Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A blessing....a challenge....and the blessing of a challenge

Remember this?

It'll have to wait for now. I have much bigger fish to fry.

As I posted here, my sweet grandmother went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 3rd. We are still sad at our loss, but so excited for her. She is no longer in pain...and is with my "Daddy K", for the first time in 20 years.

So here is where I get my title for this post:

A blessing:
My grandmother was kind enough to leave some furniture for us grandchildren. I received a dresser, with mirror....2 nightstands...and a queen sized bed, with head and footboards. This is heavy, hard wood furniture, built solid....you know, the way they used to make furniture.

A challenge:
It's so not our personal style. But never fear....sandpaper and a paint brush are near!

The blessing of a challenge:
I just think it's so like God to not only bless our family with new (to us) good quality furniture...that's FREE to us...and has sentimental value. The same God who gave me this strong desire to create, repurpose and make old things new again, gave me a new project (a big one!) to sustain my creative urges in this difficult time for our family. I think that's sweet! And I'm excited. I look forward to sharing the end result with you...hopefully soon.

Here are some pictures of what I'm up against.

Here is one of the nightstands.


It's a little banged up. But hey, that's okay...we like distressed furniture around here. Most likely I'll beat it up some more.


It has some cool detailing.


The hardware isn't bad....kinda cool actually. But I may change it, who knows.



Here is the dresser.


And the mirror. I'm trying not to show the mess on my bed in the mirror. The mess is everything I pulled out of the old dresser and nightstands and threw onto the bed.


I'll probably remove the detailing on the mirror...but you never know.


What suggestions do you have as far as color? My head is just a spinnin' with ideas!

4 comments:

Libby said...

I am so sorry to hear about your loss :( Prayers are with you and your family. I don't have any suggestions when it comes to the color of the furniture, but I can't wait to see what you come up with :)

Every Day Blessings said...

Way cool to get that furniture from someone so special. i can't wait to see what you do with it.

fabulousfinishes said...

Losing our loved ones is difficult for those of use that remain - it sounds like your grandma lived a wonderful live - a strong 92 years, and now gets to be with our Savior!

Have you decided what you want to do with the furniture? What look/feel? Distressed or just painted clean? Sanded and stained? Any color preference? I'm a decorative finisher, and also represent a line of products catered to the DIY'er - Caromal Colours. They are fabulously easy to use, dont require any prep - so you wouldnt have to sand or strip or prime these pieces of yours - and in the end they'd all look lovely with a finish that you apply. The also make distressing a breeze - via use of a chipping creme. With it, you can create your own Habersham finishes.

If you'd like more information, check out my site - http://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/caromal-colours/

or feel free to contact me- I've been helping folks all over the US!

Patty

fabulousfinishes said...

Losing our loved ones is difficult for those of use that remain - it sounds like your grandma lived a wonderful live - a strong 92 years, and now gets to be with our Savior!

Have you decided what you want to do with the furniture? What look/feel? Distressed or just painted clean? Sanded and stained? Any color preference? I'm a decorative finisher, and also represent a line of products catered to the DIY'er - Caromal Colours. They are fabulously easy to use, dont require any prep - so you wouldnt have to sand or strip or prime these pieces of yours - and in the end they'd all look lovely with a finish that you apply. The also make distressing a breeze - via use of a chipping creme. With it, you can create your own Habersham finishes.

If you'd like more information, check out my site - http://fabulousfinishes.wordpress.com/caromal-colours/

or feel free to contact me- I've been helping folks all over the US!

Patty