Thursday, November 18, 2010

Time and a Table

As I sit down to write this post I realize that once again, it has been weeks since my last one. How is this possible??? I mean, I know that the clocks speed up after you reach 40. Time just flies by and before you know it another year has gone! But I think that in addition to that, time must magically speed up after Halloween too! One day I am doing a post to celebrate Halloween and the next instant I am preparing to fly to Pennsylvania to celebrate Thanksgiving with family! If I'm not careful I will blink, wake up and it will Christmas morning!!!!!
Basically I guess what I want to say is, be careful not to get so wrapped up in the day to day living stuff, that you forget to enjoy all the blessings in your life!!! 


Okay, enough ranting... now for the reason I started this post in the first place!


This is a before pic of a table that was passed down to my sweetie and has been adding it's beat up old ugliness rustic charm to our home for many years. I was finally given permission to do with it what I wished. (I did a little happy dance that day)


I decided to leave the legs unpainted and just sanded them and added a dark walnut stain .

I painted the top white and then sanded some of the paint down to give it  that worn charm that we all love so much. Then I painstakingly used an exacto knife and cut out all the flower prints that I printed from my computer. The flowers are called "French Floral Brushes" are by Gypsy Chic.

Then I decoupaged them all on the top using techniques I learned in Vonda's Decoupage class. The next step was to crackle the whole thing, and then finish with two coats of varnish. I am sooo happy with the results. I love it when ugly ducklings turn into swans!!!!

I will be leaving in a couple of days for Pa. and unfortunately hubby's parents are "old school" and don't have internet connection.  I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday filled with friends and family. May we all be grateful for ALL the blessings in our lives. I can honestly say, that you all are one of my biggest!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!


42 comments:

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Have a wonderful time with family and a great Thanksgiving!!

Betsy said...

What a fabulous transformation, the detail is amazing. Your imagination must have been running on overtime when you got the go ahead to "go for it." What a great job.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your family.

luluslovlies said...

Happy Thanksgiving Karen and thank you again for becoming my Blog Fairy! Stay safe and have a wonderful trip and your table looks wonderful. I just purchased the Nov/Dec issue of Somerset and I guess I didn't realize you were in it. Beautiful article and work. I'm so blessed to have you in my bloggy life! Hugs, Marilou

A Vintage Chic said...

GORGEOUS transformation, Karen! I can see what's been keeping you busy!

I hope your Thanksgiving is just wonderful!

Julie

Karen said...

Great job Karen! Happy Thanksgiving!!! Have a wonderful and safe trip!
Hugs! Karen

Emily Joyce said...

Beautiful table! You did a wonderful job on it! Have a great Thanksgiving!

gracie said...

The table looks wonderful. Enjoy your celebration with family...have a safe journey....

Aelwyn said...

What an amazing transformation! :)

June said...

What a great table Karen! Oh my, did you ever work magic on this one!!!! Crazy beautiful!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving in PA. Safe travels!
hugs to you...

Vicki said...

You are a patient woman cutting those out! It turned out great and was worth the effort. Have a safe trip and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lynn Richards said...

Gorgeous, miss Karen! I have a dining room table that needs some TLC....I'll have to give that decopauging some serious thought.
xo
lynn
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Jaime Haney aka ArtsyFartsy.Me said...

That table turned out just beautiful. On your way to Pennsylvania how about stopping off in Indiana, I've got lots of things you could decoupage and add your magic touch too. This is gorgeous! Have a wonderful trip and Thanksgiving.

Debbie Kay said...

Beautiful transformation. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Debbie

Eileen said...

Karen, the table looks fabulous! You did such a great job on it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving in PA (my whole family is there too). I will be staying here in AZ this year for Thanksgiving. Blessings...

Myrna said...

Beautiful job, Karen!! I love the added leaves to the table AND the gorgeous display on top!!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving..I am grateful for your friendship!
PA will be beautiful this time of year!! Cheers!
Blessings,
Myrna

bad penny said...

WOW That is STUNNING ! I love what you've done.

Dorthe said...

What a wonderfull work you did with the old table-it gorgeus looking,now.
Dear Karen, a very happy thanksgiving to you,too-you are in my thankfull mind ,every time opening my blog.
Hugs,Dorthe

Jan said...

