Table Reveal and Other Chit Chat
Greetings Cottage Friends,
So glad you're here. I hope you're finding joy in each day, regardless of what is going on around us. I know for me right now I have to practice "joyful living". When I start to feel anxious I remember the words of Paul in Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV):
"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
It may be fall, but here in Northern Colorado we've already had our first snowfall; 9" a few weeks ago. Then it warmed up to the 60's, and we've had a few odd days in the 40's and 50's. I'm happy to say almost every day we have sunshine here.
I've wanted to write blog posts more frequently, however I've been working 10 - 11 hour shifts the past two weeks, and when I get home at the end of my work day I just want to snuggle under my electric throw (oh, how I love that invention!), and watch Youtube. Yes, I am a Youtube junkie. It's how I get my news, music, Bible teaching, instructions for crafting and home projects, and so much more.
That being said, I have worked on some home projects here and there the past month, one which I will share with you today.
I told you I would "change it up", and that's exactly what I did.
I had it in mind to do something special with this table, and started by giving it two coats of Waverly white chalk paint to cover the orangey wood.
I could have done some distressing and stopped there, but I wanted to jazz up the table and give it some "shabby chic." So, I ordered a birch accent mould from Home Depot, glued it to the table front, gave it one coat of white chalk paint, and then dry brushed the entire table with Waverly chalk paint in the color steel.
This is the first time I've dry brushed anything, and I found that dry brushing is an easy and fun process. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
While we're looking at this corner of my living room, let me tell you a little about my other decor finds. As I've mentioned before, I have to do everything in this home on a very small budget. Even more so since I've had some unexpected large expenses recently, which I'll explain more about in a bit. So, here's a closer look, along with how I pulled it all together on a meager budget.
To the left of the print, I hung a wire basket that I picked up at a thrift store for about $3.00, and filled it with white sunflowers purchased at Joann's at 60% off. The price was unbelievable -- like better than thrift store prices -- and so I got a bunch of faux flowers that day. (I will share more of them in upcoming posts.) A 99 cent crocheted doily covers up the flower stems and adds a romantic touch.
The total for the table, including the cost of the paint and the decorative moulding came to $22.50. Here's a close-up of the tabletop decor.
I shopped my home for the gray bird. The candle in the tin is from At Home. I think I paid $4 for it. The $2 white vase and 99 cent faux hydrangea came from a thrift store. The lamp, a Goodwill find, cost $2.99. A word about the lamp: I'm not crazy about the color of the shade -- the colors in the rest of the room are more muted -- and I had thought about either replacing or painting the shade, or even replacing the fabric on the shade. However, we're entering the Christmas season and I kind of like the red touch in this corner. Also, if you look closely at the framed print, you'll notice that there's a bit of that same shade of red in it: the awning under the street lamp. So for now, the red is going to stay. I may look for a replacement shade to use most of the year, and pull this shade out when Christmas rolls around in years to come. At any rate, I think the lamp was a great bargain.