For awhile now, I have been wanting to share something that God is teaching me.
You have probably heard it this message stated in lots of different ways. Here is mine. Well, really God's. His words to me and you.
God has created you (insert your name) to be unique and special. He has wired us with gifts and talents that were created just for us. When we use these gifts we are full of joy and life and fill fulfilled. These talents bring God glory when they are used for His purposes in our lives. And these talents look different in everyone. God has designed our personalities, gifts, abilities, life experiences, up bringing, really everything to create you.
You are an original, one-of-a-kind, totally loved, best kind of treasure.
So, figure it out. Be the original person, God created you to be.
Get off the fence. Quit wanting others gifts. Comparison is the thief of joy. Discover who are you are, what you like, what gets you excited and figure out how to incorporate that in your life.
Then start. Take responsiblity for you. Try out new things, look for areas you excel in or where your interests lie. And when you give it a good effort, be satisfied.
Because your talents are not for you. They are meant to be shared with others. They expand when they are used and they mulitply when given away.
It's not always easy. But the best things never are.
Are you ready? Really ready? God has work for you to do and He invites us to join Him in the task of life. He will prepare you, help you, encourage you and equip you. You just need to be willing.
I hope this encouarges you and makes you think. The time is now.
I can't wait to hear what exciting things God has prepared for you and how He will use your gifts for others.
That's what I do to most everything piece of furniture I buy it seems. So, I'm used to getting down and dirty with items, but this pair were quite a project.
I really don't have a "first" picture. By the time I took this one, Handy & Handsome had already cut the tops off. I really don't know what these pieces were for orginally, but they had angle wood sides that made us think they were used by an architect. The tops of these pieces were long gone.
H & H had to level the tops first.
These cabinets are very deep and this one had 11 drawers. Yes, the drawers got me!
Told you they were cute!
Cleaning them required the shop vac. Love that piece of equipment.
Once they were cleaned, then H&H cut tops for me. Then I re-stained the wood sides and fronts. Next up was paint! Chalk Paint (AS) is what I used on these pieces.
I wanted some dark wood to show with the paint as a constrast. I used Cream and Chauteau Grey on this piece...
And added in Duck Egg on this one. I wanted them to compliment each other, but not to match exactly.
Outside shots...not the best light!
After paint, I distressed the paint, and wiped a glaze over the paint for an aging effect.
I used some old hardware that got an update with spray paint and clear sealer.
Are you feeling my pain yet? There were so many steps, coats and sealers...
After the glaze was dry, I sealed all the painted parts with an antique polyurathane top coat.
And FINALLY, they were finished! Styling is just the "icing on the cake!"
One more thing... The frame with the map in it was my "test" piece. I used all three paint colors on it to see if they would work together. I liked how they turned out, so then I was good to proceed with big pieces! Frames have so many uses and now this one can be sold as a matching accessory to these pieces.
I think these cabinets would be great in craft or family room. The one on the left would be perfect for games, cards, puzzles and such. The one on the right would be great for craft supplies, scrap book paper, stamps, glitter...all those fun little things!
These are truly 2, one-of-a-kind pieces!
I hope whoever buys them enjoyed them for years to come!
Yes, That's where we found them...on the way to church one Sunday morning. They didn't look quite like this. There was about 5 layers of yucky fabric, covered by some needlepoint seat cushions that once were pretty. I recall that the back piece on one of the chairs was off as well. But after Handsome and Handy got done with them, they were ready for turn. He glued that back piece and cut me new boards for the seats!
I had 2 options of fabric for the chair cushions, both high quality fabrics I had picked up at different sales. I really though they would look great either way, SO I let my Facebook friends vote on their favorite option.
Option A: was to paint the chairs in Old White Chalk Paint by AS and recover the seats in that beautiful woven blue and cream fabric.
Option B: was to clean up the chairs with some new dark stain and recover seats with silky strip fabric.
Overwhelmingly, Option A won by a 2/3 vote. I really thought the paint would win out, BUT when you re-sell you really want to know what style your customers want to buy from you! Anyone agree?
So, off I went to find my paintbrush. Painting these chairs was just what I needed to get me back in the swing of projects! The Spring Barn Sale is coming and I have several large projects to re-store, and these were what I need to get going! I used Old White, with medium distressing. My sweet mom and I tackled the seat with foam, fabric and a staple gun... They look so fresh and ready for another life! Don't you agree?
Just a few close-ups!
I'll also be selling these great sofa table this spring...The plates I just purchased. I really like them, I think they will stay at my house for a bit...but then again, who knows? That's the fun about selling!
And there you go...Curbside chairs get a new lease on LIFE! Truly, one man's trash...
Have a great weekend, and get your paint brush out!