I finally finished a much needed makeover on our coffee table! My husband Danny had this coffee table is his lounge room when I met him - lucky for him I didn't hold it against him. Once we moved in together I moved it all over the house, bascially trying to hide it. It's just so orange! In fact, I have a whole herd of orange furniture that are crying out for a makeover. One piece at a time I keep telling myself! Here's how it looked to start with, in all its orange glory.
Apart from being orange, the stain was also flaking on the top, and Emma had been practicing writing her name on one corner. When I saw Courtneys' dining table makeover over at The Apprentice Extrovert I knew that was the style I'd go for (and if you don't already follow Court you should - her work is fantastic!). And here it is!
The lounge room is on the list for a makeover, but it's a fair way down. Having this table looking good brightens the room and will tide me over for a while... well a little while at least!
Have you ever worked on a project that made you more and more nervous as you went, because you started to really like it? That was me, with this. I was nervous to keep staining, but I knew I wanted a dark chocolate on top, so I crossed my fingers and kept going. I'm really happy with the result.
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
This old magazine rack was actually the very first thing I bought when I found the world of furniture painting. Unfortunately I don't have a before photo, so you'll have to use your imagination a little - it was brown and shiny, with scratches and screws missing. Kind of like this...
Sounds amazing doesn't it! It was $2 at the Salvation Army, and I thought I could give this furniture painting thing a go. It's seems like forever ago. I painted it white, and then let it sit in the garage while I thought about it a little more. I decided I'd like to try using some old book pages to line it, but when I looked at the old books sitting in my bookcase, I couldn't bring myself to pull them apart! Luckily my Mum has never thrown anything away. ANYTHING. I could do a million posts just on some of the treasures in her home, but today, I'll stay on topic and onto the books she found for me to use.
The old dictionary is beautiful, with very cute little illustrations next to some of the definitions. In the picture above you can see a 'triangle' and a 'trident'. Cute right? I'm new to Mod Podge, and next time I'll make sure to spread the stuff more evenly, but for my first time around I'm happy with the results.
I'm working on our coffee table at the moment, and when it's finished the rack will take pride of place next to it (I think, we'll see).
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PS My photography skills are letting me down, and while I'm working on a new camera, I'd love to take better photos. Any suggestions on tutorials or photo tips someone on the blogosphere would be very much appreciated!!