Re-purposing a coffee table into a kids table

Some pieces of my Mom’s furniture I just couldn’t bear to part with after she passed on.  I kept her living room tables and use them in my family room. They’re really sturdy and will last generations. The coffee table I wasn’t using, so I decided to re-purpose it as a kids play table.


I don’t have any good before pictures, but here it is upside down in the process of being converted into a play table.

table 2

I had to remove one leg on either end to accommodate the chairs I found at the thrift shop. I moved the legs out to make a wider space for the chairs and reattached them with glue and corner brackets. I also added wheels to make it easy to move around.

chair price

The little chairs were a great find at just $1.10!  I spied them and they were mine!  I don’t have a good picture of them either.

table tea party

I painted the top with chalkboard paint and the rest is Annie Sloan Provence. I love that color! The pouf is from Target and looks so cute with this set! I gave it to my granddaughter Mia for her birthday.


Now it’s the perfect spot for tea parties. tea party2

tea party brackets

  If you look closely at the leg you can see the corner brackets that I used.

chalk table

Alzheimer’s had already claimed Mom so she never met Mia but I’m sure she would approve of the way her table is being used and I’m happy to be able to give it a new life, even if it feels bittersweet to me.

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Baker’s rack made over for Christmas with Annie Sloan chalk paint

In the process of decorating for Christmas, I decided to redo the baker’s rack with a little help from Annie Sloan, in old white.  The kitchen and family room were done in gold and red back when this before picture was taken. Since then, these rooms were given a new look with board and batten and Palladian blue, from Benjamin Moore on the walls.


The after is bright and beautiful! at least I think so and gives the space a completely different feel.

baker's rack christmas

I added lots of greenery clipped from the yard and red and green Christmas decorations. The old wooden box was holding newspapers in the garage and it’s now looking great in its new home serving as a sort of shelf.

Annie Sloan old white distressing

A little distressing makes the baker’s rack look aged.

white ironstone christmas

I ‘m guilty of having way too many Christmas decorations in all colors, but I really like the red and lime green combination.

red green Christmas 2

This little elf boot is one of my favorites.

red green Christmas

I love this sign, let’s not forget the real reason for the season!

red green Christmas 3

So there’s a little Christmas in the kitchen 2012.

Christmas 2012

No Friday feature this week….I’m so behind on my blog posts, I hope to catch up soon!





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Painted pumpkins

Pumpkins painted in hues not usually seen in pumpkins are a hot trend.  Anything goes, from navy blue to chartreuse. Since I love the colors of Annie Sloan chalk paint, that’s what I used to add some color to fake pumpkins from the craft store.

painted pumpkins Annie Sloan chalk paint

Provence is my favorite and with a coat of light wax and a little dark wax I think they almost look real.

blue pumpkin

source This is actually a real pumpkin!

painted pumpkins Annie Sloan chalk paint 3

Here’s Paris grey with light and dark wax. You can see that my pumpkins are kind of beat up, but so are real pumpkins.

painted pumpkins Annie Sloan chalk paint 2

Here’s Old white.

Annie Sloan Provence

I also cut off the fake stems with a utility knife and glued on branches to look like stems. The fake pumpkins cut easily, but be careful with a sharp utility knife. It could slip easily and you don’t want to cut yourself or lose a finger. Confused smile I added some fake leaves too.


This is Chateau Grey, I’d describe it as olive drab and it looks great with Provence. I used this color on my Fall mantel and I’ll be showing that soon!

Now my pumpkins are ready for decorating tabletops or mantels. Check out Pinterest for tons of inspiration!

Are you enjoying Fall? You know what’s coming up next….brrr

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Annie Sloan unfolded in Leesport, VA

On Saturday morning I was on the road at 6am. It was early for me to be up, but I was excited about attending the Annie Sloan tour in VA. The 2 hour trip was quick and turned out to be a nice drive with beautiful flowering trees along the way to the conference center.

Inside, I was immediately greeted and sent down the hall to several vignettes of beautiful furniture painted with Annie Sloan paint, in various finishes and techniques.  They were amazing! I mean seriously! They were amazing!

as red 

Vignettes featuring blue and red pieces were my favorites. These two colors compliment each other beautifully. 

as grey

Every single piece was stunning, whether it was done in a soft finish, like the lovely gray above, or more casual and fun finishes, like below.

as green

It’s crazy what you can create with Annie’s paint!

ASCP mustard seed

This green dresser, a real stunner in person, was created by none other than the famous Marion Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed herself!

modern finish

Here’s a vignette that showed more modern examples of how the paint can be used with smooth, less textured finishes.

by janet metzger

I can’t even begin how to describe how this dresser looked in person. It’s by Janet Metzger from The Empty Nest.

red blue

I could barely tear myself away from these pieces. Again the blue and red combination grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. 


You can see what happens when you sand the paint to reveal the layers below, then work in a little dark wax. It’s magic and smooth as a baby’s behind!


The lampshade was stenciled with a stencil from Royal Designs.



And finally, here’s Annie Sloan.

Annie Sloan

She’s so down to earth. I could have listened to her for hours, talking about her passion, in that lovely British accent.

annie Sloan paint variations

So talked about complementary colors and combining colors to create new colors.

annie Sloan paint variations2

She showed us examples of different finishes, crackling, stencils techniques and even decoupage.


When she was finished speaking, something very exciting happened! It was the first in person meet up of Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seed. There was lots of hugging, but I missed that shot.

Annie Sloan and miss mustard seed

It was fun to watch their first meeting. Look at the facial expressions.

Annie Sloan  friends

Next was the workshop.


These were our pieces to practice on.


We did a practice piece using Barcelona orange but I forgot to get a picture of the finished piece.


Here’s how 2 of my pieces looked when finished. The workshop was fun and I really learned a lot.

miss mustard seed

Yes, It’s miss Mustard Seed and me

AS and me2

Yes, It’s Annie Sloan and me.

As ans me talk

She’s the kind of person you feel comfortable with and I could have talked with her for hours.


I left inspired, wanting to paint anything I can get my hands on!

If you’ve wondered about the real Annie Sloan paint and if it’s as good as the claims, I say YES!

Maybe even better.Smile



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