Monday, August 1, 2011

Another step...and another!

Okay, so you KNOW your "hobby" has morphed into a full-fledged PROBLEM when the teensy little livingroom of your teensy little condo starts looking like the back room of a Habitat for Humanity RE-STORE! In my many years as a mental health professional, I've heard it said that ADMITTING your addiction is the first step to overcoming it.

Hmmm...

But do I even WANT to overcome it? Do YOU??? ;)

Here's a coffee table I purchased from Kijiji for $30.00.



This was the first re-do, posted earlier on my blog, with Paris Grey and Old White ASCP.


Nope. Hated it.

This was the next stage...redone with just Old White, waxed and chipped. I LOVED it!



Interesting, I've NEVER liked the colour GREEN for home decor, and suddenly I DO! (lol)

Such pretty, chunky legs, and Annie Sloan Dark Wax really accentuates their detail...


So...here's Stage Three! After seeing some of the GREAT things Korrie's been doing over at Red Hen Home with harlequins, I decided to try one. THANKS for your inspiration Korrie!

I cut several sections of a harlequin pattern with my Silhouette and used some leftover paint from my "Lichen Green" livingroom wall...



It was painstakingly slow, but I did it while my sleep-over grandsons and I watched "ET" together...


Et Voila!! Here she is, sanded a little and coated again with Annie Sloan Clear Wax and Dark Wax...which even subdues the green!! So what do you think? Did I totally ruin it?

I think I'm kind of happy with it for now. Who knows what it'll look like NEXT week? (lol)


Stage Four! My new Dreamweaver stencils arrived yesterday. When I saw this beautiful little Fleur de Lis, I knew exactly where it had to do its work! Having been so very lucky to have visited Paris and the South of France a couple of times, I enjoy adding some Frenchie accents to my home.




Here's my grandson helping me dry the stencilled ink...HINT (from my mistake...) ...use StazOn permanent ink or dry-brushed/dry-pounced acrylic paint!


Here's a finished segment. I applied two coats of Polycrylic for protection from little boys' toy cars and messy hands.


I love it all over again! (lol)

THANKS Denise, for featuring this over at





This is what I'm upcycling next...love it love it LOVE it!! I know some folks would be so dismayed about painting a 100 year old wee piece like this...but I'm not (lol). Going away to a cottage on the ocean in Prince Edward Island for two weeks with my grandkidlets on Sunday, and this will be my homecoming project. I paid a little more for it than I would have if I was planning to re-sell, but I sure am NOT. This little beauty (and the matching stool) will have a permanent place in my home, in the livingroom, looking out over my perennial gardens. Aaahhh...life is...GOOD!!



THANK YOU for taking the time to visit me! I'll come visit you too, and will be partying here and with these fine bloggers this week...

61 comments:

  1. It looks great Deborah and I love that you are willing to change your mind!

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  2. I think it looks great both ways (not prior to being "Sloaned" though lol)! Great job with the harlequin too.

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your sweet comment @ DavisDomesetications.blogspot.com
    it made my day!

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  3. Beautiful! Love your harlequin design and the white color! What a great table.. Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party..can't wait to see what you share next!

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  4. I love the green! I have touches of it throughout my house. Thanks for stopping by my blog, wonderful to meet you! Looking forward to future post!

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  5. Deborah, thanks for stopping by my blog the other day and commenting on my son's dresser. I just stopped by here and wanted you to know I LOVE what I'm seeing. You've upcycled some great pieces. I especially love this coffee table! Thanks for the inspiration. I have a similar coffee table I'd love to redo someday.

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  6. You did an amazing job! I actually love the colors you have picked! Thanks for visiting me and your sweet comments! Have a great day!

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  7. Love the green, the stencil looks fantastic

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  8. Fabulous makeover. Great job!! You are going to love this table for a LONG time.

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  9. Hi, I'm your newest follower, love what you have re-done with your table ... :0)

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  10. Where do you buy your ASCP? Online or do you have a store that carries it close to you?
    Love the old white and the dakr wax!

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  11. Ah, it looks marvelous. I love the patterns. I want to try that with a piece someday. The green is a fun color! Lucky table, gets to have all sorts of makeovers! ;) I hope you can check out my giveaway going on now! Or, just stop by and say hi! That's fun, too. www.alittleknickknack.com

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  12. I luv luv the harlequin pattern and it looks great...
    Why don't you list it on etsy?

    I will be honored if you will add this project in our weekly linking party every Wednesdays at
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/08/my-inner-baker-with-linking-party.html
    Have a great week,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  13. Your table looks great! Your statement about your living room looking like the ReStore made me laugh! I think have the same addiction as you! You should see my teensy tiny laundry room!

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  14. Very pretty. I like the painted top.

    come visit me at www.kirkwoodcottage.com

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  15. LOVE...LOVE...LOVE how you used the miniature metal fleur de lis stencil between the harlequin stencil pattern. And love the pix of your grandson helping hahahaha! They must be having a ball this summer!

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  16. it looks great and i believe you always have to follow your gut! i have repainted several items i have not liked right away... gotta be happy with your product!

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  17. I love how this turned out, Deborah! Very creative and beautiful piece now!

