Thursday, May 21, 2020

How to Paint POLYWOOD Outdoor Furniture

In the anticipation of moving into our new home in a few weeks, I've been doing a lot of projects. Luckily all this quarantine business has allowed for a lot of free time to tackle my never ending list of ideas. First order of DIY business - the outdoor furniture. 

A little backstory: 

When we purchased our home we noticed the previous owners had a lot of POLYWOOD outdoor furniture surrounding the pool. We knew from experience that outdoor furniture receives a lot abuse as a result of living in the sunny South.  POLYWOOD and Trex Board tend to stand up well to both the elements and the extreme use of a family of who likes to entertain a lot outdoors. So when we were negotiating the sale we decided to ask for the furniture on a whim. 

We have a lot of outdoor furniture at our current home, but we figured we could worry about what fits best in each space when we move in. The minute I was these adirondack chair sets I knew I wanted to keep them. They were in the roughest shape of the bunch, but I had hopes I could bring them back to life. 

I waffled on the colors and what to do (one set is purple and one is orange). Everything else has a neutral base, and while I liked the vibrant purple, it didn't match the rest of our outdoor furniture or decor. I knew I didn't want to spend a ton of money to redecorate since we are in the midst of a major renovation on the interior of our home, so I came up with the idea of changing the color. 

I did a ton of research and realized a few things about POLYWOOD furniture. 
  1. You can clean it, but aren't supposed to pressure wash it. 
  2. Sanding it scratches the protective surface and voids any warranty it has. 
  3. Painting isn't recommended because that also voids the warranty. 
  4. Painting has been done, but be cautious on what to use. Also, for the long term it might not last.
So obviously I did what any sensible person would do. 

Wrong. I painted it. 

And have no regrets. 

I figured we essentially got the furniture for free so if I messed it up, no real monetary loss. I also researched if I was to paint it, what would be the most successful. 

Here's how I painted my POLYWOOD outdoor furniture, but I think this process would work for any outdoor furniture you want to transform. 


What You'll Need
  • Primer + Paint: Look for water based primer and paint designed for plastics. I found this Krylon ColorMaxx Spray Paint that is a primer and paint mix designed for a lot of surfaces including plastics. 
  • Cleaning Materials: A good scrub brush is a must. Use vinegar or a mold and mildew cleaner
  • Gloves 
  • Optional: Mask (to block spray paint particles) & spray paint comfort grip (trust me - worth it!)

What To Do
  • First clean your outdoor furniture. Remove all dirt, mold and mildew. The paint will adhere better to a clean surface. Let it dry for one hour. 

  • Test a spot first. I tested the underside of one piece to dip my toes in (catch that pool pun?), and let it sit for a few hours. This allowed me to confirm color, and make sure the paint would adhere.  
(Using thin coats: this is the second coat being applied.)

  • Once I was satisfied that the paint would adhere, I sprayed the whole piece and let it sit in the elements for a few days. 

  • I sprayed one light coat first, and repeated the process until I felt the furniture was well covered. (To avoid drips or obvious spray marks it's best to do really light coats rather than one or two thick ones. This will also help prevent the paint from chipping prematurely.)

Overall the process was quite easy, and I'm very happy with the results. The chairs have been through a few sunny weeks, a ton of kid use (both wet and dry), and a few rain storms and seem to be holding up well. 

| Polywood Furnture | Throw Pillows

I chose this bright aqua paint color because it looks similar to a color Polywood offers in their furniture line, and matches the pool tile well. It's the Krylon ColorMaxx Paint + Primer in Aqua. I purchased a few extra cans to have on hand in case any chips do appear over time. I also like knowing I can purchase new pieces directly to match if needed. 

Now that I've transformed the purple set, I've set my sights on the orange set. 

Here's a teeny tiny sneak peek at the color I'm going with for that set! 

This was a fun project, and I was glad I was quickly and cost effectively able to update our outdoor furniture. And now - time to sit back, relax, and enjoy it! 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Home Sweet Home Tour: Family Room

A part of us thought this quarantine would mean that we would have a lot more free time to blog consistently, but oh how we were mistaken.  First of all, I feel like I'm third in line to get my laptop after the kids are done with all of their online school work.   Secondly, I've just had a hard time getting motivated.  BUT, today I have a new post in the Home Sweet Home Tour series!  

Up first though, if you missed any of the other posts in this series they are all linked below! 

Today I'm sharing our Family Room! We spend a lot of time in this room. It's where we watch TV each night, where we put our Christmas tree and open gifts Christmas morning. 

