Saturday, June 25, 2011

Memories Revisited ~~First Metamorphosis Monday ~~ Painting with an Assistant

 This week as I was going through pictures I ran across some of my Bailey. For those of you that follow my blog you know this little guy makes my heart sing. He truly has a gift for making all those around him feel loved. He has such a Witty humor about him. I say he has a gently soul. Recently, my Bailey just turned 11. My goodness where has the time flown too? The date of the original post was January of 2009. Bailey is much taller now, just as handsome and still loves to lend a hand to help.
I'm joining Chari this week for Sunday Favorites.
Most of you all know our grandson is with us every weekend. His mother, my daughter; is a detective and works some pretty strange hours. So, we "volunteer" to have him to help save on her daycare. We've been doing this from the day he's born and we wouldn't miss a minute of the time we have with him.
Last summer Bailey wanted to do some painting and I happened to have the perfect project. :-)

Everyone needs an assistant and I think I found a pretty great one. :-) I had already stained this small table black ( see the legs) the previous winter. But when the new sofa for the sun porch came in November of that fall I knew that black wasn't the answer for that room. I was going with more of an English Cottage feel. So, when Bailey asked if we could paint, I gathered the tools together. The sander, paint, roller and paint brush and a stir stick for the little guy to stir the paint. I wish you could have seen him, he thought he was really doing something just by stirring the paint. :-) After the sanding was done, table wiped off; Bailey got right to work painting. I wish I had taken more pictures. But this project was done in June, and this is long before I even thought about doing a blog. :-) If I knew I would be doing a blog you girls would be here all day looking at all the pictures. lol~
With great concentration he continues his work. He tries to be so careful not to get any on the concrete floor or his pants. His favorite run around pants as he calls them. lol


See Grandma: "Doesn't it look great?" I reply with a smile on my face, "Bailey it looks fantastic!"


As you can see the black legs are as close as I can get with the "before" pictures. After the painting was complete I wasn't quite satisfied. Oh no!.. Bailey's painting was top notch. I decided it was just a bit too cream for me. So, I mixed up some brown glaze and went to work. This Spring I think I might sand the edges a bit more and add a bit more glaze to give it more of a older worn piece of furniture.




TA-DA!!! This is the finished project all decorated. You might remember the drapes.. Yes, girls you're in the sun porch. The room that started the blog ohhhhh so many months ago. :-)



A recent post of Gollum's reminded me of all the white urns and such I have around here. It's not ironstone, but it's white and it's happy. Thank you Gollum for the reminder. Now, it's out and being used.



This is another view with the sun shining in. The pot on the floor to the left is the drain tub for the asparagus ferns. They come in each Fall and back out in the Spring. I've had them for over 30 years, sure don't want to loose them now. They are so heavy it takes a 2 wheeler to get this job accomplished twice a year.



And that my dears, brings us full circle. This picture was last fall during the Fall Open House. At the end of the room you'll see the cream table my great assistant helped me redo. I think it's the perfect addition to my fun little room.



I hope you enjoyed my post for the first Metamorphosis Monday. Now, I'm off to see all the other great changes you girls made. hugs ~lynne~

Be sure to join me later today for the long a waited Office Reveal.

63 comments:

Diane said...

I loved this one Lynne! Bailey is so adorable! I'm curious, did you have to sand & re-do any of Bailey's work??? ♥

I was trying to finish my living/dining room re-do for a post, BUT I managed to dig huge gouges out of the hardwood floors by moving furniture & the pictures didn't happen.

Cynthia said...

Great job Lynn, I love the finished table and it looks lovely in your beautiful living room. Hats off to your little helper!
Cindy

Susan said...

What a wonderful job your grandson did!

And the room looks so cozy... I think I will stay awhile and visit....

Maybe Mrs Gollum will bring us some tea and a plate of goodies

onlymehere said...

I love the way you painted it! I'm always a little nervous to paint, guess I'm chicken that it won't work out. I so envy your sun room! It really looks nice and I'm glad you remembered your white urn to add to it. How fun to have your grandson around each weekend! I know I love the fact we're able to help my daughter save on the daycare also while we watch her. She brings such joy as I know your grandson does to you!

