Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Antique Drop Leaf Table

O.K. Here's a little background... My love for painting furniture and upcycling discarded treasures began with my mother-in-law, Tee Andrew. She passed away in October of 2009 of breast cancer. She was an AMAZING artist and maker. She was driven by a desire to make things beautiful. Some day I want to do a post on her and my father-in-laws home. It will amaze you. But, this is a table that Tee gave to us. It was one of her garage sale finds. She painted it, and had it in her home for years. And as she was always collecting new (old) things, and she changed the rooms of her home around on what seemed to be a weekly basis, this table found it's new home with us. Years went by...The top was beginning to show some wear, and paint was peeling and chipping off in places. So Mark suggested that I sand the top and stain it...

Just look at those legs! Beautiful!

I was too lazy to sand the bottom of the table top, so it remains creamy white. But isn't the top gorgeous!

I'm sorry if it sounds like I want to make out with my furniture... I just love it... what can I say?

This one is definately a keeper. We're too attached...

Linking to:
Miss Mustard Seed

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and a Happy Trestle Desk!

I've really been trying to do LESS this year for Christmas. It's so easy for me to get caught up in the shopping, the gifts, the decorating.... and especially with my new addiction to pinterest - I'm overloaded with ideas of things to do and make...and I want to do them ALL! That's why the Christmas message from Dieter F. Uchtdorf hit me especially hard this Christmas season, and I decided to do LESS. Here is my favorite part....

"The more commercialized and busy the Christmas season becomes, the easier it is for the sublime message of the Savior’s life to get lost along the way. If we notice that planning for parties and scrambling for presents begins to detract from the peaceable message of Jesus Christ and distances us from the gospel He preached, let us take a step back, slow down a little, and reconsider what matters most.

Christmas is a time for remembering the Son of God and renewing our determination to take upon us His name. It is a time to reassess our lives and examine our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Let this be a time of remembrance, of gratitude, and a time of forgiveness. Let it be a time to ponder the Atonement of Jesus Christ and its meaning for each of us personally. Let it especially be a time of renewal and recommitment to live by the word of God and to obey His commandments. By doing this, we honor Him far more than we ever could with lights, gifts, or parties."

I love that.

Aaaaand, I painted a desk.

This is an awesome Kling Colonial Trestle Desk that I bought YEARS ago, always intending to paint it. Here is the "before" photo...

And here is the "after."

I always thought it would be fun in RED, lightly distressed and glazed. I stained the wedges that go into the tennons of the trestle legs. They are one of my favorite things about the desk, and I wanted them to stand out.

I lined the drawers with fabric, and I gave the hardware coats of primer and oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.

And it's done just in time for Christmas! I don't know about the rest of the world, but here in Idaho, we could use some snow! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!