Still getting hand me downs…

My sister decided to get rid of an old end table in her living room.  I asked her if I could have it to repaint.  I had been dying to try out some Annie Sloan chalk paint and some stenciling techniques.  I didn’t think too much about this piece since it was a freebie 🙂  I just slathered some AS Paris Grey on it.  I decided it needed a little something more so I added some dark wax around the edges.  I then added my stencil which I had picked up at a local antique shop.  I used a pewter Martha Stewart craft paint and a small sponge brush to apply.  After it had dried I added two coats of clear wax.  I absolutely LOVE this table.  I sit in my sun room, with a cup of coffee, and think about my sister every morning.  Definitely better than the old corduroy pants she used to give me:-)

-the thimble
I liked this table so much I decided to “redo” some old rocking chairs from our childhood using the same techniques.

chairs brown
chairs new

Sweet 16

So, oops, my first post and I screwed it up. Wanted the pic and text together, but I guess they are separate items. Sigh. Anyway, I’m kind of proud of myself for working on my daughter’s Sweet 16 party for the past month. Usually I make a detailed list of plans and then throw it all together the DAY OF. But, in this case, I knew I wanted to craft some DIY to make a country chic backyard party truly special. No crepe paper! This little girl of mine is all grown up (well, mostly). She knows she likes pink tulle and cowboy boots. Hmmm. . .might have said the same of her at 3! So here we go. . . 50 or so teens in my backyard with a dance floor, music, white lights, candles in jars, and burlap draped everywhere. I can’t wait!

-the spoon