August 3, 2012

Small Grey Table

I am so appreciative to those who have supported me through this new journey. It's been so much fun, and so rewarding. I have had several people offer me advice or even give me old furniture for free to help me achieve my new dream. I cant say thank you enough to everyone.

This little table was given to me by a wonderful couple (thanks again!). It was in great condition and very well built, but it was ready for a makeover.

Instead of having a color in mind I waited until a color came to me. As I browsed the mistake pile at Home Depot I found a sample size of an unknown darker grey. The little dot on top looked nice and it was only $.50 so why not?  As soon as I mixed up my chalk paint, and started to paint it on I knew I was in love!

The cement grey color and chalk paint texture gives it a really cool industrial feel. I absolutely love that the wood grain shows through the paint, and the distressing turned out very natural looking. Something you cant tell by the picture is how soft it is! That is one bonus of using chalk paint, is you can sand it down to baby bottom smooth then the furniture wax keeps it that way.

So here is the before and after.



Luggage and Plant Stand

Luggage and Plant Stand... Both stands, both totally different shapes, and totally different styles, but both were smaller projects so they will both be featured together today. :)

 The luggage stand was given to me by my mom. It was the typical dated luggage stand with the ugly old fashioned upholstery ribbon and scratched up wood.

After many failures and even more lessons learned I transformed it into this...

I still swoon when I see that burlap ribbon.

The before and after:



Now on to the plant stand. When I saw it in an old antique store it was a little rickety, but I bought it anyway. When I got home Ryan instantly told me, "You should just throw this thing away." Oh ye of little faith! After I cleaned it up I realized the screws were a bit loose (on the table not me) and once they were tightened the table was sturdy as ever!

A friend of mine, and one of my new favorite antique shopping buddies, told me that I should try doing something cheery and someone was bound to buy it. I was hesitant at first (I'm more of a white and grey kinda girl) but I just so happened to have some yellow paint on hand so why not give it a try?

Now I think it is so much fun! Of course I had to add a little of my own personality with the distressing but it was so neat to step out of my comfort zone and try something new.
So here is the before and after on this sunny number...



When was the last time you tried something new?