Furniture… My Canvas Of Choice

I would like to say hi to all my new subscribers!  Welcome to The Rescued Home.  Hope you enjoy following along as we continue in our DIY adventure.

I’m sitting on my couch, eating hummus (which is amazing because I never thought I would touch the stuff again after my first trimester), baby is sleeping, a storm is rolling in… life is good.  I have been meaning to write this post for almost two weeks now! It seems once house work is done, family is tended to and I am able to get in some down time I just don’t have space in my life to sit at the computer for an extended amount of time.  I’m sure many of you can relate.  So here I am with a window of time to write and I’m taking it, the laundry can wait!

Furniture is my canvas of choice!  Ever since I was a little girl I loved to take an old piece of unwanted furniture and transform it into something beautiful.   My mom taught me how to have a steady hand and I actually love painting.  I wouldn’t consider myself an artist when it comes to painting.  Don’t give me an actual canvas and ask me to paint anything more advanced than what a five-year old could paint but give me an old dresser and voila I feel like Michelangelo!

I had a friend contact me about refinishing her daughter’s dresser.  I accepted the job on the terms that I couldn’t promise a quick turn around.  Before Eliza I knew how long it would take to refinish a piece but after baby I had no idea.  Surprisingly, I was able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time.  The process looked different, I would paint for about 30 minutes then stop to feed Eliza, then paint for another 30 and stop to put her down for a nap, then paint for 2 hours then stop to play with her, you get the picture.  Where I used to just plow through a project I have now learned to work quickly when time allows.  Much like this blog post, my fingers are moving much faster with anticipation that I will hear a little squeal come from the other room telling my time alone is up!

Here is the dresser before.

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Here is the inspiration picture.

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I found the picture here Classic Casual Home 

Here is the finished dresser.

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And it looks like my time is up!

Stay tuned for my next post.  We started a new project in the dining room and I can’t wait to share it with all of you.

With love,
Lauren

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Side Tables: Before and After

Too much sugar, not enough water,  is what I thought when I woke up this morning to the sound of my niece and nephews enjoying their new toys.  I think I’ve eaten enough junk food to hold me over till next Christmas.  Christmas was so fun this year.  We were at my in-laws and all the kids were home so that means all five Lowry kids, three sister in-laws, three grandkids and a whole slew of people who just dropped by.  My in-laws door is always open so at any given time a friend or family member could just drop in.  It is so wonderful and such an amazing model of community.  I want my home to be like that.

Every year the older kids exchange names and this year I got my sister-in-law, Allie.  I was super excited because I had a pair of side tables I have been wanting to re-finish and give to her.  The tables started out as a vanity, the mirror was broken and I just wanted the part that had the drawers in it.  I had Joel disassemble and cut the drawer part off.
Here is a picture of one of the sides before I re-did it.

Here is the finished product.

With love,
Lauren