Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Hello good friends!

Goodness have we have been extremely busy lately.  We have been working on launching our sales and service website www.cozyandworn.com and getting a lot of our distressed furniture pieces out on the showroom floor for sale.

 

Lots of work but lots of fun!

Not to mention just enjoying the great fall weather and activities with the kids.  They have enjoyed this year, maybe more than any previous year, and I have to say so have we.  We have already held a haunted trail at our house, enjoyed the annual Newsom Halloween party at Chris’ mom and dad’s, went to Trunk Or Treat at church, carved jack-o-lanterns, roasted marshmallows, watched It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Garfield’s Halloween Adventure twice each and it isn’t even Halloween yet!

Anyway, for those who have been enjoying watching our journey of painting and distressing every piece of furniture in our bedroom, we haven’t forgotten about you!

Just as a recap we have been painting our bedroom furniture in a Confederate-type gray color, accented with a Williamsburg blue, with various shades of distressed color layers in white and dark charcoal.

So far in this bedroom series we have done:

There are 4 pieces left to show you, and although they are already complete we will put a new one or two up on the site per week until they are all out there, so you can see them one at a time.

So, without further delay here is the latest piece.  This was one of our chests that was very basic in color, but has some nice design work that turned out amazing.

Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment below and please share on your social sites!

We love having you as our guest.  Have a great Halloween week.

Angie and Chris

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest

Distressed Gray Bedroom Chest before and after

The Quest For The Perfect Marshmallow

The Quest For The Perfect Marshmallow

You know, the older I get the more I love the fall.

There are very few times in the year more splendid than the month of October.  I could give you a laundry list of reasons.  I won’t though.  There are too many.

 

 

campfireToday I was wandering around the yard watching our two year old Landan jump into a pile of leaves I had raked together for him.  The temperature was just about as close to perfect as you could ever wish to see, and I instinctively began thinking about all of the wonderful reasons that I love this time of year.

Watching two year olds jump into leaves is certainly one.  Remembering being a child and doing the same thing is another.

While I watched him frolic and laugh with all the vigor he could muster, I started thinking about other fall activities we could possibly enjoy together.

I immediately thought that a fire in the fire pit would be amazing.  On such a perfect day, the nighttime would promise to be even better, and I love the smell of a wood fire in the Autumn.  I thought also that the kids would probably love to roast some marshmallows so we set the plan in action.

Right about sunset our daughter Hannah, son Landan and myself set out on our journey.

But before we went to the fire (which I had started about an hour earlier) we had to light the jack-o-lanterns we had carved the night before.  Landan loves pumpkins more than just about anything on this earth, and getting to help light them just made his day.

jack-o-lanterns

We made our way down to the fire and my prediction about the weather was spot on.  The cool air came in and the fire comforted us with the right amount of warmth.

Now, it was time to roast the perfect marshmallow.

roasting marshmallowsHannah and I struggled one after the other trying to achieve an ample amount of roasting and melting without any

burning.  Most of the night we were too far one way or the other.   Landan doesn’t care for cooked “Meah O’hs” (as he calls them) but loves them right out of the bag.

To each his own.  We all had a blast.  Yet for some reason, no matter how hard we tried, the perfect marshmallow eluded us all night.

We pressed on but the night began to wane and before long it was time to make our way back into the house.

Before we left I soaked in the moment.  The crisp fall air, the crackling fire, bright jack-o-lanterns.  Two young kids smiling over a fresh-roasted slice of life.
It was one of those moments I will cherish forever.  A special time of year with special people.   The kind of moment you look back on and long to be able to touch just one more time.   And that’s okay.  That’s what makes it special.  We had today, and that is enough.

No, we never did manage to discover the secret to a perfect roasted marshmallow, but I think we just may have found the recipe for a perfect day.

