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Friday, March 30, 2012

Magazine table - Tiffany

My friend Sunny picked this up for me on her way home one day. It wasn't much to look at right then but a fresh couple of coats of Duck's Egg makes all the difference in the world, I think. I haven't found a replacement lamp for it but I don't guess it's totally necessary. I suppose I could use a hole cutting bit and just cut a plug for it... hrm. Anyway. It's cute now!

 Gently distressed on its 'knees' and 'ribs'. The first coat was actually something called "Cavern" from Behr, I think. I liked it but thought it should show thru rather than be the dominant color. What do you think?

Any fun finds lately, blog-land?


I've been calling this a buffet but I don't really know what it started out as. There's some 'scarring' in the paint inside of it that makes me think it used to have a divider and possibly a shelf. But nothing hinting at doors on the front. I'd like to see it with neat doors but that might be a little beyond the amount of effort I want to put into this right now. 
 Sanding the top of this was a PAIN. I'd started the process with a Mouse sander and wasn't getting very far. Thankfully, my parents gave me another palm sander for my birthday and I put that puppy to work right away. It took about 2 hours to get all the paint off the top of this piece. Ugh.

I like how this looks right now and I'm tempted to just get a little more of the glazing off and leave it at that. I want to stain the top, tho, because it's too pretty to cover with paint again. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Leaving the nest...

So, the whole point of buying these pieces and refinishing them was to SELL them but now that it comes down to it, I hate to see them go! Hopefully, they'll serve their new owner well and be a source of pride for many years to come. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Molly and Eleanor have something to show you

The last couple of days have been fairly productive, as the following pictures will attest. Molly is extremely cheerful and ready for spring. Eleanor is quaintly displaying her vintage charms. 

Color co-ordination is accidental but perfect. 

 Eleanor seemed to be missing something once I took the leather inlay off the top. I toyed with the idea of tiling the upper shelf but it just didn't seem to 'fit'. During a trip to Michael's, I spotted some fun scrap-book paper that was 40% off. I can't resist things that are pretty AND on sale, can I? I think these papers worked perfectly with the cream paint and the peacock motif somehow suits the general feel of the table. Don't you think?

Pardon the messy setting, I just couldn't wait for everything to dry to stage a better picture. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Primed and ready!

What do you name a magazine/lamp table that's both elegant and sturdy? Ooh... I know. 
 I haven't quite decided on a color for this one. I suppose I need to figure out if it will be for sale or for keeping, first. I think she could look quite fetching in a coat of "Banner Red" with some dark glazing to catch the details on her skirt and legs. But since I've removed the leather inlay on the top and am contemplating tile there, red might not work. I don't know. Suggestions, dear readers?

This next table is just... brilliant. It's so chunky and bold and fun, I'm beside myself. Is it masculine or feminine? Maybe Molly is a good name... after the Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Farewell, George.

George has been sold and is hopefully enjoying a pleasant existence holding a lamp, tissue box, and possibly his new owner's keys and wallet. It's like he's been promoted to valet! 

Frank is looking for employment as well. Possibly in an open entry-way or sun room. 


This is Chester. I think he has great potential. He has a crack on the top surface and I'm not exactly sure how to fix that but it doesn't seem to actually affect the integrity of the piece so I might not worry about it. Anyway, I think he will look lovely by the time I'm done.