Ma'dame French said...

What a wonderful re-do and even better that you had the PERFECT assistant;) A beautiful addition to the room indeed;) French

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Lynne, Mr. Bailey did a fabulous job! Send that boy over here! I love that he has "run around" pants...how cute is that. I think that's what I'll call my pants from now on! :-) Give him a high five for me! Hugs, Susan

imjacobsmom said...

What a cute little assistant! He did a marvelous job! Look at how happy he looks helping out his Gramma! Your porch looks so warm and inviting. ~ Robyn

Lana G! said...

Oh how adorable! Love that you had such an able assistant. It looks great.

Fieldstone said...

Hi Lynne, Thanks for the step-by-step description of the process. No apologies are needed for a perceived lack of photos--I think they are great! What a wonderful assistant you had. He took his work seriously and he did a great job. The result is perfect! Pam

Betsy said...

First off...what wonderful grandparents you are! I wish this so much for my boys but I guess it just wasn't meant to be.

Second...love the table! This is a great before and after!

Melissa Miller said...

Hello Lynne and Bailey!
It looks like your assistant does wonderful work. How precious is he helping you out.

Love your drapes and the urns. WOW~ Thirty years old? That is really neat.
Great MM Post. I really enjoyed this one.
~Melissa :)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Pam, I hope you've had a super w/k. Thanks for coming by to see my little assistant and his completed project. We had a lot of fun working on it together..
hugs ~lynne~

Fifi Flowers said...

Watch for those child labor laws! ;) LOVE those kind of assistants... they are sooooo eager to work!
ENJOY your week!
Fifi

Envoy-ette said...

It looks good and what a memory made with your "little assistant"! Those are the best times...

Auction Girl Vintage said...

Great table, Lynne, feel free to send Bailey over my way to help paint all those cabinet doors I'm working on :o) Love your little treasure chest from Pink Saturday, too.

Victoria

Happy To Be said...

Looking good girl...you know I love that Baliey boy,,,teach him young to help...please don't make a Len out of him ha ha!! hope all is well in your world..love ya sis hugs and smiles Gloria

Bo said...

Hi Lynne...The smile on Bailey's little face is priceless...and I'll bet he just beams everytime he looks at "his" table.. ;-) Bo

Barb said...

Lynne,
That is a beautiful room, and the table is perfect, both in stlye, and paint job! I think you have a good helper there.
Hope you have a ownderful week.
Talk soon,
Barbara jean

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lynne, Bailey looks so cute, proud, and happy. What a wonderful memory this experience made for him, and what a wonderful table you got out of it. laurie

mishebe said...

Cute, cute, and even cuter with the little helper.. mishelle

mbkatc230 said...

You little Bailey was a great assistant! It looks like he did a very good job, very impressive. I love the way the table came out, and I just love this porch. Hugs, Kathy

kymber said...

Oh Lynne!
It must be so much fun to have your grandson over on a regular basis. I am sure you are building such wonderful memories for him. The table turned out great and I LOVE your sunporch!
Thanks for sharing - I am truly inspired.
Blessings to you,
Kymber

carolinajewel said...

What a wonderful metamorphosis! Your assistant is so sweet and a very good painter!!! Lovely room also! :D Jewel

Jessica said...

Lynne~

Bailey is adorable & you couldn't ask for a better assistant. He did a GREAT job! Your sunroom is gorgeous~

Hugs~ J

Wendy said...

The table looks fantastic. Can you please send your assistant to my home? I have some projects I need help with. I love your sunporch, I would be in there everyday.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Wendy

pammiejo said...

Thanks for dropping by my blog! I love your choice of red in the room - my favorite color! 30 year old ferns - my kinda' gal! Bless you for babysitting - he'll have great memories of all you've done with him! PAM

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You are very fortunate to be able to spend so much time w/ your grandson Lynne! And very wise to take advantage of it. ;o)

~CC Catherine said...

