Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Ahhh the lightness of spring.
It's my second favorite season of the year. (first has always been and will always be summer).
And seeing as it is spring, my thoughts and colours seem to lighten up considerably.
Do you find yourself doing the same thing? For Fall and Winter, I tend to naturally lean towards darker clothes and darker, warmer colours for the inside of my house.
But now I feel like opening the windows wide and letting all that wonderful natural sun light in, along with bright bright colours.
And because that seems to be the mood I'm in lately, I finished my wonderful wardrobe in light airy colours.
This is the final piece I picked up when I picked up the Teal Beauties
and the Dresser turned Credenza
I just realized right now that I seem to have worked my way up from the smallest in this set to the largest. Hmmmm wonder if I was afraid of the size? na, I have no fear (cough cough)
Oh well. Maybe I just left this last one till it warmed up enough that I no longer needed to haul it downstairs and I could work on it in my garage. That is the truth, I swear!
This beast is so heavy my son and husband just looked at me like I had lost my mind if I thought for one second that they would kill themselves hauling it downstairs.
But now it's warm enough and I'm happy to share my pictures with you.
I painted the outside a very light cream and contrasted the inside with a wonderful can of oops yellow. I know there are those of you out there that know the names of every single colour out there. Sorry I don't have a better description of this colour.
I tried a new chalk paint recipe and I am "in love" Seriously, I'm going to have to share this one with you when I get home again (I'm at work). This is probably the best chalk paint so far, and the explanation given as to why it is so wonderful just seemed to make sense to me.
After some slight distressing and sealing of the whole unit with my favorite sealant I sprayed the original handles again in this great black paint that actually looks and feels like "powder-coating"
I was able to put it all together again.
Sadly I could not even attempt to move it either indoors or out onto the driveway for much "cooler" pics.
I really hope this one finds it's forever home very soon. I have so many other projects on the list to get done and my booth is looking sparse. Need to fill that up as well.
Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone :)
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Another week has passed. What a busy week this has been.
I finally managed to get my antique oak table and chairs finished.
Remember the before pics?
You can read all about it HERE
Now this table and chairs is destined to not be sold!
I so wanted to keep it. Sadly I don't have extra kitchens hanging around to place it in...BUT I do have a son that will be moving out on his own in a month!
So my dear son (and his g/f)
My gift to you. :)
These chairs were a score from a yard sale last summer. I picked up all 6 of them for $1 each!!
They are from the Cochrane chair company. Yes I did the research on them. And according to the labels found on them, they were made somewhere between 1877 and 1899.
Of course they had to be reupholstered. Not a big deal since I now have my handy little electric stapler. But very time consuming when I had to take all the old stuff off and get all those nasty little nails out before redoing it all.
The chairs were sanded down, primed and given a fresh coat of paint, then distressed to bring out the natural wear and tear these chairs have received over the years.
Didn't the table top turn out lovely?
Didn't it all turn out lovely? I had to take pics in the garage because at that time it was raining. I had every intention of taking the whole set outside and taking lovely pics on the grass...but sadly that just didn't work out :(
Notice I forgot (again) to bring my extra wheels along to the cottage.
No big deal. This set isn't being sold here and I still have time to get those wheels on before it goes to its forever home.
Ohhh before I forget. I wanted to share with you the lovely flower that are in full bloom here at the cottage.
Monday, 19 March 2012
It's been a very busy day here today. I've been doing a ton of running around. My son is getting married this September..and since I'm the mother of the groom, I'm not doing a lot of the planning of the wedding.
Sooooo I am doing what I can to help make their house their home!
That includes renovations!
And since I've done a LOT of that. Surprise surprise..my talents extend well beyond redoing furniture.
We have been picking out tile for the basement bathroom and the kitchen. We aren't ripping the kitchen out..we are redoing it :)
I walked into the restore today and found these! Aren't they amazing?
So called my son and his fiance and we figured out what we needed of what to do the counters and backsplash.
Then because this was such a good deal..my husband and I figured out how much we would need to do the bathrooms at the cottage.
oh YES, we are all very happy now.
Ohhh but the work ahead of us.
So now all the planning has begun in earnest.
And I picked up lights today as well for the upstairs bathroom at the cottage.
So my day did not include any "real" work for me.
But I can share a couple of pics of one of my bigger projects I mentioned yesterday.
This wonderful antique table.
This is an antique solid oak table that had seen better days.
Upside down legs..stripped down to bare wood. Top was done as well.
Pretty isn't it?
I of course stained it dark walnut.
Then painted the legs and skirting.
For some reason two of the wheels were missing. Thankfully I have more in my "stash"
I absolutely love how the paint brings out the details!
Don't you just love how a dark stain brings the wood to life? I know I do :)
I've gotten the legs back on, but since my "stash" is at home, not the cottage..the wheels will have to wait till next weekend. Along with a final coat of varnish. Then I get to move onto the chairs...all 6 matching chairs.
I'm so excited to see this one done. Makes me wish I had a few more kitchens of my own to put this in.
So do you like? I know I do. :)
Sunday, 18 March 2012
I don't know about where you are, but here in Southern Ontario it's SPRING!
We've had some absolutely fantastic weather. I spent the whole day outside yesterday. I can't remember the last time I did that.
I know to those of you in the south, this doesn't seem like much. But oh my..for this early in the season this is amazing!
I even managed to get out into our veggie garden and pull weeds. I know, I know, not overly exciting, but I love getting my fingers into the soil and feeling the promise of things to come.
I was also able to get into the garage (at the cottage) and work on some things I've managed to pick up over the last week and work on some things that have been sitting here since last year.
First I picked up this little table last year and was able to finally get it finished.
This makes me think of violins playing, I don't know why, it just does :)
I love the aged look of the music and the french provincial look of the legs. It just seems so perfect to me.
Look closely. Do you see the tiny tiny flowers there? SPRING I tell you.:)
I'm so pleased with the way this turned out.
Then this week I also picked up this table.
Not overly exciting but ohhhh so cute.
It needed some updating though.
And since I was in a beaching frame of mind.
I decided to do this.
I tried to give it a really aged look.
A "B" for beach, and the line reminded me of towels. I know it's a bit of a stretch, but it seemed right to me at the time..lol
The double circles are a nice touch I think.
So do you like?
Picture this out on your deck holding your favorite book on that sweet shelf and a nice cold glass if lemonade.
I also worked on a table that has 6 matching chairs...but I'll leave that till next week when I can get back to the cottage to finish it.
Ohhh I have a ton of door and drawer fronts I picked up...but again, will wait till I'm done those to show pics.
I hope you are all doing well and getting out and enjoying this amazing early spring.
I know I am. :)