Thursday, October 09, 2008

Not a Whole Lot

I can't believe that it's been almost a week since I've blogged. I suppose you could say I'm in a blog funk. Dunno. There's really not a lot going on around here.

Last weekend I did, however, refinish an old dresser of drawers that belonged to my parents and then was in my brothers' room for their growing up years. When the teenager got his "big-boy room," mom gave it to me. I had changed the top knobs to something a little more child like and the boys have had it in one of their rooms for almost 20 years! It has been loved for close to 50 years and had the look to prove it. It's not that it's a great piece of furniture, but it does have a lot of sentimental value to me. So, I decided to paint it. Mind you, I have never painted a piece of furniture in my life!

The top was in the worst shape after almost ruining it with a fish tank splattering water on it for years. Being veneered, it truly was a mess. So I took wood putty to that.

Then I found this antiquing "kit" and went to town. I put over three coats on this sucker! I also painted a little side table I've had for many moons, tired of the light wood.

Once finished, I sanded as instructed and then started adding the antique glaze. (Note: Never paint three layers to something that you are going to distress! Duh.) I didn't like the look. So I put yet another coat on the top to cover the dingy brown.

Yesterday, I went to Anthropologie's and picked up four glass knobs. And voila! New furniture! I'm not quite happy with it overall and I will continue to work on it somehow. I need a good piece of sandpaper to rub the edges with. I may blacken the top. I'm not quite sure yet. Will keep ya posted on that project. Any suggestions from you pros out there would be greatly appreciated!

Big news last night. The teenager surprised me and popped home for fall break! I didn't even know it was fall break. I had called him on Tuesday to tell him the presidential debate was being held at the Curb Center at Belmont University. This is where his commencement exercises were last year! How exciting--for me anyway. He was cool and collected and never said a word about fall break. Although we haven't had a lot of time to talk as he went out to see his buds about as soon as he arrived, I can't wait to sit down with him and catch up. Now I get it. It wasn't his leaving that did me in, but his coming home sure is about as exciting as you can get! I get it.

Well, at least I kept his bed in his room and the "new" dresser. He's still asleep. Snicker. Wonder what time he got in last night?

The hub left yesterday morning for Asia, again. A little excitement on his flight to Dallas, though. He sat next to Tom Brocaw. The hub says he was the nicest guy you'd ever want to meet. Apparently, our little Nashville Airport was all abuzz with all kinds of political VIPs yesterday morning heading back to points unknown. It caused some delays getting through check-point charlie though.


Mrs. Staggs said...

It is so nice when they come home, isn't it? I love how we gradually become friends with our children over a different way from when we spend so much time parenting them. It's a rewarding feeling.

I am a miserable painter. I hate it, so I'm afraid I'm not much help at all, but I think you've made a wonderful start on your project.

I think Anthropologie has the best knobs. I always look at the glass ones, when I visit there.

Jeanie said...

That looks GREAT! Love it!

Way cool about sitting next to Tom Brokaw. Boy, he had my sympathies trying to keep those two on track during the debate! So glad he was nice in person.

Judy said...

The dresser looks great. I wish we had an Anthropologie store here. I'm jealous.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Nice job! That dresser looks really great! I'd love to be able to renovate fourniture...



Debbies-English-Treasures said...

Who`s been a very busy bee?
The dresser looks fab. Well done!
All the hard work, paid of in the end!
Debbie Moss

(From England)

Queenly Things said...

Tom's going to be here (or just was) at Stanford. Was your DH flying though SFO?
Next time have him drop you off - not literally but you know what I mean.



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