Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Smallish Table Gets a Makeover

 

Remember this smallish table I was given last August?  At the time, I didn’t know exactly how I wanted to finish it, so I just sanded the top and left it as is.

Since then, I’ve had a little more time to consider it.  So a couple of weekends ago I got out some paints and my trusty Purdy brush and sat down in the dining room in front of the little table.

 

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I sanded it a little, then started layering paint colors.  First I painted on the same gray as our bathroom vanity. But it was a little too dark.

 

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Next I dry brushed the white trim color over sections of it, to try to make it look a little more antique.

 

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It still wasn’t quite what I had in mind, so I took another lighter gray color and dry brushed that over the body of the table as well. 

 

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At last! I felt like it was getting closer to what I pictured. 

Finally I dry brushed smaller sections in an almond color I had in my paint stash.  It warmed it up just a little and seemed to help blend all the layers.

 

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With all these applications of paint, I had left the top unfinished.  That’s because I knew from the start of this makeover that I wanted it to be just one color – white.

 

After all that?

I’m happy. 

The layered paint gives it an older look, and the colors really make the pretty knob stand out better than before.

 

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Once I finished painting the top, I lightly distressed it, then used two coats of Johnson’s clear paste wax to seal it. 

 

Well, what do you think?

 

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Before and After

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Sharing with Miss Mustard Seed!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Pretty Tissue Poms

 

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The window seat in the little girls’ room has been one of those places where I wanted to do a little something special to make it cozy.  Often it has multitudes of stuffed animals on it.  Usually it has scads of dress up clothes strewn upon it, or dangling out of it.

It is a well-used, well-loved area of their room.

 

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At one point I thought of papering or stenciling that area.  I also considered curtains just in front of it, to give it a more secluded feel.

But then one day, a couple of months ago, I had an idea that I thought might work.  Tissue poms!

 

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They are fast, easy to make, inexpensive, and make instant impact.

So I made these three little tissue poms and hung them from the ceiling over the window seat.

 

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I love how sweet they look.

 

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And in case you have always wanted to know how to make these yourself, (like maybe my cousin Beth Ann!), here are the directions I found for them years ago at Martha Stewart. Try them yourself!  

http://www.marthastewart.com/265163/pom-poms-and-luminarias-how-to#Tissue%20and%20Crepe-Paper%20Crafts|/274329/tissue-and-crepe-paper-crafts/@center/276982/craft-tools-and-projects|265163

 

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Don’t you just want to go in and sit down underneath them?  Smile

Friday, September 26, 2014

Girl Time

 

I recently shared the story of our trip to Virginia to help my sister paint her kitchen cabinets and shared the before and after pictures.  And then I told you about the fun that Glenn and the other kids had while I was away in Virginia.  But I haven’t yet told you about how the trip blessed me through the time I had with Alix and Kate.

One of the things I most looked forward to when I thought about the trip, was the long car ride with my girls.  Alix is 16, Kate is 14, and they are wonderful companions.  We had some very meaningful conversations.  And we had comfortable quiet.

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Lately we’ve had a lot of talk around our house regarding courtship, marriage, relating to boys and girls, etc.  Since we have 4 teen children, thoughts naturally begin to head that way.  And they aren’t the only ones who think about it.  Glenn and I can’t help but think about whether our kids will marry, what kind of homes their potential spouses are being raised in, and what type of people they might be. 

So the girls and I decided to take our Biblical Courtship cd’s to listen to during the drive.  The sermons are so good!  They stimulated a lot of conversation during, as well as after we listened to them. 

But that wasn’t all we talked about!  We talked about many things, admired the beautiful scenery, enjoyed some snacks we took along.  (like peanut M&M’s and licorice)   For dinner, we stopped at a Roy Roger’s restaurant in Virginia.  Alix was thrilled.  Oh my goodness, Roy Rogers is one of her heroes!  She has watched many old episodes of his television show.  Although Kate wasn’t as excited as Alix, she was still very appreciative and raved about the biscuit she and Alix shared.  In fact, they liked the food so much they begged to stop there again on the way home the next week.  So we did.

While we were at Minda’s house in Virginia, they were a huge help.  They helped us prime and clean all the cabinet doors, and some unpainted baseboard trim, too.  They helped make many of the meals and some fun desserts.  They had a great time playing with their cousins, swimming and jumping on the trampoline, and watching a few movies.  On Saturday, they even did some household cleaning jobs for Minda while she and I were painting top coats on the cabinets.  That night at dinner, when we were sitting down to dinner, my 7 year old nephew asked the girls what they had done that day. When they told him the various things, including cleaning the bathrooms, he replied, “Did you want to?”   Ha!  They moved furniture with us, went shopping with us, and laughed with us.  There was a whole lot of laughing.

    Alix and Kate and Cousin Jordan:

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   Here are some funny pictures Kate and Cousin Cameron took of themselves:

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It was an opportunity that doesn’t often come along.  A chance to spend concentrated time with two of my girls.  For them to get to know their long-distance cousins better, as well as my sister, and vice versa.  A chance to serve others and yet have so much fun at the same time.  A chance to learn new things – and see new things, especially at the Museum of Natural History which we visited one day while we were there. 

It was a gift! 

One which the three of us will be able to look back on and feel thankful for, always.