Beautiful transformation and wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

gpc said...

How pretty! I love flowered furniture and have never owned a piece. You did a lovely job! Hope you have/had a great Thanksgiving.

Cyn said...

Have a a great time in PA! I will have Thanksgiving at my house this year with 30 people!!! I come from a large family and its nice to finally have alot of them joining me since my grandparents have passed.

oh yes the table! Wonderful!!!!

Meri Wiley said...

Hi Karen,

Have a wonderful thanksgiving, but before you leave stop by and sign up to follow me and leave a comment to enter my winter giveaway.

BTW your table is amazing. I had the same table, but with 6 chairs, a china hutch and a buffet. It was my grandma's, but now I've passed it down to one of my nieces for her new home. I wouldn't have been allowed to change a thing on it, though.

Please do not tell me you cut all of that floral border out........OMG, get yourself a Silhouette to do that in the future Missy.

Have a grand holiday, and we'll chat when you get back.

Hugs,
Meri

Miss Sandy said...

Karen,

Love the table redo! I am pretty sure my daughter has the same exact table with matching chairs in her first little nest, it belonged to my great aunt but is in pristine condition. I hope you have a wonderful visit with family and a very blessed holiday!

Lululiz said...

The table top looks fantastic!

Tina Eudora said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too Karen and have a lovely trip!
I love what you did with the table it does indeed look so vintage and loved!
Have a good trip...
Tina xo

Rebecca said...

Safe travels Sweetie...
Your table turned out fantastic and it looks so great where you have it with all the books.
Many Blessings
Rebecca
PS I love my blog :)

Liz said...

Have a great trip! The table turned out beautifully! Love it.

~Liz

Debby said...

Hi Karen, the table is totally fabulous and so unique, love it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Debby

La Vie Quotidienne said...

The table looks lovely. I just finished a decoupage treatment on two doors and cutting everything out is very tedious but the end result is always worth it!

Diane said...

Oh my goodness! You did all of this with an X-Acto knife! Bet you had sore fingers! But what results! Gorgeous!!
Hugs, Diane

Amy said...

Wow! That table is so pretty. I have a piece that I would love to turn into a charmer, but hubby says I can not paint an antique. Hmmm. It now sits lonely in the garage with no one to love it. Any advice on convincing him would be helpful.

Charlene ♥ SC said...

Beautifully done! Have safe travels and a great visit.

Violet said...

It is beautiful! I am working on a similar table found at a flea market/antique shop, which had been painted white. It is still white but has new coats of paint and a new leaf, makine it larger... will use it for a desk in my studio.

Happy Thanksgiving Karen!
~ Violet

Pamela said...

How do you even know what to do when you want to transform something? This is amazing. I'm sure your husband loves the result.

Ann at the Handley Bungalow said...

What a masterpiece! I LOVE what you did to that table. You are sooo talented. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Birgit said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! :)

-- Birgit

koralee said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you my sweet friend...yes...I am one day late!

Your table is stunning...you amaze me! Soooo talented!

Hope all is well. Sending you some love. xoxoxoox

Jean Hart said...

I really enjoyed looking around at your pictures and visiting your blogsite, I'm new to bloging and I'm so glod to have found you,
Be inspired,
~Jean

Charlene said...

OH SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LOVE the table! It looks wonderful!!!! Thank you for your sweet email you sent before going to Pennsylvania. I also count you as a blessing every day. Friends are a precious GIFT!!!! Love ya sweet girl. HUGS!
Charlene

Debora said...

Beautiful posts.
Debora

Sandy said...

Karen,
This is amazing!!!! My parents had a table like this with the matching chairs and buffet, never liked it! What you did was jusy incredible!!!!! WOW, not it is an heirloom! :) Sandy

Denise said...

Very pretty! I know what you mean. I seem to have time management problems right now myself. It's taking me forever just to visit everyone in blogland.

Katie said...

WOW! Amazing transformation on this table--so beautiful! I have given you a blog award. you can pick it up at my kitchen blog at www.wonderland-kitchen.blogspot.com copy the blog award picture and post to your side bar. and be sure and pass it on! love, katietable.

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