End Table Switch Out and Big Decisions

There are some things in life that are easy…like painting furniture you don’t like.

There are other things in life that are difficult… like putting your big girl panties on and growing up.

I’ve had to do both in the past week…

Last week, I shared with you how I moved my living room furniture around.  One of the changes I made was that I switched out the end tables from my bedroom and moved them to the living room.  You can read about that here.

Then I had a new problem…my bedroom looked hideous with the new tables.

Just hideous!  (My picture is pretty hideous too… sorry about that!)

The Rustic Pig: End Table Redo


The end tables matched the floor perfectly.  

The color was all wrong.

So, of course, what’s a girl to do but pull out the Annie Sloan paint and fix it.

So, I painted the floor.

Just kidding!!

Now, if we weren’t renting, I just might, but we are, so I’m not.  

No really, I painted the tables… of course!

My original plan was to paint them white, but with a black lab running around the house and sleeping (and snoring) almost 20 hours a day in our room, I figured I didn’t want to showcase her hair all over my tables!  So, I needed a darker color.  

I chose French Linen.

The Rustic Pig: End Table Redo

I distressed it just a bit on the edges and waxed it with clear wax.  

What a HUGE difference paint makes!

The Rustic Pig: End Table Redo


So, as you can see, this was a super easy fix.

Now, life on the other hand… not so much.

A few weeks ago, the hubby and I sat down and discussed things and decided that it would probably be best if I went back to work.  (Enter crying fit here.)

There are so many reasons for me to go back, things like… our oldest will need a car in 3 years, we’d like to buy a house, both children will need braces, and we’d like to be able to travel with the kids more.

So, this is where, even though I don’t want to, I have to do what is best for the family.

Now, even though I’ve applied and interviewed all in the past week, I haven’t been offered a job yet.  So, although this might be my plan, it might not be God’s plan.  Only time will tell.

The Rustic Pig: End Table Redo


My hope is that a job is only short term as I continue to grow my business on the side.  I’ve known from the beginning that it takes a few years to grow a business, but there’s always been that small part of me hoping it wouldn’t take that long.

Of course, I am also secretly hoping all this job talk will go away and I can just paint my way out of it, but this is where those big girl panties come in.  So, I’m biting my bottom lip, holding back the tears, and looking for a job.

Until then, I’m going to be painting like a mad woman!


Much love,






My name is Claire and I am behind the blog... The Rustic Pig. I am a wife, a mother to 2 boys, and I just might be addicted to Craigslist. I love to buy antiques, paint them, and give them a chance to be loved again! Please feel free to pull up a chair and stay for a while. If you ask a question or leave a comment, I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible!


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  1. I’ll trust with you for God’s best for you….new job…business growth….or contentment (don’t read too much into that – just sometimes that’s where God wants us to live regardless of our desires). I understand the challenges. Recently I got a job…and God took me out of that job. It wasn’t his plan….go figure…especially since my husband isn’t working. On the other hand….I’m having to trust God more than ever before. In three weeks we move. The house we rent we sold and we have no jobs and this area is new to us….so what’s next? Only God knows. Leaning on him hard.
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  2. Claire- I am sorry. I had to go back to work when my kids were younger, too. Luckily, I was able to find a job that accommodated their school hours and it was perfect-although still a lot of work. I will pray that it goes well for you and that you find something perfect- or as perfect as can be. Blessings-you can do this- xo Diana
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  3. Here’s knowing what will happen will be for your own higher good on all levels; family, health, future, business, etc. Wishing you well and if it’s meant to be that you go to work-someone’s gonna get lucky having you as an employee!

  4. ((HUGS)) I know…. I have been a stay at home Mom, painter for 20 years now. I work 3 months of the year October 1st to December 27th (ish) as a Social Worker for the Salvation Army, this is the 5th year of that contract.
    Some days are harder than others but we make do… Some times we need to just sit quietly and let God do his work.
    Biting my lip with you as my time to get my big girl panties on and start work is fast approaching.
    Hugs, Gee
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  5. Claire,
    I really hope you get to stay at home, working on your passion. It does get hard as our kids get older. If I had to go back, I would be crying too!

    I pray that God will show you and your husband exactly what HIS plan is, and that you two will be totally, 100% united in what’s best for your family.

