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A Beautiful Transformation

Painting furniture makes me feel like maybe, just maybe, this how God feels about us.

When I was struggling and in my most darkest of places, my sweet husband encouraged me to go back to painting.

It truly was the last thing I wanted to do.

In an effort to please him, I searched through Craigslist for a piece that might spark my interest in painting again.

That’s when I found it.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I have wanted a dresser/buffet like this for a long time!  I loved how the drawers curved in and out, and I loved the oval hardware.  I just had to have it.

Luckily, it was still for sale, and my husband was happy to go pick it up for me.

When he brought it home, I was in love.   It was missing a little trim piece on the side, and it had a pretty bad water stain on the top, but other than that, it was perfect!  It was simply gorgeous just as it sat.

And that’s exactly what it did.  It sat in the garage and took up space.  We walked around it, we moved lawn equipment around it, we used it to sit extra wood on top of and eventually, all of the neighborhood spiders made their homes in it.

Then, this weekend, after sitting for 4 months, I decided it was time to finally tackle this beauty.  I dusted off all the sawdust and told the spiders it was time to pack up and move on. (I may not have told them.  I may have come in like a tornado and blew them all away with our air compressor!)

I started out by removing all of the drawers and hardware.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I spray painted all of the hardware with a matte black spray paint.  (Well, I didn’t actually spray paint the hardware, my husband did, and if I don’t give him credit, then he’ll probably quit, and that would be bad, and his Love Language is “Words of Affirmation” so I need to be sure he knows how much I LOVE his beautiful spray paint job and how I couldn’t do this without him, because after all, he’s like the love of my life and all.)

Next, I painted the body of the dresser…

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

… and the drawers in Linen White by Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

Painting this dresser was NOT fun.  With the first paint stroke of white, the stain began to bleed through.  Not.  Good.

I’ve had this happen a few times in the past, and that’s the hard thing about painting old furniture with white paint.

I ended up priming the entire dresser before painting on two coats of chalk paint.

With the dresser primed and painted, I went back and forth on what to do with top.

Do I sand it and stain it?

Do I paint it?

In the end, I decided to paint it.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I used Rustoleum’s Chalked Paint in Charcoal.  LOVE it!

After two coats of paint to the top, I waxed it using Annie Sloan’s clear wax.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

I added all of the hardware back to the drawers, and lightly distressed a few places.  (Look at how those drawers curve in and out! Stunning!)

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

And, I’m in love.

I decided to keep this piece.  It has so much storage in it, that it makes the perfect dresser/buffet for my office.  I can now store all of my vinyl, paint, packaging supplies, and more in all of those drawers and cabinets.  It’s perfect!

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

As I sat back and looked at this finished piece, it made me think that God is like the painter.

The Rustic Pig: A Beautiful Transformation

He takes us in with stains and scratches.  With blemishes and cracks.  With broken hinges and missing trim.

He fills in the holes, covers up the stains, fixes the broken pieces, and loves us back to the beauty that He sees in us.

 

It’s a rough transformation, and a lot of times, we push back, because after all, it hurts.  Some of the stains come through again, but He continues to cover them back up time and time again.

Over and over again.

And, in the end, we are a masterpiece.

We are God’s masterpiece.

Love you all,

Claire

Farmhouse Console Table

When we lived in Fair Oaks, we had the farmhouse I had always dreamed about.  It was a 4100 square foot ranch with a barn and 4 acres.  It was dreamy.  When we moved in, I immediately went shopping and bought furniture and accessories that screamed farmhouse.

Then, we moved to Dallas.

Our current house is in a newer neighborhood and I’m pretty sure I can reach out my kitchen window, knock on the neighbor’s window and ask for milk if I wanted to.  I’m pretty sure.  And, since it is a new house, it is completely and totally vanilla.  Vanilla walls, vanilla tile, vanilla carpet, vanilla ice, ice.. sorry.. you knew that was coming right?  Anyways, you get the idea.

