Round Foyer Table

Hi Friends! Rainy day here in VA. Online school, husband working hard in the study and I’m on my second espresso with a few more to go!

I want to change up….everything now that I’ve been stuck in the house for 6 months. How about you? I have edited my house in the last few years as things have become more minimal. Minimal is not really my thing – I like an interesting piece in every corner – but, I do understand that it can make a house feel a bit more open and airy. We all need that right now.

I have had a beautiful work table (above) in my foyer that I bought from Miss Mustard Seed at her last Luckett’s showing at the market. I love an old table more than anything. I painted it white and it live happily in the foyer for years. But, I wanted a bit of a chance – a round table. I was going to buy one, but instead of paying a thousand bucks I thought I’d try my very first kitchen table turned craft table. Here she is:

There is so much sticky, icky gunk on this table, but it’s still a great piece. Brent’s nana bought it for us at Crate and Barrel when we were first married so lots of memories. I pulled out a can of Graphite. I still had an old can of Annie Sloan Graphite in the garage. It settled a bit and I had to work with it, but got it going.

You can see it’s a bit thin, but it was in my garage for about 2 years. That just means I needed several coats.

I know that lots of painters use Dark Wax to make the table…darker. I just never liked the look of it. It felt tacky and I didn’t like the overall look. So, I thought I’d try wood stain. This is Jacobean – again, I found it in the garage! The stain was definitely better than the wax, but not exactly what I wanted.

So, the story goes on. I didn’t think it was black enough once I got the table upstairs, so I bought a can of black furniture paint from Amazon – sorry Annie! I bought a true black from Shabby Chic in Licorice on Amazon. This gave me a true black and I did not need any wax.

What do you all think about the Shabby Chic Licorice? I have a little tutorial in my process, but it’s a little disjointed. I’ll release it soon.

PS – It’s October 26th and many states have early voting. You can take the whole darn family, like I did, to the polls and vote in person. OR You can still send in your Mail In Ballot OR you can vote on Election Day November 3rd. Easy! Just check out how and where to vote in your state. You can do so here: https://www.usa.gov/how-to-vote

xoxo

The Study

Hi Friends! How is everyone holding up? Do you want to re-decorate your entire house that you’ve been staring at for six straight months like I do?

I wanted to show you the reveal of the study. If you recall we started it back in March when Momma needed a project. Brent build all the bookshelves with the kids and they came out beautifully!

The paint color is Benjamine Moore Dark Harbor and yes, it is a bit more expensive but worth it for the rich, dark color. I used high sheen and also painted the trim and crown molding.

I also wanted interesting knobs for the lower cabinets and found some on Etsy from a selling in Indonesia. I was thrilled with them! Brassy and old looking. I also found those cool wood chairs from Etsy.

I found a fancy crystal chandelier at Overstock and decorated with some vintage looking pillows. The table that I’m using as a desk was from a great site I just found called Scout and Nimble. Definitely worth a look.

My desk lamps are from One King’s Lane. Love the black shade.

Some of the paintings on the wall are mine and others are pieces that I’ve found throughout the years. I put them all in gilt frames, but that’s the only piece that matches. The mandolin is from my grandfather’s collection and when Brent is on a Zoom call he gets lots of questions about the mandolin and the “museum room.”

We have loved the coziness of this space. It not like the other rooms in our house and feels special.

Fiona, Birdie and Greta are big fans.

The Urbanfarmhouse Store

My dear friend, June, opened up her very own shop about a year ago and it is just too adorable for words! It is located in this little house in Arlington and filled to the brim with farmhouse chic items and locally-sourced goodies! You cannot leave this gem without finding something for your home.

Dear June sells my oil paintings as well. It’s been very humbling and inspiring having my work, this type of painting, bought and hung in people’s homes.

For the safety of all, she has closed the stop and opened an ONLINE shop! I am so excited. She has curbside pick up hours.

Check out her sweet wares at The Urban Farmhouse Store

Here’s some of her finds below….

Thank you for giving me a place to hang my hat and buy my candles and decor, Sweet June! Love you! xo