What have I been up to during North Texas’ three-day Icepocalypse?
Oh, mostly just the same things everyone else is up to: cuddling under blankets, rationing food to prevent a Donner situation and bringing sexy back to some cool vintage furniture.
What else am I supposed to do when outside looks like this?
If you recall, I spent alarming amounts of paper money and picked up some great pieces in Canton last weekend. Specifically, an amazing headboard and two nightstands – which Andy and I desperately needed, because our bedroom is less sexy love den, more college dorm room.
By the way, that adorable chevron monogram pillow was a wedding gift from the brilliant mind of Hess family friend Shelee – you can get yours here!
So given our need for a grown-up bedroom and my killer Canton finds, this weekend was furniture makeover time. I started with the nightstands and a little instruction from one of my favorite bloggers, Brittany Gibbons.
I sanded them lightly, and then they were good to go. I started with two coats of paint, then let it dry while I cooked a delicious and healthy icepocalypse lunch of hot ham and cheese sandwiches. Then I distressed them with course-grain sandpaper, and finished with a wood stain to give their paint an aged, faded look.
Sometime in there with all the paint fumes (y’all, that wood stain is potent), my brother Zach and sister-in-law Wei called and way too casually mentioned that the icepocalypse knocked their power out, it was not at all warm enough in their house, could they please brave the 5-mile stretch of icy roads and come stay with us. Um, duh get over here immediately why didn’t you call sooner.
They cooked us a super delicious dinner of legit Chinese food, but Zach is no fun and made me promise not to put his picture on the internet. Whatever Zach.
Wei and I gave the headboard the same treatment the nightstands got. Light sanding, two coats of paint, let it dry for Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, then used more course-grain sandpaper to distress the paint job, and finished it with a coat of wood stain.
Here’s the finished set. Ta da!
All in all, I’d call that an icepocalypse well spent.