It was an old solid mahogony, French Provencial style side table I picked up at a thrift store. Here's what I started with (before):
|Leg After (nice gnat that landed on it!)|
I've struggled with getting a good shot of this one. Because it's white and has a pearlescent dry brush....it's been hard to show you how pretty it actually came out. I hope this picture showcases it like it should.
So what do you think? I've got more coming. My days are booked lately. With a little guy at home still, two playing sports, school activities, a blog to run, drapery and mural orders, and furniture to redo, I feel incredibly blessed (and tired - but in a good way!). I love what I'm doing now. I'm loving that God has opened up this blog and creative outlets for me. You all are a true blessing and source of encouragement. Us stay-at-home/work-at home moms can sometimes feel a little isolated from the world. I just can't tell you how much I love hearing from you and how uplifting all your kind words are.
I'm working on other fun before and afters within my own home. I am a strong believer in living within your means and not going into debt, so upgrades are slow, but exciting when you realize you've saved up enough to do some!
And, If you need something minor to lift up in prayer, I'm at a crossroads with having to make some decisions about computer (Mac for graphics = $), camera and equipment upgrades, and those are pricey. What I have just isn't "cutting the mustard" and yet I am very hesitant to spend that kind of money (I have a hard time walking the line between thrifty and cheap). Did I mention my hubby works in the building industry? Unless you have had your head buried under a rock for the last three or four years, you know that has been hit hard, which means if you're wise, you make sure you have savings and know how to live frugally. Not because you always have to, but just because you never know what the market will do. Any business that is volitile with ups and downs and dependent of the economy requires smart planning when times are good to survive times that aren't! Thankfully, God has kept us grounded and provided all we need. Watching what has happened to so many others has taught us a lot about being grateful and humble. It's also made us realize just how temporary and unimportant things really are, and opened our eyes to just how incredibly blessed we are (with or without "things").
It's also made me realize how God uses things we never thought as meaningful to teach us and prepare us for the future. For instance: growing up humbly and learning from the best (Mom/Dad) about how to stretch a dollar, learning the difference between needs and wants, being content with what you have, using the knowledge and skills God gave me, learning to be creative to make what I want versus just buying it, and most important....Keeping my faith front in center in my life. I wouldn't trade anything about my childhood and what I learned! Thank you Mom and Dad!
All that to say this is when I sit there and pray hard about needs versus wants...wise versus unwise investments. So, I'll leave you with a little inspiration pic:
B.E. Interiors Photography
Now to go finish up two more furniture pieces and hopefully post them tonight:)