Monday, August 29, 2011

The Bridal Tea

Warning: Post with LOTS of Pictures and projects!!!

This past weekend, I braved the weather caused by Hurricane IRENE, to co-host a Bridal Shower  for my friend Karen.

Karen is getting married in October,(only 34 more days girl!!)

Karen's mom, her Maid of Honor Crystal, her gf Kim, and I held a Bridal Tea in her honor.

It was very girlie, shabby chic, and the perfect place to be on a Rainy Saturday afternoon.

Here are some of the Details of the Shower..

Our vision for the shower was to include her colors of gray, ivory, and peach, and we wanted her to have a special seating area in the center of the party.

If you remember the before picture from my "la vieille chaise", you would note that there were two identical what happened to the "other" chair you ask?

Here she is now!!

I sanded it down (lightly) painted it a grayish-black, then waxed, painted it ivory, distressed, and finally covered with a clear glaze tinted with a peach color.

I purchased a frame from a yard sale, (which was painted bright red),and removed the gaudy picture. I primed it gray, then painted with two coats of  white. Then Added Chicken wire to the back with some staples. I made a mini banner with fabric, ribbon, and felt to embellish and attached it with mini clothespins! 

Scott helped me paint a Family Name Sign to give to the Bride and Groom, and we continued with the wedding colors and distressed it to match the chair.

I also painted a small "KEEP CALM AND SAY I DO" sign to get a laugh out of the Bride!

I purchased the flower petal pillow at TJ MAXX to add softness and comfort to the chair!

Scott found a white board Easel for me at Goodwill, and I painted it white, then covered the white board with Chalkboard Paint and wrote a little "Welcome" Message for the entrance into the Tea Room

As guests entered the room, they saw a bakers rack Display with old dolls, The Mother of the Brides gloves from her high school prom, a top hat, lace and doilies.

Then they saw a table with a tea pot that was custom painted by the maid of honor for everyone to sign as a keepsake to Karen.

We had a guess how many teabags in the pot game, and requested that everyone leave a word of wisdom about marriage or love for Karen and hang it on the chicken wire frame

Each table scape included a tea cup filled with Italian cookies as a take home favor, and the centerpieces were each different tea pots filled with floral arrangements made by the mother of the bride, and her best friend.

The "lite fare" consisted of tea sandwiches and salads, sangria, water, iced and hot teas, coffee, and punch!

Then Desserts Galore!!

The brides place setting included a personal table covered with vintage lace and linens, a handmade tea platter, her special chair, and a hat from her childhood!

We played silly games, she opened presents, we ate, and enjoyed a fun girls day!

Congrats Karen, looking forward to your special day!!

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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Giveaway Winner of Young4Ever630 Necklace

Thanks to everyone that commented on the giveaway post!

And, a special thanks to Jennifer Young with Young4Ever630 for making & giving away such a beautiful necklace!

To my newest followers, 


The winner of the Young4Ever630 necklace is: Stacey

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"The Old Chair"

la vieille chaise
The Old Chair

This "old chair" didn't quite look as pretty when I first spied it, and it's twin.

They were dirty, and had cobwebs, and just weren't very appealing.


I scrubbed with soapy water, and Windex. (I read on a blog that Windex is a good cleaner for heavy dirt), and gave one of the chairs a light sanding.

Then I painted with MyColor Pantone Whitecap Gray Paint.

I used wax in the spots where I wanted to distress, and then painted with another coat of the Whitecap Gray.

Then, I hand painted "la vieille chaise", the old chiar, on the top rung.
(I do not have a very steady hand)
I actually like the way that the wording is a little shaky, and not perfect!

Lastly, I used Steel wool to distress, and a sanding block, then used a faux glazing paint mixed with some light brown craft paint.

Even though, it's "la vielle chaise," I think the transformation is great!

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