Today was the first of two big moving days! I took lots of furniture and wall decor I had been working on into the store and started setting it up in the room, after I finished painting one more wall the blue-gray color.
This antique shabby dresser was the first to be placed and was a temporary home for some accent trees until I can get all the furniture in place.
The little white rocking chair will end up in this grouping shown in front of the newly painted wall. I didn't hang the large frame, choosing to set it on the little dresser until I have the other furniture in the room placed - I may need to move it a few inches depending on how much room I need!
Next up was this vintage desk. The top of this desk had some scratches on it so I decided to sand and repaint the top before bringing it into my space.
I repainted the top with 'Emperor's Silk' red.
Next, I added a coat of clear wax -
followed by a final coat of dark wax to add depth to the desk top. The original wood seemed a bit dry, so I added a light layer of dark wax to the rest of the desk as well and it really brought out the cabin details on the front panel!
I placed the desk under the black metal items and rustic frames so it became the anchor of my 'cabin' wall. I hung the hand forged iron cross above it and placed the 'Welcome to the Cabin' sign on the desk with a little tinsel tree.
I found this gorgeous chalkboard at the Sacramento Antique Fair at Restore and Rework's booth. I gave it a fresh coat of chalkboard paint filling in the 'swirls' at each end to make them really stand out, added a fresh coat of white paint and then sanded the dentil molding across the top to make it stand out a little more.
This was just the piece I needed to grab customer's attention when they entered my room the first time. I wrote one of my favorite sayings on it "Each heart is whispering - Home, home at last!" Very appropriate for both Thanksgiving and Christmas - it reminds me of being away at college and traveling home for the holidays!
I put my 5 foot round shabby pedestal table in front of the super chalkboard and added a plaid tablecloth. The red star to the left of the chalkboard repeats the red of the little rocking chair and I left some of my table top decor on the table - tomorrow all the table tops will get decorated.
Next, I hung this fun wire cubby shelf with four hooks - perfect for stockings! The 'joy' banner and the 3-D metal letter 'm' may not end up here but for now they found a place to settle.
By the end of the day, the view from the doorway into the room changed quite a bit! I'm bringing in another table tomorrow so depending on how it fits in the space I left for it, I may need to move things around again. The stage will be set for all the Christmas decor. I can't wait to add ornaments to the tree, banners, twinkling lights, and do all the tablescapes!