…refinishing my kitchen table

Dear Loved Ones!

I’ve missed you all terribly and today is a time to rejoice – school is open! The kids got on the bus! I took a shower! I went to the gym! I may actually sit down to eat my lunch instead of standing at the counter on call for the next need from a child.

Last time I posted was during the Christmas-colored fog that settles on all of us, clouding our perception of all things and making us live in a world where we only eat cookies, watch the Hallmark Channel and order gifts from Amazon Prime. This is what happened during one of those dizzy evenings as DH was working on our theater room that he wanted to surprise the kids with (more on that later). In other words, I was alone upstairs and ready to do some damage.

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Just to give you a reminder, this is how my kitchen table has looked for the past 6 years. I  bought it from Pottery Barn and was really happy with it.

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I was inspired to change it because that’s what I do. I like to change things up and play. The kids were mourning the loss of the table, I think Greta even cried, but I explained as they like to create beautiful art at school, this is mommy’s way of creating. So stop crying about the table! J/K. Kind of.

If you did not read my last post, here is what I did:

1. I painted the base of the table with Old White and heavily distressed it. I did not use any wax as I wanted a rough look.

2. We sanded the table completely down to the natural wood. If you have a piece of store bought furniture it will likely have some kind of shiny finish on it. If you want to manipulate the color or look you cannnot change anything unless you have taken all this off. This requires an electric sander.

3. I applied Dark Wax all over the surface per MMS tutorial.

4. I buffed it off with a rag in certain places and left it in others to create an old look.

5. I took a piece of rough steel wood and scratched it up.

6. Farm table done and ready for dinner.

Well, not quite.

I quickly decided that I needed new chairs to match the new look and I knew the exact ones that I wanted via many beautiful Pinterest pictures. I was shocked to receive them as we were literally leaving the house for our Christmas Eve celebrations as I had not warned DH that I had made the decision to replace kitchen chairs….and the light fixture. Definitely needed a matching pendant. I wanted something that screamed farm and nothing works better than a rubbed black farmhouse pendent. Here is where we are:

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The good news is that when we are ready to build a farmhouse in the country we will just need to replant this look. I’m pretty sure I won’t want to change anything by that time. hehe.

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…favorite things friday: marble top tables

I finished up a few marble-top tables recently. I think marble, vintage tables are so simple, but offer such class to a space. Usually you will find a wood base, which can be ornate or simple and then a cut of a Carrara or other white veined piece of marble on top. The marble is heavy and is cut to fit the base.

Here is one of the tables that I brought out of my Luckett’s space yesterday. Did you know that you can call in to the shop and buy a piece and they will hold it for you until you can pick up?!

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I love how a base like this looks in Paris Grey. I believe I priced it about $250. There is also a matching smaller one out there too.

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FYI – I have just purchased several Santos dolls that I will be putting in my space at Luckett’s as soon as they come in.

Let’s check out how marble-tops look in home-y spaces.

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I think marble is such a clean, classy look even when not found in the kitchen!

 

…BIG news

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Without further ado, I am thrilled to announce that you will be able to shop Blue Egg Brown Nest at the The Old Luckett’s Store starting late September! eeeek! I grew up going to Lucketts, my children’s furniture is all from Lucketts, I shop at Luckett’s all the time and have been a part of the Spring Market and now I am going to sell at the shop. The front porch right by the front door to be exact.

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If you recall, my Luckett’s friends offered me a room a few years ago. I was super flattered as I was told that the waiting list is 10 years long. I thought and prayed about it, coming to the conclusion that it was just not the right time for me and my family. I had at least one child in diapers and the other was barely able to climb up the steep steps of the bus by herself. My babies needed me ready and able.

I have had the luxury of working for home, accepting refinishing pieces and selling pieces from my safe spot. I feel like the time is right to step out just a wee bit. I have been super honest about being a little, well, nervous about committing to anything too big. I want to still be able to attend to my family while loving what I work on. My Luckett’s friends are the very sweetest of peaches and told me that I can take the space for a month or for a very, very long time. It was all about what works for me and if I am happy. Wow. What encouraging words.

Everything is in the timing, isn’t it? I’m going to give it a go, pray big and eat/sleep/sell vintage. Promise me you will come visit me and my little space! I need to see friendly faces and nothing makes me more giddy then running into a friend I have never met before, but knows little ole me.

Feeling blessed.

FYI – This is a call to all pickers & home-owners. If you are local and have vintage furniture and/or antiques to sell, email me! cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Okay, DH, here is our next adventure. Buckle up!

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