Love the lil Grandson, Mr. Bailey...and his lil "run around pants". It sounds like something my Tyler (grandson) will say when he's Mr. Bailey's age. Ty is 2, with a new baby sister Cate, 5 wks. The table is awesome, I love the way you give credit to all who helped along the way to make "her" who she is today! 8=) Stop by and say hi! I'm participating in M.Monday too. ~CC Catherine

santamaker said...

What a great story! Your little guy is the cutest and he did such a good job on the table! It looks perfect in that spot.
Stay warm, sweetie!

Tomarie said...

Alright, I know I'm supposed to be concentrating on the table (and what a pretty table it is!), but I just can't! I'm too busy looking at what a cutie your little Bailey is!!!! I had to enlarge the pic just to see what a huge, magnificant smile he has...what a cutie!! :-)
So nice that you made this a Grandma/Grandson activity to share together! L~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Tomarie, Laura, thanks so much for swinging by to see my little assistant and his work. His smile is just the greatest isn't it? Think that's a proud Grandma talking? Yepper!!! I hope you're having a super Monday my friend, enjoy your day off. hugs ~lynne~

Chrissy said...

wow... what a great post, a detective??? I had no idea, that is what Jess wants to do(policeman) first of course, that is exciting!! Oh, I do love your table,isn;t it fun to fix something up? Your grandson is adorable!!! Talk soon..

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

What a great Met Mon post, Lynn. I love it!!

prof en retraite said...

Hi Lynne...I love your assistant! They feel so important when they get to help, don't they? Your table is beautiful...great job! Another dr's appt Wed to check on Butterbean. Thanks for all your prayers. Hugs...Debbie

Glenda said...

Nothing like a little on the job training. He evidently had a good supervisor to turn out such an excellent piece of work. You have a perfect right to be proud of him and the job he did.

Barb @ GritsandGlamour said...

Lynne - could I please borrow your assistant he is adorable. Isn't it amazing what a simple can of white paint can do? I love how this turned out, and I love the white urns too. The perfect match. Send your little helper over any time and he can keep my grandson company. LOL

Susan S. said...

i LOVE your sunporch....how pretty and bright! And your helper is PRECIOUS! We all need a good helper like him. ;) You're a luck grandmother to get to spend such quality time with each other.

judicreations said...

What a great job your assistant did and how great that you are having him do jobs like that. Thats so neat!

I love the end result. What colour of cream did you use? I know you mixed in some brown glaze but can you sort of let me know.

The room looks sooo nice and love the close up of all your beauties on it.

have a lovely day
Judi

ann said...

The table looks great.Bailey is as cute as you've made him sound.a little doll.And I still love those drapes.What memories you and Bailey are making together...ann

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Hi Lynne! Love the table! Great job, and what a little helper you had! :)
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9405018--Pat said...

Hey Lynne! great post today..Bailey is so adorable. Your porch looks so iviting. Have a great day, and stay warm...Pat

Kim Chalfant said...

Grandsons are the best! You are lucky you get to see yours so often. Wish I was so lucky. The table turned out beautiful. I need to paint more of my old furniture to give it an update.

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Lynne,
We are still waiting on "official" military orders about where we are going. It may be at least a few weeks before we know anything at all. I'm tired of waiting. No packing yet.
Thanks for asking.
Have a good one dear friend.
~Melissa :)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great table, and your Grandson looks so proud. Like your new header.
Glenda

salmagundi said...

Great project! The kids love to help, don't they? Then, they are so proud!! We have had our 2 grandkids so much over the last 12 years (sometimes full time), I really miss them when I don't see them for a couple of days. They love to come here and "do work". I think it is because their parents are so busy and stressed or, in the case of our daughter, ill that there isn't a lot of patience to have kids help. Take care, Sally

mbkatc230 said...

Thanks for checking out our kitchen renovation. Yes, you certainly do know how much damage water can do! My favorite area is also the coffee area, but then you could put a coffee pot on the hood of my car and it would soon become my favorite lol. Hugs, Kathy

Victoria ~ Auction Girl Vintage said...

