frustrated! It’s not like you can easily touch things up so it won’t be noticeable at that point!

Can you relate to this problem when using regular painter’s tape?


One day I was in the painting department at Home Depot picking up some rollers and brushes and came across Frog Tape. First, the green container stood out to me and I had remembered seeing a commercial on TV about it. I was about to grab a roll off the shelf and then I noticed the price!  A little more than I was used to paying for painter’s tape! I decided to give it a try anyway. Maybe it would work as well as the commercial said it would.

The first time I tried Frog tape, I was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. Even though it seemed like the tape didn’t stick firmly to the edges of the wood, there was no bleeding of paint underneath at all. The edges came out clear and crisp. The tape also came off really easily and didn’t pull off any of my freshly applied paint. So amazing! I was jumping for joy at that point!

If you are still using regular painter’s tape, you may want to give Frog Tape a try. Seriously, I will never go back to the old painter’s tape again, even when painting walls in my house. It saves me so much time and frustration!


Beauti-Tone Latex Glazing Liquid


Another favorite of mine is Beauti-Tone Latex Glazing Liquid from Home Hardware. I use it every time I prepare a colored glaze to apply on the piece of furniture I am working on.

If you haven’t used a glazing medium before, you mix it with either latex paint or acrylic paint. I usually mix mine as 8 parts glazing liquid to one part paint. Glazing liquid helps to give you more time to manipulate your color on your furniture piece so that it doesn’t dry too quickly. When mixed with paint, it also helps to bring out the details in carved appliques and chunky moldings.

Glazing medium can be found in many different brands and at almost any hardware store. This glazing medium is my favorite and here in Canada it is only $14.99 per can.



Shur-Line 04970C 4-Inch Foam Mini Roller Refills, Contractor Pack of 6


I use foam rollers exclusively for painting furniture along with foam brushes. I know some people swear by painting furniture with a paint brush. I just have had the best results when using these 4″ foam rollers.

These rollers don’t leave marks in my finish, like using a regular paint brush would, and they leave the surface of the wood even and smooth. After applying a paint finish with these rollers the surface is very easy to sand smooth with almost no effort.

This brand, Shur-line is my favorite because it doesn’t leave roller “bits” in my paint and it leaves a silky-smooth finish on my painted surface. I have purchased foam rollers from the Dollar Store before just to compare, these Shur-Line rollers are worth paying extra for!



General Finishes High Performance Varnish


Finally, my last favorite item is General Finishes High Performance Varnish in Satin. This is my all-time favorite topcoat for the furniture that I refinish. It can be found at Lee Valley following the link above.

This top coat is very durable so it perfect for table-tops and other furniture pieces that will get lots of use. It is also non-yellowing so it will not yellow your light-colored furniture like polyurethane coatings will.

To apply this coating it is best to use a brush. The best technique that works for me is to load a healthy amount of this topcoat onto your brush and apply it to your surface in a straight line, each time taking up more coating on your brush from your can. Apply this finish quickly and avoid brushing over the area more than twice. You want a fairly thick, even coat on the surface as this coating will self-level. You will be left with very little, if at all brush marks on your piece if you use this technique.

This top coat also dries very quickly so another coat can be applied about 30 minutes later. I always sand lightly with 400 grit sandpaper in between coats which makes the resulting finish feel like velvet. You want to apply at least 3 coats of this finish to your piece in places that won’t see much wear and 4-5 coats on table tops and other areas that will see the most wear.

My last tip is to let this finish cure at least 3 weeks before placing heavy objects on top of it and at least a week before placing light objects on top. I know it seems like it is a long time to wait but if you do you will be left with a very durable finish that will withstand every day use.


Well there you have it. If you haven’t tried these products before I hope you decide to give them a try. They make furniture painting and refinishing that much easier.

Where can you find out more about these products? For most of the products I have mentioned, you can just click on the link below each of the photos to go to Amazon (my affiliate sponsor),  Home Hardware or Lee Valley. For some of these products, you should also be able to find them at your local hardware store.


To read PART ONE of this post please click here.


