Friday, May 31, 2013

That's What Bloggers Do-Memorial Day Table Setting

We recently purchased a new outside dining set. Recently as in last Saturday. We were planning a cookout on Monday & I knew we would have to use the umbrella so that ruined the table setting idea I had. What was I to do? I really wanted to have a super cute table setting to show off my new table set. How boring would it be to take pictures of a brown table & chairs on my other shade of brown deck? So I came up with the idea to set the table on Saturday night for our family dinner. Not that we actually used the table set up as it was but it made for some cute pictures! As my husband was cooking hamburgers on our new Big Green Egg I ran around collecting cute stuff to set the table. My husband stood there watching me amused. So I finally said, "this is what bloggers do". Huh? This is what they do, they set up a cute table setting just to show off their new table & chairs. Come on, you guys know what I am talking about, you have done the same thing, haven't you?


The chaise lounges I purchased from Ballard's outlet back in March.  I waited until the pollen was gone before taking them out of the box.

My husband thought I should take a picture of the burgers.  And yes, I did just watermark a picture of hamburgers. ;)

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Alaskan Tundra Green

I saw this dresser listed on Craig's list on Friday.  I took a chance & emailed the seller, "if you still have this dresser on Monday I would love to have it".  I knew it would be gone, it was a great price & not too far from me.  I would have gotten it that day but it was late afternoon & I try not to do any "work" on the weekends.  That is our family time.  I try to keep all my errands & furniture wrangling to weekdays only.  

I got an email back from the seller showing me close up pictures of the sides where the veneer was missing.  "No problem" I sent back, I can deal with that!  

I get another email on Sunday from the seller, "what time are you planning on coming?  I have a guy interested but I am trying to fight him off waiting on you."  What, he has been waiting on me?  Awesome!  I will be there as soon as I put my daughter on the bus!!  

When I pulled up it was sitting on the front porch.  Don't you love that?  You never know what is going to happen on Craig's list.  When I don't have to go into someone's home it really makes me happy!  It was bigger than I expected, I was thrilled!  We loaded it up & off I went.  This was one of those rare pieces that I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I had to remove the veneer from both sides.  It was super easy!  Most of it peeled off but I did have to use the iron & a wet t-shirt to remove some of the stubborn parts.  

CeCe Caldwell's Alaskan Tundra Green with light aging cream.  Perfect for this dresser!  

I loved the look of the wood & the top was in pretty good shape so I just sanded & stained.

Lots of distressing on this one.  Even thought it will take longer for it to sell, this is my favorite finish.   Sometimes you just have to do what you love & know that eventually the right buyer will come along.

I took these pictures in the guest bedroom in the basement that I am still working on.  As I was taking this picture I was thinking how good it wood look with the bedding.  It pulls the green out.  Too bad I had just finished this chest for the room.  I will be sad when this one leaves but for now it is happy in my basement!

Measures 41"W x 38"H x 20"D.  $325

Thanks to Lauren @West Furniture Revival  & Maryann @ Power of Paint for featuring this piece!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Surfboard: A Bed Turned Bench

I saw this bed at my local Goodwill & practically pushed over an old man to get to it!  I had already made 2 twin headboards into a bench & had been looking for another bed to make into one.  Building is addicting!  I knew once I had this bed safely tucked into the back of my truck that I was going to paint it with American Paint Company Surfboard.

Before, boring, dated bed.   (No the footboard isn't already cut that would mean I forgot to take a before picture & I never do that)

Here is the footboard cut in half to make the sides, I cut it with a skill saw.  Super easy!

I used my Kreg jig to make pocket holes so I could join the sides to the back.

This is what the holes look like, little pockets.

Sides & back joined together.  I made 4 pocket holes on each side. 

The color I was inspired to use, American Paint Company, Surfboard

Closer look, soft gorgeous turquoise blue.

All put together with 2 x 4s along the front & back to support the seat.  Paint is still drying but only used one coat.

This one board was cut at both ends so I had to touch it up with my favorite mix of stain.  Sunbleached & Dark Walnut.  It's the closet match to weathered gray that I can find.

Pretty close match, could have used a little more Dark Walnut but I was too lazy!

After loading the pictures onto my computer I realized I should have put a big burlap pillow in one corner but couldn't convince my husband to help me drag it back outside :)  
Let me know if you have any questions about building your own bench, I did this one all by myself!  My husband only helped to move it outside for pictures.

Bench is available, measures 42"W x 38"H x 23 1/2"D.  Seat measures 38"W x 20 1/2"D.  Will hold 2 adults comfortably.  $225

(No old men were hurt in the purchase or making of this bench)

Embracing Change

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Smoky Mountain Gray - Have you tried it yet?

Smoky Mountain Gray, this color is...magical!  It truly is an amazing, gorgeous color.  What makes it so magical, you ask?  When you paint with it, it will decide what color it is going to be!  Sometimes it is  a beautiful blue/green and others it is a blue/gray.  It is truly magical!
I first used it on my paint display & mixed it with Vermont Slate & Vintage White.

When I decided to keep this drop leaf table (until I find something else I love!) I knew I wanted to use Smoky Mountain again.   I purchased this table from a lady who told me it had been her grandmother's & she was so happy I was going to refinish it.  I am sure if she knew I was painting it she wouldn't have been too thrilled!

I stripped & sanded the top then put on some wood conditioner.

striped & sanded

My favorite wood conditioner

After wood conditioner.

I used a new stain from Behr that I picked up on clearance at Lowes.  It was different from anything I had used before.

It is thick & I didn't feel like it absorbed into the wood.  I put on 2 coats of stain, this was dark walnut but the end result looks very red.   I sealed it with 3 coats of Wipe on Poly.

 For the bottom, I brushed on Smoky Mountain mixed with a little water.  Then I added a little Vermont Slate to what was left but it was a little too dark so I added Vintage White & more Smoky Mountain.  I didn't stir it together completely but just kinda swirled it together so I would get some color variation.
I am still looking for a foot to match the others but its for me so I haven't been in a hurry.  You know how that goes, the shoemaker's kids have no shoes :)