Nana’s Yellow Table

It must be something about owning a yellow house.  Everything yellow seems to catch my eye.

When I found this table in my mother’s house after she passed away I thought it was too cute to throw out so I decided to take it home and show it some love.

I started by taking it completely apart and sanding it down.  Some of the dowel rods with missing in the rack so I had to purchase and cut new ones to fill in the gaps.

Then I applied 2 coats of white paint and put it back together.

 

Once the table was back together, I had to start working on the top.  There was a hole in the top where a lamp was once attached so I to seal the hole with wood filler and paint over it.

A few months ago I ran across a table online that had been tiled using old broken china.  I loved the look and set our to find the perfect pink plates to do something similar.  However, I never was able to find the right plates for the job; or to complete the look I had in my head.

While garage sale shopping with my girlfriend, I stumbled upon a set of 10 plates for $3.  I initially passed them up but finally decided I could not pass up a $3 deal… surely, I would find SOMETHING  to do with 10 daisy plates.

Eventually I got impatient and decided to forgo the pink table top and opted to use the yellow daisy plates for my little magazine table.

 

I carefully cut each piece and laid it out on my work space so the pattern would line up.  After I was sure I had enough tiles cut, I placed them on the table top to see exactly how I wanted it to look.  (please be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses)

Once I had it all laid out like I wanted it, I used tile adhesive to attach each piece to the table top.  You can do this a couple of ways:  you can spread the adhesive on the full table using a tile trowel or you and do like I did and put the adhesive on each individual piece and lay them one at a time.

The reason I chose to do it that was is because all of the pieces were different widths and shapes and it was nearly impossible to get them even.

I let the adhesive dry overnight and added non-sanded grout the next day and let that dry overnight.  The next day, I sealed the grout with grout sealer.

I had initially thought about leaving the table while but the yellow daisies seem to get lost in the white table so I decided to paint the table yellow and add a light brown glaze to bring out the golden brown tones of the daisy petals.

Finally, it was time to add a coat of poly.  I always try to use poly just to add extra durability.  The last thing you want it for your paint to chip away.

Table after

I am very happy with the way it turned out.

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The Taste of Summer

As a child, I dreaded the yearly task of working in the garden.  My parents would wake me before dark and we would make our way to the garden to harvest vegetables and remove weeds… of course, we called it, “diggin’ taters, pickin’ peas, and hoein’ grass”.

Living in Louisiana, the summer heat was (still is) brutal.  We would work until the chores were done and then head to the river to water ski and enjoy the cool water and beauty of the Ouachita River.

As the summer drug on, the chores increased to canning and preparing items for the freezer.  I would have purple thumbs for weeks from shelling peas; but come winter the taste of the fresh vegetables were well worth the hard work.

I am thankful for the teachings of childhood that have allowed for me to continue this today.

2016 was the first year in many that I have been able to grow my own garden.  I have had small ones in the past but this year, we were able to plant a nice sized garden on our own piece of earth.

Now the fun is in full swing as we harvest and can almost every single day.

This year I have canned salsa, pickles, okra, peas, beans, peppers, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes; and have enjoyed eating fresh cucumbers, squash, and cantaloupe.  NOTE:  the little buckets are my in my herb nook.

We also planted some sunflowers for the birds and are patiently waiting on our first watermelons.

Life is good!

Vanity Update!

When my husband and I moved into our home last year we were confused by the pedestal sink sitting in our bedroom.  It was set in an area all of it’s own beside the door that let to the toilet and tub.  I know immediately what I wanted to do with the space.

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Before!

I found a beautiful brass basin and fixture set at a garage sale just after we moved in but finding the perfect dresser took over a year.

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During the transformation.  I forgot to take a photo before we cut the holes.

We cut holes in the top and sanded the entire dresser to prepare for the new poly-stain and fixtures.

I applied 2 coats of poly stain and we took it into the house to start the installation.  I applied 2 more coats of poly stain and my husband made adjustments to the drawers so they would remain somewhat functional.

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Before the last 2 coats of poly stain and before I repainted the drawer pulls.

I still have to paint the drawer pulls to match and take new pictures AFTER the last 2 coats of poly but you can get a general idea of how if is going to look.

I still need to find the perfect mirror so stay tuned….

Update!

Hello all!  I realize there aren’t many out there reading my posts but I wanted to apologize for not posting more often.  I get so busy with my day-job and weekend projects that my blog tends to get behind.

If you have read my blog during the past few months, you know my mother passed away in March and that my step-daughter was in an automobile accident on Mother’s Day.

The loss of my mother continues to come in waves of explainable emotion but I am working through with the help of her sister and my wonderful husband.

As for my step-daughter, she is still recovering.  She was with a group of friends when the truck she was riding in blew through an intersection and crossed 4 lanes of traffic and was hit by and oncoming vehicle.

Her leg was broken to the point they thought she would lose her foot.  Fortunately, they were able to save her leg/foot and she is on the road to recovery.

She is in a cast and unable to apply pressure but it is just a matter of time before she is learning to walk again with the help of physical therapy.

Please continue to keep us all in your prayer as we muddle through this.

 

 

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The truck my stepdaughter was riding in during the accident.

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Grandmother’s Mantel

When I met my husband 4 years ago, he told me that he had salvaged the fireplace mantel from his grandmother’s home.  The home was scheduled to be torn down and he loved the mantle so he and his ex-wife removed the mantel and took it to their home.

My husband worked on the mantel in his spare time, striping years of paint and dust, and sanding it down to the bare wood.

When he and his ex divorced, the mantel went into storage and stayed there until we married last October.  We put the mantel in the garage until I got inspired by an episode of “Fixer Upper” and Joanna Gaines.

I decided I would measure the mantel to see if it would work as a queen headboard in our master bedroom.

It was PERFECT!

It took 4 grown men and a little stain but we got it installed and I love the look of it.

 

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It will stay here, safe and sound, until it finally makes it’s home at my stepdaughter’s home.

Ooh La La

Like many of my projects, I found this old trunk at a garage sale and knew I wanted to do something with it.  It was spray painted with an ugly gold paint over some sort of melted lettering, “Daddy’s work shoes”.

For the first few years, I stored Christmas decorations in it and just forgot about it.  Finally, I decided it was time to do something with the pitiful trunk.

The first thing I had to do was strip the horrible paint off and try to remove the melted lettering.  Initially, I thought it was hot glue but it turned out to be some kind of blue and red melted rubber that came off relatively easily with the paint thinner.

Next, I cleaned the inside.  I tore out all of the paper lining and vacuumed to remove any loose debris.

I decided to paint it an off white and try my hand at distressing.  I am not much for distressing furniture but, as you can tell from the pictures, it was already pretty distressed.

I just do not see the point in sanding and banging up perfectly good furniture to make it look old.  I am trying to come around to this new trend and try to make things others will like so I thought I would give it a shot and enhance the dings and scuffs already present.  After all, if I plan on ever making any money at this, I have to be able to set out of my comfort zone.

I sprayed one coat of primer before adding 2 coats of the off-white then lightly sanded the outside around corners and edges.

Next I broke out a stencil I had purchased and stenciled the top and front of the trunk. After the stencil dried for 24 hours I distressed a little more and added a coat of matte poly to give it a little protection.

The lining was a nice pink fabric I had on hand and I trimmed the lining with a taupe gimp to give it a more finished look and added durability.

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trunk lining

It has now found it’s temporary home in my booth at a local flea market.