    If you do go back, keep working your passion.


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  6. Claire,
    I just discovered your blog today (love the tables BTW). I have been crying all day about having to look for a job myself so it’s ironic I read this post! Our oldest is driving and we’re in the midst of braces. Add in my 15 year old car biting the dust nine months ago and not feeling financially comfortable buying another one yet and I have to suck it up and put on my big girl panties too. I thought I had a steady freelance writing job in May yet it didn’t turn out as I had hoped. It’s been so long since I have worked for someone and it is scary wondering if I can handle working and taking care of my family in the way I’ve been doing for so long now. My husband has been so supportive yet I know it would take the pressure off of him if I brought in a steady income. I also want to do what is best for my family. So, I just want to say that I hear you, I support you, and will pray for you and all us mom’s out there who have to go out and get new underwear!!!!

  7. I had to make that same decision a few months a go too! I’m sorry and I share your pain. Prayer and hugs coming your way.
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  8. Dear…..my prayers are with you! It’s always a difficult decision to make and I pray that the outcome is one that will make life easier for everyone! Keep the faith and know that “the will of God will not lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you”. Please keep me informed and let me know if there is anything I can do for you. ~~Ang
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  9. Oh, Claire, what a tough decision! I can’t tell you what is right for you and I know God is guiding you, but I have stayed home in spite of the fact that we couldn’t afford it! Somehow we’ve managed to struggle through and we’ve had less and lived on less and our kids have had to step up and learn money management of their own. I’m excited to see how God leads you and I pray your business will continue to grow over the months to come. Being a wife and mom is the hardest job in the world! Love you, gal!
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  10. Claire, just recently stumbled across The Rustic Pig and became a follower yesterday. I totally feel your pain. We just moved, and I’ve been happily decorating our home, creating, painting and fulfilling my passions. But with a senior in HS, college expenses to look forward to, and his brother not far behind…not to mention all the activities that cost so much… I am feeling the pressure on our finances. Have been job hunting and hating the thought of sitting behind a desk when my creativity will be stunted!! Just leaning on God and trusting He knows what’s best for my family and I know that He wants to give us the desires of our hearts and make all our plans succeed – Jer. 29:11 – this is true for The Rustic Pig as well!! Chin up girl, and keep trusting. His timing is perfect 🙂
    Cindy (no blog yet…I’ve been procrastinating :/ )

  11. oops, just realized there’s no “The” in front of Rustic Pig 🙂
    My mistake, lol

  12. I am a relatively new follower and feel weird giving an opinion but here it goes. Just take it one day and one step at a time and sometimes things just work out in the end. I hope your business just takes off and if you do have to work maybe it won’t be that long. Maybe you can do it part-time. Only you and your husband know what is best. Good luck.

    The tables look great, what a huge difference. I like them painted much better. I love painted furniture and making it look like it has been around a while. As I said, good luck and I will be following your blog. I hope you stop for a visit to Cloches and Lavender. There are exciting things getting ready to happen. Please read a few months back to the end. I would love for you to follow along on our journey!


  13. You get those big girl pants on and keep the faith. I have a part time job and being away from my business i sort a lot of problems out in my mind and I find that by the time I come home I’m crazed to get working on my stuff again so chin up. Its all good. _Melissa
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  14. Sending you a hug my friend!! I know the unknown is scaring….but we both know it’s not in your (our) hands! For whatever reason…the best reason will happen for the reason only he knows! And it seriously will be ok. Change is good and keeps the flow beneath us moving! Thinking of you!
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  15. Oh and btw……I put my BIG GIRL panties on at least once a week (or more)!!! It’s what makes us women tough, right???
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  16. Good luck. I know it feels difficult now, but maybe this road will lead you back to your business.

  17. God can change things so suddenly! He says he will give you the desires of your heart- He just doesn’t say when! Staying home takes so much sacrifice in the 21st century. It sounds like you have good reasons go to work. Maybe God has someone at the job that will help you in your creative quest. Maybe He has an assignment for you to be the salt and light in your workplace. Maybe He will show your and your husband that staying home is your best career. Saying a prayer for you right now.
    Your tables turned out lovely.

    Linda at The French Hens Nest

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