Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Awesome Handpainted Cocktail Table

So, Wendy and I came across these awesome iron bases at a salvage store. We've been trying to find the perfect tops to make great cocktail tables. Wendy found these premade table tops at Lowes for $36. And the perfect size...What luck! We knew we wanted something unique to do the iron base justice. Wendy beat up the table top using any tool available and then used a blow torch to add extra character.

She then mimicked a wine label on the top of the piece, hand-painting the letters in black.


She then took a sander to add extra age to the table.

Finally, she stained the wood and added protection with several coats of poly.

 What an amazing table!! It sold immediately. In fact, there were multiple people fighting over it!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Vanity/Desk Redo

Wendy and I picked up this great desk (I call it)/ vanity (she calls it). It has gorgeous lines and is made with such quality. It's one of those pieces you get even more excited about buying the more you look at it.
I sort of remembered to take a before picture!
Here is the desk...

I dry brushed the desk with our favorite creamy white (coastal biege by Behr). Then I dry brushed the desk with "Light French Gray" also by Behr. I was getting that "coastally" vibe from it, but I really wasn't feeling the top. I was really seeing the top a dark stain to compliment the rest and richen it up. But, I had already painted it. So what's a girl to do? Well, experiment of course!! I heavily sanded the top layer of paint down leaving a decent amount. Then I stained the top, right over the paint. I applied 3 coats of stain and then allowed to dry for about 4 days. I LOVED the outcome! It had the richness of the stain, but had the character of the paint underneath for some added fun!

Happy Experimenting Everyone!