Friday, August 23, 2013

Mattie's Pig Table

Over 100 years ago in April 1912, in a horse buggy in the rain near the Red River in North Texas, a Justice of the Peace married Mattie Pfaff and Will Savage.

The new couple moved to Oklahoma to farm some land with another young couple, Will's cousin and the cousin's wife.

Will's father gave him a hog for the farm. Wedding gifts were  far more practical back then!

On the Oklahoma farm, Mattie and Will had their own bedroom, but little furnishings. They had one bed, one wardrobe (free-standing closet) for their clothes, and a coal oil lamp.

Mattie didn't complain about their hard-scrabble life on the farm, but she did complain that she had nowhere to put her coal oil lamp when it was burning. The wardrobe was "...too high and the floor was too low..." she told Will.

So, when his hog had a litter of pigs, love-struck Will traded one of his piglets to a neighbor for a little three-legged table.

The table was just right for sitting next to the bed to hold Mattie's coal oil lamp.

"Our pig table", as Mattie called it, was used and loved for the many decades of Mattie and Will's life-long marriage.

Finally the table fell to pieces and was put in a shed where my mother-in-law Jessie (one of Mattie and Will's 12 children) found it one day. With her mother's permission Jessie rescued it, put it back together, and used it for a few more decades.

One day I saw the wobbly old table in my mother-in-law's shed and heard the Pig Table story. I offered to fix it up. 
Wild Bill (who is Mattie and Will's grandson and is named for Will) put the table back together as sturdy as the day it was made.
It was up to me to "pretty" her up...

I used homemade chalk paint made with Behr's 'paint and primer' in my favorite color, Swiss Coffee. 

I added a pig silhouette to the top and plan to stencil
Mattie's Pig Table - 1912
around the pig silhouette.

Now that you've seen the final result,
I have to show you my sad first attempt at fixin' up the table...
Yeah, go ahead and laugh!
As my 3-year-old grandson Ben would say:
"How sad, Grammy, how sad!"


Everyone says aging furniture is so easy...well...

And, I don't know why mod podge turns out so well for others, but mine yellowed and showed all the edges of the cut-out and looked like crap.

I quickly repainted it (even over the classy-yellowed-mod-podged-pig) with my homemade chalk paint.

The pig silhouette still showed through the paint, so I used this paint writer stuff from Hobby Lobby to blacken in the pig silhouette.

I plan to add the words and the 1912 date to the top, then it's going to have to stay this way until I learn how to do the aging and add words and pictures and crap to furniture.

Hopefully it won't take me another decade to figure it out!

For now, it's in the entry hall -- next to the bench under the chalkboard. Yeah, that's right. I need to learn how to print on chalkboards too. That's another "Nailed It" job!

I should be ashamed to show you that.

I'm sharing all the good and bad of this over at the following parties:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Wedding Bells

Our youngest (30-something) daughter Jaimee got married in Las Vegas earlier this month.

The chapel at Viva Las Vegas Weddings was surprisingly tasteful. I say "surprisingly" because Elvis was getting into a pink Cadillac outside when we arrived!

Jaimee's 4-year old daughter Lily is a bit flamboyant (an understatement)  and VERY particular about what she wears.

When Lily was told she would be the junior bridesmaid, she told her mother right away that she would need "click" shoes. Then she spent the months leading up to the wedding putting together her attire and telling everyone "we're getting married!"

Lily's favorite color is purple, and her favorite style is "princess". Here's the dress she picked out...

 She was lovely in it! I can't wait to show you when I get copies of the pictures.

And it turns out she's thrifty too. Now that the wedding is over, she told her mother she will wear it for Halloween too! My kind of girl.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Vintage Cabinet

Last year, I bought this old vintage cabinet from
a shop downtown called The Interior Store.
I love their back room...
 where you can sell furniture you don't want...
and buy someone else's stuff!

I loved this cabinet when it was down in the
consignment room of Carol's shop,
but it just hasn't seemed to fit in around our house. 

It seemed like the yellowish brown color would fit in with our distressed kitchen cabinets...

But, the little vintage cabinet is a little too yellow.


I'm thinking of painting the cabinet,
or moving it to another room.
I want to hang the old rusty sign above it
when it finally finds a place in the house.
Got any ideas of what color would make
the little cabinet fit in better?
I think our walls need a darker color too,
just haven't decided what would look good
with the kitchen cabinets... 
I'd love to hear your ideas!