Thursday, July 26, 2012

Inspired by a Country Living cover!

The inspiration for this furniture makeover came directly from the cover of Country Living!


As a long time reader, I love the way Country Living has been able to stay current and relevant, while maintaining that casual, comfortable and eclectic look that I find very appealing. The new look of Country Living is cleaner, lighter and brighter. And this issue is a perfect example. It's from May 2011 and I loved it so much that I saved it. It just represents a look that make me smile!



This beautiful Ethan Allen drop leaf table complete with two generous leaves and six matching chairs was an amazing Craiglist find. An couple in our area was selling it in preparation for retirement and a move across the country to be closer to their grandchildren. We actually ventured out in a nasty storm with a tornado warning to make sure this one didn't get away! (Not something I would normally recommend, but it also came with a matching corner cupboard that you'll hear about later!)






I knew in an instant exactly where I was going with this makeover!


The table is painted in Behr's paint and primer in one in Silky White mixed with the chalk paint recipe. I love this white because it's clean and bright without being stark. And it's a true white without the creamy undertones.


The chairs are a custom shade of blue (meaning I mixed two colors together), both Behr paint and primer in one in a satin finish (my favorite) without using the chalk paint recipe.


I like the way the table has a bit of a flat, chalky finish, while the chairs have just a hint of sheen.


All the pieces were lightly distressed by hand. The table was finished with a coat of Minwax Finishing Paste Wax, while the chairs were finished with two coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly.


And just for fun, I had to stage the table a bit like the cover too! The only thing missing is the cookies!


I'm really excited about the way this one turned out! It looks like a table just meant for family gathering!


You can check it out in person this weekend at our summer tag sale! All the details are on the sidebar. Hope to see you there! And like I said, there will be cookies - all homemade and yummy, of course!

I'm linking to...
Primitive and Proper Mod Vintage Life Photobucket Furniture Feature Fridays A Little Knick Knack


Jennifer Rizzo

Making the World Cuter


33 comments:

Our Pinteresting Family said...

What a beautiful set, Sharon! I'll be there tomorrow afternoon. My friend stopped by yesterday and called and said she wanted to buy everything in there. :) I'm excited! Megan

Danielle said...

This came out great! I love the blue and white combination. Good luck with the sale x

Dee said...

Sharon, what a great set! I love the color combination,perfect for the country kitchen. Nice job, Dee from My Painted Stuff

Heather @ The JUNKtion said...

Gorgeous table...turned out beautiful. Love the inspiration piece and I love your table styling!

Anne said...

Sharon,
Great transformation.Love the blue and white color combination.Can't wait to see that hutch!
xx
Anne

NanaDiana said...

Wow-Love that combination! It looks great and I bet it sells right off the bat. Can't believe it is time for you gals to have another show already- I'll bet you have been busy- xo Diana

Honey at 2805 said...

It's beautiful, Sharon! I like to think that my Patriotic sofa was inspired by the July issue! You did a great job and the color combo is really nice! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

Gail said...

Sharon, this turned out great! I love the color combination!!

Sandy said...

WOW....just what that vintage set needed....color! Love the colors and the chalk paint mixed in.... how is that to work with????? Can't wait to see the little hutch too! :)

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Looks wonderful! Love the contrast!

Cathy said...

This set is beautiful - blue and white is my favorite. They are awesome.....

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that is an adorable set! i bet that is gone already- LOVE those chairs!

GirlRural.com said...

Very pretty! Good luck at the sale!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Love that table and chairs! It's beautiful... bet it goes FAST!

great job!
gail

Cyndi ✪ Blue Star said...

girl, I love it!!! I'm a sucker for blue and white. this is fab!! did you spray paint your chairs or paint them by hand? That's my only issue with chairs. I HATE the tedious paint job! Not sure I can really make money on them with the time it takes to paint them.

michmashed said...

What a beautiful result! Love that you let us see your inspiration.

MONICA LIVAS said...

Wonderful job!

Between Blue and Yellow said...

I was inspired by that table as well! Great job, looks beautiful in your kitchen.

Hetty said...

You won't believe it but I am painting light blue dining room chairs at this time...I think you inspired me BEFORE I knew you inspired me..

must love junk said...

What a great 'copy' of the magazine cover-looks gorgeous! I'm your newest subscriber :)
Susan

Transformations By Jacqueline said...

You Captured the Feeling! Great set! All the success with the Tag Sale!!

Ali Richardson said...

SO beautiful!!! I loved that cover when i saw it too and I think you nailed it! Great job! Good luck with the sale :)

Korrie Bastian said...

Ooh, I love this! Great copycat!

Barbara said...

Sharon...wow oh my wow!!! What a terrrific transformation! I can't tell the difference between yours and CL! Super duper job...love it! And I know the cookies you need to add to to your staging. LOL Great luck at the Tag sale!!!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

This is beautiful! What better inspiration than Country Living? I look forward to every issue. Good luck with your tag sale. Sounds like a blast!

Good Time Charlie said...

So cute! I love how homey this looks, and ESP because you staged it like the cover!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I love it that you copied the magazine--it looks great!

tammyCA said...

I wish I had found your blog 2 months ago before I bought that $$$ Anne Sloan chalk paint/wax! Ugh. After reading so many people's blogs praising the AS paint I found a shop that demonstrated it and sold it. It was okay, but I ran out before the project was finished & I just didn't want to buy more...plus I didn't like the limited colors. As I was using it I kept wondering what the ingredients were...I was thinking it was gesso and kicked myself for not just buying some gesso and mixing it with the color I really wanted. Live & learn. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe and how your pieces turned out...gonna try it myself now.

✯StaceyAnne✯@Rendition Road said...

Oh I absolutely love, love, love the blue chairs next to the white table. It's so fresh & clean looking. I would be hard pressed to find the differences between your set & the cover photo! Such beautiful work. Best luck at the show & thanks for sharing.

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What a gorgeous makeover! I love the fresh blue popping off the white table. Love it!!!

leah mari said...

cute cute table and chairs! love the whole color scheme :)

Jan said...

Love this. I live in an 1860 Appalachain log home in KY. I am trying to brighten the furniture up
to make the house seem lighter. Not
many window and they are fairly small.
Thanks so much for this idea.

Comeca Jones said...

You picked the perfect inspiration!