summer 2011

summer 2011

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Paul and I, all 16 kids and Ashley, Benjamin's wife...Christmas 2012

Friday, February 5, 2016

before and after, and adventures!

These tables are 32 years old, pine, which I "finished" when I was first married...

And voila! A few coats of chalk paint (I used stuff from Walmart, $5.97 for 16 ounces, and half a bottle did both tables), a coat of wax (also from Walmart), I did two coats of wax on the tops and the drawer fronts...notice the bite out of the corner of the table? That may have been Suri, but could have been Rosie. There are poke marks (Jon says it looks like someone took a pencil and just repeatedly stabbed one of the tables), scratches, bites, dents, scribbles...I could have used wood filler, but nah...they look fine.

The new knobs were 89 cents each at Mr. Second's.

Miss Evelyn was a great helper, and I enjoyed doing this with her. She is very gung-how about starting some more projects around here, like painting cabinets and refinishing the countertops...but I have to say this: projects seem like a good idea...then take a while to actually start...then I wonder why on earth I ever thought it was a good idea, I get convinced I am just making a huge mess, meals get interrupted with the table covered with newspapers, I make more of a mess than you would believe...these drawers were filled with stuff for years and years....just sorting through four drawers...ugh. But once I get done, I'm like, hmm, what next? (I think our next project is going to be the bathroom cabinets, a trial for how the kitchen ones will come out...)

We went on a field trip yesterday...

We went to the George Eastman house. He was the developer of Kodak cameras. He built his house in the early 1900's, and it's just grand. The little girls just about had themselves moved in. They delighted in the staircase, especially.

We all agreed we need a yard like this.


Pamela Wade said...

I love how your tables turned out! I have so many household projects to finish and to start but it seems so hard to just get the basic everyday stuff done! ~~Pam

Marilyn said...

Your little tables look great!! Yes, there is always a mess I have to say...........but worth it in the end.

Marilyn from Canada