The joys of gardening…. I do like to tend to my garden (which has been really hard to even get started this summer), but I admit I can sometimes be very lazy about actually “tending” to it, I just hate weeding and sometimes it gets the best of me to get motivated. I actually got out the shovel, the rake and bags of earth to start a project that I was supposed to do last year, oh well. I spent hours at the garden center trying to pick what I envisioned to be my little forest of greenery and flowers, well my mature garden, which in the pictures will look so different in 2-3 years. I usually stick to planting perennials, only annuals for a few pots here and there. Digging and turning the earth is hard work! I am pooped, and my space was only about 20 feet x 3 feet. I am pretty happy with the results, but I will have to keep my eye on my greenery (Ferns) since I have more sun shinning on them, then what I had thought back at the garden center. Here’s a few pics to maybe inspire all you gardeners out there!
Another project finally completed!! Took many weeks (okay months…) to get done but I am so happy with the final look of my buffet side table. Originally teak, yes it was nice, but hohumm kind of boring and I really loved the piece but I wanted a shabby chic look to it. The preparation was what took so long, the sanding, the sanding and yeah the sanding (and I HATE sanding), BUT you have to do it, and look what you get, marrrrvelous. Well I think it looks great anyways.
I achieved this look by removing all the hardware (bought some new cool knobs in a brushed silver contemporary look), I even took off the doors, I had to shave the doors upper edges because the doors just would not close properly. I then removed those nasty metal floor protectors on the bottom of the legs (I don’t know who thought metal was going to save their floors? I purchase some nice new plastic with felt nail-ons to replace them and boy are they nice, so much easier to move the buffet now). Next was the sanding, and this part takes looooong, real long. I started with an 80 grit sand paper and moved on to a 100 grit. I re-sanded with a 150 and then washed all the buffet with a damp cloth to remove all of the dust. I applied my first coat of “Painter’s Touch” satin paint in ‘Heirloom White’. Water based paint so clean up is simple. I applied a thin coat of paint, let it dry completely and sanded with a 400 grit sandpaper, remove dust with a damp cloth. I repeated this step 3 more times. Then I used a 150 grit sandpaper to sand off some of the paint here and there until I was happy with my “Shabby Chic” look. I used a damp cloth to remove any dust and applied two coats of “Saman” satin water based varnish. Again when the varnish was completely dry, I used a 600 grit sandpaper and lightly sanded the entire buffet and wiped it down with a clean damp cloth. Should be smoother than a baby’s butt! I lined the end cabinets with some pretty wallpaper. I also lined the top flatware drawer with some black velvet. Now to get started on the matching Dining room table and chairs Whewwwww… 😀
Here’s my before and after shots: