Monthly Archives: May 2013

Teal for Teacher… Antique Table Refinish

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This project was a joy to work on since this beautiful antique table belongs to my oldest little guy’s favorite Pre-K teacher. She handed me a bedspread to choose the table’s color from and gave me carte blanche to refinish the piece!
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I started by repairing an inside drawer box piece, staining any bare wood & scratches to match the existing finish, and filling a hole in one of the back legs. Then I whipped up some homemade chalk paint using pigment from Behr’s Bali Bliss, a gorgeous teal that matches her bedspread. I applied one coat of chalk paint to the base and two to the top. I wanted the drawer front to have more of a distressed look to it than the rest of the piece, so I sanded it a tad in spots that would normally show wear. The drawer’s knobs were stunning, but needed a new paint job and waxing to make them stand out. I also waxed the rest of the piece using rags from an old shirt dipped in Briwax, gently distressing as I applied. When working with chalk paint you have to distress gently as the paint comes off very easily. I buffed out the wax on the base, protecting the chalk paint and creating a beautiful sheen. I then got to work on the top, gently sanding with 220 grit sandpaper & waxing, letting it dry, then buffing the top, being extremely careful not to remove any chalk paint. This creates a wonderful texture and pattern reminiscent of water, which looks amazing with blues and greens such as this table.
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I’m thrilled with how this table turned out… hope my son’s teacher enjoys her pop of color!
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Mother’s Day Memories

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Hope y’all had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I thought mine was stressful and worrisome, which is fine since being carefree isn’t what Momma’s Day is about for me. I consider holidays, birthdays, and special occasions a success as long as my little guys have a good time. It’s about the memories, the lasting impressions that will remain in my little guys’ hearts long after the fun has been had. As I look back at the photos of my beautiful family now though, I don’t see any of the stress and worry I felt at the time… I feel blessed! If I could just remember this feeling on our next holiday… to count my blessings and forget the worries! :)

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If anyone has any tips on letting go of worry, please feel free to share!

Garage Sale Antique Bench Reupholster

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Hi there! Check out this antique bench I found at a garage sale! All it needed was a little love (and by love, I mean removal of 4 layers of dingy fabric and applying a fresh coat of wax) & some updated material in order to make it beautiful again! This piece had good bones, so it was definitely worth the time… especially since it only took an hour to reupholster & it’s new fabric was scrap from a previous dining chair refinish, making the total cost of this piece $5.33 including staples! Now my little guys have a perfect spot to put their shoes on in the morning!

The before & after of this lovely piece…

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