Dimensions: 32 3/4"W x 21"D x 16 3/4"H
Flowers shower this solid mahogany occasion table all dresses up in a delicate scroll print, bird and floral decoupage. The peach tones set beautifully against the gentle fawn color chalk paint. The top is polyurethaned for durability over the decoupage. The entire table is dark waxed which gives it a beautiful aged/antiqued patina. I lightly distressed the carved mahogany flowers which are on either side of the oval and along the lines and curves to bring them out a bit. Perfect unique piece for a coffee table, sofa table, in a sitting room, family room, bedroom, hall, bathroom with towels and lotions atop, and on and on as it is rightly called an 'occasion' table since it suits any occasion or need.
Dimensions: 32 3/4"W x 21"D x 16 3/4"H
Just love this little table which is actually rather tall for a side table. It is an antique I bought last fall, and knew I wanted to do something fun with it. Several ideas ran through my head, but this one kept pushing its way to the top. I stripped the veneer off the top and sanded. I loved the rustic wood which appeared so I gave it a light brushing of diluted stain then polyurethaned and dark waxed. The decoupage is sealed under the topcoats. It has a great saying accompanied by the chic Chanteclair. The body I painted in black chalk paint then dark waxed. Here it is with its great long legs and spindled ankles and feet:
Dimensions" 30 1/2" H x 20"W x 16"D
This antique dresser was a custom design for a client which she chose from my inventory. I love her color choice for her baby girl's room. I changed out the top knobs for glass ones and painted the rest of the original pulls in a satin nickel. To highlight the beautiful original appliqué, I lightly distressed the contours of it just enough to bring it to attention. The color blue chalk paint is soft and dreamy. I lined the drawers with a happy floral material which perfectly compliments the adorable piece. This is one of my favorites to date!
I got quite a bit of bleed through from the original finish so I needed to apply three coats of primer to the body and drawer bottoms before painting or laying the material in place. You never know what's in store until you begin the process, and sometimes more work is necessary to complete a quality finish. So worth it in the end to see everything true to tone and design. I hope this little girl loves her princess dresser!
The vanity is done. Oh my goodness, I can't believe it myself. Just look at it all innocent and pretty. This beauty was a beast in my design mind. I hmmm'd and hmmm'd and hmmm'd and tried this, then that, then this again. I sanded, stripped, re-sanded and then sat. After days of agonizing and slumping on the floor in front of it staring at propped up paint and knobs all over the place, I warily forged ahead with some ideas remembering that I can always redo it. Hate to do that, but it alleviates the stress of uncertainty enough to unfreeze me. How do I spell relief? D-o-n-e.
Aside from a bit of tweaking on the back, which I will wrap up as soon as I finish a custom order, it is ready to grace your space!
Painted in ivory chalk paint, I meticulously waxed in clear, dark and white, wanting to portray the antiqueness of it through the use of the dark wax, but keep it bright and light with the white wax layered over it. I also applied two coats of polycrylic to the three top surfaces before any waxing. The original wooden pulls are painted in a teal and soft aqua chalk paint and I added the center knobs. They were given the same waxing techniques. I lined the drawers with beautiful toile material which coordinates perfectly with the beige, cream and teal tones.
This vanity, though it put me through the wringer design-wise, has been a blast to work on. The craftsmanship is outstanding and I just loved watching it come back to a fresh life as such a fine piece deserves. Thanks for your patience on this one, I know it took a while, but I wanted to do it justice because in its simplicity there is great charm and character.
The screws to mount the mirror are not down because I do not want to keep undoing and redoing them. So for now it is only set in place.
On with the show:
Taking these indoors is a challenge as usual. The light kept reflecting off the glass knobs so as you scroll down, you will see better shots of the knobs. I left one mirror picture untouched so you could see the quality of it. For all the rest, I tried to spare you the reflections of me and my house. Check out the precious detail of the mirror support. Curvy and awesome.
Dimensions: 48"w x 18"d x 64"H
The infamous before shot:
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