July 29, 2010

Squee! Wait. Crap. Oh Heck, Squee Anyway.

If I get a birthday present in the mail before the actual day of my birth? I'm going to open it. On Christmas eve, if you say it's okay to open one present, I will try to talk you into opening all of them. I have a remarkably child-like lack of patience. And this weekend, I was reminded of why that can be a problem.

Remember that coffee table I found at a garage sale and wanted to paint despite your protests?  Well I finally got around to it.  I sanded down the table, tack-clothed the heck out of it and - here's where the object lesson in patience and preparation comes in - I did not prime it.  I skipped this step and applied four very thin coats of Atrium White (Benjamin Moore) in semi-gloss.  And because I didn't prime the piece, there are now a few tiny spots where the stain is coming through.
The other thing I did not do? WAIT for the PAINT TO DRY before putting paper under tempered glass pieces I had cut.  See the wrinkles? Gah!
Oh well. I still think it's still pretty freaking cute.

25 comments:

  1. Eventhough, being the natural wood person I am, I would have never thought about painting it. I am impressed at how good it looks! I'm glad it turned out good for your house!

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  2. What a fabulous find!! I love that paper you got! Where did you find it?

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  3. Oooooh! I knew that I loved you. What a great garage sale find, and I agree. It IS freaking cute. Wish we could go garage saling (is that a word? If not, it should be.) together.:)

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  4. If garage sailing isn't a word, I've definitely been using a non-existing word for a very long time!

    The table looks adorable - I am in the middle of trying to look for a coffee table that will look good with my couch: http://whitecollargreensoul.blogspot.com/2010/07/la-piece-de-resistance.html If anyone has ideas, I'd love to hear them!

    I also love all the random pillows on your sofa!

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  5. errr.. i meant garage saling... I wonder what garage sailing would be like? hmmmm

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  6. Mags! OMG I love it! Really really love it. Is that just scrapbook paper or wallpaper?

    I have an ugly old wood shelf I bought for a buck at the flea market last year.. I think this weekend I will finally do soemthing with it!

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  7. You're a decorator right up my alley. Fantastic!

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  8. I think it turned out super cute! I am an impatient one too . . . I would constantly have this problem if I was a furniture refinisher I think.

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  9. Wow! I think it turned out amazing!

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  11. I LOVE this. Please send this to Design Sponge. I bet you anything she would feature you for a DIY project. This is so totally original.
    Two thumbs up! :)

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  12. Hahaha! I thought I was the only one who did stuff like that..wrong..well, I love the table and I think it looks really great with your decor..now I will go redo my bathroom walls because I couldn't wait to prime them first..

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  13. I see no wrinkles!! I love it :)

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  14. I love it, it came out great and the paper is gorgeous.

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  15. I must know where you got the paper!

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  16. chalk it up to artistic wrinkles!

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  17. I would like have a good one of this. That a pretty moment to bay a table.

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  18. HI Gina! I got the paper at a store in Northampton, Massachusetts called Essentials, where - oddly - NOTHING they sell is actually essential. Here's the link: http://www.shopessentials.net/eshop/

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  19. Looks good! Glad you painted the wood!!

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  20. That is so beautiful, I love it!

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  21. I absolutely love it! That paper is fantastic - great job!

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  22. its looking so good, you have done a great job giving that furniture a new life, looks very new

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  23. oh, i love i love i love. the colors, the paper, everything is gorgeous about this.
    i am also in love with your living room, or whatever room that is. pray tell, how do you keep that fern alive in the dry indoors? all of my ferns are dying when i bring them inside!

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  24. Umm.... hellloooo gorgeous. That's a nice table. Great job!!

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