Friday, November 4, 2011

The Civil Wars at Lincoln Theatre

OK- this post is not furniture related. But it's most definitely music related. I was introduced to The Civil Wars over the summer. Well.. the rest is history. Some of you Taylor Swift fans may already know of them, rumor has it that these two opened for Taylor on tour last year. These two music makers met at a song writers camp in Nashville. Pulled a set of straws and the rest is history! By the looks of these two they seem like a couple. But are not.. I know it's hard to believe.

This night was magical! I was in the company of some lovely ladies- Hi Katie!! Hi Colleen!!
A lovely day in the city, wonderful dinner at Red Rock.. and then to top it off.. The Civil Wars for dessert! Even if the concert sucked (it didn't) I was in awe of the the Theater- Have you been to Lincoln Theater?? OMG!!!! Breathtaking is all I can say!

Oh... I would have posted the 237 pictures I took during the show..... but I was starting to irritate Colleen.."Would you stop! Watch the show!" So here are a few of my favorites.

Joy Williams & John Paul White= Magic!

No backup band.. just them. You almost feel like it's a concert just for you. So intimate.

Joy's voice is haunting.. in a good way. John Paul looks like a mix of Jack White and Johnny Depp. But his voice isn't lacking at all...
I promise you will fall in love with their Appalachian sound.. no matter where your from.

To learn more about The Civil Wars, or take a listen go here

I wanted to share this with you, cause..I love ya, and you deserve to listen to good music!
Next post will be furniture related!

Until Then, Off to do Mommy stuff! Save the world and do laundry!

Oh Coffee Table.. you tease me...

This table entered my life by chance last week. I walked by it once, then twice.. returned the third time and put it in my car. The carving on the legs were sweet and I am a sucker for anything on wheels- Yes! It has wheels!

This is the "before" of the coffee table.. oh I added the cat for effect... but it didnt work. Even with a sweet calico in the shot, it doesnt improve the look of this poor thing.

The carving gets lost in the dark stain. Someone worked hard on this.. I want to show it off. I used Annie Sloan's French Linen and then put a dark wax on it.

This was the begining of the distressing process. I put alot of wax on it, so I knew I was going to be doing some heavy sanding.

I am soooooo in love. .... I'm gonna need a minute.

I will definatly be doing this combo again soon... very soon.

OK, Until then.. Off to do mommy stuff!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Red Buffet- Yes Please!

I have heard the comment a few times.. "Antique people must hate you!" First I was shocked by this statement. But after awhile, I got over it. Taking a perfect good wood piece and  painting it. Well, Yeah! I do! I try not to think that I am ruining an antique, but improving it. Cause no one would want some of the stuff I've brought home. But, this time was diffrent. I felt bad, just a little. I felt bad because I was going to paint over a perfectly good antique. There really wasnt anything wrong with this piece. No finish issues, no missing hardware.. just perfect. You know what else was perfect the price I got for it! Sold- And it shall be painted!!! There, I feel better.

Terrible lighting, sorry. But yeah, it's brown..blah!!

Look at my new wheeled movers! They have made ever so happy! Prop it up and wheel it around!Makes me think of the old days at Pier 1!
 OK - I love red. My husband loves red. He even demanded a red wall in our previous home. The color definitely makes a bold statement. I hadn't painted red in a while, so when I found this buffet at an auction last week I wanted to try it out. Lately I have really taken a liking to Annie Sloan's Caulk Paint. This stuff goes on like a dream! No primer needed, and if the finish is in an OK shape you don't even have to bother sanding. Emperor's Silk is the red I chose from the AS selection. My good friend Elisa let me use some from her stash. Thanks Girl!

This was the next morning, pretty bright huh!?

The first coat was nerve wracking. I kept seeing the brown and was worried I wasnt going to have enough to get a second coat in. But as it dried, it looked better. But man, that thing was RED! I know it wasnt the finished product- I had to put my sunglasses on. OK, that was a lie. It was 10:30 at night, sunglasses were not needed. But you get my point.  Then took a 220 grit sandpaper to even out the finish. Something about the Caulk paint, the more you sand, the softer it gets. Made sure the edges were distressed and made any final touching before I would break out the dark wax.

Talk about exciting! Annie Sloan's soft wax goes on like Vaseline and moves so perfectly into any nook or imperfection and looks effortless. The method is... Well, organic; like to call it organic. You really don't know how to do it until you do it. That sounded insane. But trust me, it's true.
This buffet has one coat of wax now, but tonight after the poppy seeds are tucked into bed, it's gonna get it- (cough), the buffet is gonna get it.
I rubbed and rubbed and I have to say I am really pleased with the result!