Luckily, there are hardwoods throughout the main living areas downstairs that seem to break up all of this vanilla, but it definitely doesn’t have the character our farmhouse had, or the house you see in the majority of this blog prior to us moving to Fair Oaks, but I am determined to make this house into a farmhouse… minus the goats and chickens, and barn, and 4 acres.

Well, maybe I won’t completely turn it into a farmhouse, but it will definitely have some farmhouse touches.  To start, we built a farmhouse console table.  Just the title of it alone made me all giddy!

So, it all started with our breakfast area.

To the right of our kitchen table was this large, empty space.  The builder had designated that space for those people with fatter-wallets-than-ours so they could continue the kitchen counters and cabinets and make it a desk/homework area. You know, the “upgrade.”  Well, since we didn’t choose that option, we just had this empty space that begged for a desk, buffet, china cabinet.. something!

Since I wasn’t going to spend a lot of money on a piece of furniture, I turned to Craigslist.  As I searched, I came across someone selling a homemade farmhouse console table for $300.  It looked like something my husband and I could make, so I searched online for plans on how to make one similar, and poof!  There it was!  The EXACT farmhouse console table I had seen on Craigslist!  Thank you Ana White!  If you aren’t familiar with Ana White, she has a great blog full of plans to build just about anything your little heart desires!

(When we started this project I wasn’t 100% sure I was going to go back to blogging, so pardon a few cell phone pictures.)

We bought all of our wood and supplies using the handy little shopping list that Ana White provides at the beginning of her plans.  Our total cost, minus a few tools we didn’t have, was about $75.

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

We didn’t own a Jig, and the plans call for pocket holes throughout the entire project.  If you look at most furniture, you will see pocket holes are used to hide the screws.  We actually had no idea how to use a Jig, but once we got the hang of it, we realized it was actually a pretty cool tool!

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

We started all of this about 9:30 at night because that’s the only time it isn’t 100 degrees in Texas!  Once we started stinking and couldn’t stand the smell of each other anymore, around 11:30pm, we decided to go to bed and finish in the morning.

The plans are pretty easy to follow and the whole thing took us probably 5 hours from start to finish.

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

I chose to paint the base in Annie Sloan’s Paris Grey because my plan is to have pops of grey and yellow throughout the living, kitchen and breakfast areas (I also already had it, so that made it a no-brainer!).

I stained the top with Minwax’s Dark Walnut, which happens to be the stain you will find I use most often around here.

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

We did a few things different from the plans…

First of all, for the cross, the plans called for one straight board and then one cut in half to give the image that it is a cross and actually structural, and that is the part that drove my husband nuts!  Instead of being a structural element, it was only for design.  Now, this was totally OK with me.  Why cause more work for yourself when it really doesn’t matter?  Not to me anyways!

In the end, he used two straight boards and cut out a notch in order to make them fit together like a puzzle.

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

The other thing we changed was the height.  The plans have the final height at 28 inches, and that just seemed too low when it would be sitting next to our counter tops.  We ended up making ours 35 inches tall so that it would fall just a little below the counter tops.

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

Once we had it in place, I remember staring at it, like, now what?  I had NO idea what to put on the shelves!  It wasn’t like I needed additional storage, I just wanted something to fill the hole!  I ended up grabbing stuff from all around the house, and you will see, that in a few pictures, the decorations change. (Huge blogger no-no I’m sure!)

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

I also have a good feeling we might end up building another one for our entryway.  One of the things that makes me sad about this piece being in our kitchen is that you can’t see those lovely crosses on the side, and that’s probably one of my favorite parts!

The Rustic Pig: Farmhouse Console

Well, there you have it!  Our first furniture build in all of its farmhouse glory!

If you’d like to build your own, you can find the instructions on Ana White’s website here.

So what do you think?  Is this something you could see in your house?  Have you caught on to the farmhouse decorating craze?

Claire