Jun 29, 2015

Summer + Family = Fun

I hope everyone is having a great summer!  I am enjoying every moment.  Between working on  projects for the shop and around the house, I'm making plenty of time for my family.  I haven't devoted this much time in, well, forever!

My most favorite thing to do is watch our grandsons at their games.

 Jordan, the youngest at 8, is an awesome soccer player!  

They finished their season just a few weeks ago, and I am amazed at the change I've seen in him since the beginning of the season.  He also had the privilege to attend a British Challenger Soccer Camp held here in the county.

Love this kid!!

Toby, the oldest at 13, is Baseball....all the way.  He's been playing since T-Ball and has grown in strength, ability, maturity - and is just awesome.  Pitcher, catcher, infield or out, he does it all.  He hit a home run last night and his parents timed him.  From the moment the pitcher released the ball to Toby tagging home plate...16 seconds....sixteen.  Any scouts out there?  :)

The All-Star team just won districts and will be heading to State in July!

Awesome bunch of kids!!

In addition to my favorite young men, I love hanging out with these people, too. :)

Dean, our baby girl, Melissa, and her husband, Bobby.

I am loving these lazy days of summer; however, all play and no work brings no money to pay the clerk!  I have a few more projects lined up and an "after" to show tomorrow.  

'til next time!

Jun 17, 2015

Repurposing An Antique Chifferobe

When I saw this beauty at a local thrift store, I was immediately drawn to the legs.  Empire is a favorite style of mine, and I haven't seen too many chifferobes from that era.  Easy decision....we brought it home.

I wanted to come up with a more modern purpose for this piece.  Since most every home now has closets, I knew there could be a better use for it.  The door made it pretty easy.  I envisioned it becoming a chalkboard....and what better place could this be used than a kitchen or a mudroom?  Perfect!  Lots of storage and a place to drop your keys, purse, etc.  The inside of the wardrobe side is just the right size to hang jackets, hats and bags....or serve as a broom closet!

I thought about refinishing it, but since the veneer is not perfect, I saw it in a chippy light.  I went straight for my Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint stash and with Dean's suggestion, I chose Grain Sack.  SO glad I did!

Can't you see this greeting you as you come in your door?

So much storage!  The inside was brightened up with a coat of Lucketts Green.

I LOVE the chippiness!  See how it actually makes the missing veneer look fabulous?

Though I'm pretty sure these are not the original knobs, I left them wood for a nice contrast.

I just love the farm fresh feel this has now - and its new purpose!

 I didn't have time to properly stage for the pictures.  Dean was able to help take it to the shop this afternoon after work and I finished it right before he got home.  It was a mad rush and a cloudy day, but I did the best I could. :)  

I truly love using Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paints and all of her products. Speaking of that, I will have some EXCITING news in the next couple of days!  Woohoo!

This piece is now available in our space at R&R Antiques in downtown Fredericksburg.

'til next time!

Linking to:

Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Masterpiece Monday
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