Vintage Chess Set

I decided it was time to teach my kids chess. And of course I needed to teach them on a cool, vintage chess board. Etsy is the perfect place to shop for things like this.

There are so many beautiful, old chess sets on Etsy! What I found fascinating was that most of them were sold from sellers in Russia or Eastern Europe. Who can explain this to me? I know nothing about the origin of chess. My beauty was shipped from a seller in Sofia, Bulgaria.

I love the board with letters and markings. I wanted a set that was pretty enough that I could leave out all the time. The set is sitting on this really cool shabby table that I found at this year’s Luckett’s Spring Market. It needed a little work to make stable, but the chippy quality makes me so happy. I also found four little stools from Olde Thyme Marketplace to perfectly go with the table.

I have been stunned by the fact that Reid continues to beat me every time and he’s never played before. Must practice.

 

A Quickie Sideboard Transformation (because I didn’t take many pix!)

So, yes, that was my update yesterday that you may have seen about moving in the direction that I feel and honoring that. However, I did a few projects over the weekend that I wanted to share. If you are not following me on Instagram, hop on as I tend to share there first. Look up “blueeggbrownnest”.

Here’s a before and after of my sideboard….

I used Old White, Clear Wax and NO distressing.

The room is so much lighter! Happy.

…bistro set

I love working outside in spring! Of course March is that whole lion and lamb thing so I started this set in my house. No one seemed to mind.

Just a reminder about painting colored furniture, when you go to sand you will get that original color and then the raw wood. Some people hate that original color and others think it enhances the piece. If you do not want the original color showing through then don’t sand instead you can use your dark wax to create a rubbed look. Here’s what I mean:

Also, you will notice that the chairs are straw on the seat. I taped around this. Paint color is Country Grey.

Here’s the end result.

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