Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kitchen Table with French Script


Sometimes a mistake can lead to something unexpectedly wonderful.  
That's exactly what happened here. 
Wanting to re-stain the top of my kitchen table top, 
 I began to sand.....

Whoops! 

Things got out of hand.  
What I thought was solid pine was actually veneer, 
and before I knew it, there was an ugly divot in the table top.
Hey, things happen! 
Re-staining wasn't going to work 
so......

On to Plan B:  painting the table top.  
(Do you see my helper ready to pounce onto the fresh paint?)


 I painted the table simply,
 imitating those appealing vintage enamel-topped drop leaf tables.
You know the one's I mean. 


But it looked too-oo--o plain,
so I added some lettering, and liked it much better. 


For those who ask, the template is from Cutting Edge Stencils.
You'll find lots to inspire you at their website.


Much better -- 





Enjoy!




Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Not Your Grandma's Desk




 My Mom has a desk just like this one in her living room.
On a recent visit to her home, I casually suggested painting it for her. 
but she told me that she likes it just the way it is.
In other words, "Hands Off"!



So imagine my surprise 
when my neighbor offered me a desk just like Mom's.

I was delighted to have it,
 but would only take it, if she didn't mind that I paint it.
No problem!

So I carted the desk home and began to think about how to paint it.

White?  Black?  Color?  
Have I mentioned that I'm enamored with Mackenzie-Childs designs?

I'm a "plain-jane" sort of girl, 

and for the life of me, I can't explain why their sassy, 
exuberant style appeals to me, but it just does.
I'm smitten by it!

(Go ahead - check out their site, guaranteed you'll have fun, too!)




McKenzieChilds.com


 I planned to use this desk in my guest room, 
the one with shabby white furniture and neutral walls. 

This desk would bring a decided touch of whimsy to the room.



To mimic the MacKenzie-Child style,
it's a matter of mixing colors and pattern, 
then adding a liberal amount of black. 

I used a damask stencil, brush-stroke roses, borders of checks, 

and the painted illusion tufting to get there.  

Each drawer was painted differently,

and the finial got some variegated gold leaf.













A trio of bunnies decorate the desk front. 






Now to finish the rest of the room!




ENJOY!             








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