Friday, January 8, 2016
Table Before and After...
I shared before on this post how much the new chairs made the old oak table look even worse. Well Mr. C had enough and wanted to buy a new table. I didn't want to deal with shopping and searching for what we already have...a solid, sturdy, expensive (in its day) table that fit the space perfectly.
Here is Mr. C out in the cold damp Winter weather prepping the table to keep it.
Once again I got my way with wanting to paint the table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Oh how I will keep my mouth shut in the future (I hope!). The money we wasted on expensive paint and the one hundred hours of Mr. C's incredible hard labor were such a disaster.
Even though he prepped the surface beyond what is necessary according to Annie Sloan and her "stockists", the table leached ugly spots through the chalk paint. After much research and even more intensive labor by Mr. C he was able to finish the entire table and reassemble it. I must admit he wanted to burn the table and he hates the look of it now.
I am happy with the Graphite color and the look of the chairs with the table. However, we have to keep a table cloth on it at all times so Mr. C doesn't see the flaws he knows are in this painted table. He is NOT a fan of Annie Sloan and her paint or techniques. He is a perfectionist and does not do sloppy or shabby or distressed. I am merely happy that we have a table and it functions well. Not having the table while it was being "refinished" was quite a nuisance. Thankfully we have a dining room with a lovely table and chairs that we were able to use during Thanksgiving and all the time before and after. My deepest gratitude to Mr. C for doing this project that I would never have been able to do. This is a very heavy table and had to be carried out to the deck every day to work on and then back inside before the moisture and freeze came each night. He has really great muscles!
On my creative front nothing is happening here. I am slowly continuing to purge and simplify. I honestly do not think I can live long enough to truly accomplish this task. Where does all this stuff come from?!! What was I thinking when I just HAD to save all those potential crafty items?!! I do hope the Hospice Thrift store can get some good out of it all.
We are enjoying lots of glorious rain here and snow higher up in the ski resorts. Maybe our drought will be over with El Nino happening. Safety to all and if you are driving a vehicle do not continue into unknown puddles people!
I am hoping to begin some Creative Bliss very soon...