Friday, July 1, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Here’s a little inspiration to get you in the red, white, & blue mood!
Photo Courtesy of A Field Journal
Pottery Barn….always gets it right!
4th july PB
I LOVE these fruit candy kabobs! You might remember them from Nikolas’ 4th Birthday Party.
Photo Courtesy of Bella Grace Designs
Check out this Patriotic Wreath Tutorial at All You. This got my wheels turning…wonder if I could recreate this wreath with cupcake wrappers flattened out and pinned to a Dollar Store styrofoam wreath?
Love this idea with the strawberries! Again, did this for Nikolas’ 4th Birthday party with giant marshmallows last year.
Strawberry Tutorial at Grin and Bake It
Wishing you and your family a fun & safe holiday weekend!
As my four year old, Nikolas, would say….
“Cause Baby, Youre a Firework!!!”

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Driftwood Dining Chairs Refinished

Whew! Finally, the set is complete. I have to tell you, these chairs were not an easy task. Chairs are the worst part of refinishing because of all the small edges and corners you have to get deep down into. In the end though, I think they were well worth the wait (and all the splinters I know have in my hands)!
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Here is the set all together. I love how light furniture really makes the color in the room pop, like the blue wall behind it.
Let me know your thoughts! I love hearing from you guys!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Driftwood Dining Table

This dining table has been a true labor of love for me. After a full week of working in the garage late nights, it’s finally finished! Drum Roll Please….Ta-Da! My version of the Driftwood Finish!
Believe it or not, this is a paint technique to mimic the look of weathered wood.
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My hubby still can’t get over the fact that its PAINT on a wooden tabletop, NOT the actual wood sanded down and then left in the sun and rain for years. I actually tried sanding down the tabletop first, but after an hour of hard physical labor in the Texas heat, I started mixing paints around to find a good way to fake the timeworn look.
A Before of the table I picked up at a local thrift store. Here’s my attempt to sand off the beat up espresso finish…too messy and time consuming in the heat!
Layer upon layer of paint and glaze and I think it really looks authentic! It even feels like bare wood….you’d never know the difference!
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This table’s for sale with six matching dining chairs (should have the chairs ready by the weekend). I’m doing the chairs in the same Driftwood finish with a neutral linen upholstered seat. They have great lines to them…so I can’t wait to see the set come to completion!
I’m having a hard time letting this one go…I’d keep her, but I have a problem with switching out furniture every few months, so I’m trying to be a good girl this time! Smile
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The table measures: 78”L (with leaf)  x 54”W…the leaf is 2 ft L and makes the table round when taken out.
I’d love any feedback about this style. It’s the first time I’ve attempted something like it. Let me know your thoughts! Sometimes I feel like I’m talking to myself out here in Blogland! Smile

Here is THE TUTORIAL on how I achieved this look!

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