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Monday, May 30, 2011


It all started with a DREAM...
 I DREAMED of having a cute little, really UNIQUE table
like no one else in the whole wide world would have...
 and THEN...
*did you hear those angels sing?
 I KNOW you remember this little awesome SIGN TABLE that belongs to DONNA..
The table is supposed to give the illusion of an old, vintage sign, made into a tabletop.
She did such an awesome job that it has been featured in magazines.
Donna made her table her own STORY table by stenciling
Go over and read her's awesome.
 ANOTHER blogger, RUSTIC DESIGNS,  decided to make her own
OLD SIGN/ STORY table, using Donna's table as a guide.
Didn't she do an awesome job on it.
Just beautiful...
You might like to read HER story, too, pertaining
to the things she painted on HER table
These ladies, who've got their groove going, are sure makin' it hard on THIS OLE GIRL !
 THIS the little UGLY DUCKLING table I bought from 
the thrift store...$FIVE BUCKS..
 It was supposed to look like an old sign but it was SMOOTH...all one piece
so MR. SWEET, being the kindest man in the whole wide entire world,
routed it for me...
after KATHY  and a few others, suggested it.
Sorry, I can't remember now just who all suggested using a router
but I want to thank everyone for all their wonderful suggestions.
Every idea was really good...Mr. Sweet decided routing  might be the easiest way
so I said...
 Now, by this point, 
I am PLENTY excited......
nothing like sawdust to excite the heck out of ya...
 Just so you know I DID do some of the work..
I used my little handy dandy palm sander and went to town on that top.
It was as smooth as a baby's butt when I finished....
:) she is with her first coat of SATIN BLACK.
I'll add another coat in about an hour.
I'm in luv...
I like it just like this, too.
But....nope..not changing my mind here.
I have my white paint ready, waiting in the wings.
DONNA says to use a "whitewash"  on it so that means, I THINK,
to add a little water to the paint...
I'm skeered......(4/25)
Mr. Sweet, being the bestest hubby in the state of TEXAS, helped me make made some stencils
to go along with ones I already had.
He made two different sizes of AWESOME stars...because I changed my mind right in the middle.
It just got dressed in a creamy Country White whitewash...
(left over from another project)
and should be ready to stencil tomorrow...(4/27)
ooo's already looking like a sign.
"I'm still scaaaaaared to stencil....:((
 Must remember to BREATH....
 The TEXAS LONE STAR turned out GREAT..
MR. SWEET made this stencil and it worked so good.
Oh but the other stencils...
first of all, we taped them all down with painters tape but...
I used waaaay too much paint and it allllll
I was working on the table in the back yard and that paint RAN all the way out to the alley and back...
So, I just put KILZ on the ruined table last night (well, except for the GOOD star)
and just put another coat of WHITEWASH on it.
I have been told by 2 bloggers that I need to use
SPRAY ADHESIVE to the backs of the stencils.
I am on my way to Walmart to get that.
I also watched a video on how to STENCIL WOOD
on GOOGLE and
you watching something like it if you've never stenciled before.
I saw right off that I used too much paint on my dobber thingy and
that they recommend a stenciling BRUSH...pickin' up one of those, too..*sigh
It all looks so easy.
...but....IT AIN'T  !!!!!

Right now,  it really IS
 Playing with
REDNESDAY WEDNESDAY (there's just a TINY bit of red..but it's there! :))



Tanya said...

Your table is looking great. Can't wait to see it all finished with your stencils! What room is it going in?

Ricki Treleaven said...

You are such a tease!!!! I want to see the finished product ;P

Sarah said...

Looking good, BJ. I love seeing you and Mr. Sweet having such a good time with this project. Sweet!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Looking so good, BJ!!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

BJ you are doing such a great job on this. Looking forward to the finished product!

Kathleen Grace said...

Squeel! I love it BJ! Don't worry, you'll get it right, bet you gave that Mr. a big hug & kiss for his help;>)

Karen said...

It looks good already BJ. Looking forward to the reveal.

Barbara Jean said...

Great idea to route that table to look like separate boards!

I'll be checking back!


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Pondside said...

I know that it will be fantastic, but just want to say that for the amount of fun you've already had, and for the beauty of that sweet lone star you could quit right now and have a great project!

Anonymous said...

Your table looks great dear BJ.

Gayla said...

Talk about a cliff hanger!!! We are waiting for the next post! Looks great.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello BJ~ I've got a favor to ask...I would like to invite you over for a visit to see a very special post I've written. I would love it if you could take a few moments to stop by.
Thank you sweet friend,

Lynn said...

Your table's coming along great BJ! Lovin' your lone star, looking forward to seeing the finished project:@)

The French Hutch said...

