Do you remember in those Rocky & Bullwinkle cartoons, how the voice over always gave the episodes two titles? We’ll call this episode of Tracy’s misadventures “Miss Julie’s Table”…OR…”I Didn’t Let It Beat Me”.
I began working on this table about a month ago (it may have been longer, I refuse to think about it and discover how long it’s really been) for a friend named Julie. Our daughters are BFFs, and their family had just moved. Julie is an avid DIYer, but was overwhelmed by all the unpacking and painting and decorating she needed to do, especially so close to the start of the school year for her three kids. She thought she could ease her burdens just a smidge by enlisting me to help.
Well…mistakes were made (enlisting me may have been one of them). But lessons were learned! A big one was – don’t test your stain colors on the table top you intend to refinish. The other was – don’t expect anything to go well when it’s rained every day for four months and the humidity in your workspace is at 145%.
BUT, it’s done. I wish I had a before shot, but when I began, it was in pieces after being moved. It WAS a honeyish, countryish, 1980′s color, and now it’s got a dark custom stain on top and Miss Mustard Seed’s Grain Sack on the base. THAT part was easy peasy lemon squeezy.
She’s happy, I’m happy, hopefully her parents will be happy, since they handed it down to her and will be eating at it this weekend. *Crosses self*
It’s a great example of how you can improve or update a piece that isn’t a real antique – just something you’re not overly fond of – and as a result, be happier in your nest.
Coming up next, I’ve got a few things to finish for the space in Belmont, and a super cute desk for myself. Time to try one of the new MMS colors!