Hi again Lynne, and thanks for stopping by my site. Extra big thanks for your kind comments about my blog header/banner ... it's brand spankin' NEW! I spent far too much time tweaking it over the weekend, which is why my Met Monday post wasn't up when you came by. It's there now, for anyone looking for a super-easy project.

Victoria :o)

bj said...

A fabulous post...Thanks for sharing your sweet grandson with us!
Oh,...and I do love your little table, too. ;O)
xo bj

Mama said...

Hello Lynne, Bailey did an excellent job and your finishing touches turned out perfect with the drapes and urn, such a beautiful addition to your sun room, Kathy.

Terrie's Lil' Piece of Serenity said...

Lynne, I love how this room turned out. I'd love to sit and visit with you awhile. Bailey is so.. cute. And he's quite the helper. Just imagine how much his wife is going to love your for teaching him to help. The table turned out perfect. The accessories are the icing on the cake.
Hugs, Terrie

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

9405018 Pat, how nice to see you had stopped by to see my little assistant and his work. He was one proud little guy. I hope you're staying warm over there. At least it has warmed up some huh? Hope all is well with your mother. hugs my friend. ~lynne~

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Glenda, thanks for swinging by to see my little assistant and his work. We sure have alot of fun working on projects together. He's been my little shadow from the time he was quite small. I wouldn't have it any other way..I hope you're having a super Monday. Hugs ~lynne~

Lady Katherine said...

How wonderful! You and he did a wonderful job. Its just lovely!

The Muse said...

Ah ha...the secret to success is out ! lol it is all due to your delightful assistant! :) :) and i can see that you are a ok with that ... :)
it is so wonderful to have our grand children around us isn't it?

your table and the vignette...look remarkable!

Lady Katherine said...

I can not comment on your TT, but I got to here! lol I love the grape bowl! Just beautiful! the flower candle is so sweet! The leaf plate. Now your charger have my heart, I left it with them. lol I just feel in love! I only have blue glass chargers. My family has grown from 4 to 10, so my Mother's dining table is not quite big enough! I know it had two leafs to for more length, I have one, Going to have to go to the home place and see if someone stored the other leaf. So not enough chargers, until I get more length. I tried a childs table and adult, does not work here. The grands want to beside, Granna and Granpappy! I going to get hubby to take me shopping Thursday, I have a big doc appointment. So that morn. I hope to go to the city early, and shop to relieve the stress! lol Remind me to take my camara, lol We have an antique mall in Madison. I think your table would go great with makeover I did on my trays.

ellen b. said...

You and your handsome assistant did a marvelous job. That table looks so great in that fabulous room of yours!! I'm late this week, but better late than never
:0)

Momovthree said...

What a great table, it looks wonderful! And of course even more special because of your little helper. He is adorable painting away there! I have to say you are one brave gal letting him paint more than just fingerpaints. He's going to remember that years later and think what a great grandma he has!
~Michelle

bee bon said...

Hello Lynne, it must be marvellous having your little helper, treasured memories. bee x

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Lynne! I love seeing your Bailey..so cute! He and my little grandson who just went to France with me are almost the same age. He'll be 11 in August. He is the apple of my eye, too! Aren't they wonderful? Happy weekend!...hugs...Debbie

Mary said...

What a sweet story. You now have a beautiful room that comes with even more beautiful memories. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Girlfriend...

Ahhh...I remember this sweet post! So happy to see it again though! Those grandchildren truly are the "apples of our eyes"!!! Well dear friend, I bet your Bailey is growing like a weed! He is the same age as my youngest daughter Jenni's son...Ethan!

Girlfiend, you know that I just adore your beautiful sunroon! It's one of my "favorite all time" rooms! Wanted to tell you though...I was able to see the very last photo...but the three above it...I never could get them to show! Shoot! Thanks so much for sharing this sweet post with us for the Sunday Favorites repost party...it was so nice to have you, Darlin'!

Love ya,
Chari

Keetha Broyles said...

How GREAT to have little Bailey for your helper! And I agree, he did a fabulous job.

Designs By Pinky said...

I remember this post but don't see a comment from me??? Your little helper is a KEEPER!!!! How cute and great job! XO, Pinky