Sunday, July 25, 2010

What I Did Inside Instead Of Being In The 100 Degree Heat Outside

Hello friends...hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was ....how do I say it...HOT! I'm not talking Brad Pitt in 'Legends of the Fall' hot. 
So Dreamy.....
I'm talking 97-100 degrees and humid Hot! 
So to amuse myself, I decided to keep it all indoors this weekend and paint the television table I bought a few weeks ago. We finally joined the rest of the world and became proud owners of an HD flat screen TV.  
I am soooo not up with all the new technology. 
First of all, I have to say that I don't know if I like seeing everyones pores and wrinkles...way too much information for me and very distracting. Bet the plastic surgeons in LA had a boom in their practices when HD was introduced.
Back to my painting...bye Brad..........please wait for me in the other room.
The local unfinished furniture store was closing it's local location and having a 25% off sale. I had been meaning to pop in to look for a TV stand..perfect timing!
This is what I decided on. Perfect height and width. Love the two cupboards, which I think I might install some shelves in. The open middle area for something decorative and fun. Perfect! Now to decide on a color.
I went with Behr Premium Plus with the primer included. I love this paint...no odor, dries fast and beautiful color choices. I wanted something light, but not white. I chose very pale blue called Offshore Mist...don't you love that name. I want that job... naming paints.
I started on the inside because it is the hardest to reach. That way I am not reaching in and getting paint on my arms from the outside areas. I used one of those 7 inch skinny rollers (not foam!) and a small brush for smoothing. Worked great and was extremely fast.
Looking good so far. This is a good photo of the roller and brush I used. Of course I sanded after each coat to give it a really smooth finish. I had this table painted in less than 2 hours. It helped to have a ceiling fan directly above me...sped up the drying process. I am loving this color! I'll let the paint 'cure' a good two days before I place the TV on it.
It was time for a break while the paint dried.
My man braved the thorns and picked me some lovely wild blackberries from our property. They made a  yummy blackberry,banana and strawberry smoothie with vanilla almond milk. Can you believe they make milk from almonds!! What will they think of next?
OK...I'm keeping it real here. This is the old TV entertainment center. That term always cracked me up...Entertainment Center.....makes the TV stand sound like an amusement park. I bought this baby back in 1987 and I was the envy of my neighbors...kinda. VCR's were being introduced...yes I'm THAT old! Until then we only needed a table big enough for the TV..now we need a CENTER!
So out with the OLD............
and in with the NEW!
I simply love it...sleek, but not too contemporary. Great finish with a hint of color which looks beautiful against the pale grey walls. Have not decided what to do about knobs...paint the wooden ones or purchase two metal ones...what do you think?
One more thing....My man is the ultimate perfectionist when it comes to renovations or anything to do with putty, caulking or repairing tiny flaws. Me...I could care less..as The Nester says " it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful"
We fought over this teeny..tiny nick in the wood. He wanted to fill it in and I wanted to leave it. I had to fend him off with a stick every time he came at it with some putty. I won, but I will forever hesitate to leave him in the house alone...ever! If I ever hear him downstairs in the middle of the night I know what he will be up to.
I'm watching you Mr. Federal Agent man!!!!!!!!!
Until next time..be kind and stay creative.
Joining in with Jennifer at Hope Studios for Tutorial Tuesday!

18 comments:

The LadyBugs Garden said...

I love the color Janet. Very nice job..

Kelly Ann said...

I thought I was gonna have to whoop you for stealing my man but then I decided you could have Brad but I was keeping George...

Sue from Poughkeepsie said...

I enjoyed reading your story...it's a nice stand and we just got a wall mount high def tv too...

claire said...

Hey Janet, don't envy you the heat and humidity. The TV unit looks great flaws "n all!
I recently watched Legends of the Fall, having seen it many years ago. Just love it and Brad makes it. Also a big fan of Anthony Hopkins (oops Sir Anthony!)
Have a great week and enjoy the new TV.

SewSweetStitches said...

Wow I'm impressed that you even painted the inside- I'm way too lazy for that! But I love love love painted furniture. No wood furniture is safe around me!

I always thought the term "entertainment center" was kinda strange too hehe.

Hey if you like the distressed shabby look, you could really irritate your husband and take a hammer and sandpaper to it!

Mumsy said...

Love that movie and Brad. You did good on your day inside. Beautiful paint job. Hugs

Robert said...

I'm secure enough in my manhood to say that Brad Pitt looks his best in 'Meet Joe Black' and as a bonus to Claire, Sir Anthony co-stars! Oh yea...the cabinet looks good. ~ Bobby

Maddy said...

It came out really nice , I really like the color. Your becoming quite the little painter of furniture! I have a dresser you can paint in your spare time! Love ya...Maddy

mary t said...

Just sneaking in a quick Hello! I'm still in IN at the lake and loving the hot dry weather here, lots of sunning, planting, biking and boating....I still have my old entertainment cabnet too. LOL. cant get anyone of the kids to take it....TOO big! Stay Cool!

SOiNTOiT said...

Love what you did and love being a part of the process! Since you asked....I would go with a silver knob, shiny or burnished like aluminum. But then it would fit into my living room best, hint hint!:)

Annette said...

Very nice! I guess we're the only ones left with an old TV! Everytime we look at new ones, I cringe at the price and can think of too many other things to spend the money on! Personally, I would go with pewter or brushed nickel knob!!

imaginationlane said...

So glad I discovered your site on the White Wednesday page, especially when Brad Pitt is the first thing my eyes fall upon! Loved that movie...

And I love your TV stand. I wouldn't have thought to choose white and yet it looks beautiful..great job. I'm with you on allowing a few imperfections. I have been knowm to buy pieces a little shopworn...takes away the stress of being the first one to marr perfection!

I'm joining in WW this week so will maybe see you there...

Lynette

Wanda..... said...

You did a wonderful job painting the piece, Janet! Little flaws don't bother me either, I just attach a sentiment to the imperfection and accept it.

'Legends of the Fall' and 'A River Runs Through It' are two of my favorite movies and Brad Pitt was in both!

Kathleen Grace said...

Your new tv stand looks so great painted white. I am the same way, I dont care about all the little imperfections. My hubby cares, but he never seems to be the one painting...

The Autocrat: Haley said...

OMG! That is my favorite picture of Brad Pitt! I {heart} him! I even had a nightgown with that pic of Brad on it!! LOL Fabulous job on the TV stand.

Nancy said...

I must confess, that picture of Brad startled me and brought back memories of when I first saw that movie. It took me a couple of minutes to focus on your blog! When I did, that tv stand you decided on is beautiful and I love the color you chose. Sometimes the name of the color is part of the experience.

Maison Conti said...

You are so clever Janet! Heavenly color. Your redecorating during the last few months has really changed the ambiance of your house and lightened everything up beautifully...maybe you make house calls?

The Dragonfly On Iron Gate said...

Went straight past Brad to your amazing.. PAINTING !! Love it. You did a great job. Ding and dents never bother me either. Jules ♥