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.
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)
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!!