Monday, January 14, 2013

Home Harmony: Projects

I loved One Kings Lane’s commercial on projects.

A homemaker’s (or renting-maker’s) life is all about change. There’s always something to adjust, measure, rearrange, paint, or chuck and replace. Growing up, my Grandma was always about some project. I can remember opening the front door and finding my Grampy in one of the two same spots – the kitchen or reading on his day bed. I’d ask him where Grandma was and he’d always say something different: “in the garage”, “on the roof”, “in the garden”, “the dining room”, “by the fireplace”, or the most likely answer, “*shrug*” (which loosely interprets to “no idea but good luck!”). It does the heart good to be busy.

My humble list is nothing like super-Grandma’s but I have embarked on a few endeavors that have made her proud. My most recent project was turning this:

Into this:

Here’s how I did it.

Step 1: Picked my color (cool pallet here):

and bought my Milk Paint. Heads up, the colors listed in the pallet are Chalk paint but Milk paint is where it’s at. Just ask Miss Mustard Seed.

Step 2: Cleaned my coffee table. Notice how this step is not sand my coffee table? Milk paint is awesome because you don’t need to sand your furniture! Easy.

Step 3: Paint that puppy!

Step 4: Wait for it to dry (20ish minutes)

Step 5: Paint another coat

Step 6: Wait for it to dry. (This time wait 30ish minutes)

Step 7: Add a coat of furniture wax. Since I worship Miss Mustard Seed I would obviously recommend her wax:

Warning: the wax brush can get pretty pricy but it might be worth the investment. Check out this bodacious brush:

I introduce Waxwell. Isn’t he a hunk?

Step 8: Antique it! A little sand paper on the edges will do the trick.

Step 9: Replace those fug handles! I ended up picking these rope handles:

Step 10: Rearrange your entire living room to accommodate new coffee table.

Have you had any proud Grandma projects lately? Share your ideas with our readers!

Happy project-ing!


  1. I want to see a picture of your whole living room!!! Your table looks so incredible! The rope handles are divine. Excellent tutorial. <3

  2. This is gorgeous! Is that your actual living room Miss??

  3. Drea: Whole living room to come!
    Amy: Yep, that's my living room. I've been trying to add some color (I had way to many brown tones) so the duck egg blue coffee table was my attempt to spice things up.

  4. Wow. When I get a house, I'm having you come and decorate it!

  5. It looks awesome! I've done lots of furniture painting, but never used wax on top. I'm going to look into that.

  6. Steph: I tell yeah, it makes a load of difference. It acts as a watertight sealant and really helps it wear/tear more slowly. I used the brand Briwax for this project - I sometimes see it available at Ace Hardware but it's usually always available at Rockler Woodworking.


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