Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New (to me) Paint Finish

I had an antique dealer chasing me around Goodwill for this table. I mean, not literally chasing me. He was a really sweet older guy trying to "make sure" I really wanted the table. I did.....who wouldn't? Such great is the before:

For the finish, I was inspired by Kelli at Restore Interiors....she does amazing work! She had a similar style table that I saw here. I dry brushed three layers...a creamy white, a light gray/white (BM Silver Satin) and then a light beige. I distressed with 150 grit sandpaper and then did 2 coats of ebony stain. I am so in love with Ebony stain as a glaze....I could go on and on about it, but that might bore you. Here is the after...

I really like it and am working on three other pieces with the same finish. It's so easy and fun to do! Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to enter my giveaway below!

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The crew at my house has been SICK this week (flu, strep times) I've been away from the computer more than usual. Imagine my surprise when I noticed over 200 followers this morning. I never imagined I'd have even 50 people I am thrilled and thankful! To celebrate, let's do a giveaway! I was thinking about what to giveaway and I thought, why not a hodgepodge of stuff....stuff I have and stuff I've bought but not used. Part of the reason I love rehabbing furniture is the notion of re-using things that are still good...helping the environment. I'm not using this stuff, but I know someone would! I'll be interested to see if people think this is a good giveaway or not...if it is, I'll do it again in the future...if not, I'll come up with something else :) This picture shows everything you will get if you win the giveaway: Decorative painters tape...4 rolls (1 zig zag, 1 rick rack, 2 thin "subtle waves"), 2 brushed nickle handles (new), 4 vintage brass handles, 2 ORB cup pulls (NIB from Target), 1 minwax touch up pen in Dark Walnut (perfect for nooks and crannies when glazing!), 1 cool pillar for a candle...great patina, found at GW. 4 other pulls and a package of staples for a staple gun. Not too many rules: 1. Be a follower and let me know that you are 2. For an additional entry, let me know which item you'd be most excited about trying/using/getting The giveaway will close on Monday, April 4th @ 6p and then I'll let do the dirty work! Good luck, Peeps! ~Allison

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The One That Nearly Killed Me

I found this coffee table for $7.99 at G-Dub...that's what I call Goodwill ;). So ugly. What are those rails for? I know you can barely see the rails...of course I didn't take a great before photo...the table is in the middle with the fabric sitting on top. Solid wood with a dovetailed drawer. I knew she'd be a bench when I saw her. Great curves and very sturdy.

Here is after I pryed those rails off...still not sure what purpose they served.
I asked my father-in-law to cut me a seat...and again he went above and beyond. Perfectly measured with the perfect hardware to attach the seat once I upholstered it.

I cut foam to fit the seat and put batting over it
I painted the base an oops grayish blue that I found at HD for $1.
I then distressed the bench and glazed it with provencial stain and attached the seat.

Now, before you get the "after" pics, I must tell you that this table made me cry AND almost killed me. Getting the seat on wasn't easy...and I was pretty frustrated, hence the tears. The only way I could get the seat attached with the holes lined up, was to lay underneath this table (now bench). I would look for the light green foam so I knew the holes were lining up. Picture me in my PJ's laying under this table...screwdriver in one hand, screws in the other...sliding the seat around to match up the holes. Several pieces of dust/debris fell into my eyes while doing this...and then it happened. I thought the first screw was screwed in solid but when I let go to say "no" to my 18 month old who thought it was fun to try bouncing on my stomach while the top half of me was under the table, I opened my mouth to say "NO" and the screw FELL IN MY MOUTH. Not lying..I couldn't make this up if I tried.

Anyway, after reading that story, you all deserve some after pics. Here is the new bench>

Pillow is courtesy of a fab giveaway I won from Tammy at Type A and the pillow was made by Sommer at Designer Garden. You should check them both out!

It doesn't fit in with my bedroom, but it would be a super cute bench at the end of a bed. And yes, on the right is the dog's rear end.

So happy it's almost Friday!


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