3.03.2011

I finished something. Believe it or not...

Hello Faithful Readers.  I miss you!  I almost forgot to take 'after pics' of this furniture do-over I have been working on for a friend's friend.  But then I was like, *thunk*, I have a decorating blog.  So out came the camera and I snapped a few shots.  

Here's the before: It's a family heirloom, a dining cabinet.  



At the last minute they threw in this little side table too:



  Let me just say that painting furniture in the middle of your living/school room isn't dandy.  
Just thought I'd throw that out there.  

Anyway, they were sanded a bit, then I used some liquid deglosser, primer, several coats of paint, a coat of stain wiped on and wiped off, then a few coats of polycrylic.  


  It was a lot more work than I expected, little nooks and cranies, the turned legs, etc.  But they turned out pretty I think.  Although I used satin paint, stain, and polycrylic, the finish still has quite a bit of sheen.  
You don't see all the crap supplies on my floor.


Here's the side table:


I tried to get a close up of the paint job with the stain, but I couldn't smack my macro setting into behaving.  

So, that's all I've managed to do the last couple months.  Hubs is ready to start on the boys' rooms again.  
Me?  
I'm all about looking for any sign of spring.  
Does a plethora of fat mother robins making a pit stop in my back yard this afternoon count?  
Oh heck yeah. 

37 comments:

Claudia said...

They look fabulous, Cindy! Good to hear from you. I have a cabinet much like the one you have. I really love it.

xo
Claudia

Pattie said...

OH yea...Cindy that's counts I saw a chipmunk and a robin... come over a see my egg tree if you have a min. have a great weekend.

Pattie

Diane Costanza said...

Is that a barn red? I love anything red and antiqued!

BTW, yes a robin sighting is definitely a sign of spring!

Smiles,
Diane

Sara @ thesherlockshome said...

The paint job look fabulous!

And, yes, robins mean spring! They woke me up this morning for the first time this year, and I was actually happy about it (we'll see in a couple weeks if I'm throwing my cats outside when it happens though!).

Pamma said...

So glad to see you back and working on something for a friend. Love it!

Me, too, looking hopefully out the window each day and checking the weather often, hoping for a miracle, I guess. Did a post today comparing how the yard looks today (disaster) and how it looked early fall.
Yearning for spring....
~Pam
pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

sissie said...

Hi Cindy,
I love the pieces and the color that you chose is really pretty.

Spring will be here before your know.

hugs
Sissie

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Hi Cindy! Great transformation and I am so impressed you painted in the house. If it was me I'd have paint all over the carpet, floor, furniture, etc. Nice to see you!

Heidi said...

ooo, la, la! They look so prety!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

That really brought them into this decade! Pretty!
I saw a meadowlark the other day. I actually cheered, even though the poor thing was flying around while it was snowing.

NanaDiana said...

I was thinking about you today and wondering when we would hear from you again!!! And...here you are!

I wonder if your ancestors are spinning to see that color on those old pieces? LOL...LOVE them..what fun! xxoo Diana

Robin said...

Looks great. The color is fantasic too. Such a nice change for two lovely pieces of furniture.

Chrissie said...

Very pretty! You did a wonderful job!

Amy Kinser said...

Hey girl! So nice to see you on here. Still praying for your mom.

Take care and God bless.

Maureen said...

You saw a robin today? Yahoo - it's coming! So nice to hear from you. I hope all is well.

simpledaisy said...

Ooh...great job!!!!!

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Hi Cindy, I'd say a robin means spring! I was looking at some of your past posts...I hope your mom is doing okay. I also see you went to Disney World, you were probably there when I was...isn't that funny?! Have a good weekend :)

Hilary @ Sweet as June said...

nice to see you back! love that color!

Marilyn Holeman said...

Cindy! Good to see Cottage Instincts in my inbox! Thanks for posting.

Blessings,
Marilyn

My (Mobile) Home Life said...

I did my kidney bean coffee table this dark red (Colonial Red) and I love it and was thinking about doing my kitchen table the same color since both rooms are completely connected and open to each other. Now I'm REALLY thinking about doing it red instead of the matte black I've been planning....Hmmmmm....

Melanie said...

Hi Cindy,

Love the bright color that you painted your furniture! I would love to see where you decide to put these pieces and how it fits in with the room you have it in. Bet it will look gorgeous!

Terry said...

That is what I call making a statement! Can't wait till I see how you dress it and where you place it in your home.

Jayme, The Coop Keeper said...

Been thinking about you! I feel like I've stepped outside for the first time in a year and I'm rubbing my eyes in the sunshine. What the heck is going on? Feel so 'inside myself' lately. Miss the livin' hell out of you. For reals.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Cindy, YOu are a brave woman! Painting in your livingroom. What a stunning piece you have, and the sidetable too! Gorgeous color!
What an inspiration.
Yvonne

Marianne@Songbird said...

Glad to see you painting again. What a wonderful bold color you choose. Can't wait to see where this baby is going to find a home.
And yes fat mama birds do count as a sign of Spring!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

LOVE that red!! Those pieces are totally transformed! Hope your mom is doing well :))

Sue said...

Nice to see a post! You have been busy, girl. That is one cheery color that was chosen for those pieces. You'd better show us the room your friend's friend puts them in! Spring? It can't come soon enough for us mid-westerners, can it? The mourning dove outside our study is cooing away and I've seen some pretty birds making their way into the woods behind us. Now, if the sun and the warm weather would just make an appearance.... Hope your mom is doing well. :-) Sue

Susan S. said...

Those pieces look great!!!! Love the color. I've been known to paint in the living room too but usually b/c it's too hot outside! Happy Spring!

buywowaccount said...

I love the color very Spring. You did a great job choosing the color. I couldn't argue more, i smell a hint of spring in the air.

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

OMG I would be so afraid...........I LOVE IT!!!!
I am so afraid of color, this is amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I can't believe someone would want that beautiful furniture painted pink!

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Love the color of those pieces, Cindy! Glad to hear from you!

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

They look beautiful! And I love the color.

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

They look beautiful! And I love the color.

RSA Certificate said...

Ooh that's lovely, sure will brighten up a room with that color ;)

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

beautiful!! Love the cabinet- what a great piece.

Linda said...

Love what you did with the furniture...great job!

Donna Frasca said...

That is one awesome color! How do you like it?

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