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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Better than Pottery Barn!

I have a husband that loves me!  He started this table on Tuesday night and moved it into the sunroom at 12:20 pm on Thanksgiving Day.  It wasn't completely finished but it was structurally sound enough to use for lunch!  We had 10 people for Thanksgiving lunch at 12:30!  I quickly pulled chairs from other rooms, mixed two different sets of place mats, used great grandmothers's Camilla Spode china, and pulled the center piece from the kitchen table.   Our family had never sat together at the same table for a holiday meal until that day!  We all lingered around the table a lot longer this year!

The table is 12 feet long, and made from twenty six 2x4 pine boards. The top has been finished in Annie Sloan Paris Grey chalk paint, distressed heavily, and waxed with dark wax.  It has the appearance of a drift wood color.  The curved pedestals have not been finished yet....they will get the same paint treatment and some metal banding to mimic wine barrels.  The ends of the table will also get some metal accents as well.  My husband is modeling a table that he saw at Pottery Barn last week.  The total cost of this table, that will seat 12 - 14 people, is $175.  Pottery Barn's table was not as long and was $1800.

.... I will post more about the table in the coming days!   I bought twelve chairs at Ikea today and I will be pulling together the table settings for Christmas!  I am so proud of my table and so lucky to have a talented husband who goes above and beyond to make me happy every day!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Gallery wall in progress...

This is the start of a gallery wall in my family room. The fish painting is one of my own originals that I moved from another room.  I don't know exactly what else I want to use.  Unique things that lend a hint to my family's interests is what I am aiming for.  I know that  lamps on in a picture is a no no but the natural light in this room is very poor.  The windows open out onto another room/sun porch that only gets afternoon sun.  A few other changes in the family room are the new dark orange pillows from ikea, the braided rug on the coffee table, and a new lampshade.

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