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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Burlap + Old Wood Table = Rustic Farmhouse Charm...AND...My Other Finished Project

Good afternoon!
As promised, here is my completed project.
It's a window awning!

I made it for our kitchen window.  The window needed something, but I didn't want to block any light,
or the pretty view

so here it is all finished and hung.
I used a pretty "cafe" graphic from The Graphics Fairy (she is just so cool!)
{as you can see, the cabinets still have not been painted}
{but the kitchen has}

now I have a full view of the garden bench...

the hammock peeking through the trees...

and my lavender that smells like heaven.
Now, on to another project that I worked on yesterday...

 I got this table on Saturday
{please pay no attention to the lack of baseboard mouldings here}
{we're installing them this weekend}
I know, not the most beautiful thing in the world right?
But I had an idea.
  As soon as I saw the table, I knew exactly where I wanted to put it and exactly how I wanted it to look.
I imagined burlap and a fresh coat of white, dry brushed on.
So I pulled out my sander and got to work.

Look at the beautiful wood that was hiding under layers of opaque brown stain.
I know, right?
I dry brushed the legs with white paint after thoroughly sanding,
then sanded again slightly for a worn look {even though it was already pretty well worn}

then I added a pretty burlap skirt...

...and an ice cream parlor chair
and there you have it...instant rustic farmhouse charm in the playroom!
You want to know a secret?
There are tons of toys under that pretty little skirt and you don't even see them.
Enjoy your afternoon
xo and God Bless,
I'm linking up with Thrifty Decor Chick's Before and After Party
Go on over and check it out
lots of cool ideas!!


Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Love it all. What talent you have. Your table is a treasure.
hugs ~lynne~

Anonymous said...

Your window awning is just gorgeous!! I love it, and your table with burlap is fantastic.


Amy Kinser said...

Can't decide what's my favorite, the awning or the burlap skirted table. They are both perfect! Great job.

œuvres d'art originales said...

Kathleen, both your projects are brilliant. I now have awning envy, BTW. Thanks so much for sharing, Ardith

Faded Charm said...

That awning is amazing... i love this idea! Also great job on the table. Don't you love when you turn an ugly ducking into a beautiful swan:-)


Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

Love that awning,man you are good! Hope all is well..x0x0

jbowman said...

I LOVE the awning, and your entire site as well. The music is GREAT!!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Tres chic!

Ozma of Odds said...

...oh yes! I love the awning too!
and a burlap skirted table, well now, that's fabulous to stash away items below:)
xo, Rosemary

A Vintage Green said...

What a clever idea - toy storage - under a table with an inside skirt - new to me.

hilary said...

Is there any way possible you would share how you made the awning? I so need that. I'm in the country and have a vintage white lace curtain hanging. While it's pretty, it's too much for the country. The awning would be fabulous. I'm not sure how to transfer those images to the canvas but I can probably find that on the web. 'thank you so much
BTW, I just found your blog and have traveled back in time. Love it

Chester County Cottage Girl said...

I love your awning in your kitchen....so adorable........I just came across your blog and now am a follower. Please feel free to visit mine at:

Restoration House Interiors said...

Hi there! Love your blog and thanks so much for the SWEET tutorial on the cafe awning! So creative! Anyhow, just wanted to say hi and introduce myself! Stop on by if you get time and join if you'd like! I'll surely be back here time and time again!