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  18. Deborah, I love it too! The table turned out wonderful...great job. Thanks for sharing this at my Open House party.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  19. I love the additional details! They really put the finishing touches on! Thank you for linking to Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

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  20. This turned out so beautiful!! I love it!

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  21. Deborah great job on the table, it really turned out so beatuiful. Yes I suppose it is best if you admit you addiction, but I still had tons of wood in my garage from when I taught decorative art, and had to get rid of it before we moved to this place. I just know it went to a good home, HAHAHA.

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  22. looks great! The stenciling is so much fun and I LOVE the legs!

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  23. Oh my goodness Deborah!! This is fabulous!! The fruits of your labor are WELL WORTH it!!! I hope you are having a great day!

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  24. Love the shabby chic look with the harlequin pattern. Really cute!

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  25. I love your project! Your coffee table is spectacular! I would love for you to share this project on my website! You just click on "YOUR IDEAS" in the left NAV bar and upload the photos and tell about your project! Once completed and approved, I will send you an "I've Been Featured" button that links directly to your submission!

    So come share!!

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  26. I love it! All of your hard work turned out beautiful! Thank you so much for linking up!

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  27. Very nice. I really like your use of the stencil (and my other passion--the Silhouette!)

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  28. Sooooo pretty!!! Gotta try this one!

    Loving the little french accents I'm seeing all over blogland.

    I've never been to Paris, though my 18 y/o daughter has, lucky-duck!

    Smiles! Visiting from MMS Linky Party today,
    ~Suzanne in Illinois

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  29. Hi Deborah!
    This is really gorgeous! You've done a great job on the detailing-it looks much better than it's original self!

    I am now following your blog and look forward to seeing your future projects!

    If you have the time, check out my blog. I occasionally post some DIY projects of my own and I'd love to do more!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Emily
    emilysummers-designer.blogspot.com

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  30. This is very nice. You did a good job. It's whimsical and tastefully done. Kathi

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  31. OMG! I absolutely adore it! Very nice :-)

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  32. Very nice, this is the first time I have seen a shade of green with the french touch. At first I thought you had painted a square/rectangle on the table top until I enlarged and noticed they were place mats.

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  33. Beautiful! I think you just sold me on chalk paint... that dark wax is stunning!

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  34. Hello Deborah,
    Happy to be visiting and I love your table....well done!
    Janet xox

    http://theemptynest-janet.blogspot.com/

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  35. Lol! Love your post :). And sooo creative! Table looks awesome.

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  36. Love this table makeover and the stencil you used, I have a coffee table just like this that needs a redo!

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  37. That looks great! Two of my favorites ~ the harlequin I would do everywhere ~ walls, furniture, you name it. And I love the fleurs, too. I can't even tell you how many accessories I have around the house with the fleur design!

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  38. Oh, your coffee table is gorgeous! I love the way you have painted it, it's lovely!
    The chairs you have painted are really beautiful, too! The more I hear about the AS chalk paint the more I like it!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  39. Love the Harlequin look! Sometimes it just takes a while for a piece to "talk" to you and tell you what it needs! Deb

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  40. That is really wonderful! I love the pattern and colors you used. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  41. Love it!! I am a huge fan of green! I seldom change things, good for you! I can't wait to see that beautiful desk redone. I don't mind paying more if it is for me and it is what I love. Have a great vacation!

    Carol

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  42. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the white and the harlequin/fleur de lis. A real head turner. And I totally get the addiction! :) thanks for joining the party!!

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  43. Your next upcycle (beautiful desk and stool) is very similar to one of my next projects. I'll have to remember to come see yours once finished.
    Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

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  44. I LOVE what you did with the coffee table! OH, more inspiration for my own projects....

    The desk is quite a keeper too! Nice details.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

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  45. Beautiful! Thanks for visiting blog and leaving a comment. You have a great blog, and I'm now following you. Would love to have you visit my blog any time:)

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  46. Hello from a fellow Gramma! Love the table. The fleur de lis is the perfect touch! And I know what you mean about green. Funny how colors grow on us, isn't it?

    Dropping by from Addicted 2 Decorating.

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  47. Love this! I adore French accents even though I have yet to visit France...someday...I hope you have a wonderful time in PEI! My husband and I just love it there! Should be beautiful this time of the year. Enjoy your cabin on the water...

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  48. Oh that is SO sweet!! What a great re-do! And my very small apartment usually looks like ReStore..yikes!!! My husband doesn't really appreciate it....

    Thanks for linking to "20 Below Thursday!"

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  49. Looks gorgeous! I am so impressed!

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  50. It's gorgeous, I'll be featuring it tomrorrow :)
    XO
    Kristin

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  51. Love this design! Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my twitter page! Feel free to come grab a featured button from my sidebar or when this weeks party goes up tonight!

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  52. The coffee table has a lot of character, and with your makeover, now looks fantastic.

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  53. It looks great--what beautiful detail! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday. Hope you'll be back this week!
    Mary

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  54. The Shabby CottageAugust 9, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    Hi, I Love it! I love most everything with a little flor de lis!

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  55. Oh this is wonderful!!! Love the pattern, really a fun surprise, thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

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  56. Came out super cute- love the pattern and color!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  57. Wonderful...For your great efforts. Keep it up.

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  58. So in love with this stencil pattern! I might have to try this out sometime!!

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