Well a happy Monday to you all! For some reason, when I wrote that I heard it with an Irish accent in my head. It must be because St. Patty’s day is approaching. And it further proves that I am my mother’s daughter. For the past several years my mom had sent me a St. Patrick’s Day card sometime during the month of March. Every time there are little shamrocks drawn on the front, it’s addressed to Jennifer McDisney or the McArnesons, and there a talks of “the luck o’ the Irish” and something to do with the Blarney Stone. I don’t think she knows what that is actually. Come to think of it…. neither do I! And by the way. We’re not Irish.
Anyhoo, this has nothing to do with anything remotely Irish, but everything to do with freshening up a corner of my house. Remember this table?
I got it years ago at Goodwill and have had it in my little sunroom, where I meet potential wedding clients. I have wanted to paint it for a while, so I thought it was a perfect candidate for my chalkpaint experiment from a few weeks ago. Well since I had no intentions of leaving it tri-colored (even though Tony thought it looked cool), it was time to decide on a color.
I went with plain ol’ white and then did a little wash of grey over it, lightly distressing it.
Not only did this table need a makeover, the whole room was calling for some freshening up. This is an old photo from several years ago. I’m not sure what I was thinking with all those colors. I had a different style then, I guess. But this is the only before photo I could find of that chair. Somewhere along the way I had painted it black and recovered it, but of course I couldn’t find a photo of that iteration.
I decided to go white and recover it with a nice grey linen fabric. PS- don’t look too close at my “reuphoulstering” job. It is much harder to do on something round than a square chair cushion! And this fabric was rather unforgiving.
And speaking of “pro” jobs….. have you ever tried to paint a piece of furniture and it didn’t turn out exactly as planned? Well let me make you feel better by telling you…. ME TOO!!! You would think I would learn. I know that you really need to prep the surface before you paint it. Sand it. Maybe primer it. So why I sometimes feel like that rule doesn’t apply to me, I don’t know. So I sprayed it white. There was a little drip that I went to sand off and a big chunk of paint just scraped right off. That’s what happens when you don’t prep! Learn from my mistakes people! So I sanded the paint off and tried again.
This time I thought I would just forgo the sprayer (ie. I didn’t feel like cleaning it up), so I thought I would brush it. Turns out my brush skills that day left something to be desired and the brush strokes were terrible! Do I sand it again and repaint it. Nah! Go with the brush strokes! I decided to rub some dark paste wax on it to really bring the brush strokes out. Like I meant to do that. I did…. riiiiiight!
I painted the walls a light grey (leftover from the livingroom) and changed out some of my photos. I also decided I wanted a shelf behind the couch, so I found a piece of wood in the garage, cut it to size and gave it a light sanding. Bought some simple bracketsfrom Home Depot and slapped that thing up on the wall… with help from the hubster. It probably took us an hour to cut sand and install the shelf. And I love how it turned out!
Go forth and be crafty!