Tables, Tables And More Tables!

Over the last few months I've been in furniture hoarding mode.  It seems when I really need to find a piece of furniture for a great price I can't seem to find a thing.  Lately I've been on a roll and whenever I see a nice piece of furniture I buy it and store it in the garage and shed.  Well, there does come a time when a girl realizes she is feeling a bit claustrophobic when she's trying to work.  What does a girl do when that happens??  Work like crazy to finish a few of those small pieces which are taking up much needed work space! OH and buy more furniture??  YEP!

I had a few days to plough through all these projects and then try and get them out of my work space.  We've been away a lot over the last few weeks and I haven't had a lot of time to work.

I got before pictures of a few of the tables, but not all.  Some day I will remember to always take pictures when I bring the pieces home!

Here's the first set of tables before (yippee I got pictures!).

With the end tables I wanted to paint them in a two tone finish with French Linen and Old White.  French Linen is one of my favorite Annie Sloan colors.  It looks so rich topped with dark wax.  This is with two coats of paint and no wax.

I finished the tables with a coat of clear wax allover.  I gave it a light distressing with some 120 grit sandpaper and then I put a coat of dark wax on the top.   

I only took a picture of one table.  I didn't see the point of moving both out to the tree :-)  I like how they turned out.  I really love the little cutouts on the front of each table. 

Next projects were a coffee table and another end table.  Unfortunately I didn't get a before picture of the end table.

The coffee table looked like someone had tried to refinish it at one point and got a bit carried away with the varnish.  There were dried varnish drips all over the table.  I started sanding then remembered I had to get a picture.  I also realized at this point I was going to need to strip the table top and not just sand it. 

This is after stripping the table 3 times and before I gave it a good sanding.  I had to take a break because it started raining on me.  See the rain drops on the table?  

I forgot to say I had originally decided to just paint the top until I looked closely and saw the nice two tone wood on top.  I always have the best intentions to make a project go quick and easy until I see some pretty wood and then the guilt sets in.  

I put 2 coats of Kona stain on top (yes that's my go-to color for stain!) then I put 3 coats of dark wax and a coat of clear wax on top of that.  It turned out very pretty and I'm glad I took the extra time to stain the top.

This little end table was varnished and stained in a cherry finish.  I decided to paint it in Off White, give it a little distressing and then I topped it off with a coat of clear wax.

Another coffee table, but no before pictures.  This one was in really rough shape.  Again I had intended just to paint it in Old Ochre all over, but I started sanding to make sure the top was smooth and then before I knew it was completely bare.  I stained it with a coat of Special Walnut, then a coat of Red Mahogany and finally a coat of Jacobean.  I couldn't get the color right until the final coat of Jacobean.   I finished it off with a coat of clear wax and 2 coats of dark wax. 

I gave the sides a light distressing then waxed them in clear wax.    

I love the scalloped edges on the apron of the table!

Last, but certainly not least, is this amazing Mersman tray top table.  Again, I didn't get before pictures. The top was a bit rough, but I knew I wanted to do something a bit different with this one so that was fine.  I sanded the top a bit and then gave it 3 coats of Annie Sloan Pure White.  Then I took 600 grit sandpaper and sanded the top in a circular motion to smooth it and give it a bit of a sheen.  Then I topped the top in clear wax and then 2 coats of dark mixed with clear.  

The table has a little drawer in the front and the hardware was brass.  I sprayed the hardware with some  oil rubbed bronze.  

The rest of the table I coated in Old English for dark wood and then topped it all with a coat of dark wax to protect it and give it new life.  The Annie Sloan wax is really the best and the wood seems to love the wax too!

This is my favorite coffee table ever!  If I didn't already have one in my family room I'd be keeping this one.    

I know this was a long post, but I didn't see the point in dragging these small projects out and making a post for each one.  I've been super busy lately and haven't been very good at keeping up with my blogging duties.  Thank you for your patience.  I hope that now that school has started I will be able to find the time to blog.  

If you've made a comment on the blog and I haven't responded I apologize.  The last month I've had a lot going on in my life.  I know everyone has a lot going on and is busy, but I have to admit I wasn't prepared for the last month. It's been a whirlwind!  I think I'm starting to find my groove, now I just have to find a way to be more balanced.  I'm working hard to find the balance between family, working on furniture, blogging and making it to the gym and having some 'me' time.  I think this is what every woman in the world struggles with so I know I'm not alone.  Please be patient with me.

I bought a t-shirt on the weekend that says "Perfectly Imperfect" that's me for sure!  


Journey To Lucketts!

