Thursday, August 11, 2011

Too Pretty To Use, Too Pretty To Put Away!

This vintage, hand embroidered table cloth was made by my grandmother.  I have had it since she passed back in 2001.  It had been laundered, pressed and neatly folded for sometime.  Every now and again, I would get it out and think about using it on my table, but I just couldn't bring myself to doing that!  What if something was spilled on it and it got stained?  I would be devastated.  So I would fold it back up and put it away again.

In 2008, when we found out we were expecting, my mind began racing about how I would decorate the nursery.  However, this was going to have to be done on  a VERY tight budget. When we had found out we were expecting, my husband had just been laid off from his job after 15 yrs of service. Great timing eh? Oh well, everything happens for a reason!  And this table cloth had been waiting for this special moment!  It turns out we were having a girl and this would become the curtain in her nursery!  I couldn't think of a better way to honor my grandma and her hard work!
The detail on this amazes me!  I only wish I had half her patience!
I did line the curtain with curtain liner so that the sun would not rot the fabric.  I sewed a casing to one end to fit over a wide pocket rod and then attached pink satin ribbon at the top front and top back side of the cloth so that I could softly gather it up from the bottom.
I love the way the sun filters through in the morning!  But for nap time, we have a room darkening roll shade that we can pull down.  Great for bedtime in the summer too!
This was a perfect fit for our daughters room!  The entire room is re-purposed things, furniture we had and a borrowed bed that was my niece's.  We were fortunate!  We purchased very little for this room and I think it turned out great!  Not only is her room functional, but it has grown with her wonderfully!  She is now two and a half and it still works great for her and for a few years to come!  Not mention, pretty much everything in the room has some sort of history and story.  Which I love!
The dresser/changing table was my step moms and her mom's before that!  My husband did a fabulous job converting this to a changing table and building the wonderful wall storage caddy! Mr. T built the box that mounts to the top of this little dresser from the back.  Right now it holds the changing table pad.  In a few more months this will come off, the caddy will come off the wall and mount to the top of the dresser to hold all her "hair accessories". We purchased an antique mirror to mount above it once I get it complete (I'll post that later).  I love this piece.  It was originally white.  While 8 months pregnant I refinished it in a very soft pink and decoupaged antique inspired peonies to the front and then antiqued it with an antique glaze.  I have to admit about 10 months ago, I was sitting on the floor playing with my daughter and noticed that where the middle drawer curves out, on the underside, I never painted it.  OOPS!  Guess that's what happens at 8 months pregnant and you can get maneuver as well. The framed vintage hankies were from my mother-in-law's child hood collection.
More vintage hankies from my mother-in-law, converted into throw pillows, prints my husband framed from a coloring book of my grandmother's.  A vintage quilt hanging over the edge of the futon that was hand made by my great grandma! The shelf above is full of family pieces that have been handed down.
Close up of the vintage prints.  I LOVED these as a child and always wanted to color them  I am SO glad my grandma said no!
More of my mother-in-laws hankie collection!  My niece's crib we borrowed.
The toy chest was mine as a child and the chandelier was recycled from our dining room!
We love this room and I love the history behind it! It's a great tribute to many members of our family and a great way to reuse the beautiful items from the past that are too pretty to use and too pretty to put away!
Not to mention how budget friendly it was!
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Trumeau Inspired Mirror and Repurposed Sewing Table

Well it is officially August and summer is coming to a close.  We spent most of the month of July on the road visiting family on both sides.  Needless to say, this is why I haven't posted in a while.  Not to mention we had windows put in, our garbage disposer and washer crap out! So as much as I have enjoyed reconnecting with family and seeing people I have not seen in over 25 years, I am ready to get to the laundry list of projects that are in my garage. And I am done with the appliance projects...enough is enough!  Last Thursday, I was finally able to finish a mirror and sewing machine cabinet.  The mirror has been primed and ready for paint for over 3 months now and the table got a coat of paint several weeks back but was still waiting for the finishing touches. 

Pay no attention to that date...I forgot to set the date, or better yet TURN it OFF!
The mirror was straight from the Goodwill in it's lovely 80's finish.  Loved the lines of the mirror, but the brown speckled finish HAD to go!  (Please excuse the messy garage...I guess this shows what our work area looks like...embarrassing, but hard core facts!)  I also felt the open area at the top needed something.  So I used Delta's texture magic texture paint to give it the look of a carved wood embellishment (I'll post a tutorial later on this). I could have used an actual pressed wood carving, but I had this at the house already. 

Now, I have to give credit where credit is due...I happened across Miss Mustard Seed's Blog about 8 months ago.  I was searching for mirrors at the time for my home.  Her trumeau mirror came up.  While I fell in love with wouldn't work for my space.  So when I found this one...her mirror flashed back to me and I knew it was the perfect finish for this mirror!  Similar, but not the same. I hope she doesn't mind?  Thanks for the inspiration Miss Mustard Seed.
I simply primed it with Kilz (it's what I had on hand, any primer would do), painted it with an off white eggshell paint and a soft blue for accent.  Both colors were miss mix tints from Lowes so I don't know the actual colors. The blue and white is the same blue and white I used on my beachy night stand make-over.  Once painted and dried, I distressed it and waxed it with Minwax Special Dark.
The sewing table was actually in really good shape.  It was Grandma D's!  This is one of my best friends Grandma.  She passed away about a year ago.  God bless her.  Needless to say, neither her cousin or my friend had room for it became mine.  We gutted it and screwed the top and the front shut to convert it to a entry table, end table or night stand.  I think it looks great with the mirror as an entry table.  Hopefully Grandma D approves!

I painted this in the same paint as the mirror and used the same distressing and waxing technique.  We did change out the handles to update it just a bit.  However...I do love the old ones.  So much we re-purposed them on the french end table .

I really love these two pieces together.  I hope someone else does too.  I think it would be a shame to separate them.

Ciao!  Kellie

This past weekend we purchased 4 oak chairs from Craiglist.  I am so excited as these will be added to 4 chairs I already have for the dining room.  I can't wait to get started on them!

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