I'm lovin your table, looks great with the Lone Star and white wash. A great job bj...........Your giving us a great tutorial!

The French Hutch

Donnie said...

It sure is a trial and error project but it is going to be fabulous. I like the Lone Star too if that's where it ends. Quite a conversation piece.

Bev said...

It really is looking good! I like that you're "keeping it real" on how involved it really is!

Why is it that projects appear to be so much easier on blogs than they are in my life? Every project requires at least a dozen trips to Home Depot. Then my OCDness (that i didn't know I had) jumps up and bites me.

I can't wait to see the final reveal. At least by posting this saga, you will be forced to produce SOMETHING, which is not always the case with my projects!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

BJ, you are just the cutest thing ever! I love your enthusiasm for your project, heck, you're making me want to do one.

I can't wait to see it all finished. I know it will be a stunner!


Theresa said...

Oh my gosh, what a wonderful job! I can't wait to see the finished beauty! Have a blessed day dear BJ, HUGS!

La said...

It is looking terrific and I am sure when you are finished you will not only have a beautiful table, but you will have gained a great deal of confidence.

Keep up the great work!

Mimi said...

WOW!! It's looking great--can't wait!! And, can I borrow your precious Mr. Sweet way down here in Georgia?

Rita said...

What a success Bj; it is just beautiful; you must be proud of all your hard work.
Me too, I just love to hear the angels sing.
Yes I was 70 in December and that picture was taken when I was 69 and I'm still trying to keep up to you my friend!

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks great! You really take a great idea and run with it, looking forward to the finished product. Now I'm following so I won't miss it :)

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

LUV, LUV, LUV your running description of the saga! :-) And your totally honest one too. "It ran!!!" Now you could have kept that secret and we'd not have known.

But nope, you were honest!

And thus, probably inspired others who are still too afraid to attempt such a project.

Way to go, BJ!!!!!!!!!


Vee said...

In traditional stenciling with a big round stencil brush, one takes off way more paint by swirling it on paper towel. Then what little is left is dabbed into the stencil and, because there is so little paint, it doesn't run. Depth of color is achieved by repeated applications. It won't look as solid as your beautiful lone star. I'll be eager to see what remedy you come up with. I know that it's going to be great because you won't quit until it is.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Just think of how much you are going to love this table, because of all the work you did. It is going to be fabulous, I can just tell!!

My Country Heaven Cottage said...

BJ, I'm Lovin your table! I'm waiting to see The Rest Of The Story... :)

xinex said...

Wow! It is so beautiful, BJ! And for $5, you can't beat that!!...Christine

Cathy said...

What a great project! The routing made the perfect detail on your little table.

Honey at 2805 said...

Mr. Sweet, oh and you ;) have done a fine job on your table. Anxious to see the finished product! Of course, I think the Lone Star is perfect!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

You are the cutest!!
Can't wait for the final reveal!

Tracy said...

oh BJ, what a gorgeous table...I like that your hubby is so handy and I won't forget-you helped! I saw you workin' that sander :)

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

darn girl you got it goin' on ! looking forward to seeing it all done up.

Atticmag said...

Not easy (some of us get it as we've tried) but the lone star looks terrific I think. Sometimes less really is more. Jane

Susan Freeman said...

Hi BJ! You and your hubby are just the cutest couple! Can't wait to see more of the big reveal!!

Susan and Bentley

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Love It ~ electric tools are always so much fun....

Gracie's Cottage said...

So glad I popped over here from WW...I do love your table...(I can already tll that it is going to be wonderful and will be waiting for the big reveal!)


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is a fantastic start! Can't wait to see more!

NanaDiana said...

OMGosh! You wrote like most of us think! lol I am kinda liking the Lone Star Of Texas...maybe you could turn it into a Texas Roadhouse sign? You do have those there, don't you? could do a confederate flag...or...or...oh..I guess you can come up with your own ideas, huh? Can't wait to see this baby finished and then I'll bet you won't be skeered' anymore! Hugs-Diana

Anonymous said...

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abeachcottage said...

You are doing a wonderful job with your table. Can't wait to see the finish product at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays. Thanks for adding your link!

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a fun project! I can't wait to see your finished product! :) And what fun family memories you two are enjoying! Cherishing the moments. Awesome! :)

Unknown said...

That table is great! Sweet, simple, and says Texas loud and clear.

Unknown said...

That table is great! Sweet, simple, and says Texas loud and clear.

Unknown said...

the star alone is just perfect! A fantastic transformation, so great with the shape of that table.
thanks for the tips...

your newest follower.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I'm always late for a good party!! The routing was a fab idea! Way to go cool hubby! :)