I'm An Old Soul

I'm an old soul. Give me some Etta or Sinatra, Being or Armstrong, and I will be happy. Classic big band, a little jazz, mixed in with old movies, old values and a homemade pumpkin pie, and I'm in bliss! Even as a teenager, I loved anything to do with "way back when". For several years I volunteered at a nursing home, working with the elderly patients. Often, spending hours playing Dominoes, Spades, and Bible Trivia. I loved their stories, their outlook on life, and hearing about the good 'ol days. This love for the antique continues on in my blood. Most people my age are enjoying boy bands and shopping at malls...and on occasion I love that too. But nothing beats a day at antique stores, flea markets or even garage sales. I love finding old things and restoring them to new life. Its a way to take today and somehow pull the past into swing with decorations.

Since the holidays I haven't been able to do much in the DIY world, but months back, I mentioned I had several DIY projects to share with you. So here's is one of my favorites, that was successful thanks to my husband! Needless to say my summer and fall garage sale finds didn't end with just Martha Stewart books, I also found this little treasure of a table for $10:
Pretty bad condition, eh? I know. Most people probably wouldn't want the hassel of reworking this piece over, but I was convinced it would be gorgeous...refinished black! Josh sanded down the table, then I took a turn at sanding it down...here it is just before the painting:


We have mainly dark wood in our home, so I wanted a bit of change to get an eclectic taste for our living room:

Ta da...a nice black finish! I'm loving it. We've gotten more compliments on that piece of furniture. Most folks are surprised when I tell them we redid it...and it was just an 'ol garage sale find. I thought it was worth $10...er $13 after the spray paint cost!


So that's are latest DIY in the Southern Bride household...have you guys been up to anything?

So I digress...I'm an old soul. I even secretly would enjoy an old record player to dance to when no one is watching. Since I'm in the old soul funk today, I think I'll enjoy some Leave It To Beaver and dream of Soda Fountain days gone by. ;-)


You can check out more projects at A Soft Place To Land & Today's Creative Blog!


PS...please tell me I'm not the only old soul trapped in a young body out there!

44 comments:

  1. Stopping by from SITS to say hi and wish I had some chocolate covered pretzels!! I LOVE that table!! Gorgeous!

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  2. The table looks GREAT! I like the shape of it and you have a good eye for old things...a new coat of paint does wonders!

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  3. I'm an old soul too, which is why I think my BF and I get along so well, he is a bit more mature and older I I love it! In regards to your post below, I admire the love you share with your husband, it is admirable. :)

    I love what you did with the table - it is so true that some of the things that we think are not useful can become treasures!

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  4. That table looks awesome! I'm an old soul too! I love I Love Lucy, Leave it to Beaver, aprons, big band. . . The 50's should have been my era!
    ~ Brittney

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  5. I love that table sooooo much. If there was another life...I am sure I was a 50's housewife...not doubt about it. I love everything from that era...

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  6. Love black spray paint! Gorgeous! I'm hosting a Power of Paint Party starting late tonight & every Wednesdays... I'd love it if you'd link up your table.

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  7. Oooh...I love it! I've really had the DIY itch lately, this is totally inspiring! =]

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  8. I've always been an old soul, and now that my body has caught up with my old soul, I'm an even older soul! No, you're definitely not alone.
    And the table is gorgeous.

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  9. We have the same coffee table!! We got it at my sister's yard sale! It's in great shape, though. Yours looks awesome.

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  10. That table is beautiful! And guess what I am an old soul too! I totally love antiques and old songs, homemade wholesome recipes,traditions. Everything!


    ♥ CJ

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  11. I love old movies....does that count? You both did a fabulous job! I need to keep my eyes open at garage sales this next year!

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  12. You are defintely not the only "trapped" old soul out there! I'm the same way!

    The table looks great!

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  13. I love DIY projects! The table turned out great!

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  14. The table is beautiful. You did a great job! I have my old soul moments as well. You are not alone!

