Wednesday, July 11, 2012

The Peacock Table

So a while back I saw this table in blog land and I just couldn't stop thinking about it. As soon as I saw it I wanted to do it. I've used a paisley fabric in just about every room in my house and so I was thinking I would go that direction. I pinned the table straight from this fabulous blog that I follow late one night only to wake up the next morning and find out that a TON of people on Pinterest apparently felt the same way I did. Which is fine, I mean I'm planning on copying it too right? The only thing is, I don't like having things exactly like everyone else. I want it to be slightly different and be totally me. Narcissistic? Maybe, but I have to love it and it has to go with the look I've poured blood sweat and tears into in my home.
Anyhow, a table fell into my lap via my husbands aunt. Free table - SCORE! Now to find a stencil that was me and hopefully just as cool as the paisley one. When this little empty sewing cabinet came along it was instantly going to be the peacock table. I had scoured websites and local shops looking for a peacock feather stencil I liked and that was the right took a while! Everything finally came together though and I love the results. It fits in exactly how I wanted it to!

Like everything I've worked on recently, it needed some repair.

And some stripping...

And some careful sanding.

Then came the stenciling, which I discovered I'm bad at...

The staining which was awesome but took AGES to dry for some reason. Maybe because it's been humid lately, I don't know. I do know that can happen if your stain is too old - but mine was not.

In place but waiting for the poly to dry...I hate waiting!!!

All complete :) Now if only I had flowers for that antique little silver vase everything would be perfect!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dylan's Chest

I found this piece in a shop and snatched it up with the idea for what I wanted already in my head. I am currently working on probably the hardest project I've ever done right now, so I figured I would have to wait to work on this piece for my son. However, waiting for glue to dry drives me crazy and so while one project was glued, clamped, and drying I decided to start the "easy" project on the problem, I can finish it quickly...
Famous last words.
This is the chest the day I bought it and lugged it home

I've wanted to stripe a piece for a long time and this seemed to be the perfect candidate. The top was in rough shape and I was seeing the piece with a stained top so I knew I was going to be making a new top for oak

My son has loved airplanes since birth and the love seems to just grow every year. When he asked me to "Make his room nice like Jade's" I asked what he wanted. It seems to be the universal boy colors: reds, blues, chocolate, and creamy whites. I picked out a few fabrics and then we chose some paints. This is the blue we chose for a few accents so it seemed the best option to me for the stripes.

I got to work quickly one saturday and soon discovered it was going to entail a whole lot more than just painting it and making the new top.

So I spent 6 hours rebuilding the drawers and making new bottoms for them. Then I painted it Old White, taped it off, striped it, and waited. I had to wait to find the time to even go and build the top. So far the summer has not been what I would call relaxing. So it sat painted in my entryway for 2 weeks.

This is the red oak top cut from a 1"x8"x10' and put together with glue and biscuits.


Above is after the edge was routed and below is after the stain was applied

This is what I ended up with...yes, I jumped up and down and squealed like a 7 year old girl. I LOVE this piece. It might be my favorite!!!