Beauty for Ashes

Saturday, November 24, 2012

{Nephew Nursery Table Redo}

 BABY KITCHENS
The countdown until Baby Kitchens' due date is less than a week & Ben and I can't wait to meet our favorite {only} nephew :) Today, Sara and I painted and distressed a side table for the baby nursery, and it looks great in the cutest little nursery that they have in their soon-to-be new home. Here are a few before and after pictures:
 Before

 Sara & I painting the side table outside their new house

After we painted using Annie Sloan chalk paint & distressed

 In the nursery :)


It was a fun project! Can't wait to post pictures of the sweet baby boy's arrival

Friday, November 23, 2012

First Blog Post: Recent Projects

Well, I finally gave in to blogging! It was only a matter of time. Between being a first year teacher and a newlywed trying to turn a man cave into my shabby chic style (or a mix of our styles), there hasn't been much time!
As most people know, Ben loves all things modern, and I am much more of a lover of the traditional/antique/vintage style. So, it has been an interesting adventure, but we have been able to compromise :)
Being on a budget, we've tried to find good deals and refinish/antique them. My mom's best friend Tina (she's been like a second mom to me) has taught me how to distress furniture using Annie Sloan chalk paint, and I have become addicted! I can't wait to add more colors to my collection and try them out with different mediums (crackle varnish is on my Christmas list! :)
Ben built our dining room table, and he built a frame for our garage door because we didn't have a door at all until right before the wedding. We've figured out that he is the builder, and I am the painter :)
I feel like I have so much catching up to do with all the projects we've done lately...so here are a few:

 The garage door frame Ben built. I was very surprised & excited! He then painted it to match the house color.
 Farmhouse style dining room table he built. It took a lot of sanding, and then we painted it with a wood stain.

Jewelry cabinet Ben built me for my birthday! Chicken wire to hold earrings and the wooden door opens to nails that hold necklaces.

 Before & After of an old chest of drawers. I used the Annie Sloan chalk paint color Country Grey and distressed with sanding blocks. Then, I replaced the hardware with some I found at Lowe's.

Before & after of an old side table- I used the same Annie Sloan color on this- Country Grey and distressed and sealed with a clear wax.

 Ben built this precious MSU baby chair for our nephew due Nov. 30th! I painted with maroon and white paint and added the MSU decals on the seat.


Our first Christmas mantle: I made the sign with burlap, painted some wooden letters white and added white glitter. I used a hole punch and connected it with a burlap ribbon. Found the little burlap trees at Walmart and a plain Christmas wreath and hot glued different ornaments around it. We then tied the wreath to my grandmother's antique mirror! Now just waiting on our burlap stockings to come in :)

Stay tuned for more projects :) We might start taking orders to sell!