Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cabin Fever...


My poor, little girl has been sick the past week and I feel terrible for her - it's so sad when your kids are sick. But on the bright side, we've had lots and lots of snuggle time. She wants mama right by her, which I don't mind doing at all when she's so under the weather. She's definitely feeling better today and is finally on the mend.

As a result, I have been in this house for 7 days straight - with the exception of a 1 hour break yesterday to run to the store.

I have got a serious case of cabin fever.

The house is clean, laundry is done, dishes are washed, so...

I'm painting!

~WOOHOO~

It's about darn time! It's been a while since I've picked up a paint brush and I've been wanting to tackle one wall in particular, so today was the day.

(Plus, I'm antsy and excited anyway...my niece is coming into this world tomorrow and it's pretty much all I can think about, so painting is a good distraction!
)

The color is going from a little-too-vibrant-blue to a old favorite of mine that is cozy and warm and a beautiful backdrop color. But I'll fill you in on the details of that later.

I wanted to let you know that my friend, Teri, is having a Half-Off Sale in her Etsy Shop,

T's Etc.

I've had my eye on her Pearl Dangle and Chain for quite a while, so I splurged and got the set for a whopping $8.50!

Seriously.

And I couldn't resist the Bronze Beauty Necklace which only set me back $15.00.


So hurry on over!

There aren't many pieces left and these prices can't last for long!

Oh, and because she's super sweet, she's giving you all FREE SHIPPING on your orders.

Yep. Her idea.

Told you she was sweet.

Just enter the code "It's The Little Things" in your note at checkout and you won't have to pay a single cent for shipping.

Click here to be taken to T's Etc.


Happy Thursday to you!

And happy shopping!




Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Our New (to us) Farmhouse Table...

The table is finished and I couldn't be happier!

I have to say...my husband is the man!

I ask for him to build for me, and he says "no". Time passes and I ask again, and he says "no". But, then...then...

after a little while longer, I ask one more time...

and he always (eventually) says "yes"!

;)

It works every time, and I'm telling you, he delivers!

I thought he would just glue together some 2 x 6's, clamp 'em up, rub on some stain and poly and call it good. How hard could building a plank style table top really be anyway? For him, not hard at all.

But he did so much more than just glue together some boards, and it definitely shows in the final product.

Here is where I left off on my last post...

After milling up the 2 x 6's so that they fit together perfectly, then mitering just the right amount of "groove" between the boards, he clamped them together and I patiently (or maybe not so patiently) waited over night for them to dry.

The first thing that needed to happen the next day was sanding the top so that it would be smooth. We didn't want to end up with wobbly plates and glasses perched on the table top. Sanding is always a boring, but necessary step for the girl that cannot wait to see how it's all going to turn out.

Except, he didn't sand it.

He went old school.

He got out his grandfather's planer and smoothed the entire table top
by hand
...

M-hmm. Told you he was the man.

*love*



It took quite a bit longer than it would have with the palm sander, but it was so worth the wait.

We decided to go with Kona Stain. Our old kitchen table top was always at odds with the color that our circa 1995 kitchen cabinets have become (think orange oak), so we figured dark Kona was the best way to go...

It creates a perfect contrast between the stripes of the grain.

But my favorite parts are the spots where the hand planer skipped. They show up perfectly...

Finally it was time to start in with the polyurethane to seal it all up...

The weather here has been pretty darn cold, which has meant drying times that take way, way longer than we are used to...

We put on a total of four coats of poly. We felt good at three, but figured a fourth coat certainly couldn't hurt...

The new table top was attached to the table base the exact same way that the old one had been attached. Just a few screws from underneath the table...

I am so happy with it!



Here's a little side-by-side comparison...


I love a piece with some good ole' hand built character,
and this table has got it!


The only out of pocket cost for us was the purchase of eight 2 x 6's. The total was less than $40.00.


We also took liberties with the dimensions of the new table top. Starting from scratch meant that we got to do it our way. We made the overall dimensions larger than the original table had been - an inch wider on each side, and seven inches longer in length. It was a minor change that has made a big difference during dinner when we're all sitting down at the table together. A little more room for all of those plates, glasses and utensils to spread out.


So almost a year after finding my inspiration, I finally have my Farmhouse Table.

Thanks to my rockstar carpenter!
XO


Now...to do something about that I'm-not-quite-sure-what's-going-on-back-there-but-it's-definitely-looking-forgotten-and-neglected wall...


Off to shop the house for a new look!




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Thursday, January 6, 2011

What We're Up To...


I woke up this morning thinking that it was going to be a normal, routine day.

But lucky for me, it turned out to be the day that this...

would become this...

Isn't she a beauty?

Way back in March of last year, Ali from Little Bits Of Bliss posted pictures from her ugly-table-turned-farmhouse-table project, and for me...

it was love at first sight!


I immediately posted it to my Tumblr and kept it in the back of my mind waiting for the perfect moment to propose the table makeover to Will.

Luckily, he was totally game and on board with the idea!
(I needed him to build the top for me.)

We bought our kitchen table back in March of 1999, the same year that we got married. It has stood up to 5 moves and 3 kids (and all that they can dish out) over the past 12 years, so it only seems right that she gets a makeover.

She's definitely earned it!



Off came the top...

Then a quick sponge bath with TSP to remove all of the grease and grime
(thank you, children)...


Then bye-bye blue, hello crisp, clean white.

I used the same paint that the Board and Batten is painted in, which is the same as all of the trim throughout our house. I wanted the legs to be white anyway, but most of all, I wanted to use what I already had and I have plenty of this sitting around...

I still need to put on a second (maybe even a third) coat of paint, but with the top off, it's such an easy job...

The new farmhouse table top is currently out in the garage where it's all clamped up and the glue is drying...

Tomorrow we will put on a coat or two of stain, some poly to seal it up, and then once that is dry we can bring it in the house.

I cannot wait to see our "new" table!


So that's project #1 for 2011.

So far, so good!




Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Brand New Year...


This is what we woke up to on this 1st day of 2011...


*absolutely breathtaking*

A gorgeous beginning to a brand new year!


We're down to a day and a half of rest and relaxation before the kids are back in school and life returns to its daily grind.

The only thing on our agenda: to enjoy it.



Happy New Year, everyone!

~ Here's to a great 2011 ~