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The Living Without Series

This is a series of posts that I wrote back in 2006 on living with less stuff. Check them out: liv011Living #2liv031liv04

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The Chicken Doctor

April

The Architect

Clay

The Chairs

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I’ve known this chair since I was in second grade, the same age as my third child.  My parents hauled it to my house when my daughter turned five years old.  It has served us well.  I’ve been wanting to paint all my childhood furniture since before my daughter was born.  She’ll turn 16 this fall.  For years I have had to do my projects with one arm keeping my daughter at bay.  She loves to help, but so many things I get myself into are and were much bigger than her and I knew I’d be sorry if I handed over the tools to her.

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This summer after much, “Mom, are you going to paint my furniture this summer?” I finally sighed and said, “Why don’t you paint it.”  And I really thought she would drop it, but my daughter is a bit like me, she likes a project.  So I taught her how to sand and prep and prime and paint and by golly she painted all her furniture with very little help from me.  She’s proving to be quite useful.  I’m sure it will be her and me painting the floor, fixing the wall and making the curtains.  Or just me if she gets distracted, again, she’s a bit like her mom.

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This is one of the dumpster chairs.  Several of you darling readers have asked for a tutorial, so I’ll be working on that as I finish the other one, but know this….I usually don’t go into a project with a whole head full of knowledge on the subject, I just have this “I can do that” sort of attitude.  Which means, I’m  most likely doing it wrong or at least not as well as a professional.

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But, for 16 bucks, I think this chair will serve me well and I haven’t heard any complaints from the folks sitting in it.

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