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  15. Trust me, you're NOT the only "old soul"!! :) I dare say that's a part of me that hubster doesn't quite have a grasp on yet...lol I totally could have written your first paragraph -- that's totally me.
    I adore jazz, big band, Sinatra, oldies, black & white TV shows, vintage clothing, etc. AND, I had a stack of records a mile high and a record player until I got married.

    Great job on the table!

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  16. Oh my gosh - I LOVE that table!!! If it wasn't freaking cold otuside, I'd be braving some garage sales myself. But I'm a pansy... and goodwill has some good stuff, some of the time. Maybe I'll get lucky??

    But I need at least 2 end tables, too. Grr!!

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  17. stopping by from SITS..I totally agree with you and DIY tables! I actually posted the other day on my own refinishing to black. Similar tastes I guess.
    http://thelittlegoat.com/?p=785

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  18. Awesome! I just finished up a mosaic table top that I've been wanting to start on since we bought the place.

    I've still got to grout it and it's transformed a little since I took these shots... but I'm quite pleased with the creation! It's certainly sparked my love of all things art!

    http://karlosophies.blogspot.com/2010/01/mosaic-madness.html

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  19. Happy SITS Day! The table turned out great!

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  20. Oh goodness - I could be in love with you after this post! Etta & Sinatra... girl, that music is AMAZING. Your table turned out absolutely lovely!

    Stopping by from SITS, easy to see why you're a featured blogger - I'll definitely be back for more :)

    Have a fabulous day!
    Lindsay
    {designer wife}

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  21. I love how you say you're an old soul. I feel the exact same way and love having a title to give it. That table looks great. It's always scary never knowing if something will turn out as awesome as it is in your head but so worth it when it works!

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  22. I've got to be an old soul because I LOVE...ADORE anything and everything from those fabulous eras! Retro loveliness, pinup gals, fancy hairdos and old Hollywood style! Bring it on!

    “In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” ~ Coco Chanel......one of my FAV quotes!

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  23. Stopping by from SITS! I love the table.

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  24. What a cute little table. Love it, even though I am more into white than black... Happy SITSday!

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  25. Such a snazzy re-do!

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  26. Stopping by from SITS! Don't feel bad. I took my tree down yesterday and wanted to cry. They say you're supposed to on Epiphany (Jan 6) so we were doing good! :) Your table is beautiful!

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  27. You are not alone sweetie. I am an old soul too.

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  28. Love the table! I have a dining table that I want to paint black. I hope mine looks as great as yours!

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  29. Great job on the table! It's looks beautiful.

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  30. Gorgeous! You obviously know a diamond in the rough. Wish I could put things on my tables that don't end up thrown across the room by three little boys!

    Happy SITS!

    Alex aka Ma What's for Dinner?
    www.mawhats4dinner.com

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  31. Hi! Just stopped by from SITS - and I love the way your coffee table turned out! I have one almost exactly like that down in my basement - and it would look great in black! Thanks for sharing and the inspiration!

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  32. visiting from SiTs. i am an old soul as well. i live vicariously through old classic movies & watch the tcm channel whenever i get the chance. i LOVE fred astaire and go into a trance whenever i watch him sing & dance. i love everything about that time, the music, the dance, the romance, the transportation, EVERYTHING. it seems so much more wonderful(and the singers WAY more talented) than the stuff of our time.

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  33. Oh no, far from it! Give me a Rosemary Clooney album or a chunk o' Steve and Eydie and I'm delirious!

    Your blog is great, and you did work wonders on that adorable table!

    Congrats on the SITS honor!

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  34. Right on sista! I love me some Billie, Ella, Duke Ellington, Sinatra, and John Coltrane and when it comes to movies too. Love Jimmie Stewart! :)

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  35. Happy SITS feature day!

    What a beautiful blog. You did a great job with the tale. I love to see old things like this given a new life, instead of being tossed aside.

    I hope you had a great day & wish you more happiness to come in your new marriage!

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  36. That's such a gorgeous table!!

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