Well, I did it. If you have followed my blog lately I talked about a stressful week and tough decisions. That stressful week resulted me ( with the support of my husband) making a huge life decision here in the third quarter of our lives. I have made the incredibly hard decision to leave the school district that I have worked for 22 years and take on a new challenge. I will be opening another Early College High School in a town about an hour away from here. I am passionate about education and I know from my own family what having the chance to go to college does for a person and their family. We are going to sell the city house where we have lived the past 14 years and move closer to the lake house. Crazy huh? Because I am crazy, I am going to take you all on this journey as we prepare our home to sell, decide where we want to live, buy a new house and make it a home…all while opening a new school and getting ready our daughter’s wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer. I sure could use advice on packing, storage, and home staging. I hope you all are up for this. Once a week I am going to post a room in the house and ask you guys what I need to get out of the house, move around, and in general- improve. I hope you guys are up for the challenge.
February 26, 2013
February 23, 2013
Now that the roadside find dresser will offically be living in our family room, I have decided to call it a credenza. That sounds a lot fancier huh? Please indulge me as I go back to the beginning of this piece. I found this beauty by the side of the road on the way home from work. It took some smooth talking to my Hubby to get him to take the truck and pick it up. He went for the piece then came home only with the drawers because he couldn’t lift the beast up into the truck. I had to go back with him and we almost died getting it loaded. It is 6 1/2 feet long and weighs about the same amount as a baby elephant.
It even had some cool wooden hardware…although a few of them were chewed on by a dog at some point in the history of this piece.
A lot of sanding, priming and prep work was needed to get it ready for paint.
I chose to paint the top Behr Revival Mahogany and the base Behr Innocence. I used Behr Glazing medium to mix my own glaze from the Revival Mahogany to go over the base. It looks almost tobacco stained. I chose to glaze the top and the wooden handles with a black glaze. A little distressing and I waxed it all with finishing wax. I love the look, but this was a big piece to glaze.
She really is ready for her close-up. The piece adds a lot to the large empty wall opposite the fireplace. I love it and hope you do too.
February 22, 2013
I recently asked a young friend to paint this for me:
She took a leap and built her wings on the way down.
I have had the most amazing, agonizing, stressful week in 22 years. I will have more information Tuesday, but basically my world is being turned upside down. In spite of everything, I got the glazing finished tonight on the big hunkin’ credenza. Pictures this weekend after Poly. Life is good.
February 15, 2013
February 13, 2013
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
― Virgil Kraft
Are you as ready for spring as I am? It was another rainy nasty day here, but I got the top of the dresser painted. I love the color of the top, Revival Mahogany and the bottom, Innocence together. I am down to glazing, distressing and reassembly. It is SOOO pretty. No pictures tonight. I want you to ooh and aah when you see the finished project.