Monday, June 27, 2011

Frenchy End Table and Chalkboard Windows

I was hoping to get this posted before we left town last Thursday, but it just didn't happen.  We had too much to get ready.  Leaving town with a 2 year old is a lot of work.  None-the-less, we went to Wisconsin Dells for 4 days for a family reunion with my husbands family.  We were meeting up with his cousins and uncle from Minnesota. All in all, there were 21 of us!  Have you ever tried to get 21 people to agree to the same thing?  Well we did it successfully!  It was a wonderful time, and great to get to see everyone. Looking forward to the next adventure!

Before we left town, I scurried around to get a few things done to add to the booth.  We had sold the beautiful blue/gray desk (aka "the outlet beast"), which left quite a hole that needed to be filled.  So I managed to get a French Styled end table (click the link to see the before) painted.  The pics are not the best as I did not have time for staging and they were taken at the booth!
I painted this one basic white, distressed it heavily, and then antiqued and sealed it with Minwax Special Dark.  It's not exactly what I had envisioned for this table, but it was primed and ready to go.  Although, it wasn't my vision, I still like the way it turned out.
Another quick project I was able to get done....Chalkboard Windows.  My neighbor now has a house full of new windows (jealous) and I asked if I could have their old ones.  I am sure the window people thought I was nuts!  But I ended up with about 30 sashes (tops and bottoms) of their old wood windows.  They are not "antique" windows but they are solid wood and about 20 years old.  Good news is....that is what makes them perfect for a chalkboard and perfectly safe for kids.  The paint is guaranteed not to be lead base since our homes were built after 1980, but old enough they are starting to show weather and the paint is chippy and pealing!  Not so good for our homes, but perfect for this project.  Thank you neighbors for your trash!  You are the best!

This is a quick and easy project.  Simply tape the wood off, prime your glass and then paint with 5 coats of chalkboard paint.  Please visit my Chalkboard Paint Tutorial for more info on the paint and primer I used.

Thanks for visiting!  Have a fantastic week.  We have 2 more very busy weekends coming up, so I probably won't be posting a ton in the next 2 weeks.  Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Ciao, Kellie!

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  1. I think the table turned out great. What was your original vision? Nice job on the chalkboard windows. Don't you just love turning trash to treasure?

  2. I love the neighbors' junk

    woot woot

  3. It looks lovely- sure I would love a result like not sure if this would or could be done any better than you have already done !
    Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blogpost about my cat Gibson..and thanks your for your kind thoughts and prayers....

  4. I think it looks great! Not too shabby for a vision that didn't quite work out the way you expected it to. I'm also admiring the cane chair in the photo did you restyle that also?

  5. Such a pretty table! Sometime soon I would love to ask you about your experience selling your furniture. :) I love the distressing on this. The chalkboards are cute. Thanks for linking up to Transformations and Treasures!


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