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DIY Refurbished Patio Furniture Make Over with Rust-oleum Gloss Protective Enamel

Summer is in full bloom out here in California and I tend to spend as much time as possible outside to enjoy the beautiful weather, however, my old set of patio furniture really needed a makeover.  I love spending time sitting down reading a book while the kids play in the pool, so having a nice table and chairs to do this is important to me.  So I partnered with Rust-oleum® to see if I could give my old patio set a new life by using their spray paint to make my patio furniture look new again.

Rust-oleum® was kind enough to send me some cans of their Rust-oleum® Gloss Protectant Enamel in the color Rich Jade (#312816).  This particular spray paint helps stop metals from Rusting and adds a bit of protection from the elements.  Plus you get amazing coverage with just one coat.  Here is what the patio set looked like before I started refurbishing it, it was a mixture of faded greens and gray.  Additionally, I think one of my kids used it to hold something while spray painting a school project because there were some odd streaks of spray paint all over the table top.

The chairs were also mismatched and weren't even the same color.

The process to prepare these pieces to be spray painted was pretty simple.  I started by sanding off any peeling paint or odd bits.  The I cleaned each chair and the table to remove excess dirt and dust.  Then I  let it dry.  Once the pieces were dry, I set out some cardboard and some plastic mats to spray paint each piece.  Then I gave each piece a light coat of the Rust-oleum® Gloss Protectant Enamel.  You can see just how good the coverage is with just one coat in the photo below.

The color is really bright and fun.  I also noticed that it seem to bring out some of the cute details on the furniture that were lost with the old color.

I let the pieces dry for about 24 hours between coats because I really wanted to see what the coverage was like.  I found that two coats were fine for the table and chairs.   I know they are going to be used a lot so I wanted to make sure I had really good coverage.

It only took 2 1/2 cans to paint the entire set and that includes the bottoms of the table, undersides of the chairs, etc.  These pieces are really well covered and the finish should last for quite a while.
I love how they came out. This particular green really makes the pieces stand out against the brick.

I am so happy with the Rust-oleum® Gloss Protectant Enamel product in the Rich Jade color and how great it made my furniture look.  

I liked it so well that I purchased two cans of their white and repainted my metal screen door which now looks fabulous.  Metal screen doors tend to rust easily in my area so using this enamel should help protect it during the winter weather.  I had some rust in the corners that would get worse over time if I did not fix them right away.  So I cleaned up the doors and spray painted them with the Rust-oleum® Gloss Protectant Enamel in white.  The trick is to not spray them on a windy day.  I noticed right after I had cleaned them (before painting them) that they were dusty again.  I realized that the strong breeze we were having was leaving dust and other particles with them.  I also took the precaution to cover the brick and some plants in case of over spray (even though I was using a large box that I made to spray them in).  I waited until the next morning to spray the metal screen doors and they came out great.  I did buy one can of paint per door and used both cans up, but that is because I wanted to make sure they were well coated.  

Disclaimer:  Rust-oleum provided me with several cans of the rich jade paint to use for my makeover project.  However, I was not paid to use their product nor for my review of how well it worked for me.  Also, remember to carefully read the manufacturers directions and suggestions.  They can be very helpful in learning to use the product safely.

Planner Friends Meet Up - Summer 2017

The Summer 2017 "Planner Friends Meet Up" was a fun opportunity to discuss the trends in planning, stickers and so much more while enjoying a fun lunch of pasta and pizza (BJ'S Restaurant Pizza) with other fellow planner lovers.   This particular event was more of a social gathering than the traditional Planner Meet Ups where we all sit and plan on our various planners and traveler's notebooks.

The Planner Friends Meet Up Event is normally held at Michaels' or JoAnns which are centrally located in Orange County.  However, the Spring, Summer, and Fall events are special and held at larger venues to accommodate more people.  This particular event was held on July 22, 2017 at the:
BJ'S Restaurant & Brewery,
30652 Santa Margarita Pkwy # F, 
Rancho Santa Margerita, CA 92688

The event was organized by Tammy Santana,

who planned this lovely event that had a fun "Kate Spade" theme with some amazing prizes which included:

Kate Spade Purses and Kate Spade Planners

The staff at this BJ'S Restaurant are especially helpful and joined in when requested.
Angel, Crystal and our fun waiter.
Each person who attended got this really cool sheer nylon swag bag filled with fun planner items.

