Tuesday, July 31, 2018

A piece of my heart and Wicked the musical Inspired Library Table Makeover.

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before vintage antique library table turned wicked emerald green and mahogany regal
Welcome back my Beauties.
I know I have been missing for a while but unfortunately it was for many reasons. 
First off, My daughter graduated and that as you know takes up a lot of time. Then we were getting ready for our big trip to England.
Again a lot to get ready for. Sadly right before we left my brother died, so we had that to deal with.
But we dealt with all those things and left for England.
An amazing adventure that was done in honor of my mother who passed a few years ago. 
I swear I will eventually post stuff from the trip as I took a couple THOUSAND pictures. (You can see some of them on INSTAGRAM)
We got home and things slowly settled into place.
Then I got a phone call that hurt my heart.
One of my best friends had died in her sleep.
Yes she had been sick, and dealt with a lot of medical issues,
but she had just rebounded as she had for so many years and we all gave a sigh of relief. 
(We were born in the same hospital 2 days apart and we always celebrated our birthdays together when we got older)
(If you follow me on FACEBOOK you would always see my posts with us out to lunch and getting into trouble around the time of our birthdays) 
So in all honesty it was as unexpected as it can be for me as we had just texted a few days before. 
My world was rocked and I was a mess.
I didn't know what to do with myself.
The first day I cried...
The second day I cried..
and on day 3 I decided I needed to soothe my soul.
I figured I would paint and listen to music.

general finishes brown mahogany gel stain wicked emerald library table makeover

So I picked up this old library table that had been collecting dust in my garage and started working on it.
I sanded down the beat up old top and  cleaned it up and gave it a coat of General Finishes gel stain in Mahogany
brown mahogany gel stain makeover for wicked emerald green library table makeover

I was already loving the richness it gave to the top of this once beat up old table.
Then I had to decide on paint.

Then I had to decide on a paint color.
I had no idea why my brain was adamant about painting it emerald green. But it was! 
I painted the whole piece as I thought of my friend and then as I finished it hit me like a lightning bolt.
katie and i at wicked the musical
This was our last birthday celebration together.
Katie LOVED musicals! 
I mean this girl could play "Name that show tune"
and win every...single...time.!
I still remember like a recording in my head while we deciding to go or not and She was worried the tickets were too expensive and should we spend the money on them, and then her saying "well we could always go next year when they come again"
I still choke up! 
I said "no way, we are doing this now"
I figured I would be the one "too busy"
or too many kids things that I wouldn't be able to go next year.
Little did I know it was meant to be we went then. 
I still remember sitting during the musical and singing along with her, and of course crying at our favorite line "because I knew you, I have been changed for good" 
She had so many medical issues but honestly she was one of the most caring, big hearted, empathetic people I knew.
Always willing to listen and counsel someone. 
I still cry now because 
"Because I knew HER, I have been changed for GOOD" 
emerald green wicked the musical inspired library table makeover before and after

So here you go Katie.
A WICKED inspired table makeover.
I have been nervous to post because SHE was always one of the first people to comment and tell me how much she loved "whatever" I did; and 
give accolades and basically be the best damn cheerleader ever!

WIcked the musical inspired antique library table makeover using general finishes emerald green
I hope you like it girl! 
I will forever miss you and forever wonder  we never figured out which one of us was GLINDA or Elphaba. <3

wicked the musical inspired antique library table makeover before and after using general finishes emerald green milk paint
So there you go.
 A little bit of a makeover and a whole lotta my heart.
Go out there and have a Beautiful day,
and give your loved ones a big ole hug!


Laurie @ Vinyet Etc said...

This is such a gorgeous piece, the colour choice is like it's meant to be! Your heart and pain had tears in my eyes while I read your beautiful memories with your soul sister. I wish I could come over and give you a big hug! I'm so glad you knew such a spirit, and that she also had you those life blessings are so rare! ��

Art Is Beauty said...

Thank you so much Laurie! I am so glad to have a friend like you that understands! <3

Betty said...

I am so sorry for your losses - what a beautiful tribute to your wonderful friend.

Kathy said...

So sorry on the loss of your friend. Redoing that table and realizing that the green was so significant was definitely your subconscious working overtime. I am glad you have such happy memories of her; friendship like that is so rare; you were so lucky to be in each other's lives. Sympathy and prayers.

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Oh, I am sorry for your losses. What a rough time. Your friend sounds like a sweetheart and I know you will miss her terribly. I am like you...creating and being artistic soothes my soul. Your table is beautiful...xo