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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Painted tables

Hi y'all!

I've been busy with more projects than I know what to do with, honestly.  Trying to organize everything behind the closed doors of this house, as you may have seen on my Instagram.


Linen closet:

Guest room closet:

Master closet:

But I've also been working on these tables.  A $30 craiglist buy from a seller I've bought from before.  I think they were from Crate and Barrel.  They had seen better days when I picked them up.  I started with sanding, of course.  And then more sanding and more sanding.  They had some pretty deep gashes that required quite a bit of sanding actually.

I had a few thoughts about the direction to go with this table.  I was thinking of doing dipped legs.  Then I thought a metallic stenciled top would be the way to go.  All of these things didn't end up looking so great.  So...more sanding.

You see that third round table down there.  It's progress.  It may be in progress forever.  I can't figure out what finishes work best for it.

So...back to square one.  I just went with the two shades of grey paint I had on hand.  And they worked well together!  I also added a few coats of polycrilic clear matte (satin was TOO shiny, trust me).  I honestly think that they're still too shiny, but they are protected at least.  They look pretty good, don't you think?

I'm going to sell these on Craigslist probably.  I'm sure we could find room for them in the new house, but it's not worth the space we need right now.  I'll keep you updated as I work on...more tables.


Sunday, February 2, 2020

A New Year...

Hello 2020!

As usual, I got busy with work at the end of the year (conference seasons, writing papers) and neglected my blog/design life.  But I'm back!

I've been working on a number of side projects, including some painted tables, a beautiful desk that needs some refinishing, a monster of a dining room table, and a beautiful paned window cabinet.   Hopefully at least two of those will get accomplished in 2020.

I've run out of design inspiration for the moment at the Silver Spring house.  We're not sure how much longer we'll be renting as we figure out our next steps, so I don't want to continue to design/change things for the current house.  But...I think our living room furniture is overdue for a revamp, so maybe I'll make some small changes in the pillows, rugs, and...those really beautiful but not super comfortable (and definitely not cat friendly) chairs.

Anyway, while I put the finishing touches on the painted tables, I spent today organizing some spaces.  It was fairly easy - I searched Pinterest for linen closets to get some ideas and inspirations and then refolded things while catching up on This Is Us episodes.  It's one of those projects that almost immediately satisfying, and I've freed up so much storage space in our second master bedroom closet and under the bathroom cabinets, that I could put away some of the things we don't want to see every day on the bathroom shelves and guest room/main master closets.

Here's a few shots just to whet your appetite:

Guest room closet - that's The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith on the dresser if you're zooming in:

We've added some nice things to this room, along with the extra towels and blankets and wi-fi password that we've always appreciated, there is now some storage and phone chargers.

Master bathroom:

I added this shelving and the baskets because we just needed more storage in here originally, but I cleaned house with my beauty supplies and our medications today and was able to put the cleaning supplies under the sink behind closed doors.  Now the bins just store overflow bathroom supplies (and the hubby's pajamas so he doesn't just leave them on the bathroom floor every day).

Hallway linen closets:

This now has all of the linens for the house, every sheet, every towel, and even some blankets.  Totally freed up space in the master bedroom closets for me to hide the not so pretty linens, like mattress protectors and chair covers.  Pillow storage is still a problem, y'all.  I just can't...

Anyway, hope to show you more projects soon!