Weekend finds

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We had another crazy-busy Saturday here, which including roofing, painting & then a little more painting & a little more roofing.  Both projects are coming along nicely, they just always seem to take much longer than anticipated.  I’d say I’ve got one more day of painting in the hallway/stairway to finish things up there.  Who new painting all those spindles on the stairway banister could be so much fun?!;)  {In case you don’t know me well, that’s complete sarcasm.  As much as I love to paint, trim work is a little too tedious for my liking.}

Caleb’s about 2/3 of the way done on the roof, so maybe by next weekend {depending on weather & schedules}, he’ll have things wrapped up on the house portion of the shingling.  It’s looking like the garage portion may have to wait until Fall, after my garden is done, because it runs all along the West side of the garage & there’s really no way to tear off the old shingles without damaging things there.  Oh well, I’m sure we can find another project to occupy us in the meantime.

In between feeding the boys on the roof {we had a couple helpers Saturday, SUCH a blessing} & running to every hardware/building supply store in town looking for a hard-to-find box of staples, I managed to escape for about 15 minutes to check out the garage sales around town.  {I’ve learned to be pretty quick, it’s a get-in, get-out operation for me;).}

I’d been kind of disappointed with the garage sales so far this year when it came to furniture or potential refurb projects so I was super pumped to find these fun little tables Saturday morning!

They both are a little wobbly & need some beautification, but they have good potential so I’m thrilled.  I’ll be sure to share before-and-afters of both of these when they’re refurb’d!

I’m kicking myself today when I think about a few of the pieces I walked away from Saturday, but that just has me more excited for the next round of garage sales next weekend!  I’ve got a bunch of ideas buzzing around in my head, both for pieces for our home & reselling, so stay tuned!

PS- I’m on the lookout for a local-ish shop that would work with me on displaying/selling some of my refurbished pieces.  If you have any ideas for me, I’m all ears!

A shabby chic make-over

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This week I’m busy painting trim in our never ending hallway/stairway make-over.  But, I haven’t made nearly enough progress there to show anyone yet.  So, instead, I thought I’d share a little furniture re-do I finished earlier this week.

I ran across this antique piece at an auction a few months ago, & something about it drew me in.

Aside from being on the not-so-pretty side, it was in good condition & I knew with a little TLC it could be totally sweet.

I’d been waiting for the right project to come along to try out some Annie Sloan chalk paint & wax for quite some time & this seemed like the perfect fit.

Side note- I’ve been a HUGE fan of Shaunna’s for a while now.  Her projects are so inspiring & she’s such a sweet gal.  Her blog is one of my regular reads, I highly recommend it!

I ended up going with two coats of Old White for good coverage & applied one coat of soft wax on the top surface of the chest to protect the finish.  Before waxing, I distressed the entire piece, somewhat lightly, with a sanding block for that nice, shabby chic look.

Both the paint & the wax were extremely easy to work with.  They’ve definitely moved right to the top of my list of favorite products for refinishing furniture!

Here’s what it looked like after one coat of chalk paint…

And a little closer…

Ta Da!…

I’m thrilled with how this turned out!  I really think this would be a beautiful media stand, or could be used at the end of a bed for extra storage, or under a window like above, or in an entryway as a bench!  I just have a few ideas for it I guess. :)

This one is for sale however, I just don’t have room to keep all of my projects {sad, I know:(}.  If you’re interested, let me know!