Very Old Teacher’s Desk

Very Old Teacher’s Desk

This piece is one that we did lately specifically to put up for sale on our sister site www.cozyandworn.com and at our booth at Granddaddy’s Antiques.  See the Cozy & Worn site for more details on purchasing if interested

This is a very old teacher’s desk.  I’m not an expert on these but it appears to be likely from the 1920’s-1930’s.  If anyone has some thoughts on whether that’s right or not leave a comment below.  We’d be interested to find out.

Additionally it is a VERY heavy solid, solid piece.  We nearly threw out our backs moving this thing.

We decided to paint and distress it in a dark forest green.  I believe it was from Color Place and called New England Green.

We also refinished the top in a gorgeous dark walnut and polyurethane.  It is really beautiful and glossy.

Here is the final result.  After lots of work we really think it turned out great!

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antique distressed teacher's desk

antique distressed teacher's desk

 

Another Repurposed Chest – This Time Into A Bookcase!

Another Repurposed Chest – This Time Into A Bookcase!

Angie and I got our hands on this old chest of drawers that was actually just a chest in that there were NO DRAWERS when we got it.

It was pretty clear that this piece of furniture’s days as a chest of drawers were over and it had few options for life beyond it’s initial purpose.

Well, of course you all know that we love a good challenge so we talked about whether or not this piece had any repurposing potential and, being major lovers of reading and books, the idea that this would make a wonderful bookcase came to our minds.

The chest is really beautiful and made of all solid woods so we didn’t want to see it go to waste.

***THE I BLEW IT MOMENT:  I guess in ever project there is always some sort of moment where you blow it in some way or another.  On this one I (Chris that is!) forgot to take pictures of the chest before we started working on it.   I really hate that I did that because you won’t be able to appreciate what this thing looked like when we got it.  It had no back, no bottom and still had the drawer slides.  The before picture below is from during the restoration when I realized I had forgotten to take the pictures.

Better luck for me next time.  Let’s move on.

Anyway, we set to work on it.   We added a bottom, a back, removed the drawers slides, and added shelves and got a really wonderful bookcase when all was said and done.

Well, here is the final result and if you are interested this bookcase is for sale at our sales website www.cozyandworn.com

The bookcase is finished in a dark black/gray/purple tint called Last Black Rose from Color Place.  The interior and shelves are finished in a regal red from Glidden.  The case is moderately distressed and accented with white, gray and black highlights.

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Angie and Chris

distressed chest turned into bookcase

distressed chest turned into bookcase

 

distressed chest turned into bookcase

distressed chest turned into bookcase

distressed chest turned into bookcase

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Distressed Gray Nightstand

Distressed Gray Nightstand

Angie and I (well mostly Angie on this one) has been working away revamping our entire bedroom into a distressed furniture masterpiece.

We have previously shared the vanity, oval mirror and one nightstand.  Well here is how the other distressed nightstand turned out.

We’re keeping with the “confederate” gray and dry brushing with some darker gray tones and distressing down to a darker undercoat.

We’ve been very happy with the results so let us know what YOU think and as always please share on your social sites.

Thanks as always for coming by.

Angie and Chris

Distressed Gray Night Stand

Chest Of Drawers Turned Into A Bench And Toybox

Chest Of Drawers Turned Into A Bench And Toybox

Well friends here is our latest furniture distressing project.  This was a little different from some of our previous work as we had to do some re-purposing for this one.

We had an old chest of drawers that was sitting around in storage and was starting to feel the strain of the years.

This was actually the dresser Chris had as a child in his bedroom, and we had used it for a few years after getting married but we ran out of room and use for it so it got stored away.

After doing some brainstorming we decided to repurpose the old chest into something a little more amazing.

It was Angie’s idea and we LOVE how it turned out.  It is going to make some little girl very happy.

We took the Skil Saw to it and after MANY tedious but extremely fun hours of work we turned it into a toybox/bench

This is perfect for a little girl’s room for sitting and storing.

Please let us know what you think!   Leave a comment, Pin it and Share it.  Thanks for stopping by

Angie and Chris

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Distressed dresser turned into bench/toybox

Chest Turned Into Bench/Toybox

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