Farmhouse Dining Table

George has an awesome gift: he can look at a photo (“I want it to look just like this”) and in turn, build whatever piece of furniture requested.  This gift came in handy as we helped our son-in-law and daughter paint and decorate their first new home these past few weeks. The one thing our daughter requested was for her dad to build a keepsake farmhouse dining table. 

The table was built from supplies left over from my craft table project, in addition to four traditional maple wood turned legs from Lowe’s and a lot of braces.  🙂  

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Brianne and I painted the apron and legs a white chalk paint wash. Later, she applied Minwax Red Mahogany stain and a satin Minwax clear coat to the top.

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Wouldn’t this table look great paired with these half painted chairs? 😉

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Old Lucketts Store

George and I traveled to northern Virginia to visit Old Lucketts Store. Yep, THAT Lucketts you’ve seen in Country Living, Flea Market Decor, Southern Living and other magazines.

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The drive there was quite picturesque; the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in the distance and the burbling Potomac.

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Styled as “vintage hip,” Lucketts is full of unique treasures and antiques. 

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Family Room: Upcycled Tables

I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for the “right” tables for our Family Room. Wouldn’t you know we had them under our noses the whole time! Both tables have sentimental value and fit our Family Room style perfectly.

Clearing out our in-law’s garage, we rescued an antique oak harvest table that had been used and abused as a garage workbench for many years. I fell in love with the oil stains, paint splatters, sawed down legs, and drilled out holes. I gave it a good scrubbing and a light sanding to get the grease, dirt and grit off.

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. . . wonder how many memories are woven into these wood grains?

Just wanting a hint of color, a blue paint mixture left over from previous projects was added to the apron and legs and then roughly sanded off. This was followed with a coat of wax and a buffing. 

. . . viola! Our new coffee table

. . . viola! Our new coffee table

George scavenged our attic and came across my great grandmother Lola’s sewing cabinet. It had seen better days. After a thorough scrubbing and a light sanding, I stained the top with three coats of Minwax Red Mahogany and added three coats of Valspar’s Glass Tile paint to the cabinet. I finished up with a coat of wax and a buff.

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I’m very happy with our “new” tables. Now, we just need to finish the fireplace surround, purchase an area rug, paint the trim . . . 😉

Have a good week! — Joanne

Ceiling Tile Works of Art

I love to visit my school’s art room to see what the students are working on under the encouragement of our fantabulous art teacher. A recent project was painting ceiling tiles for the art room and hallways.

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I’m ah-mazed at the vibrancy, depth and skill these young people displayed in their works. I just had to share a few close-ups of the tiles with you.

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Can you recognize the budding Mondrian, Warhol or Lichtenstein?

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I wonder if I can sweet talk a few into my classroom domain? 😉

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I hope you enjoyed the mini-gallery display. 🙂

Have a good week! — Joanne

From Old Door To Headboard

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George gamely hung with the 3 ‘sistas’ this weekend. Having recently moved in to her new home; the plan was to help Laurel decorate, outfit a guest room and to construct a headboard from an old door.  
First, George hung antique stained glass windows that fit perfectly in her three front windows.

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Easy DIY Necklace Holder


This is supposed to be a post about an easy DIY necklace holder. I digress:

I repeated last week’s agenda – spending another last few days before returning to school at the beach and thrifting. *sigh* Summer vacay is over already? I love my job. Buuuut, I really h.a.t.e. going back mid-August. What ever happened to returning to school after Labor Day?  I felt like I had to cram it all in. Hedonistic, I know.

A little surf and sun . . . I love our little beach, known to locals as Seashore State Park (now First Landing). While not a secluded beach, it’s definitely a retreat from the oceanfront crowds and noise. Located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, it has calmer waters. It’s just a neat beach. My sister, niece (her friend) and I spent a lazy, sunny, balmy day at the beach.

 

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A little crafting . . . Back to the necklace holder. Do your necklaces ever get as tangled and knotted as mine? Maybe because I hang them over my mirror? Since my bedroom is on the smaller side, I needed a wall-mounted holder. I used hooks and a piece of pallet wood left over from other projects (Easy Key Rack and Pallet Table).jewelry-right

 

It’s secured to the wall with picture frame saw tooth hangers. Such a little project, but a huge improvement.

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Now, I won’t spend frustrated time trying to de-tangle my necklaces in my morning rush.  🙂 

 

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A little thrifting . . . While winding my way through the West End Antique Mall in Richmond; I found a small 1840 mahogany three-over-four empire chest for my bedroom revamp. There is some minor chipping damage and I have to figure out how to remove a faint cigarette smell.  

 

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It’s always a quandary for me: paint or not?  If I painted it; I’d probably use chalk paint – but what color? What would you do? I’m VERY open to suggestions.

Well, the par-tay is definitely over. Faculty and staff went back on Monday; students start this coming week. What do you want to bet that they’re as reluctant to put away their summer toys as I? 😉

Have a good week! – – Joanne