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Monday, December 31, 2012

Split Personality Table

Here's another revamp of something old and dear. These two tables were purchased at different times from different people.  I was pondering what to do with them separately, when a light bulb bolt-from-the-blue hit me! They were exactly the same height, the tops were the same shape...hmmmm....the only difference was that one had a shelf on the bottom! It was meant to be!

So, the bolt was the idea of putting these two "paternal" twins together to make one table! So, after some regluing of some loose joints, minor repairs to the bottom shelf of the "other" twin and priming, their legs were based in a soft black.  The tops and the shelves were painted in a soft cream color.

The tops still screamed for something more. I wanted to put some kind of medallion in the middle. I got out my stencils and found a "wreath" shape. I stenciled it with the same black that the legs were base-coated in. I then used a matching stencil and laid out a lattice pattern surrounding the medallion. I did this in a white paint. This really set off the black medallion and gave the table a little something on top without competing with the center design. But, it still needed something. I found a round stamp that I had laying around and stamped that design plop in the middle of the black wreath.

After all the paint had dried, all of the edges were mildly distressed.

Two tables in one! Split personality!
They can be used together as one table, or used separately in two different locations!  All because they "magically" ended up at my house at the same time. Talk about a coincidence!

This is also my submission for Shabby Creek Cottage's linky party. To see all of the creative ideas at the party follow the link below:

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Hand-painted Dutch Back Bee Chair

Every woman needs the perfect little black dress; every home needs the perfect little black chair. Here it is! A great little black chair for a corner or desk. Hand-painted (by me); based with black, distressed on edges. The bee design in the middle is a golden yellow. The text says, "Where you are is your home."

This little beauty started out as an allover white chair that someone had severely over-distressed. After a base coat of satin black, it was given a light distressing to allow some of the old white paint to peek through.

Afterwards, the bee graphic from the Graphics Fairy (  was hand-painted in the middle of the seat. It turned out even more alluring than I imagined.
Close up of bee graphic

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Fleur de Lis Table

Brand new at this, so let's see how it goes!

Here's my contribution.
This was an old stand that someone gave me. Notice the peeling veneer and the overall overused appearance. (Please disregard the bicycle in the background and other "clutter"; although a crafter never has "clutter."

After base-coating the base of the stand in a fawn color and antiquing it with a soft black, the top was the next thing to attack - lovingly.

I purchased some old sheet music a while back and was just waiting for the right occasion and item to use it on. This was it.  I tore the nice straight edges from the pieces of music and applied it to the table top with wallpaper paste. Yep, wallpaper paste. I found that Modge-Podge changed the color of the paper, making it darker and kind of transparent.  The wallpaper paste did not have this effect. The paper dried opaque and true to the original color.

This is the same application to a different table.

I then used washes of different strengths: a black acrylic craft paint and a clear faux finishing glaze to create the flleur de lis design on top. The fleur de lis is a piece of clip art that I found on the net. I put a topcoat of Modge-Podge for furniture over the entire design ("ms thinking that I may put a coat or two of Poly, as well.

And voila!!!  A new, modern, revamped piece of furniture. 

Fro more creative ideas, see the Shabby Creek Cottage - a great resource for great ideas!