Thursday, March 24, 2011

Paint: it covers a multitude of faux finish sins.

Spring break is over and it was wonderful. It has me wishing for summer break already. I love not having to go anywhere for a whole day. I don't think I have many days in my normal week where I don't have something I have to do or somewhere that I have to be. Maybe every other Thursday when I don't teach preschool, babysit my nephews, or volunteer at the kids' school. But that's about it. And usually those days get filled pretty quickly with dentist appointments, grocery shopping, and coffee dates with my sister. 

I had one day during our spring break in which the kids and I actually stayed home and didn't go anywhere all day long. It was wonderful.  As I write this I am remembering when they were little and I was so tired of being stuck in the house all day long. Back then I couldn't wait to get out of my house. Grocery shopping was my refuge. I would wait for DH to get home from work and I would leave the kids with him and go grocery shopping. It was my alone time. Funny how things change so quickly. I guess there is a happy balance. Someday I'd like to find it.

Since I had one uninterrupted day and I made the most of it. I finally painted the desk that I bought on craigslist before we even had this house. I bought it for Princess Blondie's room, but it ended up in my living room. It is my sewing desk now and I don't think it's ever going to make it's way up to her room.

 I never did like the color of it. The previous owners went a little too far on the faux distressing. If I had put it in Princess Blondie's room I would have painted it a nice crisp white and done some fun pattern or stencil on the drawer fronts.
I went for blue. I'm still trying to decided it I want to do something fun on the drawer fronts.

 I wanted it to mesh with my new curtains (that are really table cloths from Target that I got on sale for 4 dollars!) and that corner needed a little color. My living room is kind of vanilla. So I got busy and mixed some paint together. I mixed the "turquiose" from the toothpaste explosion bathroom, the gray blue from Sonny Boy's room, and some white from our trim. Honestly, now I wonder if it matches the curtains a little too well. I don't like things matchy matchy. DH said he was surprised when I actually wanted him to make matching side tables for our living room.

I would like to add that I have nothing against distressed furniture. Like the chair in the picture above that came with the house. The one that is actually distressed because it has had a long, eventful life and was well used. There is nothing faux about it.

I would also like to point out my 6 dollar Salvation Army lamps.



Is there nothing a little paint can't fix?


  1. Good job....I love the corner!

  2. Wow, that looks awesome, I need some decorating design tips from you!

  3. you are my kind of woman. seriously love repurposing all these cool things! (furniture, table linens into curtains, etc.) When you start DIY you look at stuff in a whole new light. Also, way to go on the paint mixing, great thought!

  4. that table is so cute! love the color you chose.


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