Sunday, September 12, 2010

A Buzzin' Bee Weekend

Baby Bee is turning into a great little furniture painter.  We enjoyed our time together and she so wanted to make me proud of her work.  (Which she did.) We talked about other pieces of furniture we could paint.  She wanted to start on those today but I have to get some grading done, so they will have to wait.  
I know I said I was painting my china cabinet last weekend, but it was just too stinkin' hot!  This weekend was perfect painting weather - high 80s/low 90s.  I have a great workspace in my backyard.  There is so much shade that if a spot gets sunny, I can just move to another shady spot to keep on working.
So, we got it painted.  It has taken all weekend because the inside needed 4 - yes, I said 4 - coats of white paint.  I started with the quart I bought at Lowes.  It was a Valspar primer/paint combination.  Not impressed with it.  I pulled out my go-to Behr white with primer from Home Depot and it did a fantastic job!  (Just like it has on several other projects.)  And no, Home Depot is not paying me to say that.  But when I find similar products and one seems to work A LOT better than the other then I have to say something.

But I'm not quite done with it yet.  I'm taking a page from Miss Mustard Seed and I'm going to distress it and antique it.  I have to wait for the paint to really cure before I can take on this step.  

So our dining room will continue to look like a dish store threw up all over it. 

For those of you with a weak stomach, you might not want to read the rest of this post.......

The pictures are quite disturbing.

Dining room table.....there will be no dining here for awhile.
Top of buffet....there will be no buffeting here.
Top of long bookcase.....there will be no bookcasing here.

The good thing is I've gone through everything and figured out what I really want to keep and what I am willing to part with.  I've decided to try selling some of my things on ebay.  Some of it will be Southern Living at Home products from when I used to sell for them and some will be vintage pieces.  

For those of you that stuck around through the dish gore, I have a pretty picture to leave you with.....
a sneak peek of the gorgeous quilt Worker Bee's Aunt Mary made for us.

Don't worry - this beauty deserves a post all to herself.  

Thanks for buzzin' by today.  Always a delight to see you!  

I hope you can come back soon to see the china cabinet all finished.  And I hate to be a tease (not really, I live for teasing), but I'm putting together a special giveaway for my birthday and my first blogthday!
Hope you can come back for a visit!


  1. How exciting! Can't wait to see the end result.
    Your dishes are beautiful.

  2. I love that green... what color is it? I have a tv cabinet I want to makeover and that may be the perfect color!

  3. Oh! The Horror! No dining, buffeting or bookcasing??? How will we survive? My eyes!
    You are so funny. I love the fact that Baby Bee has been "helping" you and I look forward to seeing the end results.
    The green depression glass is just beautiful from what I can see. It's amazing how many people that I have read about this past couple of weeks who are cleaning, organizing, and working on "redos". It's always fun to see the before and afters.
    Thanks for sharing with us all.

  4. Your dining room looks like a china shop! I can't wait to see your painted cabinet.

  5. I love the green! Bet the finished project will be fantastic! Hope school is going well and that you got a terrific class this year. I'd love to hear about it!

  6. Oh Sweet Bee, your photographs of dishes are beautiful! I am so glad I stopped by to see this project because I would love to paint a little oak hutch I just found curbside. It seems like such a scary thing to do, but if results are anything at all like this wonderful hutch..... I must work on my husband to agree! Have a lovely week ahead! Elizabeth

  7. Love that green! This is turning out really nice!! I am glad you sharing about the paint. I appreciate someone's experience with items. Sounds like a nice makeover in your dining room.

  8. Hi there Sweet Bee.....Your post made my night. I loved it, and I giggled and giggled a I read along. Being that I have just spent 2 days cleaning out, throwing out, and reorganizing our office/crafting room, I can certainly relate to stuff being piled everywhere. At least yours is piled neatly...I cannot say that for mine! Was glad to hear about the primer/final coat paint mix. Buddy and I have been wanting to give it a try, but after reading your review we will do away with that idea. We felt all along that such a lovely mix was just too good to be true. Happy painting and organizing.

