Yes, that is a huge log of driftwood you see! I wanted so badly to take it with me, but it would have been impossible to get home. I did pick up some other peices of driftwood though. Here are some incredibly-less-artistic shots of those:
Alright, now on the the main event.
This side table has been sitting in the guest room for awhile now:
I haven’t done anything with it, because there wasn’t really any room for it in the house, but after coming home from vacation and not having done anything creative for 4 whole days, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on a piece of furniture, so the one above got redone, even though I don’t really have room for it. (I will make room 😀 )
Here is the after:
Here is a shot of it in-process:
Originally I sanded the top, stained it walnut, and then washed over it with gray paint. It ended up having an almost pinkish finish, which I didn’t like, so I stained over the wash with the walnut which made it look LOADS better, but I still wasn’t happy with it. I decided that because of the shape of the piece (the bottom has a piece that’s the same width as the top) a wood top threw off the balance, so I just sanded it back down and painted over it. After that I decided to wash some white paint over the whole thing, which gave the piece more interest. Then I just distressed away with my electric sander and a 320 grade sandpaper.
The color is a bit hard to decipher from these pictures. For some reason my camera kept capturing it all different ways. It’s actually a light robin’s egg blue which I mixed myself using a variety of old paints.
Also, I thought I’d show off the picture frame I recently re-did which is sitting on the end table in the above pictures. Here are some close ups:
I’m really thrilled with how this frame came out. I forgot to take a before picture (doh!) but it did have a nasty gold finish, pink matting and a grandma-ish flower picture. I sanded it down, and then washed it with white paint. I think all the little details are awesome, and the washing really made them stand out.
Alright, I’m finally at the end now, even though I have several other projects I could share with you. 😛 To quote Father Christmas from The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe “Things do pile up, when you’ve been gone a hundred years” (or one week, in my case) Thank you all so much for reading!