You know how easy it is to let yourself go in the busyness of raising kids and chores and volunteering? Yeah, that’s just where Lila Mae was when I met her. Sunup to sundown year after year can wear on anyone, especially working on a farm. She was ready for a makeover, but didn’t want to lose her personality. Sooo, I gave her a farmhouse elegance makeover. Meet Lila Mae:
She came to me tired and drab and a bit depressed.
She needed more than a facial to remove years of neglect. Sanding away moisture rings and a worn finish were key to a good foundation.
I started out thinking I wanted to keep with the weathered farmhouse look, so I painted Lila Mae’s top and drawer with a dark gray, soon to be whitewashed. But I couldn’t resist the urge to add a bit of elegance and surprise with a dose of my favorite color. She needed two coats- here is the first coat of gray on top and lavender on the base. Don’t panic when the first coat looks like a disaster- it’ll get better with the second, I promise.
Sometimes things don’t work out as well in reality as they do in your head. After whitewashing over the gray, I should have put the drawer back in the table to see the effect before I finished with polycrylic. Me no likey:
I tried to like it; I really did. After a day of looking, walking away, looking again, I couldn’t stand it any more, so I redid the drawer. Yeah, not fun. I had mixed a sample jar of too-bright lavender with black and white paints, and only had a tiny bit left. Yikes! I literally had to scrub, add water, and scrub some more to get the last little micron of paint out of the jar. Add some desperate little pleas toward heaven, and I had just enough.
Lila Mae needed some new bling- glass knobs from D Lawless Hardware were just the thing to give her a little sparkle.
She still has that farmhouse vibe, but now with a touch of elegance.
Lila Mae is sturdy and tough, but no one can mistake her for one of the farmhands now.
The wonderful thing about paint is that if you don’t like it, you can paint again. If you have enough paint. Lesson to be learned from this Farmhouse Elegance Table Makeover: always have more paint than you think you’ll need. Have you ever worked on a project and realized some things just weren’t going to work the way you thought? Ever run out of paint before the project was finished?