Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tables - tables - tables!

I started work on these tables last fall just before the weather turned so cold.  My son and I got them sanded and primed and that's just the way they sat - in the basement - all winter long.  The weather has been so nice the past week here in East Tennessee that the tables are now finished.  Sorry - no photos along the way... just the finished products.

What ya think?  which one is your favorite?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Let's Update the Fauteuils

Since I have been in business for almost 5 years... I have lots of projects... I must admit that most are 'pending'.... such as this pair of beautiful 1800's French fauteuil chairs.  Some of the upholstery has been removed to make it easier to refinish the wood.  The French green color is gorgeous, but not in good condition.  Time for an update.

Diamonds in the ROUGH!!!

The chairs were primed, sanded (a little), and painted with BM Decorator White. The chairs have cured for several weeks now…. pretty carvings. 


The chairs were then slightly distressed and given a heavy coat of dark brown walnut stain. I love the final look. It’s dark in the deep places… and it truly gives that aged looked that these chairs deserve.

It's getting there... one more to go. 

I love the updated look....

The story will continue with upholstery – but that’s for another day.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Dressed Up and Ready...

I absolutely love to take something old and 'not so pretty' and work on it - regardless of the condition.  I purchased these end tables sometime ago and just put them away for another time.  Now with the pretty days we have been having in TN - I decided it was the right time.  I cleaned the cobwebs and dust from the wood.  These tables are very sturdy and didn't need anything to the basic stucture.  They received a light sanding, primer, and then a cottage white finish.  The edges were then distressed to give it a nice worn-over-time look.  See what you think...


Another before....

The After - all dressed up and ready to BEAUTIFY!

Much pettier and more usable...:)

Such a pretty pair!

Furniture Feature Fridays

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Treasure Hunt in the Thrift...

I recently visited a local thrift store and as I walk through the doors - the lady at the counter said  "Everything is 25 cents.  I ask if she was going out of business.  She replied that she was only reducing inventory...  Oh well - yeah for me and all the other hurried shoppers.   I watched as people loaded up - checked out - unloaded in the car - and came back inside for more.  I couldn't help but laugh.  Of course, I found some goodies of my own. Check em out...

Aqua wire basket with pearls ~ so pretty!  I love this color.

Vintage Basket wall sconce in white

                           Blue/White Candle Holder ~
          'kind of' French /Oriental Looking

Did you find treasures this week?  

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New to the Blog World ~ Woo Hoo!

New to blogging...
Hi there! I'm Connie Boyd and I am so excited to be here! I'm looking forward to all the fun we'll be having here together in The Shabby Home.
Let me introduce myself - I'm the mother of three wonderful people. My daughter is an active mother with two of my grandchildren. She’s a homeschooling mom and loves to decorate. My son is a ‘work at home’ dad with two more grandchildren. He can fix anything and is very creative. My third child is a precious – very active – red-haired little boy. He keeps me young! We are home-schooling. When I’m not teaching, playing, cleaning, or helping to care for my (84 years young mom)… you will find me ‘prettying up’ - the treasures I find for The Shabby Home online store.

Refinishing furniture is more than a job for me. It’s about taking something old and putting it back to use. Preserving the character that furniture holds is just part of the process. I like to see where Grandpa wore the finish from the ‘head’ dining chair through years of use. Even if it’s not my grandpa – it’s about the value of being beautiful with imperfections. It parallels our life with Christ. HE takes a used worn life and when he enters into our hearts – we become useful, beautiful because of HIM, and still imperfect – all in the same body. I hope you enjoy your stay.

I like what I do!  Take a look...   

This is an example of what I enjoy most about my work - taking things from a cast-off to beautiful.... at least in my eyes. ... Now these can be enjoyed at as 'set' of mismatched dining chairs.  

Stay tuned...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Advertising Button

My Advertising Button: 
OK... now look at this... tell me what you think.  I have decided to try advertising the Etsy store.  I want to advertise on Miss Mustard Seed's Blog.  She has ask for a button linked to my store or at least the 'computer gibberish' for it.  I work online, but I normally do not do 'geek'.  I wish I could... I have taken web design computer classes and do understand some... just enough to know what I need - even if I can't do it.  All that being said - I have worked  hours to accomplish this little button.  I like it.  It's spring-like... and seems to represent my shabby home... it's beautifully imperfect!  I think.


Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope. Ephesians 3:20