Salutations! I’m blogging in to all of you fine folks with a dining table makeover, a teensy tinsy bit of Christmas, and a new project that is already in the works. So things are weird here, I’m not quite sure how it happened! I finished all of my painting in the living room and distressing the table in the dining room and I’ve been soaking it all in. I feel so relieved and just a little on top of the world you know. It’s that euphoric high you get when the last wall is painted or the last nail is hammered in or the last push up is complete—I’m just guessing on that push up one. Mr. Handy and I thought it would be a great idea to gut our upstairs bathroom over the long Thanksgiving weekend, putting our weekend warrior abilities to the test for sure. I really shouldn’t include myself in this endeavor; Mr. Handy is up there by his lonesome in a cloud of dust with a wrecking bar in hand. This DIY was his idea guys and I think he might even be enjoying himself!
Well, I had this vision of Mr. Macho up there gutting our bathroom and me frolicing around the cottage decking the halls with bits and bobs for Christmas. I could just see myself lighting the night with white twinkly lights and dousing the mantles with holiday sparkle and stockings. Have any of you ever gutted a 1930s bathroom that boasts walls covered in tiles that are backed with concrete? That’s how they did it back then. To my surprise the dust doesn’t stay only in the bathroom! I guess I shouldn’t have been caught off guard like I was, this certainly isn’t my first rodeo. We’re dusty here to say the least.
And the dining table makeover also came with it’s own bit of dust. But now it’s a wonderfully shabby, silvery blue beauty all distressed and looking lovely and proudly brightening up our cottage. This my friends was a trial and error job times three. I painted her gray and I new I was on the right track for the look I was hoping for. Next I threw on a coat of bright robins egg blue, but I felt it was just a bit too bright. So then I actually went and had a color mixed, silvery blue in flat latex. This is the winner. I sanded it all over to give it a heavily distressed casual look. The first two pictures below are of the robins egg taken at night and the third is the silvery blue before I sanded it.
The Christmas decorations are slow going this season. So far I’ve put up a cute little potted dwarf Alberta spruce that can be planted in the garden when I’m done with it indoors. I also found some sweet spools of ribbon while I was out and about on black Friday at the bright and early hour of two in the afternoon. I’m happy with my sale ribbon and not at all missing what I might have scored if I had headed out in the wee crazy early hours of the morn.
I put the little tree in a vintage galvanized ash bucket to make watering easy and more importantly because I thought it looked sweet.
I’m planning on adorning the spruce with tiny ornaments from the attic, but I can’t get to them today because the pull down attic stairs are right beside the upstairs bath and I’m afraid I could be mistaken for a volunteer laborer! I’m not sure where I’ll be using the ribbon yet; it might just be for wrapping gifts. Again I’m hoping I’ll be inspired when I finally get up in that attic.
I’ve been so excited about decorating for Christmas this year that I guess I must have jinxed myself. I was planning on keeping it simple, but not quite this simple. Stay tuned…
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