Happy Monday! Hope you all had an awesome weekend! I had a great one, though I am ending it sneezing and coughing…. not sure if it is allergies or a cold. I did some weeding Saturday afternoon, so who knows if I just made contact with something that doesn’t agree with me. So last night I went to bed early in hopes of waking up refreshed… I’ll let you know how that goes!
Yesterday morning was the March of Dimes walk. I think Emmy and I set a new record for slowest pace ever, finishing the 3 mile walk in about a hour and a half! We don’t do it for speed though- we do it to support out neighbor and also friends whose babies are born prematurely. Here is Emmy with her friend who was born 5 weeks early and is now a thriving 7 year old. Pardon the pair of legs photobombing…
And here is a peek at why it took us so long… Emmy just strolling along at a slow leisurely pace, looking for ducklings, and carrying her balloon.
And I only had to carry her for about a quarter of a mile, so she did great! Thank you for all the support!
Friday night I hosted wine & design at my house. We did chalkboard paint projects, and I didn’t even take any pictures… BUT my good friend, Maureen, came and it worked out perfectly because I had just finished the dresser she had asked for my help on for her girls, who are the same ages as my children, and are friends of my children (which is how we met!). A couple weeks ago, Maureen brought me this dresser….
She waned a soft and feminine look for her girls, sort of French glam, and sent me some pictures of some champagne/blush dressers she admired. I sent her the link to a table I painted last year and suggested the same finish. She agreed it would be perfect. She ordered the Cece Caldwell’s Pinkerington Violet we would need, and I already had the Briwax in Golden Oak from Rockler that I would need for the last step.
I gave the dresser two coats of paint, and then used a damp rag to distress the edges and give it a naturally worn look. I used another rag to apply Briwax Golden Oak, which gave it the warm glow and champagne look. Prior to that it was more of a lilac pink. To give you an idea of the color pre-wax, here it is with just one coat of paint….
After waxing, I buffed with another clean rag to achieve a silky and smooth finish.
I asked Maureen about adding hints of gold with rub n buff… She told me she totally trusted me and I could do what I thought best. I added gold to the backsplash, the drawer detail, and the carved details on the apron. Here it is now….
Maureen supplied me with the gorgeous crystal knobs on the bottom drawers, and I suggested these bird knobs for the doors, which she loved as well.
Now, Maureen wanted the inside to be special for her girls. She had ordered a couple of vinyls and told me I could choose where to place them and what to even use. So here is the sweet surprise on the inside….
Maureen’s girls are pretty darn luck to have a mother who wants to inspire them like that, aren’t they? And I am lucky to have her as my amazing and sweet friend!
Hope you have a wonderful Monday and more importantly, hope you always remember Maureen’s message…. be your own kind of beautiful!