 It's the room where I sit late at night when everyone has gone to bed and I just need a few moments of quiet to myself. 

It's a very lived in room. My daughter stretches on the floor in here and practices tumbling drills on the sectional. My son uses the sectional, pillows and chairs as a ninja course and we have even been known to do some baseball drills in here on a rainy day! Dodge ball and nerf gun wars occur, our dog used to run laps around this room when he was a puppy and just about everything else you can imagine. 

We knew we wanted a giant, comfortable sectional for this room. It might not be the prettiest or most on-trend piece of furniture, but it is comfortable and our entire family can snuggle up on it and watch a movie.  I just try to dress it up with the pretty pillows! Funny story, that square coffee table is one that we bought in college at a garage sale and refinished.  Not even lying!  We originally put it in this space until we could find something else, but it fits in the square part of the sectional so well that we ended up just leaving it.

I needed something to fill the space on the wall above the sectional and a friend suggested doing maps. I loved the idea and ended up ordering them from the USGS website.  They were all between $10-$20 and I was able to pick places that are meaningful to our family.  The frames are from Hobby Lobby so overall this was a very easy and affordable project!

This little sitting area has chairs from Pier 1 and I was so exited when I found this lamp and shade with the the coordinating nail head trim!  I always love using some sort of greenery and books to help spaces feel welcoming. 

I wanted to share all of the links and sources that I could from this room! If you have other questions, just let me know. :-)
Sectional - Rooms To Go 
Seersucker Arm Chairs
Buffalo Check Pillows - Custom 
Monogram Pillows - Custom 
Macrame Pillow Cover
Down Alternative Pillow Inserts 
Lamp Base 
Lamp Shade 
Curtains - Custom 
Bamboo Shades
Leopard Throw Blanket
Map Frames - Hobby Lobby 
Round Side Table 
Wall Paint Color - SW Silver Strand 
Trim Paint Color - SW Canvas Tan 

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Sunglass Style 2020

Do you have an accessory that you wear every. single. day? For us it would be sunglasses. We joke at this point we might own more pairs of sunglasses than we do shoes. In reality, it's probably pretty close.

| Maui Jim Honi Sunglasses | Costa Del Mar Loreto | Crochet Halter Swimsuit

Sunglasses aren't just a Summer accessory either. In our opinion, sunglass season is anywhere from January 1st to December 31st. Sure, we have some pairs that scream "Summer" (hello neon pink aviators!), but for the most part when it comes to accessorizing sunglasses to our outfits year round - anything is fair game.

| Costa Del Mar Loreto Sunglasses

However, now that Summer is upon us, we are looking to add a few new pairs to the mix. We thought we'd share some of our favorites and our favorite finds (since a lot of retailers are having major sales right now!). Some of these are super budget friendly and some are a little pricier - but oh so worth it.

| Jewelry | Tortoise Shell Sunglasses | Gold Aviators | 

1. WOWSUN Polarized Sunglasses - These might be the best bang for your buck that we have found! One pair comes in at under $14, but they have an option on some color combinations to get 2 for $20. They are polarized, come in a ton of fun colors and mirrored options, and have thousands of great reviews.

2. Black Round Framed Sunglasses - I (Jen) forgot my sunglasses during a soccer tournament weekend. Luckily there was a Target less than a mile from the field. I grabbed these on a whim because they were cute and polarized (a must for my sun sensitive blue eyes!), and not only are they super budget friendly, they have been on of the pairs I grab the most often. They fit so well!

3. Blenders Sunglasses - When friends introduced us to these sunglasses we couldn't wait to try them out. They are all just so fun! Blender's offers a ton of brightly colored polarized lenses in a variety of styles - and almost all pairs are under $50.

| Blender's Ice Palace Sunglasses

4. Costa Del Mar Aviators - We spend a ton of time on the water throughout the year, and love love love these Loreto aviators from Costa Del Mar. We own them in three colors - they are that good. They are pricier but so worth it in our opinion. We also love the South Point aviators and the Remora style. Our husbands also wear this brand and own several pairs.

| Costa Del Mar Loreto in Gold | Costa Del Mar Permit Sunglasses

| Maui Jim Honi Sunglasses | Loreto in Gunmetal

5. Quay Australia After Hours Sunglasses - We love these tortoise shell glasses with their classic shape. They look great on most people and are around the $50 mark. The navy pair is our favorite. They have great reviews!

