Will I ever get tired of red? I don't think so. (Remember this other chest?) I neglected to take a picture of this chest of drawers before I painted it, but it was dark blue and VERY beat-up! I used my free sample pot of paint from Valspar (Heirloom Red) and repainted....
I didn't even begin to try to sand down or cover up the dings, scratches, and nicks that come about over time. Instead, I glazed it all with black paint, and then....magically...the once-upon-a-time "defects" just add character!
I didn't even use craft paint for glazing this time....because I couldn't find it! (Hazards of a home with six children.) Instead I just used some watered down flat-black paint. It worked just great. As you may remember from my side table project, I am all about using what's on hand!
I picked up this little side table at Deseret Industries a couple of weeks ago. It is solid wood, but the details on the front and back are what really caught my eye.
I put my right-hand-boy to work sanding the top down to bare wood. I like my children to be useful as well as ornamental!
I pulled out the spray paint for this project...it was just handier. The bottom got coated in Rustoleum's Heirloom White. The top got multiple coats of stain and sealer...first I used Minwax English Chestnut, because although I wanted a darker top, I think walnut on pine wood goes kind of....flat. It's just bleeaaaahhhh! But if I use the English Chestnut first, it seems to warm up the color a little...then I put on a coat of walnut stain. For good measure, I then sealed it with Minwax Polyshades, also in Antique Walnut. It's still not my most-favorite product, but it has its uses, like on this table.
So it's better, right? But obviously it needs a little sumpin' to make those details pop...
...So I glazed it with the Polyshades. Never tried that before, but it worked great!
Look at me now!
Love how the top turned out!
I think it looks very Pottery-Barn-esque...what do you think?
Someone posted a link to this Quick & Easy No-Hem Skirt a while back...and I knew I had to make some. I love looking at pretty fabrics, but I don't have the $60+++ to spend on a quilt! I figured this was a good way to get my "cute fabric fix" without breaking the bank!
Shopping at Hobby Lobby, I have been able to make two skirts for about $8. Can't beat that! These are the second set I have made, and I got a little creative and added the tulle ruffle at the bottom.
Here's my cute 3-year-old. She would wear skirts every day if she could!
She tells us her skirt is "dirty"--because it has cupcakes on it! Gotta love a toddler's sense of humor.
Yes, I know she's wearing shoes that don't fit. She calls them her "ballet shoes."
My 7-year-old also got a skirt. I saw a lady in the check-out line carrying this black owl fabric, and although I hadn't planned on shopping for fabric that day, my feet inexplicably led me in that direction...
Are you noticing my "whoops" yet? Well, I thought the owls were in a random, all-over type pattern.
See it now?
Yep. The owls are all upside-down! Gah! Well, at least they're right-side up to my little girl when she sits down!
Yes, I could take it all apart and try again...but that seems to be too much work for a $4 skirt!
I picked up this little coffee table at Deseret Industries this week. It didn't look too good, which explains why I got it for $10.
I have a friend who was looking for a bench for Touch of Class Photography, so I snatched it up (he does amazing work if you happen to need a photographer in northern Utah).
But this is a coffee table, not a bench. Meh. No biggee. This particular table has iron legs (see?), which seem rather bench-ish, and it's higher than a normal coffee table. And it was $10. It'll work.
The top was good solid oak under the horrible finish.
I applied two coats of Minwax Antique Walnut Stain, and two coats of hand-rubbed polyurethane.
Still looks like a coffee table to YOU? Well, probably, since it's in the middle of my living room!
I guess I should have let my children sit on it after all...