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Project # 4: The vanity bench

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Here is the last project for the girls room.

My parents bought me a vanity bench at a garage sale. I never got around to recovering it, and since my vanity was becoming Mark's desk (my old bathroom was a shoe box. Our new bathroom actually has space for my stuff.), I didn't have a place for it.

Then I decided to make the girls a desk. Now they needed a place to sit. The vanity bench seemed like the best answer.


The vanity after I removed the seat.

1) Cleaned the bench (Murphy's Oil Soap and Liquid Gold)
2) Taped off the areas I didn't want to stain
3) Sand off the old finish 4) Wipe off the dust 5) Apply stain


6) Wipe off access stain (Note: I probably should have put wood conditioner on this before staining it. I know this now) 7) Let dry over night 8) Spray with gloss finish and let dry over night.


9) Pick out fabric for bench.  10) Use a staple gun to attach the fabric to the seat

11) Re-attach the seat to the bench. This can be tricky to do on your own. Please note…

Mom's Stroganoff recipe

Here is the recipe *with* the substitution for the cheesy stroganoff packet.

1 Season Packet from Hamburger Helper Stroganoff
1 Cheese packet from the cheap Mac and Cheese
1/2 cup Minced Onion
1 Tbsp Fat (yes...fat that is what she wrote down. butter also works)
1 lb ground beef
2 Tbsp All purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3 4 oz cans of mushroom pieces (I only used 2 because Mark isn't a mushroom fan)
1 10 1/2 oz can of cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz container of sour cream
1 cup milk
1 pkg egg noodles
1/8 tsp pepper


Cook the onion and fat (or butter) in a large skillet until the onions are soft.Add ground beef and brownAdd mushrooms, flour, salt and pepper. Mix wellCook uncovered for 5 minutes.Add cream of chicken soup. Stir into meat mixture thoroughly.Reduce heat to simmer.Cook covered for 10  minutesMix in milk, sour cream, the cheese packet, and the seasoning packet. Heat thoroughlyServe over cooked egg noodles Serves 6

A Song to Think About

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I heard this on Pandora and I loved it.