Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Decorating in the Foyer

Can you believe that there are only 10 more days until Christmas!?!? Well, 9 days of shopping...... Yikes. I better get a move on. I am not a shopper and with an infant I am finding that I have no time to shop. I will have to leave all the fun presents to Santa. I totally trust that he will bring what my boy's asked for.

Today I am sharing my entry table and how it is decorated for christmas. I did a little decorating in several areas of our home this year. We moved in last February, so this is my first time decorating this home.

Lets start at the front door. I always decorated above the door in our last home, and I did the same here. I just used some faux garland, added ribbons and some little sprigs of this and that. I love how it cozies up that cold window area.

Oh - did you notice the door is black?! That happened this week and I. LOVE. IT. !!!! A LOT!! I will show a before and after soon.

The reindeer on the table are new, bought on sale after Christmas 2 years ago. The blocks were a project several years ago. They have all the numbers to make the countdown starting Dec 1st! My boys love changing them daily to reflect the shrinking number of days until Christmas Day.

The frame initially had a chalk bunny silhouette, but I change it and this is what is says today. I could have gotten fancier with the lettering, but did not have the time!

Hope your days are merry and bright and that you are slowing down to enjoy the magic of the season!

Blessings and thank you for visiting!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Craigslist Chairs Redone

Hello, I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and was able to spend it with some family and/or friends!

Today I am going to share a project that has been completed for a while, but again, with baby here it has s..l..o..w..e..d.. me way down! So, I am just getting to putting this post together now.

If you have been to my blog before you may remember these chairs from a Thrifty Finds Friday a while back. If you are new here, WELCOME - I am glad you are here. You can read about the chairs and price here.

The first order of business was to scrub these babies down. It is hard to tell in these photos but, they had mold spots on them. It was not difficult to clean them, it was just a little bit of a cardio workout! I scrubbed so hard my heart rate was elevated the entire time I cleaned these! I just used warm soapy water and a scrub sponge, and some good ole elbow grease.

Then I left them outside to dry thoroughly.

Next I took off all the seat and got to work on them. They were a light wood which does not go with any wood tones in my home, so I sanded them and stained them.

Here is a closeup of a seat before I stained, and after I sanded it.

Then I used the same stain that I used for the kitchen table when I stained it years ago (this is the table my chairs are going around). It is the color Java in General Finishes stain. Below is a picture of what the chairs looked like after one coat of stain. It looks very streaky in this picture, it was not so streaky in real life. It was even less so after 2 coats.

Here they are all balanced on paint cans drying!

I did 2 coats of stain and 3 coats of poly.

I have no pictures of me spray painting the chairs. But I used Heirloom White to spray these chairs. I sprayed them upside down first, then right side up. I used lots of coats of very light sprays, that keeps the paint from dripping. This came in a Matte finish, which I don't like on furniture, so I sprayed a poly on once the white had dried. When all the painting was done, I put the seats back on the chairs. This is how they look around my table. I love them and I think they came out so nice.

Did you notice the white front door in the background? That should be black by then end of the week. If all goes as planned!

The blue/gray wall in the background with the white gallery shelf you can read all about on this gallery wall post.

If you are interested in the wall planking you can read about it on the planking the kitchen wall post. Or read about the bathroom wall planking here.

Next up: I am working on wainscot in the dining room. I am going to do the same style as in our last home. You can read about that here. Oh - and I need to get the Christmas decorations out and put up.....

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