6. Rayban Erika Sunglasses - One of our absolute favorite pairs of sunglasses. We love the mirrored lenses and the twist on the classic wayfarer style that Rayban is known for. They come in a ton of
color options too.

| Ray Ban Mirrored Sunglasses

7. Lilly Pulitzer Sunglasses - We've been LP fans for awhile, but it wasn't until recently we made the plunge into their sunglasses. We've been pleasantly surprised, and just like the brand itself they have a wide range of fun styles and colors. There's also a wide range of pricing and you can find Lilly Pulitzer glasses on Amazon on major sale.

| Lilly Pulitzer Kinley Glasses | 

We have a few new pairs on the way to us and will add to our list if there are any we love! Do you have a pair that you love that we need to give a try? Bonus points if it's a budget friendly pair!

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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Amazon Lately

I don't know about the rest of you, but I have been ordering from Amazon a lot here lately.  I have always loved Amazon and the fact that I can get just about anything I need without leaving my house, but during our shelter in place time I found another level of love for Amazon!

I thought it would be fun to share some of the things I've gotten from Amazon lately. Maybe some of these are items that you could use, too!  

1. Basic t-shirts and sweatshirts - I ordered these before our Spring Break when we were going to tie-dye.  You can see all the fun we had HERE!  I'm tempted to order some more because my son really wants to make a sweatshirt, so I'm thinking we will do another round of tie-dye soon. 

2. Screen protector - My daughters and I got new phones a few weeks ago and I am a stickler for a good case and a screen protector.  If someone's phone shatters, that is their problem, not mine and they will be required to pay what it costs to replace it.  No one wants to spend that kind of money so after reading a ton of reviews this screen protector looked like one of the best ones for the price.  Plus, it has the easiest, fool-proof applicator I have ever used. If you are in need of a new screen protector, I'd definitely recommend these! 

3. No-show socks - Just because there is a pandemic happening doesn't mean that socks stop getting holes. A lot of my socks were in bad shape so I decided to replace some.  These have thousands of great reviews and I love them because they don't slip down at all!  

4. Dip manicure set - I ordered this dip manicure set right after the shelter in place started and have done my nails 3 times now at home.  I also have done my girls' nails and we all LOVE the results. I don't think I'll go back to getting my nails done in the salon except for special occasions.  

5. Plush dog - My son really wanted a Squishmallow stuffed animal and I found this knock-off brand on Amazon.  Just as soft and actually bigger than we were expecting. He loves using it as a pillow and anything that is going to help him sleep better, I'm all for. 

6. Macrame pillows - I moved some of our living room pillows out to our hanging bed so I wanted to some new ones to bright up the sectional. The quality of these are really nice. When I ordered I didn't realize that they were only the covers without the inserts so I quickly ordered THESE inserts. Tip: I like to order inserts larger than the covers so they will fill them out nicely and be extra fluffy. 

7. Felt pads - I moved our basement barstools to the kitchen and realized I needed the felt pads to put on the bottom of the legs so they wouldn't scratch the wood floor. I usually keep these on hand because they will occasionally fall off, but I realized I was all out so Amazon Prime to the rescue! 

8. Mel-o-chew melatonin - This is the melatonin we use for my son and we were close to running out.  I've written about this before, but this stuff just helps him calm down and be able to fall asleep. 

9. 2020-2021 Academic planner - I saw something the other day saying the worst purchase someone made recently was a 2020 planner. SO true!  However, I am ever hopeful that things are going to slowly get back to normal and I have dates coming up that I will need to start getting on my calendar. I like using an academic planner that runs July-June (essentially the school year) because in my brain, that is how I see years. 

10. Folex stain remover - I saw this stuff had a ton of great reviews and decided to give it try mostly because I wanted to be able to keep the kitchen bar stools clean.  It works SO well.  Very impressed and it will pretty much get out ANYTHING! 

11. Zone Perfect bars - My kids loves these and I do, too.  For a while at the beginning of shelter in place my grocery store was sold out so I found them on Amazon! 

12. Tie-Dye kit - This is the kit we used and I loved how everything we needed to do the tie-dye was included! It comes in a bunch of different colors. 

If you have any great Amazon items, send them my way! What have you gotten from Amazon lately?! 

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Book Club: May

How is it even possible that today is May 1st???  That means it has been a full 7 weeks at home during this shelter in place ordeal.  This time of year would normally be when things are really ramping up for the end of the school year craziness, but things are actually pretty boring around here. Our state is slowly starting to open up though and we are hopeful that things will slowly return back to normal. Really we just wanting some sort of sporting events to come back in our lives and pools to open up.  Then we'd be really happy!

A new month means a new book club post!  We can't wait to share what we read with all of you and hopefully get some of your suggestions for new things we should read. 



