I thought I'd start out this blog by telling you a little bit about my home. I've lived in my lovely post-war bungalow for 19 years, and I've redone almost every room . By myself!!!!!! Some several times......I just never seem satisfied, and I'm constantly changing things. I call my style French Country Casual meets Cottage. Everyone who visits says our house looks so warm and inviting. I love to go to really expensive,trendy stores, then look around and find similar things that I can transform. It keeps me from over-spending the budget ( well, I really can't say I have a budget), but since I'm not working, I've got to be creative. And thrifty, frugal, and downright cheap.
|The table in its original condition.|
|Solid Marble top|
|Getting ready to strip off the varnish....|
|Taped off and ready to go.|
Here's the table after stipping off many, many layers of varnish. Very stinky and hard work. Fan was on, window open in freezing February weather, heavy duty gloves, mask and safety googles ( boy did I look hot!!!!!)
|Gluing on a deorative wooden applique'|
|Applique' is glued on- looking better, and better!!!!!|
|Next, needed to stain applique to match oak.|
|Looking good- ready for a faux distress finish.|
|Mixed together a blue/gray glaze|
with a little water. Used Behr Cottage White left over from when I painted my living room,
Then I sanded some areas to make it look more distressed- corners, legs, front panel- wherever natural wear would accur. Took the table outside to spray with a protective clear, matt acrylic sealer-you definately want to spray this outside as it's very toxic.And boy is this sucker heavy- did I mention it was solid oak and marble!!!!!!!!
|Close-up of sanding detail.|
|In it's new home as a T.V. stand|
|VCR fits perfectly.|