Last weekend marked my third home show!
What was cool about this home show was that it was not just within a 2-hour driving distance from my home, but I got to ride along with my friend, Jodi!
The home show folks had just acquired the Richmond Home Show six weeks before and needed some presenters. They had another spot for a presenter so I asked Jodi to come and present, too. She blogs over at the Glittered Barn LLC.
When we arrived, the lights were just coming back on after a power outage.
My first thought was, “Oh no! We drove all this way for nothing!”
But thankfully, the lights had come back on and they were soon going to open the doors back up to allow home show attendees to come back inside.
Oh, and here was something else that was a very different than other home shows: this time I had my three boys with me!
At ages 10, 6, and 4, I was worried they’d be a handful, but if you remember me dragging them along to furniture painting classes, they proved to good travelers.
As long as they have their electronics, they’re golden. 🙂
Plus, the home show folks were awesome with ordering them pizza and keeping an eye on them while Jodi and I were on the Inspiration Stage!
Wasn’t that sweet of them? It really makes being a working mom so much easier.
Let the Challenges Begin!
I was supposed to kick off my presentation on the Inspiration stage at 1 p.m., but we ran into a bunch of technical difficulties that were surprising, including not having cords to connect my computer, no televisions monitors, no lapel microphone, or even a “clicker” for my presentation.
That was disappointing, I have to admit.
Even with the technical limitations, we still did great on stage!
I added something new to my presentation this time, too.
You know how I love Beyond Paint?
If you’re new to this blog, you may not have seen a recent project, the French Provincial dresser makeover with Beyond Paint.
I’ve used it on several projects and I really like how easy it is to use, especially when you need to get projects done quickly. You can use it with a roller on virtually any surface, including wood, plastic, glass, masonry, and more.
I had this little side table in my basement for the longest time. I knew it would be the perfect project to paint on stage at the Richmond Home Show.
With the new Soft Gray paint and some new knobs, I knew it would be the perfect project!
At home, before leaving for the home show, I removed the old handles and filled the holes with wood filler.
I wanted to leave time for it to dry before getting to the home show.
Once I was on stage, I demonstrated how to sand down the dried wood filler so that the previous knob holes would be hidden.
With a couple coats of paint, all the ugly brown was gone!
Then I showed folks how to use the power drill to drill another hole in the middle to add a single knob.
I added two coats of Beyond Paint with a roller.
It’s been awesome working with Rustic Brands hardware at these home shows!
I always tell audience members that doing furniture makeovers and not changing the hardware is like going to a black-tie event with curlers in your hair and no makeup on. HA!
I mean, you don’t have to always change the hardware, but most times, you’ll want to change it for an updated look.
Here’s a selection of some of the knobs that Rustic Brands sends me at each home show to give away to the audience. Aren’t they fabulous??
If you’re looking for new knobs, you can save 20% off your first order when you enter TDRETAIL20 at checkout! 🙂
One of the most gratifying things is when I do RYOBI power tools demonstration and people feel inspired by the tools!
The thing they’re most impressed with is that they’re battery-powered. The 18V lithium-ion batteries work in over 70 tools.
I also like to show people how to use a jigsaw and how to change the blade.
If you’re new to DIY, I recommend a jigsaw as part of your toolbox! It’s one of the most versatile tools that cuts wood, plastic, and metal.
Highly recommend, my friend! 🙂
And one of my favorite accessories is my Kreg jig!
I take it to every home show and show people how, with just a RYOBI power drill and the Kreg jig K4 system, they can create pocket holes in order to build furniture, upcycling furniture, and much more!
My next home show will be at the Johnson County Home & Garden show October 20 – 23!
If you live in the area, I would love for you to join me!
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