Sunday, October 3, 2010

My New Love

I have a new love in my life. Refinishing furniture. I'm hooked. Now I'm going to brag a little bit and let you all know that I've always had a creative mind and have been able to put my creativity to good use. So, naturally when I saw these babies for $10 a piece at DI, I had to get them:
What's that you say? They're hideous and don't deserve to go anywhere but the dump? If you think that, then you my friend have not been blessed with the eye for beauty that I have. DJ sanded them down for me, and we painted them the lovely shade of "Guacamole" together. (By the way, my husband is the COOLEST! He not only tolerates when I come up with hare-brained schemes like this, he actually HELPS me and on top of that, he ENJOYS it! Man, I love him!) After 2 coats of green we painted the table tops "Glazed Pears." (Don't you just love the names of paint shades? I sure do!) After they were painted, I sanded the corners and crevices of the table tops so the green shows through. Then Nikki and I Mod-Podged some adorable scrapbook paper to the sides, and here's the final result:

I absolutely refuse to believe you don't love them. They look amazing with our big chunky couch! (I'll post pictures of my cute new place soon... until then you get a sneak peek of my sweet flooring and carpet in the pictures above.) There's just something I love about taking something beat up and unattractive and creating something beautiful out of it! I also love that my creations are unique, not something anyone else could just go pick up at Ikea or something. I told DJ that when we have a house we're going to need a little shop in the yard behind it so we can refinish furniture together. Wouldn't life be lovely if i could just craft and refinish furniture and make a living off of it? Maybe someday I'll be so lucky :)


  1. I'm so proud of you Ash!! you once told me you'd never ever step foot in DI, I'm glad that's changed!


  2. Holy moly! I wish I had one tenth of the creativity and skill you do! Those are adorable!!

  3. I seriously wish I had that talent! It would not only be fun, but it's also be less money than buying a cheapo IKEA furnishing! I definitely am in love with your new end tables -- especially the design on the sides. :)

  4. Oh girls, I guarantee you could do projects like this! You just experiment and have fun! If it doesn't turn out like you want it to, try again! Don't hold yourselves back by saying you're not creative, because I promise you that you can do it!