Friday, March 30, 2012

The Little Table that Could

Ever just get lucky?  Like designer lucky?  It happens to Mr. S and I a bit.  And I'm learning something from it...
Make a piece work for YOU even if it is an "antique" piece, it doesn't have to stay in it's original style/color/finish.  Especially if that style/color/finish doesn't work with your home.  I've tried over and over to force-fit things into my life that I didn't {LOVE} because they were antiques and I was afraid to change them!  But fear no more! :)  I just decided this weekend, if I'm going to cherish everything exactly as it is, I will ALWAYS have a "designer's block".  

So here's the {antique} table that became the crowning glory of my breakfast nook.

First, you should know this table was FREE.  Always, always, always think about what you can do with Free.  Especially if you are on a budget.

The original table top sanded down to a beautiful, natural color with it's pits and scrapes.

An amazing thing happens if you just sand down or strip a product down.  Suddenly, you have a blank canvas.  You can be inspired anew!  It's ok to change directions after you've started.  Mr. S and I sanded this table and pedestal down before picking out stain colors, because we figured the color didn't matter until the stripping was done!  I'm glad we waited because we ended up agreeing on a brighter green than previously imagined. :)

The pedestal base.  I'm in LOVE with the green

The top after being stained a honey oak color.

At the moment, I don't have dining chairs that I love, but I've been inspired by the vibrant green of the pedestal, which is a complete stain-newbie mishap.  I didn't TEST the green stain before using it, nor did I use a wood conditioner to make the stain take evenly.  I ended up with a very uneven, more vibrant, green than I had anticipated.  And honestly, I love it!  I feel like I always fall back on Bob Ross when it comes to art, but he always said "there are mistakes, just happy little accidents" (at least that's the way I remember it). And I totally believe that.

And the finished product???

My beautiful, inspiring {very} green table! :)
This is my $25 breakfast masterpiece!  All $25 went to sand paper, stain, and brushes.  I own an orbital sander and used that for all of our sanding except on the curves of the legs and there is one metal band around the bottom that I want to cover with a copper strip {or spray copper} but for now, it is just there and we don't notice it.

The one thing I would say is that I felt the Polyeurethane/Stain in one (I used on the top) did not work very well.  Maybe this is just me?  Anyone else have trouble with that?  Whenever I wipe my table clean, it seems the stain/poly is coming off of my table.  Any others encounter this or know what I've done wrong?

There once was a kitchen inspired entirely by green Marjolica pottery.  If I ever find that magazine/article, I will link it for you to see!  This table reminds me of that kitchen!  Now...what to do for chairs...

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Game Day Birthday Bash

So, as promised, I'm back to give you a little insight on planning a perfect {Board Game} themed party!!  There was actually a LOT of crafting and work involved, but there are certainly short cuts you could take.

After scouring the internet for {Game} party themes and coming up only with Casino Night and Family Game night party ideas, I realized I was going to have to be flexible.  Why can't family game night work for a game night birthday party?  IT CAN!  The challenging part about a theme party like this, {read: BEWARE} you have to keep your "theme" focused.  In my case, I wanted guests to feel that there would be all kinds of board games and card games they could play, but I didn't want the party to seem thrown together.  I know you're thinking "Doesn't the theme of 'games' tie it all together"  but, sadly, no.  The ideas began to pile up, but too many varying game theme ideas would have made the decor look a little schizophrenic, while focusing on one game could take it from "Game" themed to "Monopoly" themed.  Also, I wanted a party that was a little grown up - after all Mr S was turning 30!  So the recap?
  • Grown Up, Stylish Soiree
  • Multi-game themed
  • Cohesive decor
  • Budget minded
Doesn't sound like too tall of an order for this designer, but I had to find the thread to tie it together...COLOR. Wait!  I thought it was GAME themed?  Yes, that's true, but what do all classic board games have in common?  The primary colors {and usually dice}!!  So, I decided to utilize these colors {and some actual game pieces} to decorate cohesively in my home for a stylish and game themed party.

Now, as my camera is still on the fritz and I'm going TODAY to get an adapter for my memory stick...I'm sending you over to Pinterest to see what inspired me and to a few other blogs with AMAZING party ideas!  The perfect site for perfectly adorable party ideas.  {They're parties are glam, but alas, I couldn't find a "board game" theme anywhere!}  They update their site all the time with new and amazing ideas!  My pinterest site for party ideas {see links under the pictures for sources}

Woot - I've finally gotten the pictures up!  Check out the food recap here and the decor recap here!  Tutorials to come soon.  Thanks for visiting.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Growing {wiser} Older

My wonderful husband turned 30 last Saturday and I have been absolutely DROWNING in getting his party planned and executed.  (That's why I've fallen off the face of the planet for a month)  However, it was a wonderful party and I had an opportunity to really get creative!  As he was worried about getting older, I was running back to my childhood craft days of paper flowers and card banners!  Enjoy the "Game Night" party theme ideas!!

If you're like me, searching for an appropriate themed party for your {wo}man was the biggest part of the party planning stage!  How many different themes are out there??  LOADS, but none quite fit Mr. S.  Conversations with myself went like this:

He's athletic? Sure
He like movies! Who Doesn't?
He likes camping?  Well, yeah, but...I don't know.

Then *BAM!* it hit me like a ton of bricks.  All of our get togethers with friends or family usually involve GAMES....board games, dice games, domino games, card games, etc.  Why not throw a game themed party?  So here are some items I crafted for his birthday party!

Food Table Sign

Paper flower centerpiece

More photos to come and tutorials on making your own game day party memorable!

M.I.A. in the quiet blogsphere...

>tree frogs singing....owl hooting...breeze in the trees<'s quiet out here...Sorry I've been M.I.A.  It's certainly isn't for lack of WANTING to blog.  My {not so great} camera had decided it doesn't want to give up the photos of my living room!  Evil thing.  So I am trying to find a way to download photos.  I may have to break down and go buy an adapter for the memory card so I can just put that in my computer....don't you just love technology! :)  Either way, here are some iPhone photos of future projects to keep you updated!

Picking a Paint Color!

Breakfast Nook Table Restoration

Industrial Cart Coffee Table {for less}

Recreating a {favorite} Pillow