Here is one of the things that was included in the bag:

1.  The 1st packet had:

  • Sticky Notes
  • Washi Tape
  • A decorative pen
  • cute die cuts
  • shoe shaped clip

2.  The second packet had a piece of decorative papers and

a 8 /2" by 11" Sticker Sheet with these cool stickers.

3.  The next packet was a kit from @amessofgoodies that includes:

  • 1 Black and White Polka Dot Pocket TN Folder
  • 1 Black and White Striped Ribbon Paper Clip Bow
  • 1 Black Bow Card Stock Kit (3 pieces)
  • 1 White Bow Card Stock Kit (3 pieces)
  • 2 White Pockets 
  • 2 White Rectangle Pockets
  • 2 Black Rectangle Pockets
  • 1 White Frame
  • 1 Black Frame
  • 1 White Paper Clip Bow
  • 1 Black Paper Clip Bow
  • 20 Black Decorative Dots

According to her instagram, she spent time using her Cricut creating these fun goodies for us.  I just love how people use the Cricut to make such cool things.

4.  The next packet was some stickers from (she also has an Etsy shop).  I love her sticker collection and have quite a few of them.  She sells some that are small enough to use inside of a Hobonichi Weeks, as well as the larger bunny sizes.  In this packet we got:

  • 1 rainbowbunny co sticker sampler
  • 1 die cut bunny
  • 1 inspiration card

5.  The next packet is from Paper Panduh.  If you are a fan of Paper Panduh, you should know that she has a new sticker subscription box (which is sold out for July 2017).   My advice is to keep an eye on her site and see when she opens the subscriptions up again. Anyway, she included this gold embossed washi tape roll in our swag bag that has list headers like:

  • To Buy
  • Errands
  • Due
  • To Do
  • ASAP

Paper Panduh

Personally, I love washi that has quotes or headers that I can tear and use.   They are so great to have on hand.

6.  The next packet had a sticker sampler from Green & Lyme.  Green & Lyme is known for their very cute clips and for their planners.  I have one of their gold, silver and pink planners.  If you want to see what her planners look like just click on the words "Green&Lyme Planners". They are really pretty in person.  Anyway, she included a sticker sampler that can be used for box headings on the daily planners.

7.   There was also a packet with some cute die cuts but it did not have a name on mine.  This packet had a journaling card and a cute die cut octopus.

As you can see, I got a lot of fun planner supplies and goodies that I can use in my planner or Travelers Notebook. This particular event did not have any pop up shops, although we could purchase additional paper, stickers and other items from the collection that was in the planner swag bags.  Also, we did have the traditional gift exchange.  The value of the gift was to be $25 minimum to participate in the gift exchange.

The highlight of the afternoon was the Kate Spade drawings.
@plannerbecky guarding the Kate Spade Planners

  Tammy had a bunch of drawings for the Kate Spade purses and planners.

Below are pictures of just a few of the winners of these fabulous prizes.


Makeup Blowout Sale Group Event Profusion Cosmetics Surprise Box Unboxing

Makeup Blowout Sale Group Surprise Box

If you are in California, you may want to check out the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group" event being held at various locations in California for some great makeup deals.

I stopped by to pick up some eyelashes for an upcoming cosplay event and was amazed at the great deals they had there. In addition to the great deals on makeup that they had there, they also offered a large selection of eyelashes.

I bought a variety because I am not sure which will look best with the different characters my daughter is creating for Comic Con and other upcoming events.  They looked pretty good and will work well for those events.  They were priced at $2 each pair and I consider that a great value.

Of course, one of the best deals there is their surprise box which sells for $30 and is filled with a variety of Profusion Cosmetics products and other fun items.  You should know that each box holds a different variety of items and no two boxes are the same.  My friend also bought a box and her items were different from mine.  I think mine was a particularly great value since I can use pretty much all of the products that were in my box.

