Monday, July 15, 2013

Country Blue Desk & Our Sunday

Hey all. I can truly say that we had an awesome Sunday! Most of you know that my boys have autism and pretty severe anxiety so trying new things are usually not their thing. But, we had promised them a fun Sunday and I came up with the idea that I wanted to take them to the movies. I know this is no big deal, but my boys are 9 1/2 and 11 1/2 and have never been! Between behavior and sensory issues, they also have low vision and are night blind. So, of course I mention this adventure to them, and they come up with about 9,000 reasons why they cannot go, but we pressed ahead (we saw Epic at one of those less expensive theaters that shows the older movies) and they LOVED. EVERY. SECOND. OF IT. So, so proud of them and they are so proud of themselves. 
Thanks for letting me share!
Anyway, on to the home stuff. This was a desk I painted for a customer a while back. She wanted blue and lightly distressed.

This is another one of those example where I would have gone in a totally different direction color wise, but I just love what she picked!

Here it is before, not technically bad, but just very ordinary and dated.

I did a darker blue as a base coat and sanded and then randomly dry brushed a lighter blue on top. Love the subtle aged look this technique gives it!  I also switched out the original hardware for these cute black knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.

Lastly, and here are a couple of pictures from yesterday before the movie (we treated the boys to gelato). Also another first since our youngest has tons of food allergies, but seems to have outgrown the dairy one. Yeah!

And, don't you love how kids get excited about the most mundane things. Seriously, they made me bring home these little spoons so they can use them again!

Ignore the no makeup, dark circle look. It was 95 degrees and I had a horrible sore throat!

Have a great Monday!



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  1. Angela - sounds like a GREAT day - thanks for sharing! BRAVO to your boys for being so brave and getting to experience something new!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  2. Oh what a wonderful family day Angela! I love all those huge smiles! ... And that little desk is just darling in blue!

  3. So happy to hear your boys had a great time at the movies for the first time!! The other night I met up with my daughter and grandkids at the movie for the 3D version of the new Despicable Me 2 movie. When one of the 10 yr old grandsons got there he told his mom "you did NOT tell me this was 3D". (He also has sensory issues). He did agree to stay and give it a try.
    Although his fingers were at his ears the whole time "just in case", he eventually put on his glasses and said he enjoyed the movie. :D BTW-He has absolutely no problem MAKING loud noises. lol

  4. The color you selected is very pretty and such an improvement! It looks like everyone this week (so far on Met Monday) is into color! Hope you'll come see DD2's MBR makeover.


  5. The table makeover turned out really well. I love blue, so of course I like the color too.
    Sounds like you had a good family day!

  6. Hi Angela (that's my daughter's name) you look adorable and so does your family. Oh, that's a wonderful transformation on the little table. I've seen that style before and would have just walked on past it. I've got to look more with 'redo' eyes!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shleia ;)

  7. Well, I spelled my own name wrong... let me do it again! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Oh the table is so pretty, but I love the outing with the boys. You are such an angel from heaven and they are such special gifts. Sounds like a fun day. We have a granddaughter with MD, so I am totally aware of the special needs some have and how much time and patience it takes. God Bless. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. It's wonderful that your boys loved the movie, they have special parents :)
    That is one beautiful blue desk!

  10. What a great story and an adventure for the boys. Glad they had such fun and brought their spoons home. Truth be told my husband thinks they are so cool and brings them home for a bit and throws them away after a wile.

    The piece that you painted is so pretty, love the color!


  11. First of all I just loved hearing about your boys - and yes they should be SO proud of themselves - huge step indeed- hats off to them for being so brave and stepping into the unknown ( wow what a lesson we could all learn from them :)
    Secondly I also love your transformation - it's a beautiful color and distressed perfectly!
    So happy I came by ( via Savvy Southern Style )
    Big hugs from Montreal

  12. So glad this adventure with your boys worked out - they're marvelous - terrific smiles - Love the end result to this piece of furniture - beautifully done with the toned blue look - you look terrific yourself by the way! :)
    I am delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  13. I just randomly came across your blog and absolutely had to comment. Your work is so beautiful and unique, im in love. I just recently got into mixed media art/altering/collaging/ making ugly stuff pretty, but on a much smaller scale due to space restrictions. You are quite inspirational with both your creativity and parenting. As a mother i have complete respect for you. Someone up there knew youd be able to handle it, as many could never do it as gracefully. If you ever find yourself overwhelmed (which i am on a daily basis), just remember how special your boys are and how special and strong you are to be chosen as thier mama. I wish you all the happiness in the world and i think im going to have to bookmark ya for when i need creative inspiration.


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