Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Love + 1 Thing I Don’t) – 3.4.16

Hello friends!

I don’t know about you, but I’m really glad that February is over.  For me, it was just a series of crappy things going on that add up and left me in a bit of a funk.  Let’s hope that the February Funk is over and March will bring good things, right?  Speaking of good things, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a Friday 5+1, and I have some great things to share.  So, cozy up and enjoy.  This post contains some affiliate links.

Adorable and Amazing Furniture Transformation

I read a lot about painting and refinishing, and Patricia from The Wood Spa shared this amazing furniture transformation complete with a full tutorial.  Can you even get over the cuteness?  I’m in love – what a fantastic idea!


Paint Shields

On a painting note, I feel like I need to share this tool since I’ve been using it a lot lately.  I have a couple of these paint shields now, and they’re great for when I’m spraying the frames of cabinets, or if I’m finishing a furniture piece where I need to block the paint or stain from overspraying on to other areas – particularly furniture pieces that are a combination of stained and painted finishes.  A great tool to add to your toolbox.


Now I haven’t used this yet, but I read about The Brushshaper and am intrigued and would definitely be interested in giving it a whirl.  I like the fact that it’s moisture wicking and the way it’s designed maintains the integrity of your paint brush.  Looks promising, don’t you think?

Spite and Malice

Spite and Malice sounds like a movie or a mini-series, but it’s actually a card game.  I used to play this game with my grandmother and my great-grandmother when I was a kid, and I spent hours playing this game with friends too.  When my grandmother passed away, I got to thinking about it again, and discovered that there’s an app for it (of course).  It’s kind of like playing double solitaire but with a competitive edge to it.  Highly addictive – but lots of fun.  If you’re interested in playing, I downloaded mine on the iTunes App Store here.


I can’t remember where I first heard about Nomorobo, but when I read about it, I was all in.  It basically stops robocalls and telemarketing calls from coming through to your phone.  In our case, it’s our home phone that gets bombarded with this stuff, especially with an election coming up in the fall (and I live in Ohio – a huge swing state).  Since I’ve signed up, the calls we get have declined dramatically.  I highly recommend it!

My +1 for the week – choosing healthcare.  We’re on a different sign up cycle than many, and just went through the process last month.  It feels like navigating a hypothetical math problem in a foreign language trying to decide what to do.  Out of pocket maximums, deductibles, co-insurance – makes me crazy trying to figure out what I could be paying out of pocket.  Never mind that nowadays when I go to the doctor for anything I seem to receive bills from three or four other people in the process.  I swear, it never used to be this way!

On a side note – House of Cards starts today, so if you need me, I’ll be on the couch binge watching (after I stock up on supplies to keep the kids fed and out of my hair of course). 😉

Have a great weekend!



  • Reply
    March 4, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    February is always my least favorite month! The winter blues kick in and my kids are usually sick! I am getting ready to try my first General Finish paint project , thanks to your beautiful pieces you’ve posted. I’m a little nervous to start! Lol! Happy March!

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    March 4, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    The robo calls are soooo annoying. Our new phone system allows us to block calls as they come in, then the next time that number tries to call it rings once and comes up Caller Blocked. Awesome!!!

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    Patricia Rios
    March 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing my Tardis Cabinet Project! I’m glad I found your blog!


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