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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Table for the Grandkids

We are heading off to Seattle this next weekend to see three of our sweet grandkids. Probably won't get to see them for Christmas so we are packing up Christmas to take with us. The biggest gift will be this sweet table I redid for the kiddos. I found it on the side of the road, my one and only freebie. I painted it antique white with a chalkboard top. Used DIY chalkboard paint and it worked great. The only suggestion I would give to those doing it is to make sure all the lumps are mixed in. I painted the top three times since there were little bumps of powder all over the top. Had to sand down and redo the final coat. Works well though and the kids will love it. 
This is what they looked like when I started. This table is solid and when I flipped it over it was stamped Lane. Score! Lane makes good furniture so this should stand up to a lot of abuse by three (soon to be four) little people. And the chairs have survived all these years in a classroom so they will be great as well. Love to find these older items, they were built to last in those days, back when dirt was new and I was young!! Smiles.
 I picked up the two chairs at a yard sale about three years ago and they have been on my deck all this time. I am glad to finish something and put it to good use.
I painted the top of the chair with chalkboard paint as well, thought they could label the chairs with their names if they wanted to. Not sure if I shouldn't have painted both top pieces, what do you think?
So fun to make something useful for not much cash and to see the delight on my grandchildren's faces will be the biggest thrill.
Enough said.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Last Of The Roses

It is supposed to rain here for the next week, so I thought I would go out and bring in the last of my roses so they wouldn't get all ruined in the rain. Here they are in a tarnished silver pitcher, sitting in a neat old wooden bowl. I snagged the cute tray today from my friend Ester. She told me it is made from an old table top and she added the handles. I LOVE it. Added some acorns and candles to a couple of goblets and walah, I have a center piece. It needs a bit more fluffing, but I am liking it for now. What do you think?