October 27, 2011

Such a beautiful Fall day!!!

I'm getting a lot done on this beautiful Fall day!!! My kids have gone walnut picking with their grandma and I am elbow deep in an ottoman I bought yesterday. She's got a lot of dings, but with some paint and beautiful fabric she will be a looker soon ;)

October 18, 2011

A work in progress!!

 I couldn't sit around any longer today knowing that there was a piece of furniture out there waiting for me to come to the rescue.  I have been itching to make a mess and I decided to load my girls up in the van and go flea marketing!  My daughter, Audrey (7), was excited until she realized we were not going to Wal Mart and instead were going to the flea stores as she calls them.  After four flea markets and a ton of whining I finally found what I was looking for, a cute little wooden coffee table!  It was sturdy and only had one original coat of varnish, which is an awesome find!!!  You always want to avoid refinishing furniture that has layers upon layers of paint.  In the end you are a tired, sticky, gross mess after using the chemical stripper and the furniture piece will still need sanded.  There are always exceptions to the rule though.....if it's awesome under all that paint then you just have to go for it!

Here she is in all her chipped up glory!!

I sanded for about an hour, but wasn't too picky since I'm going to give the table a distressed finish.

I then applied a coat of Kilz primer with a brush.

I'm going to let this dry over night and tackle it again in the morning.

It has taken me a few days to finish this little table because I just couldn't decide if I wanted it to be ultra glossy white or distressed.  After painting and repainting it a few times I finally settled on distressed because it has several gouges and blemishes.  The distressed finish made the imperfections look good ;)

When distressing furniture with several colors underneath the piece always looks HORRIBLE until you put on the final coat!!  Don't lose heart and abandon the project!  I applied a layer of yellow over the green in some areas, but forgot to take a picture while at it's worst!

After a good sanding and a layer of bright white spray paint I sanded this little thing like crazy to show all those layers of paint.  When it was exactly how I wanted it I brushed all the dust away and gave the entire table a good coat of clear to give it a nice shine :)

I used my Cricut to cut the "Love" out of removable vinyl and made this project complete!!

I truly love this table!!!!

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about my GIVEAWAY I posted about HERE!!!!  I can't wait to giveaway one of my mini bookpage wreaths!!