Thank you for all your sweet comments yesterday. I am so glad so many of us were counting our blessings. Now, I need to tell you all something. I am not a perfect mother- shocking, I know. Last week Sawyer forgot to bring his spelling homework home twice and we did not have time to go to the school and get it. We had several arguments about it, Chris and I pulling hair in frustration at our 8 year old boy. Friday there was no school so their spelling test was on Thursday. We never even knew his spelling words because he kept forgetting to bring it home. So yesterday he brought home his graded test…. He received an “F”. The week before we had done his homework as he had remembered to bring it home, and we had studied with him and his grade was an “A”. Chris was angry yesterday and scolded him. I thought about how lucky I was that he was healthy, and as he cried to me about his failing grade, I didn’t get mad. I just hugged him and told him he can try again this week. He can remember to bring his homework and spelling book home, and he can do better. Of course I was disappointed and frustrated; of course I was. But I had a son who was standing before me with tears in his eyes and I just wanted him to know that no matter what he was loved. And I think today he will be bringing his homework home. 😉
I am not sure what the point of that was other than to let you know that after yesterday’s post I am feeling even more grateful for what I have. And that through imperfection and mistakes, grace and love are always still there if you look. I know Sawyer was expecting me to be angry when he came to me with is test in hand. But what good would that have done? We are just going to move forward and do better, and that’s all we can do.
Anyhow, I have a fun makeover for you today. Last Friday I headed to the street of a yard sale I remembered seeing advertised on craigslist. Around here, several people do yard sales on Fridays. This one had been listed as having antique furniture and was in my small town. I headed down the street and spied a man in a garage full of antiques that was clearly set up for a yard sale. I drove to the cul de sac, turned around, and parked my car. The garage was still open, but the man was nowhere to be found. I waited a few minutes and then knocked on the door. Turns out, he wasn’t starting til Saturday, but we got to chatting and he let me shop early. I picked up a couple pieces, including this cute little old already gutted radio cabinet:
The pulls on the doors would not come off and there was no screw on the other side, so I left them on. I also left the lower one on for a cohesive look. I debated sanding off the rose which were painted on in 1988, as I saw from the signature. But I thought with the finish I planned on giving it that the flower would look pretty cool showing through, so I left them.
I pained this piece with two coats of Graphite ASCP, and let it dry. I then opened a can of Artisan Enhancements pearl Plaster, which my partner, Catfish, carries at Sweet Clover. It’s pretty thick stuff, so I filled a cup with water. to dilute. I dipped the brush in the pearl plaster, and then in the water, and brushed on, and repeated until I had covered the whole piece.
After it dried, i distressed it lightly all over, and then applied ASCP clear wax and buffed it. Here is the final result… a zinc-like effect! I love how it turned out and am anxious to try the pearl plaster again!
The top picture is more accurate- because of the reflective powers of the plaster, photos were a bit of a challenge!
I am so glad I left the flowers and love how this looks….
and ooooh those legs!
Now to find another piece to try this one! 🙂 Hope you all have a great day! We have dance and soccer tonight, and guess who already did their spelling homework last night? No more “F”‘s for us!