Well, I am off to rest my back. I hope to be back here in full force in 2-3 days. By then I should hopefully be back working on my projects again. Thanks for being so patient with me in the meantime. I appreciate that you take the time to stop by and read my posts.


I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.





Some of the products suggested in this post are brought to you by my affiliate-sponsor, Amazon. Although it is a sponsored post written by me, all of the thoughts expressed about the suggested products are 100% my own and are of my honest opinion. Please take precautions when using the products I have mentioned and familiarize yourself with the instructions on the labels before use.

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Some of my absolute favorite products for furniture refinishing

Ever since I have been thinking about writing this post, I have had the lyrics from The Sound of Music’s “My Favorite Things” song stuck in my head… and I can’t seem to shake them. Haha! I am really aging myself, aren’t I?


Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
           Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eye lashes
           Silver white winters that melt into spring
           These are a few of my favorite things!   ….La La La La….


Um, ya!  I am such a dork!


Anyway…I digress.



Thrifty Dresser Transformation


Recently, I have been working on making over a couple of pieces of furniture and I decided that I really want to share with you some of the products I use whenever I work on a furniture transformation. Not only do these products make my life a little easier, but they help me to create a professional looking finish every time I paint.

I am not sure if you have had a chance to try out some of these products before, but I highly recommend them. Maybe, they can help to make furniture painting an enjoyable experience for you too!


So, on to the first product…


 Circa 1850 Soft Strip 182044 Gallon


You may be able to relate to this one.

If you ever have had to strip a piece of furniture before, you will know that it can be a messy, stinky and sometimes a very frustrating job. Most paint strippers take a long time to work, or don’t work at all. They can also only be used in a very well ventilated area outdoors because they are so toxic and the clean-up is a real P-I-T-A!

My absolute favorite go-to paint stripper is Circa 1850 Soft Strip Stripper. It works like a charm for me and a little goes a long way with this stuff! I have had this bottle above for quite some time and it is still at least half full and I have used it on at least 2 buffet tops and a dresser.

Another huge bonus with this stripper is that it is made without extremely toxic Methylene Chloride or any caustics. It is not non-toxic, but it is a big improvement to regular strippers. It has a pleasant odor (no chemical smell) and it doesn’t make me sick or give me a headache like other paint strippers do (I seem to have developed sensitivity to chemical smells over the years because of the toxic cleaning products I used to use).

Please remember though, when using this product, you must still wear eye protection, a face mask, gloves, preferably the nitrile kind, and long sleeves/long pants. Keep in mind that this stripper is supposed to take paint off so you can imagine what it could do to your skin or your eyes if you get some on you! It would also be best to work with it near an open window or in your garage where there is some ventilation. Also, if you are making over an older piece of furniture, make sure you test for lead paint before stripping the paint or even sanding. Your health and your safety is the most important thing!

Finally, I have found that this paint stripper also has an easy clean-up. So helpful!

I won’t get into details right now about its application, but please stay tuned for my upcoming tutorial on how I strip furniture.



img_3263Home Hardware’s, Natura Safe Prep


As you may know, the majority of second-hand furniture that can be found today is very grimy and is covered in oils and other nasties that can cause paint not to stick, especially if it is a vintage or antique piece of furniture. Most people regularly use TSP (trisodium phosphate) as a preparation before painting their walls or pieces of furniture. The only problem with using TSP is that it is toxic to the environment.

I have found a safe alternative. It is called Natura Safe Prep. This stuff is the goods for sure! It is safe for the environment, safe to use, odorless and you don’t have to rinse it off like you do with TSP. It is also very affordable at only $4.99 for a Litre here in Canada. A little goes a long way with this stuff. I just put a couple of tablespoons of Safe Prep into a litre of warm water, wash my furniture piece with a rag, let everything dry and I am ready to paint. So easy!



Glidden Company GL3250 QT Gripper Gray Interior / Exterior Primer


Another product that I use on a regular basis is Glidden Gripper Primer. This is a wonderful bonding primer that also blocks stains. I use it on everything, even pieces of furniture with a very shiny finish. I just give the piece I am painting an all-over light sanding before applying this primer to give the wood a bit of “tooth”. To-date, I have never had a problem with my paint chipping off or the paint not sticking. I usually apply two coats of this primer, letting it dry well in between coats.