First I need to apologize for slacking on my blogging duties.  I've been VERY busy, just like everyone else I know.  It seems between painting furniture, having a family and trying to keep track of my life the blog has suffered.  I'm going to do my best to blog every week now.  I've taken lots of pictures  of projects that I haven't written about yet.  By the time I sit down at the end of the day I'm too tired to write.  School starts on Monday and I'm hoping everything settles down a bit.  Thank you for being patient with me.

NOW back to the post :-)

I've been reading Miss Mustardseed's blog for awhile now and I've always admired her work ethic and her work.  Every piece of furniture she paints is a piece of art.  She takes beautiful photography and stages her pictures perfectly.  I always look forward to her blog posts, especially now that she is launching her own milk paint line.  Her milk paint colors are incredible! She often blogs about a store called Lucketts where she has a booth and sells her furniture and vintage finds (soon her paint line too!).  Every time she posts pictures of Lucketts it makes me want to pack up and go on a journey there, not only to see the amazing store, but to see her booth.  This might sound silly, but since I've been painting furniture myself, it's been a dream of mine to see her pieces in person. 

Well, my wish came true and I was able to go to Lucketts!  I'm here to tell you it's a beautiful store with tons and tons of wonderful finds!  I wish I lived closer or brought a truck with me when I went because there were so many things I wanted to buy!  Plus I got really lucky and was able to see the Lucketts Design house while I was there as well.  If you don't know what the design house is, it's a house that the owners decorate with the most amazing finds and they're all for sale.  You can see pictures of the Design House on their website as well as purchase items online.  Be sure to check it out.  The Design House is to die for!

I promised all my friends on Facebook that I'd take lots of pictures and I kept my promise!  I did take a lot of pictures, most of which aren't even going to be posted!  I just took so many I can't possibly post them all.  Every time I turned around at Lucketts there was something else I wanted to get a picture of!  

Enjoy my peek into this fantastic store!

Miss Mustardseed's booth....She had the Flow Blue dresser and the Kitchen Scale dresser, both named after her new milk paint colors, on display.  I wanted the Flow Blue dresser in the worst way and tried to figure out how to find a way to fit it in my car, but it wasn't happening!  Instead I bought a few of her small things.  I bought some vintage binoculars, an M and a MMS t-shirt!  I've yet to wear my shirt, but I can't wait to show it off.

Lucketts is an old house so there are lots of rooms full of wonderful treasures and find.  I thought those gold angel wings were pretty special.

When you're in Lucketts you have to pay close attention or you might miss something, like this great chandelier on the ceiling.  

I also wanted to take this little beauty home with me, but I knew I didn't have a place for her. 

One of my favorite rooms was filled with dressers, my obsession!  Plus this incredible bed!  Love the neutral fabric and yet it makes such a statement with the curves, carving and nail head details.

This booth was upstairs and I had a lot of fun reliving my childhood with some of the toys.  

I LOVE globes, not to mention old fans!

Great old postal scale.

I was going to buy this globe.  It was so unique because of it's size and the fact it had a geography book  in the base of the globe!  I'm still kicking myself for not buying it, but the fact I already have 10 globes in my house did play into my decision.  Although if I go back and it's still there then it's MINE!

Love the old Royal typewriter and how it's staged.

OK, so they even decorate OUTSIDE at Lucketts!  I was shocked to see mirrors outside on an old outbuilding.  

I thought this table and chairs were adorable.  They'd be perfect for a sunny breakfast nook or eat-in kitchen.

Another passion of mine is drawer hardware and Lucketts had many great choices.

Isn't this the cutest thing ever?!!  I wanted this bench/cart for my house!

I thought these old megaphones from vintage record players, turned ceiling fixtures were brilliant!  

After I left the main store I stopped at the Design House to drool.

This was on the front porch.

Love, love, love this mirror.

This little porcelain dog was in the bathroom right next to the claw foot tub.  I thought he was adorable.

One of my favorite rooms in the design house.  I sat in this really comfy chair for a long time just taking it all in.

The design house is very eclectic and yet it all goes together and flows so nicely.  I felt like I could just unpack my clothes and move right in.

I'm obsessed with anything Paris or Eiffel tower and this chair made me swoon.  When I saw it I said out loud to myself, "I have to buy this chair!  I'm in love!"  Luckily for me only a few people stared at me like I was off my medication :-)

They had the best clocks in the design house!  I wanted to buy them all!

There were two of these flanking the front door on the porch.  GORGEOUS!

This was right outside the design house.

To say I can't wait to go back for my next visit would be an understatement.  Lucketts was all I had hoped for and so much more!  It gave me loads of inspiration and confidence to move forward in my own journey.  My favorite part was seeing Miss Mustardseed's work and all her new milk paint colors.  However, there were just too many wonderful, amazing and incredible (have I used enough adjectives?) things to write about or take pictures of.  Lucketts is definitely worth a drive to Leesburg, Virginia.  When can we leave?!!

Thank you for reading this!