I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I am so grateful I have such a wonderful family. I had a total of four Christmas gatherings I was able to make this year. I have quite a bit of family so it’s hard to fit everyone in every year. Although the holidays aren’t all about gifts, I did get almost everything I had on my list.
I feel like your officially an adult when you are more excited to give than receive. I like to go by people’s lists that they give for ideas, but a surprise is even better. I surprised my mom with a sign I purchased off Etsy. It had the family last name on it and year of her and my step dad’s marriage. She loved it and it felt good knowing she wasn’t expecting it.
I did a couple handmade gifts. I should’ve started much sooner than I did, but I did get them done in time. I made my brother a small “ribbon hanger” for his work at the fair. It was made out of wood from our barn that was torn down. I attached a wire to a couple screws and the ribbons will be held up by wood pins.
My sister knew what she was getting. She was searching for a new white dresser before Christmas arrived. Her wooden one was very old and falling apart. I told her to hold off on buying one and I had one at my dads house I could refinish for her as a gift. She loved it and it was totally worth all of the hard work put into it!
I apologize for the quality of the “after” photos. By the time everything was dry and ready to go, we were heading to Christmas and it was dark out. I hate using interior lighting for photos, natural light is usually best. Bare with me here and enjoy!
This project taught me a couple more things about painting furniture. One, white covers horribly. This took 4 coats of white paint, some parts could’ve used another to be perfect…but I was completely out so it was good enough. Second, you can get a cracked look from chalk paint, which I didn’t mind since this was a distressed piece. If I am doing a solid color in the future, I will sand in between coats next time.
I applied Bauhaus Buff by Amy Howard for my white color with a paint brush. It took me 4 coats of paint without using a primer. I let it dry 3 hours in between each coat. It was distressed with sandpaper. The handles took 3 coats of black spray paint. My top coat for this piece was poly, it didn’t seem to yellow at all (thank goodness). Overall, I love the transformation!