Happy Monday! Hope you all had a totally fantastic weekend full of awesomeness.
Yeah, I know that was months ago. Cut me some slack.
But I finally made some real progress on finishing my coffee tables that have been disassembled and sitting in various places since February! The painting is just about done, all that remains is spraying a clear protective coat to get it nice and glossy.
I had originally tried spray-painting everything since I had luck with that technique before, but the cheapo material basically told the spray-paint to eff off and it looked like a cancerous growth. The ugliest tables ever. Manfriend dutifully sanded down a section below the topcoat to see if that would help. It did not. We had to give up on my spray-paint dreams.
Sand-acrylic paint-sand-acrylic paint-sand. Blue for the panels because why not, and white for the frames because white furniture makes me happy. I can’t wait to get these finished up and back in the apartment!
Infinite gratitude to manfriend’s parents, who let me put my crappy tables in their garage for weeks, put up with me blasting movie soundtracks while I painted, and gave me super helpful tips on how to make it turn out the way I wanted. They are the best.
So that was Saturday. I woke up early Sunday morning with aches in weird places from stooping over those tables for hours, and made my way out to the Upperville Colt and Horse Show with D’Arcy (lesson/show/real life bestie) to help the team get set up for the week!
Yes, I woke up at 7am on a Sunday to get prepped for a show I’m not even riding in.
But it was seriously so much fun! We were able to get all the stalls ready for the horses; converted one into a baller grooming stall- complete with rubber mats, shelving units, white board, and tons of hooks; created a dressing room by moving some panels around- complete with mini-fridge and a zippered door; and set up one of those fancy areas that every barn seems to do. Mulch went down, drapes went up, flowers were hung, tables and chairs and chests were places, and it looks AMAZING.
You might be able to kinda see the church pew that the rider is sitting on, and that comes from the Clairvaux Abby over in France- cool piece of history we have at the barn! The dressing room is directly next to the seating area on the right, and the grooming stall is first on the left. There were still some plants and trunks to set up, but you get the picture.
I also had the chance to perform some circus acts yesterday. The outlet for the aisle was about 20 feet in the air on one of the tent poles, and no one could reach. So they start looking around for tall and immediately look at me- I’m really not that tall! But apparently not-that-tall was still the tallest person there, so I was volunteered.
We tried putting a step ladder on top of a garbage bin. Still too short. But we did not admit defeat! We simply stacked a hay bale on top of the bin and put the step ladder on top.
I managed to climb my way up, plug in the cord, tie off the baling twine, and make it down in one piece. I was shaking like a leaf and nervous-sweating like a pig, but we have power! I posted a little clip of that adventure on my Instagram, but I’ll be sharing the full spectacle soon if you care to see me risk death.
D’Arcy and I took the scenic route back to the car after everything was set up. There were so many incredible setups under the tents- people put down paving stones, set up fences with gates, planted flowers, and I even saw a fountain. No joke, a bubbling little fountain. It’s amazing what people put into this week-long show. The showgrounds themselves are obviously stunning- big beautiful rings with trees growing right in the middle, shaded stands for spectators, food and vendor stalls everywhere, and of course GORGEOUS horses. I could’ve watched people go around their warmups all day long. I adore Addy and she is a stunningly beautiful creature, but these horses just floated over the ground.
I’m hoping to head over on Saturday or Sunday for a few hours to watch some classes and cheer on our riders! Of course I would rather go every single day to hang out at the showgrounds, but my boss put the kibosh on that pretty quickly. Heartless.
So excited to ride with D’Arcy tonight on her first day of her half-lease on Gracie. All horses, all the time. Boom.
Have you seen any amazing setups at these big rated shows? And how on earth does everyone manage to re-do furniture and make it look so easy and awesome??