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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Wonderful Wednesday

While sitting in my house, I got the hankering to do some sprucing up.  As I told my friend, Sharon, in North Carolina, " I need to do some degrannification."

I hear the word Grannified used a lot on HGTV.  It is not complimentary.  While I love the way my home looks, I had gotten into some ruts.

I did not want to spend my birthday money on home decor....let's face it, I spent it on stitching.:) So I referred to some of my favorite You Tube channels. Simply Lake and Lace, Lynette Yoder and Adaline Zook.  All of these are young women who have a fun decor in their homes. And one thing they all say is that Paint can really change a piece of furniture.

My coffee table was purchased second hand several years ago and it had seen better days. It was dinged and the color really blended into the room, nothing special.  So I decided to chalk paint it. I did the top and left the bottom the old wood color. I lived with that for a week for so before deciding that it was not the look I was wanted in my living room. So I decided to paint the whole table. I knew if I did not like it, I could sell it on Facebook Market Place and get something else.

I headed off to Hobby Lobby for more Lace Chalk paint as well as dark wax.  Chalk paint is great because it does not require primer and we all know I am a lazy girl.  I spent most of Friday working on the coffee table and I am glad to say, it is what I was going for and I will keep it.


It looks a little bright in this photo so here is a close up so you can see the wax.


The wax really gives it a distressed look and hides some imperfections while emphasizing design, mainly those curvy legs.  I used to watch Matt and Shari on Room by Room on HGTV and Shari always said a room should have one thing that was unexpected. My coffee table is my unexpected piece. I  do have several painted pieces in the room. One table is black, and in the background of this picture you can see a teal piece I picked up at a restaurant.   At a restaurant you may say...well it was really a coffee shop and this small teal table was in their cute bathroom holding a brass spittoon that was full of paper hand towels.  I asked the owner what color the table was painted because I was going to "steal" his color.  I was totally surprised when he asked if I would ike to buy the table. The price was right and I took it home.  Turns out he used his coffee shop to showcase pieces that he had redone and this was his side hustle.

So for about $15 I got a whole new coffee table and if I choose to sell it later, I think I will recoup my investment.

I also spent some time moving some lamps around as well as changing some vignettes. It may still be grannified but I am enjoying my nest.

13 comments:

Laurel Wood said...

I like the table! You did a great job. I remember watching Matt and Shari on HGTV.

Mary said...

Arlene, I never heard the expression "grannified" before. I like crocheted lace so I'm sure my decor would be considered grannified. I love the lines of your coffee table and it is now a statement piece in your living room. I have quite a few of yard sale and side of the road pieces of furniture that I have chalk painted. I have used a few brands but always go back to ASCP despite the cost. I never heard of Lace chalk paint but I will try that next.

Sandy said...

I haven't heard that term. I will have to pay attention more, or could it be I am in so in that mode that I am unaware of everything going on. I like the table and I need to do a few refreshes also. I have a new couch and chair coming. I finally consented to look. We have had our current one for I know 16 years. The couch could probably make ti longer but the chair not so much. It is beginning to look ratty in person. That is a hard purchase to make at least for me. They make some stuff at Home Depot that you paint on and then any paint adheres to it. I used it on that hutch up at the farm and the table legs of the coffee and end tables at Auburn. It is amazing.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The table is beautiful and does give it an updated look. I like the tray that you can change things out on. But where are your throw pillows? Is that Granified? I have them everywhere! heeeheehee!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

grannified....I can't even spell it right! I better go look around my house and see if I detect Granny decor! lol

Brenda said...

I have never heard that expression, but since I started over two years ago in a tiny apartment, I left my furniture behind in WV. I have totally gone minimal and love it. When my flew up from Florida and saw it, my grandson said, "Nana, how do you live in this tiny little place?" It is smaller than my in law suite in their home. lol. I love it. I also really like your table. Enjoyed your blog today and learned a new word.

Robin in Virginia said...

Hmmm, never heard that 'grannified' term before. Love your coffee table re-do and that aqua table is darling. But my eye was attracted to the blue tray on your coffee table along with the basket of stitches pieces. Where did you get your pretty blue tray? Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sally said...

Arlene, you might be surprised to hear, there seems to be a return to traditional decor among young people. It is called "Grandmillennial style"! House Beautiful magazine has written several article on this. So, don't throw out your chintz, crocheted doilies, and embroidered linens yet!! They are back!!

Which just proves that you should stick with what you like. Trends will come and go.

Terri D said...

Well, I love your new pop of unexpected decor!! Great job!! Thanks for sharing the project with us!

Dewilla Hooper said...

I wouldn't worry about being grannified. Do your own thing. The table looks nice.

Quiltingwiththefarmerswife said...

Really like the style of your coffee table and it looks beautiful painted. Glad to hear Sally say traditional decor is making a come back. We have my hubbies grandmothers' end tables, aunts china cabinet (1930 era), my parents grandfather clock, a restored late 1800's piano, and secretariat. It sounds like a huge jumble of stuff but really mixes together well. Maybe it's the patina of the old wood that makes it work. I do love painted wood but hesitant because I like the grain and patina of the wood. Patty McDonald

Mari said...

Ooooh! I really like it! My daughter has done some chalk painting, I think I need to as well. Great job!

Carol said...

Oh, dear--another term I've never heard of! And one, I'm sure "grannified" applies to some portions of my house, too :) You've done a great job on your table, Arlene. The only thing I've ever attempted to paint were so small frames!