…’twas 2 days before christmas

If you want to know what it’s like to live in my brain for an evening most any time of year, it goes something like this:

I am so tired. I have a million and one things to do before Christmas. How am I going to do it all and still be pleasant? Kids are finally in bed. I’m going to lie on the couch for a minute near the tree and watch a Hallmark Christmas movie.

90 minutes later…

I am going to watch one more Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.

90 minutes late…

Maybe just one more.

30 minutes in… 

How good would it look if i had a farm table like that Pinterest picture I saw the other day? Must buy farm table. Ouch. White farm tables are expensive – especially the $,4000 one that is the perfect one for my kitchen. Boo. Must find another way to get white farm table.

(For reference, this is the image via Pinterest. aka the bee in my bonnet.)


20 minutes goes by…

Paint. White Chalk Paint. Yes.

That’s how it all went down last night and this is where we are this morning….




Poor DH. I didn’t mean to rope him in, but man is he good with a hand sander.



Kids want to wax? Sure, try it.




(We are using MMS’s method of making a wood table more antiqued. We are also using her Antiquing Wax. However, I am not wiping off as much as she did. I like it inconsistent and darker in places.)

DH is skeptical – almost stressed –  at this point, but I still have faith. Must play more. Greta whining that she misses the old table. Brent tired and has a headache from sanding. Must send family out of the house so I can experiment. 

2 minutes later…

Much better. Quieter. 

2:00 deadline for post…Getting closer…


I am so tired. Must lie down and watch Hallmark Christmas movie.



  1. Yep, totally understand. My brain works very similar to that. Instead of a movie though it’s usually something else that I need to do. Lol! Hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

  2. Whoa…..you decided to do all this on Dec. 23rd?!?!…
    You are a way better woman than I am….OR did you fall asleep while watching a Hallmark and all this was a dream… Hmmmm
    (If this got finished…did you have Christmas dinner on it?)

  3. When that idea pops into your head, it’s go time, no looking back lol and usually the outcome is beautiful, just like your new table. You wouldn’t have been happy anyway with that $4000 table from the store. It’s beautiful!

  4. Donna Castello says:

    Hi Christen, just want to know, you paint your dressers with the drawers closed, do you open them and paint the drawer frames also? How do you sell on line? And is it Craig list? Thanks Donna

  5. FUNNIEST thing I have read in a while! Christen, our brains are twins!! I think EXACTLY like that! And I am likely to start a project after 2 1/2 Hallmark movies, too!!! Thanks for the LOL!!!

  6. Love the table Christen !!! I have an antique English pub table that I would love to have made into a farmhouse table…you know, extend the leaves permanently and move the big chunky legs to the new outer 4 corners…sigh ! I also want to paint the base and refinish the top because the details don’t pop and I loveeee chalk paint. Your post resonated with me because my adult children don’t want me to paint it because it is sentimental to them as I have had it for over 30 years. I’m thinking they are just going to have to deal with it !!! Love the changes you have made to your dining area !!!

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