Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet

Our Tennessee Life ...formerly The Retail DIYet: October 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dining Table

I scored this round, solid wood dining table at an Estate Sale for $20.00.  I came into the sale just as they were closing for the weekend and they practically handed it to me.  The best part is the legs detach which is perfect for me since I only have a small SUV and not a pick up-which, by the way, I sooo want.  Leaving the furniture topic for a second...when I was young my dad had this huge, ugly green truck that I was sooo emabarrassed to ride in and I had to ride in it allll the time.  My dad worked during the day and my mom at night, so my dad shuffled my sisters and I to all our activities i.e. dancing school, soccer, softball, etc.  I was always so mortified pulling up in that hunk of junk and now I would LOVE to have it.

Anyway...like I said I scored this table at an estate sale for $20.00.  I painted it with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in Paris Gray.  I then waxed it with the clear soft wax and gave it a light distress then waxed again.  I was thinking of keeping it for myself, but I think I need to sell it.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Wine Cork Wreath

It's no secret that I love myself some wine.  I also love collecting the corks from said wine.  I have been saving corks for a while and finally thought of a use for them.  Enter my cork wreath..

I purchased a regular foam ring from the craft store and painted it black. 

 I used LOTS and LOTS of hot glue.  I burnt so many fingers in the process, but I guess it was worth the sacrifice!  I always wanted to use it as a wreath, but I actually love it on my table just as a centerpiece.  I put jar candles in the center and they looked amazing.  It's not perfect, but I love that about it. 


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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

I fell in love...

I fell in love with this desk when I saw it at an indoor flea market. Its solid mahogany and I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it. Ok, she isn't the prettiest girl on the floor, but she has potential. Don't you think?  And for $25.00...come on...you know you would too.

This desk has great detail.  I had to sand it down completely and remove a veneer that was adheered to parts of the front. 

If you haven't worked with Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint...you NEED to. It's not readily available in your typical big box stores, but there are many carriers both online and in privately owned shops. They call it the "girl" paint. For most pieces you don't even need to sand or prime before you begin. It adhears to surfaces without a problem..Ladies, you know we're impatient and want the finished product without all the prep work, thus the term "girl paint"! For this desk I used ASCP in Provence. I painted the existing pulls on the side drawers with spray paint from Rustoleum. I changed out the top drawer knobs for these clear glass knobs.

 I just love how it turned out.  What do you think?


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