Our dining table has been in my family since I was little. There is even proof in the form of lovely Megan and Colleen drawings underneath the table from when we thought it was cute to draw on furniture (definitely no longer cute). I was using it in my old apartment as a small kitchen table that I painted black right before grad school and was planning on getting a new dining table sometime soon, but when I realized that we still had the leaf, it seemed like a good idea to prolong its life for just a bit longer. And also, mostly, to save me money. Since I have been spending money like it is my job, saving money where I can is necessary. Jenny from Little Green Notebook has been professing her love for oil-based paints recently for their ability to make things nice and shiny and lacquery. Specifically these which come pre-mixed for like $10 bucks a can. I figured this was the perfect time to try them out.
Below is the lovely before form. Note that the leaf was not painted the same as the other pieces. Keeping it classy around here. I decided to go white, although I was thisclose to the green color. White seemed nice and crisp. Beware though – white oil-based paints can often turn out yellowy over time. Since this was so cheap and easy I figured it didn’t really matter if I had to repaint before we replaced it. Basically I just sanded the table really well, wiped down, and then painted. Oil-based paints kind of go on like nail polish, so be careful to not overwork it. If you are planning to use oil-based paint, read Jenny’s post for expert advice as I am no expert. While I was painting, these little bubbles kept showing up. Even though I wasn’t supposed to overbrush the paint, I kind of lightly brushed over the bubbles to get rid of them. Not sure if this is typical or not, but they did show up after the first coat dried when I didn’t get them out. The second coat dried nice and even, after I got rid of the bubbles. Sorry about all the talk about bubbles. Let dry for about 24 hours between coats, and I just used a relatively crappy brush that I could throw away afterwards because apparently the paint is really hard to clean off. You need mineral spirits and jazz.
I think it looks pretty fantastic, particularly with our new rug that is still on sale and these super comfy World Market chairs. Pica is not quite as impressed, although she does like the rug.
Megan and our friend Caitlin both have birthdays in April (3 days apart) so they always try to throw a party together because double birthday parties are really just more fun. This year I offered to throw it at our house. We were pretty casual, with hot dogs and hamburgers served as the main course, but I wanted to make things extra festive with lots of streamers, some birthday printables, balloons, and a dip-dyed tablecloth. Corey and I also put bistro lights on our porch which we have decided should stay there permanently. Despite being unseasonably chilly, the night was pretty fantastic.
The birthday girls. Aren’t they such beauties?
Stolen from Caitlin’s facebook page. Thanks Caity!
A double birthday party deserves two cakes, obviously. I made a strawberry frosting/vanilla cake concoction for Meg, and Caitlin’s husband Andrew got the exact same cake as the top tier of their wedding cake. So sweet. Side note – you might also remember these two from their wedding or as the spectacularly costumed Sirius and Dumbledore from our Harry Potter party.
I put some washi tape on the wine and champagne glasses so people could label their drinks with a Sharpie. Will definitely be doing this again in the future – worked out fantastically.
Happy Birthday Meg and Caitlin!! Oh, and I have some DIYs and printables coming throughout the week so be sure to check back in.
Funnily enough, the room that we have closest to being finished is one that we really don’t spend that much time in. Despite it not getting as much use as the family room, living room is my favorite room in the house because of the spectacular light that it gets pretty much all day long. It is also Pica’s favorite room. After her busy work days, she likes to spend time leisuring on the sofa. My next life, I am coming back as a cat.
For this room, I was wanting a mint green/light blue, and we found the perfect color in Benjamin Moore Opal Essence. Other contenders were Irish Spring (too bright) and Bath Salts (too green). The mirror was gifted to us for free (!) by my friend Catrina and I happily spray painted the gold more gold. Side note: not all gold spray paint is equal. Although several people recommended the Krylon Brass Metallic spray paint, spray painting 2 coats only left me feeling unsatisfied with the cheesy yellow gold finish. I found the Krylon Gold Leaf spray paint to be a much more delightful color.
I want to make the room a little more warm and cozy and library-y by adding lots of fun pillows and placing bookshelves on the small walls next to the sofas. In the future when I am feeling less broke I will be purchasing a comfy wingback chair and a new light fixture. Probably not for a while. Also, on the other side of the room I am putting together my office. I figured if I liked the room so much, might as well use it for two purposes right? I’ll show you guys that as soon as I get things a little more together.
As of late I have a habit that is bordering on obsession. I search for rugs online. Like, all the time. Corey has literally said “are there any other rugs in the world that you haven’t seen?” Probably not. But I am just super confuzzled about which rug I want in our family room. For our dining room, this beauty has been picked out for months (but not purchased because I am waiting until I feel less broke), and I quickly decided on stripes for the front family room. But in the family room, I can’t decide what I want. Originally it was neutral – likely gray – but I am feeling like it should be more of a thing, which kind of leaves out the Handmade Soho rug (5), although I really do find her to be lovely. I like the Pottery Barn Enzo Medallion (1) and the Rugs USA Tuscan Trellis (3) a lot, but they might be too much navy since the dining room rug will definitely be navy. I basically fell in love with Lulu and Georgia’s Satya (2), but there are two problems. One, the 8×10 is out of stock. And two, it is way pricier than I want to spend on the family room rug, which will be lived on in a big way. So even if it comes back in stock, I will have major guilt if I purchase because I don’t want to have to give Pica the side eye every time she sits on it. I kind of liked the idea of green, which made me include the Capel Arabesque (4), but to be honest, I am kind of over trellis rugs. So did I just cross out every rug that I have been looking at? I am so confused. Do you guys have any advice about this situation? Other than tell me to stop being such a crazy lady, because that’s just not possible. Ask Corey, he’s tried.