Chronicles a family's adventures in rehabing and restoring old furniture and vintage finds for their new home following a move to the South.

A New Year, A New Table and A New Camera??? January 3, 2012

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!  Now What???? I hope everyone had a great New Year’s Celebration.  I usually have a number of New Year’s resolutions… but this year was the first year that one actually didn’t even cross my mind.  Last year included a move, a new state, a new house, 2 new jobs (one for me and one for my husband),  4 new schools, lots and lots of new friends, a new au pair (Miss L).  Let’s see… did I forget anything???  For 2012 we are praying for the blessings of consistency, lack of change, pacing and peace.

Well, driving home from work today I received a request (from Miss Ceil) for Miss Carly’s bed reveal.  That was the bed that my picky daughter asked me to paint.  I say picky because she told me exactly what she wanted it to look like and that it could only be slightly distressed, minimally antiqued and somewhat shiny.  She practically stood over me with a whip.  Originally the bed belonged to my husband and I.  It was really outdated because it was a light, almost pickled, wood tone.  Well I tried taking a few pictures on my i phone, but the light was horrible and Miss Carly’s bedroom was…cluttered???  I’m trying to be kind.  

Well here’s is a mini shot and I promise a better round of pictures, hopefully on a camera (not my phone).  I’m sorry it’s such a limited shot but you would just keel right over  if I panned out in either direction.  I kid you not.  I promise a new and improved photo shoot!

Lately I’ve been trying to get to estate sales.  I love the fact that I can preview what they’re selling by looking at their inventory photos online.  I’ve really gotten some pretty interesting things that way and previewing helps me to avoid the sales that don’t have the treasures that are just my style.   Try registering with  They will notify you of estate sales local to your zip code.

I found the table below at an estate sale.  When I bought her for close to nothing… she was rickety, scuffed and the top had a few gouges in it.  I repaired her top by sanding and wood puttying… then staining with min wax dark walnut.  Next,  I tightened all her screws and gave her base a couple of coats of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint in Old White.  At first I really wasn’t crazy about her and didn’t do any sanding… but I did antique her quite a bit with a little glaze.  Finally, I waxed her  top and here’s how she looks now!


I actually love this piece.  It’s high and functional and detailed.  I mean look at her top!

I bought these vintage seltzer bottles at a garage sale for a couple of bucks when my kids were babies.  I love them and at one point or another… they’ve lived in just about every room in the house!

Well maybe I do have a New Year’s Resolution after all… A New Camera!  Whaddya think?

Love, Genevieve and Oliver