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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

A steady supply of candy corn & coffee

That's what I've been chowin' and chuggin' on for my entire day off. It's the kind of fuel that gives you a big peak of energy and a sudden crash later. Thankfully there's a wonderfully comfortable couch nearby and I can always refuel with more candy cornand coffee.

Today, work has followed me home and this time, it's the unpaid kind. Though
it IS awfully rewarding and I DO get to take a break whenever I feel like it. Instead, in lieu of money, I get paid with kisses from my husband who is also home for fall break from grad school, which makes working on my day off a little sweeter =)

My job: painting the dining room furniture.

We were lucky little brats, as usual, to have this table, 6 chairs, and china cabinet passed down to us from Nick's grandfather.

We've decided it could use a coat of paint, new fabric on the chair cushions, and a fresh new blank canvas on the chair backs... a.k.a. Syonara, seashells!

I used wood filler to putty in the seashells. My dearest husband sanded down the excess filler and roughed up the rest of the chair with sandpaper.

After being sanded and wiped down, I got to priming the the chairs, as you can tell, VERY close to the television screen.

Work always goes by a little quicker with some entertainment in the background, right?


Seashell go bye-bye.

While painting and watching TV, my other hand was playing tug-o-war and throwing things for someone to fetch.

It's just too hard to say no to this face.

Besides, all work and no play makes me a dull girl.

What happens when you forget to graba paint stir stick at Lowe's?

You improvise, of course.

Those crappy plastic hangers from the store actually ARE good for something!

One coat of black...

Two coats of black and back to the dining room.

I dripped, I splashed, and my brush strokes
show up nicely in the right light to display my amateur display of brushing on paint hither thither in different directions.

But it's done.
Four hours later.

Just 5 more chairs, one long table, and one tall china cabinet to go. I also need to pick out the fabric and reupholster the cushions.

I should be done around this time next year.


  1. love the "new" chairs! and your puppy is precious!

  2. looks great!! I've said it before and I'll say it again... you are such a good decorator. :) I want your advice for my housie!

  3. The chair looks fantastic! Much better without the seashells, I must say ;)

  4. It does look much better without the seashells! Good luck with your project, even if it does take you a whole year to finish!

  5. Those look great! What a great idea!

  6. I actually started following you after looking at how good you are at decorating. We actually got a table like that handed down to us. I keep planning on painting it black as well but have a 16 month old that keeps me from doing it! has a crazy engraved design on it and never thought about filling it! That is a great idea and cant wait to try it day!!!! Thanks!

  7. I love the black! Can't wait to see the finished product!

  8. Love the black...looks great!

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  9. So funny, I saw the chairs... and thought, such a lovely thing to inherit, but those SEASHELLS! And, then I saw the putty.... good call. Chair #1 looks great... keep up the good work, can't wait to see the finished product.

    Oh, and I think I've eaten my weight in candy corn this week. Just sayin'

  10. If I had known that the seashells were going to be covered up I would have never given that table away. No doubt about it, JB. Thanks a lot. I still love you though.

    Durf aka Paw Paw

  11. It looks brand new and I bet the hubby loved the pricetag!

  12. I love the new chairs. You are inspiring me to find an old treasure and make it new by adding a coat of paint or something!

  13. The chair looks awesome! Can't wait to see the finished product! ;-)

  14. Wow! You did a great job. The chair looks amazing. You just inspired me to start a similar project of my own. Oh, your dog is soooo cute!

  15. You do such a great job with these projects! That chair looks gorgeous!

  16. Great job, and so smart to cover the shell detail! The rest will be a piece of cake!

  17. Great job, and so smart to cover the shell detail! The rest will be a piece of cake!

  18. Very pretty, I love the idea to fill in the seashell; I don't think that I would have thought to do that--it dresses them up so well.


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