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21  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your Chicken Soup Recipe on: October 25, 2005 07:34:25 PM
There was this way I was taught by my mama about making chicken soup;

Take leftover chicken (fried or roasted) and take most of it off the bones and let it simmer and soak in some water to make the soup base.  Add salt, pepper, and a few other spices to your taste.  When you're ready to cook, get the water to boil and add in rice, let it cook like rice is supposed to (lol I'm awesome at instructions).  Best ingredient comes after the rice is cooked, and that is adding in garbanzo beans (chick peas).  The key with them, though, is that you have to peel them before putting them in the soup.  The easiest way to peel them is to pinch it off.  I love soup with garbanzo beans.  mmmmmmmm...

Sorry there was no real instruction to all that.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Starry Nightstand on: August 03, 2005 02:02:27 PM
So this is my first project post on craftster.  Love this site!  Heh.  My mother bought a nightstand at a garage sale and it sat in the garage forever not being used because it was ugly and stinky.  So finally I decided to fix it up.

http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_drawers.jpg
 As you can see by the drawers, there was a lot of weird paint on it. i first guessed that there were three layers of paint (yellow on the wood, ugly teal blue, and the final dark brown "wood" colored paint")  but when I began to strip it using paint stripper, there was a layer of green between the yellow and teal.  I found that the chemical stripper was very very very VERY useful.  The wood was pretty tough to begin with, so I wasn't worried about damaging it.  Also thought that since it's only a small storage nightstand, it wouldn't be doing anything heavy duty anyways.  

http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_stripfront.jpg
More of it being stripped...

A few minor chemical burns later, I finally have an unfinished nightstand!!  This photo was taken with a flash, so it might be a little bit too washed out. http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/Starrynight_stripped.jpg

I primed it up and noticed the stink was gone (another plus) and began to paint. The main dresser I began to paint as white, thinking i'd do inverted stencils (have the star shapes over the white and paint the rest blue), but it didn't work according to plan.  The blue is from the Disney line at Home Depot under the name "Galactic Sky".  Really really pretty.  I also added a little bit of black colorwash over the blue to give it more definition.  Then I stenclied the stars over the blue/black.  

http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_complete.jpg

For a while I was thinking of a design for the stars, but I ended up just making it as I went along.  I like it, though.  I replaced the drawer handles because of all the paint layers on the old ones.  

detail of the top
http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_topdetail.jpg

I normally wouldn't paint the inside of the nightstand, but I think that the smoothness of the semigloss paint helps out for storing and opening/closing drawers.  
http://www.philospud.com/crafting/starrynight/starrynight_draweropen.jpg

The only drawback is that after it was finished and I brought it inside, the stink came back.  I got some helpful suggestionshttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=46041.0 and so hopefully it can go back into my room.  Smiley

~Spud
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stinky Nightstand on: August 03, 2005 11:46:08 AM
oooh all very good suggestions...I might try a little bit of all of them.  hehehe.

BTW, pictures posted in the Completed Reconstructed Housewares section.

~Spud
24  Georgia / Georgia: Central / Re: best thrift stores on: August 01, 2005 01:07:01 PM
Just an FYI, I drove by America's Thrift Store (on 29 and Pleasant Hill Road) a few days ago, and noticed it was completely empty and gone.  ;_; such an awesome store.

~Spud
25  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Stinky Nightstand on: August 01, 2005 09:44:57 AM
Okay I've been lurking forever here, now I'm out of the woodwork to ask around for some advice.

My mom recently bought an old nightstand at a garage sale that I decided to stip and repaint.  To begin with, yes this dresser did stink.  Kindof that mildewy-basement smell.  But when i primed it with Killz and repainted it, I didn't smell it anymore.  But the moment I brought it into my room, the smell was there again.  It's a four drawer nightstand and it looks awesome (I'll post pics later), but the smell is so horrid that I can't stand to have it in my room.  Do you guys have any suggestions as to how I can get rid of the smell?  Or at least dilute it?

~Spud
26  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: go away for a week- and come back to what the crafting gods have made for yo on: August 01, 2005 09:36:16 AM
MDF is amazingly easy to paint with.  Spraypaint will rub off, though, so be warned about that.  A few of my friends sat on a spraypainted mdf box and wooboy were their pants ruined.  The latex house paints worked fine for me and at the time I didn't use a primer.

I really really like that cabinet, too.  XD

~Spud
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