I have to be careful when I think about painting a piece of wood furniture or decor because wood is so beautiful when it is stained. My hubby being the craftsman/carpenter that he is, he prefers almost anything wood to be stained, enhancing it's grain and beauty.
As I've said many times, our home is a home filled with a lifetime of memories and cherished heirlooms for all three of us. That's because I'm real careful not to leave my hubby's and son's likes and desires out when decorating. This is OUR home, not just mine. We're a family and although we all three love a lot of the same things, we also differ in some ways. We do all love the primitive farmhouse look and feel because it's so comfortable, but we also love a lodge and cabin feel. A love of western and hunting items are also mingled in. There's a little bit of each of us all throughout the house, every room. Every piece of furniture can't be painted and distressed like I see in all the primitive catalogs, I myself don't even like that much paint. I could NEVER take a nice piece of furniture and paint it if it was already stained pretty.
That brings me to this shelf. Do you remember the old Home Interior home parties from the 80's? My whole home was decorated in just about all Home Interior products. Every room had at least one wall grouping that included a shelf and sconces. Those were the days! That company made a lot of money off of Lilly Mae, I'm telling you! Well that was years ago, and I've weeded through and changed decor so many times. Most of the Home Interior items are either gone or packed away. I guess my all time favorite H.I. piece they ever sold was the cloakroom shelf. This was probably their most popular shelf for a long time.
I ended up with three of these beauties throughout my home. In the past several years, they've just been packed up, until I decided I needed a black shelf to complete a new wall grouping the other day. I remembered these, so I took one apart and painted it yesterday. I love the outcome. If we hang on to our favorite things we can always think of other ways to use them. I love the way it turned out, just what I wanted and needed.
Now for another project that's not under way yet and not one that I can just take on and do myself. This is going to take the talent, skills, and know how of that sweet hubby of mine! We have always planned on him making us a beautiful long farmhouse harvest table for the kitchen one day. The picture below is what I want. I found this online and have kept it for him to go by. We need our table to be 38" X 7'. Then we will purchase 5 beautiful black chairs and he will make a bench that looks just like the table. Total seating will be for eight. I can't wait because now he says he has someone that wants to buy my current table and chairs now. The bad part is we won't have a table and chairs for however long it takes him to build our new one. We've got to decide what to do!
Isn't this table pretty? I can just picture it in my kitchen with the other pieces sitting around it! One day, I keep telling myself!
Here are a few other pictures of tables that I found. The basic style is the same, so my table will be very simular. Of course I'll love and cherish mine because Wayne and Matthew will build it with love and care. Enjoy!