Apr 24, 2012

Fun Blue Table

I bought this table at the end of last summer.  You can read about all the other amazing things I scored here.  It was painted a bright, mustardy yellow. 

 Now, I now some people would totally have loved the colour, and the paint wasn't all that bad, either.  However, I knew that underneath all that paint was a lovely solid oak table.  I originally wanted to strip it down to the original wood.  I have a beautiful antique oak secretary desk that we use for our laptop and I was thinking this table would look nice sitting beside it holding the printer.  However, after spending several afternoons and not even having half of the top stripped, I decided it would be next to impossible to get all the paint out of the grain.  I have stripped quarter sawn oak sucessfully in the past , so I'm not exactly sure what went wrong with this table. 

So, I eventually just gave the table a good sanding and painted it this fun shade of turquoisey/blue. 

I am a little disapointed that I didn't finish out my original plan, but I really do love it in this colour.  It's so bright and cheerful looking. 

I love the fun details of it:  The spool like legs and the unique shape of the shelf...

I distressed it just a little bit to give it a bit of a lived in look, and to let the yellow peek through a tad.

 Right now it's holding my printer... but I don't think it's the perfect table for the space after all.  That's the great thing about redoing furniture, though...  You can always be switching things up! 

Apr 17, 2012

A Simply Chic White Table

When I originally bought this table, I didn't really intend to paint it.  It had been refinished and was in decent shape... or so I thought.  It was in the basement of the person's home that I purchased it from and the lighting was a little dim, so I didn't notice the big gouge out of the top.  The finish was FULL of bubbles, like they had shaken the poly can before applying it, and hadn't bothered to sand them out between coats, either. 

So, this table received a little wood filler lovin', and a nice big sanding to smooth out all those bubbles.  I have painted a lot of these types of legs lately, and I am seriously considering purchasing a paint sprayer.  Any suggestion on the best kind to buy?


I am happy with the simplicity of this table.  Just some white paint and some light distressing, really brightened it up. 

I own a half-moon table that would actually match nicely with this piece.  It originally belonged to my great-grandparents, though, and I know my mom would kill me if I painted it!

I have a couple more projects to share with you soon!

Apr 16, 2012

Muslin Rag Wreath

Muslin is one of my favorite materials. And because I use it a lot, I have a lot of scraps.  I took this Christmas wreath that I used in a vignette on my porch over the holidays (actually it was out until March...but that's besides the point.)

I unwound all the fake greenery tinsel and was left with a plastic frame to which I tied on pieces of muslin.  I mixed in a few light coloured prints, too, that were quilting scraps. 

It was a little time consuming, but I have lots of patience.

I added some burlap flowers to embellish it.  The white flower I had on hand already,  but it was purchased from the dollar store. 

I had fun making this script ribbon out of torn muslin.  In fact, I had so much fun making it and liked how it turned out so much, that I decided to add it to my Etsy shop. 

It's now hanging on my front door, and I love it!

I have two small tables that I finished over the weekend to share soon... I'm just waiting for a sunny morning to take the pictures! 

I picked up an oval coffee table today, and have already started on it... and I have a couple chairs to tackle soon, too.  My husband has been on my case to clean out our shed!

This wreath is now available in my etsy shop here!

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Versatile Blogger Award

Last week, Heather from Setting for Four awarded me with the Versatile Blogger award.  Thanks Heather!

Here are the RULES for the Versatile Blogger Award-

1. Add the award to your blog.
2. Thank the blogger who gave it to you.
3. Mention seven random things about yourself. (see below)
4. List the rules.
5. Award to 10 bloggers.
6. Inform each of those 10 by leaving a comment on their blog.

So, 7 random things about myself:

1. I'm short... barely reach 5'2".
2. I love quilting, but since I've started redoing furniture, I haven't had as much time for it :(
3. I have 2 younger brothers. 
4. My favorite colour to wear is pink.
5. I am a Christian.
6. I have a history degree from Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. 
7. I love playing piano. 

And here are the ten blogs I am passing it on to: (In alphabetical order)
1. Bella Nest
2. Bringing Beauty
3. Cottage Living- From Beach to Burbs
4. Emily's Upcycled Furniture
5. Girl in Pink
6. Homespun Happenings
7. I Restore Stuff
8. Queen of Chairs
9. Sweet Ava Kate
10. Three Mango Seeds