I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  We had a wonderful day, Audrey and her beaux Joe came with the pups and Joe’s son to spend the day with us.  I actually did a lot of cooking, baking and preparing myself, more than has happened in years.  I even was able to do the dishes without struggles.  John helped me of course, we know how much there is to do for Thanksgiving, LOL.  Having the ability to move for the day and not struggle made me so happy!!! Now on with the post, I FINALLY finished some large furniture projects and now Christmas decorating has taken my attention front and center. I wanted to share what has been taking place in our dining room.  I painted these pieces years ago before blogging when at the old house.  It was plain oak and it became to overbearing for me and I wanted the painted look.  I know many may gasp that I painted good furniture, it had to be done, I was not happy with all the oak.   The green went well in the other house working with our wall color and our rug.  The rug we used to have in the dining room was to large for the new house.  To give the paint age, I used Raw Umber paint mixed with plain glaze.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I did not like the green with the wall color, so repainting was necessary.  Well, they are finally finished and I wanted to share them with you all. I painted the base of our table Choclat in Masion Blanche paint, two coats.  I  used dark wax on the base to add some contrast to the color.  I also wanted to try a product of theirs, Le Dirt. After the wax had 10 minutes to set I strategically placed the Le Dirt in the creases I wanted to have the look of added age and I also placed a larger amount on the applique. DSC_0003 (3) DSC_0031_wm The next piece I tackled was the buffet.  I used the same process but added appliques to the doors for added detail.  They were purchased from Architectural Depot.  I added a coat of ASCP in Coco to the edges and the moldings on the base and wiped it right off to reveal a bit of the brown. The waxing process was next and I added some more Le Dirt to the moldings on the bottom and the edges including the appliques. The one other change I made, was to add a toile fabric to the inside.  I purchased it from JoAnn’s, 50% off, GREAT deal!!  I think it adds charm, now, when I take my dishes out I get to see this pretty fabric.  Take a look below and I hope you like how it turned out. DSC_0002_wm DSC_0009_wm DSC_0011_wm DSC_0012_wm DSC_0022_wm DSC_0023_wm DSC_0012_wm I must admit John handled the fabric part.  No power tools are allowed in my hands for safety reasons and I don’t have the motor skills to cut a straight edge with my MS, weird Huh….. Not that I am whining by any means, my leg brace is so very helpful and gives me the strength I need to work and get projects done.  The one hurdle is, bending and getting down on the floor is a bit of an issue.  It actually is a bit painful on my ankle, nothing they can do, so it took me longer to get things painted.  But hey, LOOK I DID IT and  I’m able to do the things I love again on my own.  They just take a bit longer. Full dining room reveal coming very soon all decked out for Christmas. I am Linking to: http://staceyembracingchange.com/2014/12/04/creative-inspirations-linky-party-113/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FXbDDH+%28Embracing+Change%29 http://www.thededicatedhouse.com/2014/12/before-after-wednesday-week-37.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheDedicatedHouse+%28The+Dedicated+House%29 http://www.frommyfrontporchtoyours.com/2014/12/treasure-hunt-thursday-184-highlights.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FromMyFrontPorchToYours+%28From+My+Front+Porch+To+Yours%29 http://www.adelightsomelife.com/2014/12/home-garden-thursday-22.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ADelightsomeLife+%28A+Delightsome+Life%29 http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2014/12/share-your-cup-thursday-129.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HaveADailyCupFromMrsOlson+%28Have+a+daily+cup+from+Mrs.+Olson%29