December 18, 2010

I am waiting...

This stuff is real pretty and all, but nothing makes Christmas magic like the laughter and chatter of family and friends, watching little kids run through the house and of course those familiar smells of the food and candy that we only indulge in once a year.  The kids, grandkids, and granddog, are all on their way.
When they arrive the real magic will begin for us.

These birdhouses were my mothers.  She would set them out at Christmas time. 

This is a peak at my pencil tree.  I am happy with it.  I didn't have to move any furniture, and I can haul it up to the attic by myself.

The "Jim Shore" version of The Wise Men. These were gifted to me a couple of years ago by my children.  I really enjoy looking at them.  The story of the Savior's birth is told on the front of them.

Hopefully, the weather will be pleasant enough for a little porch time.

Merry Christmas!

December 9, 2010

Still cleaning out the hopper

You may remember this sneak peak a few months ago

After some spray paint magic!  
Wa-la.. my new retro end table that I picked up at the Salvation Army store.  I am not sure about describing something as new and retro in the same sentence, but it is new to me, and so 60's. 
First I sprayed the table with Rust-oleum Golden Rod satin finish.  Then I sanded the top just enough to get the shine off the old finish.  I applied two coats of minwax dark walnut stain.  Then added two coats of polycrylic on the top only.  The directions suggest three coats, but two seemed good enough for me.  I also used RL glaze to cover my spray painting imperfections and to give this a little more interest.   I think this is a pretty and functional piece of furniture.  The drawer is spacious too.
I like these long legs, and how airy the table is underneath, compared to what I had before.  The pulls are painted black glossy, but I may paint them again with my Sophisticated Finish, Blackened Bronze Metallic paint.  I think that would look so pretty with the dark top and I love the bronzy finish.   This golden nugget blends in with the rest of the decor over here...sorry no pictures to prove it.  So just come on over and see for yourself.  We can have some hot chocolate and talk about spray painting something at your house.

December 5, 2010

Remember this hoopty in the hopper?

My $19.99 mid-century find at Salvation Army.  I know some of you may have thought even that was too much to pay.
Here she is now... living the good life again.  Rather than take you through a long, and probably confusing tutorial, I will just show you the goods.  If you really want to know what we did, come on over and we, yes the both of us, will walk you though the process.
She is a cute accent chair, and has a real nice sitter.  Come on over and try her out!

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