If I am working on a few pieces where I will be painting a similar color, I have my primer tinted closely to whatever color I am planning on painting. My favorite color for tinting is Behr Dark Gray. I can post the exact formula here if you like later today. Just let me know if you are interested!



 3M SandBlaster 20400 Between Coats Sandpaper, 9-Inch x 11-Inch, 400-Grit


What’s next? Carrying on!

Let me count the ways I love my 400 grit sandpaper! It is ah-mazing! This is a large part of why my finished pieces of furniture are as smooth as velvet or as soft as a baby’s little feet.  If you haven’t ever used 400 grit sandpaper to sand your furniture before, you are seriously missing out!

I like to sand with 400 grit sandpaper between each and every layer or finish that I apply, whether it be when I am priming, painting or topcoating. I especially like the 3M Sandblaster sandpaper above as it makes light work of what you are sanding.

What I like to do is take one of the sanding sheets out of the package, fold it in half down the middle and then in half again. I then tear the sheet into 4 where I have folded. Lastly, I wrap one of the torn sanding sheets around a rectangular sanding block. This makes a perfect sanding block which works wonderfully to sand the flat parts of your furniture piece like the top, the sides or the doors. I find this method is also cheaper than buying multiple sanding blocks because they wear out really quickly. This way I can re-use my sanding block just by adding new sandpaper around it. Don’t throw out your old sanding blocks! With some new sandpaper, they can be used again and again!



 Hyde Tools 44280 Tack Cloth, 18Ó


What also helps to give your piece of furniture a flawless finish?

Tack cloths do! These little pieces of gooey cloth work perfectly for removing all of your sanding dust, bits of fuzz or any other nasties that will get stuck in your paint finish. They are so inexpensive (only $1.50 each) and find that I usually use at least two tack cloths per piece of furniture that I am working on. I tend to use one for the primer and paint layers and then I reserve a brand new one for the top coat layers.

I can’t say enough good things about tack cloths! To me, they are essential!




Lastly, I have been buying these inexpensive dollar store paint brushes for at least 6 months now. These are not just any paint brushes from the dollar store. Why do I love them so much? First of all these paint brushes barely shed as compared to regular cheap paint brushes. I can finish an entire project and these brushes haven’t lost a single bristle or the odd time it only happens once. There is almost nothing worse than painting and having to pick bristles out of your newly painted finish.

These paint brushes are also super soft and very easy to wash. I love to use them for applying gel medium to my photo transfers (I use the biggest brush), applying Mod Podge to a finished project, doing touch-ups to my paint finish or for cutting-in on a piece of furniture before rolling the rest with a roller. Because these brushes are so soft, there are barely any brush strokes in my paint finish.

You can see my love for these brushes in my previous posts below.



Framed Storage Box {How To}



A Spring-inspired Photo Transfer Project – Tutorial


Where can you find out more about these products? For most of the products I have mentioned, you can just click on the link below each of the photos to go to Amazon (my affiliate sponsor) or Home Hardware or you should also be able to find them at your local hardware store.

I hope you found this review of my favorite products helpful. I really wish when had I started painting way back when that someone had told me what products they like to use because it would have saved me buying a lot of crappy things that didn’t work worth a darn. What a lot of money I wasted!

So please stay tuned for more product reviews. I plan to share some more of my other favorite products with you again soon.


UPDATE: To read PART TWO of this post please click here.


I would love to hear if you have used any of these products in the past and whether you like them or not. Also,  if you have any of your own favorites, we would love to hear about them!


As always, thank you for all your support, comments, Facebook likes, tweets, and pins this week.


I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!






This affiliate-sponsored post has been written by me. All of the thoughts expressed about the suggested products in this post are 100% my own and are of my honest opinion. Please take precautions when using the products I have mentioned and familiarize yourself with the instructions on the labels before use.

You can read my full disclosure here.



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