I finally got on the Audible bandwagon and listened to The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward.  I always like the Reese's Book Club picks so had really high hopes for this one.  

I will say I was really disappointed it.  I just didn't love it. I was expecting something a little more light and fun and instead this was about a family that had all sorts of drama and baggage. I tried getting into the characters and did find myself pulling for them, but I just felt like it never really answered all the questions I had and the story ended very abruptly. 

My next book was On The Bright Side by Melanie Shankle and LOVED it. Jen texted me about it and I immediately added it to my list.  

I have read all of her other books and really loved them all.  If you are looking for some other feel-good make you smile and relatable books I loved these from her, too: Sparkly Green Earrings (about motherhood), The Antelope in the Living Room (about marriage), and Nobody's Cuter Than You (about friendship). She has a way about weaving personal stories from her life into lessons that all of us could benefit from hearing.  Her new book, On The Bright Side, touches on motherhood, fashion, the importance of girlfriends, marriage and just about everything in between. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts, tearing up at others, and nodding my head in agreement with just about everything she said. She has a way of telling stories and making you feel like she could be one of your best friends. I think all of us could stand to read something like this during these times and HIGHLY recommend it! 


It's funny how similar Carrie Beth and I are on most things. This month we read a lot of the same books, and share the same opinion. One book I read this month is for sure on the top of my list for the year. I snuck in more reading than I thought I would with everything we have going on (moving, spending sun up to sundown with the entire family the entire month, being what my kids call "mommy teacher", etc.), but it just shows how life has slowed waaaaaaay down.

First up for the month was In Five Years by Rebecca Serle. Y'all...I loved this one! It's funny, this is the second book I've read this year with kind of a dream sequence as the basis for the story. (See last month's review of You Were There Too - also, a great read!) This story follows Dannie who has her life meticulously planned out. Everything is going according to her well thought out plan until the night of her engagement she falls asleep and then wakes up next to a man, who is not her fiancĂ©, and its five years into the future. She spends one hour in her future and then is thrown back to the present. Unrealistic? Yes. But I love love loved this story. Without giving too much away it's about friendship, and love, and it is beautifully written. 

Next up was The Jetsetters, and just like Carrie Beth, I had high hopes for this one. The cover, the all seemed like it would be the perfect "get myself excited for Summer" read. I'm torn. Was it the worst thing I ever read? No. Was it as light as I was picturing? No. Was it my favorite? No. The story follows a family trying to reconnect on a European cruise vacation. The matriarch of the family wins a trip for the entire family by writing an erotic story from her past. Throw in three children with tons of drama and it had the makings for a great book. I didn't hate it, but I think the cover and the premise of the story made me think it would be a lighter beach read, when it really digs deeper into a ton of issues and has a lot of dark/sad moments. I'd give it a 3.5 out of 5,  and if you like beach reads with a little more substance, this might be for you. 

After the downer of my previous read, I decided to switch gears and read Melanie Shankle's latest, On the Bright Side. I love her books, and even though this one was published last year it was like she wrote it in preparation for 2020. If you want to read something a little fun, a little humorous, and a whole lot of uplifting - this is the book for you. I immediately told CB she needed to put it on her list, and then I shared it with several other girlfriends because if there's anything we need in the world right now, it's Shankle's words of positivity.

Last, but not least, for the month was Christina Lauren's latest book - Honey Don't List. For those of you looking for a lighter "chic lit" read, I've got you. Honey Don't List is a little HGTV and a little steamy romance and a little humor all wrapped up into one. Picture a Chip and Joanna style set of decorating super stars, but like the opposite of them. Then throw in two assistants who hate each other. Put everyone on a tour bus for a few weeks with a healthy dose of drama. This was the perfect light read I was looking for at the end of the month. I'll give the Christina Lauren books a PG-13 warning, but they are always fun, and I think make for great Summer reads if you're looking for one. I'd put Honey Don't List and The Unhoneymooners as my favorites. 



It isn't uncommon that I follow in Jen's footsteps when it comes to picking books and that is the case today.  My next read is going to be In Five Years by Rebecca Serle.  I can't wait to get started! 

I'm so excited Carrie Beth is reading In Five Years. I can't wait to see if this is one we agree on or not.  I'm also excited about my first read for May. On of our favorite Southern authors sent us this little goodie...

Her latest book! So first up for the month is Kristy Woodson Havey's latest - Feels Like Falling.

I can't wait to settle into my pool lounger with a fruity cocktail and sink into this one! 

What have you been reading lately? We're hoping to be reading poolside before long so need some fun summer reads! 

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