Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Who Shot My Dresser?

I seems like I have been away forever! I have been having a fantastic week with my sister in law and her family.

She is the one who introduced me to my husband. 

She may also be the one and only person in the whole world for whom I would stand on a ladder, on a piece of plywood, on a wobbly coffee table bought at the grocery store to hang a new light fixture in her entry. While she laughed at me and my fear of heights and took pictures. True Story. I love her.

Amazingly, I managed to get some work done during their visit. I picked this dresser up from my boyfriend Craig Slist. I love the big chunky legs. 

It had definitely seen better days, but I knew there was beauty underneath all of that. I painted the body with one coat of my new favorite (haha) ASCP color, Provence. Then I gave the top two coats of Graphite. Lots of distressing and some wax later, here she is. 

My sister in law chose these knobs. How did she do? 

While I was sanding it, I noticed a strange looking round nail head (I thought) in the bottom drawer front. I decided to try and pry it out and discovered that it was a BB!!! Someone shot the dresser. Who does that?? 

I left the hole and distressed around it. That's what I call character.

It makes me giggle a little.

This lovely is headed to Lone Elm and is looking for a safe new home where it will not be shot at.

I am joining these parties:

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

From our house to yours, may the many blessings of this glorious day be with you today and throughout the year.

Sweet memories of small people and sticky fingers

Memories of new love, refined by years

Love abundant. Joy unspeakable. Peace beyond measure.

From our home to yours.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Frenchy Bench

I got this table thingy when I picked up my Frenchy Hutch seen here. I wasn't quite sure what it was! Not tall enough to be a buffet, not quite a coffee table. The lady I bought the hutch from gave it to me, she said that it sort of matched the hutch. I don't think she knew what it was either!

But FREE is my love language, so I didn't say no.

I decided it should be a bench. 

I trimmed off the bottom inch of the legs and gave it a base coat of ASCP in Primer Red. I didn't paint the top because it was going to be covered.

 Primer Red starts out frighteningly pink!

Next, I painted it Graphite as the top coat. When it was dry, I lightly spritzed it with water and wiped off a little of the Graphite to expose the Primer Red underneath. This method of distressing shows the base color and not the wood. A light sanding and then dark wax before clear to darken it. 

The top screwed off inside and I trimmed some memory foam to fit. Then I covered it with batting and fabric then stapled  it to the underside where it would be hidden inside the bench. I buy my memory foam as mattresses from a discount outlet. I call it the Crap Store. They have all kinds of ridiculousness there. I feel right at home.

It is sitting with a chalkboard coat rack that was made out of a broken footboard. I wish I had the right place for this combo. It sure was purty :-)
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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Eclipse? What eclipse?

So who didn't know there was an eclipse this morning? ME!

Who did know? My youngest! At 5am, he (who would prefer to be gently awakened each morning for school by light breezes and kitten whiskers) came skipping down the stairs. Wide awake. I actually thought he might be sleepwalking!

He was ready to see the lunar eclipse. He set his alarm clock for it. I didn't even know he knew how an alarm clock worked. Good to know.

Unfortunately, my friend Google said the eclipse would not be visible in our area until 6:45. And apparently, not even then. The trees in the yard were blocking our moon view. Lovely.

So we got in the car and drove to see the moon. And went for doughnuts in our jammies. Come to find out, the doughnut selection is much better when it is dark outside.

I can't think of a better way to start the day.
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

I Will Like This Color

I will like this color. I will like this color. I will like this color.

I am trying really hard. I love it when other people paint things this color. I can lose myself on Pinterest for hours looking at the beautiful things others create with this turquoise-ish color. Distressed, it is spectacular.

And it peels the skin off of my eyes! But I will like this color.

I skipped Black Friday shopping to pick up this dresser, it was an hour drive from my house. I thought it was a hutch. Craigslist said it was a hutch. I have an idea that I want to try out on a hutch. This is definitely a dresser with a random hutch top sitting on top of it.

So, I bought it. No way am I driving an hour away and coming home empty handed! It is a great dresser, in really nice condition. It is not, however, a hutch.

I went back and forth between a soft gray and the eye peeling Provence. Obviously, it is not soft gray.

I like the extreme distressing. And the dark and clear wax definitely tone down the color.

I added some sweet little knobs from Hobby Lobby and I like it. The rustic-ness of it appeals to me. If I had a place for it in my house, it would still be here. Maybe I do like this color.

The very best part of this loooooong Black Friday drive? I took my 13 year old with me. I love that he willingly came along for a two hour car ride with his mom while most of his friends were sleeping. That, my friends, is priceless. Pin It