Here is a look at what I got in my box:

1. The first item is a makeup backpack, which I will use to hold my event makeup kit.  This is a really nice item for them to have included in this box.  It has two outside pockets with one being a nice mesh pocket where I can easily see the contents.

The inside it has pockets on each side of the bag.  The first side has pockets for brushes, eyeliners, lipliners, etc.

The other side has a larger interior pocket to hold an iPad.  Then smaller pockets to hold incidentals and some business card size pockets.

2.  The second item is the Profusion Conceal Pallet - which has 8 concealing creams in the colors: Green, Salmon, Yellow, Lilac, Light Pink, Light Yellow, Medium Pink Tone and a Medium Yellow Tone. It also includes a concealer brush, a blending brush, and some sponges.

3. The next group of items is this cool collection of Profusion Cosmetics kits.  The plastic circular shimmering eye shadow kit has 6 colors of shimmer eye shadow powders.

That was followed by the Eyetunes Kit (below) which contains 2 eyeshadow quads that hold 12 colors each, 1 MP3 player bag, 1 blush brush, 1 eyebrow brush, 1 eyeshadow brush and an eyeliner pencil.
The Runway Glamour Kit Eyeshadow contains six eyeshadows along with instructions on how to create four different eye looks.

The eye shadow trio quad contains three colors which are great for creating a daytime look.

4.  The next item is a set of two Profusion Makeup brush sets.  These are drug store quality makeup brushes in a handy durable plastic pouch.  These went straight into the backpack to use at my next event.

5.  The next item is a set of two Profusion Lipstick with Lip Liner Kits.  These came in the color "Honey Gold" and included a bonus sharpener.

6. The next item in the Makeup Blowout Sale Group Event Profusion Surprise Box was a set of Profusion Eyeshadow quads with the cutest packaging.  One was a dark silver and the other was a rose gold.
They each had two blush colors and three contouring powders.  Each quad also had a different collection of eyeshadow colors in them.

7.   The next collection of items included a set of three Profusion Diamond Shine Lip Glosses.  It also included a Matte Eyeshadow Pallette that offers a collection of over 30 colors.
The Profusion Trendsetter Colorbook offers a collection of blushes, highlighters, some cute eyeshadow colors, and good selection lip colors.

8.  The next collection of items are two very different eyeshadow pallets.
The first was the Profusion Party Queen Pallet.  At first glance, I thought it was just a collection of 96 shiny eye shadow colors.
Once I started to play with them, I realized these were really shimmery and

worked beautifully with a moist brush.  The colors are sheer and buildable.  I really love the pinks and greens in this pallet.

 The next pallet in this collection is the Profusion Midnight Fever Pallet which has 10 pearl eyeshadows in it.  This is another great pallet.

The colors are beautiful in this one and again, you can build the intensity by using the brush dry or moist.   They also have a beautiful shimmer to them. I am particularly fond of the pinks and purples in this pallet since they blend so well together to create a variety of looks.

9.  The next item is a set of three bags of Profusion Non-Latex Cosmetic Wedges. I can never have too many of these on hand, so it was a major plus to find three bags of them in my box.

10.  The final set of items is a collection of three cosmetic bags.

I think I got an amazing value for the price of $30.  Again, not all boxes are going to be the same but if you like the Profusion line of cosmetics, then this is a fun way to build your own collection.

The dates of the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group" event vary but are usually held on a Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  They travel from town to town, so if you want to attend one then you should subscribe to their Facebook page because they constantly update their upcoming event list.  They accept cash and credit cards at this event.  The event I attended was being held  at:

The Double Tree Hotel
90 Pacifica 
Irvine, CA  9261803312

Once again, you can find more information on upcoming events and locations on the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group" Facebook page.

Disclaimer: I am not associated with the "Makeup Blowout Sale Group". I am not sponsored by them.  I just enjoyed my visit and found some great deals.  Also, I purchased everything with my own money.