    Genie @ Buttons for Baga

  9. Ding dong.....Ding dong...Hellllooo is this the china store on Broadway? My goodness you have a lot of dishes.I don't know why any one would have so

    Girl if you could of seen what I sold last Oct 1st.. 22 sets..yes I said sets of dishes. We sold 12 Water/tea pitchers..napkin ring galore..placemats for every season plus some..and the tablecloths..oh my..I decorated for any and all seasons.
    I do miss some of them..I know some day I can shop again..but we needed the money..and boy did we make it on that sale! lol
    Now if I can just not go to your

    Can't wait to see the hutch!!The quilt is awesome! Hugs Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

  10. Wow - looks like you have quite the time consuming project there. I would never want to jump into that. Good luck.

    This made me laugh: "a dish store threw up all over it."

  11. Please share the green paint color :-) And so nice to see I'm not alone in my dish 'collecting.' This first year of blogging has flown by, hasn't it? I hope we'll all still be blogging years and years from now.

  12. It's like you're doing the homework for me! I want to paint my secretary hutch, but didn't know if I should use primer first, or if there is a particular brand that's better. Now I know! I want to paint the inside a creamy white, so the things inside pop. I sure wish I had a little helper like you do. She's doing a fantastic job!

  13. You make me laugh! The dishes and glasses are beautiful just as they are!!!!! And your hutch is turning out great! I cannot wait to se the next steps! ANd I agree Home Depot has better stuff!!!! Lowes use to be much better, but times they are a changin'.....I have some piece to paint also, so Home Depot here I come! :) Sandy

  14. I adore the color - and you must not have dogs or cats racing through your house since you are brave enough to leave the glassware just sitting there. I am down to one cat and one dog but I am still afraid of leaving glass anywhere!

  15. It was a good weekend for painting outside! I can't wait to see your cabinet finished and also see what you might be selling!

  16. The green cabinet is looking wonderful!!! And I love catching a glimpst of all that beautiful green glass stacked there waiting to be put back in.
    Stop by my blog sometime this week. I'm having a little giveaway.

  17. Hi Sweet Bee,
    I can't wait to see the finished project. I've been working on a table all summer, can't seem to get any sort of paint to go on correctly. I've been told by the experts at both Lowe's and HD it is due to the heat and high humidity. I'm sad, because it is really hindering the completion of our kitchen.
    Anyways, your cabinet looks great as well as that quilt!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week.:o)
    Oh, you had asked about what I put in to my muffins. I always add about a tbsp. of ground flax seed and the same amount of local honey. Helps with the allergies, or so I've read.
    The Tattered Tassel

  18. The quilt is beautiful! I wish I had a good place to spray paint some items I've been needing to do.

  19. I love the green you are painting the china cabinet. I am so glad I stuck around for the dishes! I love dishes!
    I can't wait to see the quilt!

  20. I love the color you chose for your china cabinet. I can't wait to see it all finished!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such a nice comment about my cabbage rose lampshades. In answer to your question: the square shade required no sewing. I traced the sides onto newspaper to make a pattern and after cutting out the fabric, I used a hot melt glue gun to glue all the sides on the shade. I folded and ironed strips of fabric to glue over the seams. It was very easy! Thanks again for stopping by.

    P.S. I am your newest follower.

  21. I just noticed the peppermint handle on your white tea pot! How cute is that! I wanted to rush over to tell you that the cookie book sadly is a disappointment because there are very few photographs. I purchased it through my craft book club because of the wonderful cover. Yes a tag wreath would be wonderful on your cupboard. Sigh, I am working very hard to convince my husband to let me paint the little one I recently found. (I might have to wait for him to go out of town and "surprise" him!} Have a lovely week! Elizabeth

  22. love the blog blingy and wonderful project. Hope I see it all put back together.

  23. You.are.sooooooo.FUNNY! I'm sitting here, at my little pretty desk and it's night and the boys are asleep upstairs and the rain is trickling down outside and the puppies are asleep, too, and I'm trying to smother my laughter! Very pleasant!


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