The Black Telephone Redo

So I was driving down the road when I spotted a telephone table on the side of the road, I seem to do that a lot. As I recall I already had a piece of furniture in the car, my 7 year old and I was on my way to my storage to drop of the piece I had in my car. So I drove by that table,

The Telephone Table redone in Elegant Black

The Telephone Table redone in Elegant Black with a Fab Damask Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils

saying to myself enough is enough. I had enough furniture to work on. But a block away, seem to do that a lot too, I couldn’t leave it and I circled back to the loud groans of my son who was now sharing the back seat with the telephone table.

The table reminded me our rotary phone that sat on our telephone table, the sound it made when you dialed it, the distinctive ring. I couldn’t leave it. It was a capsule of memories.

That said it sat around for about 6 months while I got other projects out of the way. Finally ready to tackle it. I decided to go with black. Despite the fact that it was partially covered with kids stickers and had a few moldy oreos stuck to it (I kid you not). I saw Elegance in the piece with its shape and turned legs and I wanted to stay classic.
So I painted it black and decided to stencil in in metallic copper-gold from Cutting Edge Stencils. Now some of you are saying is that really classic? It is to me.
At first it wasn’t loving the black color I got, a was a little more like a dark grey but with a few layers it was rich sophisticated black.

The Telephone Table Before, stickers and all plus a bonus photo bomb by my neighbor's cat

The Telephone Table Before, stickers and all plus a bonus photo bomb by my neighbor’s cat

 I love this big stencil for furniture it gets done in no time.
I was a little in a rush with to get it done to drop it off at a retailer I partner with. I knew I wanted to do some metallic accents on the rest of the piece as well along the turned legs and etc. Getting that detail on the top gave me fits. This was my first time doing this kind of accent on a curves edge and I couldn’t get a straight line. i painted over my original effort and did it again more carefully.
Usually I just drag the edge of a flat brush along the edge that that gives me a very nice line. Guess what it doesn’t work on a rounded edge. If I had had time I would have taped it off, but I didn’t.
So ever so carefully I dragged the brush around the edge. I waxed it up thew it in the car and took it to the store. I almost didn’t have a an after picture. I snapped a few in  the store with my camera.
I was sorry to see it go I loved that table and a shape like that would be perfect in my house. So I’ll have to find another one. Till next time. -Melissa

The Black Telephone Table redo

The Black Telephone Table redo

These chairs might actually be old-ish maybe

How old is this chair. Will it's value take me to Starbucks or the BigTime

How old is this chair. Will it’s value take me to Starbucks or the BigTime

Everyone who knows me knows that I am permanently on the hunt for furniture to refinish. Now I am lucky in the fact that my ex-husband is the king of the curbside pick up and the garage sale find. I am also lucky  that we are getting along well after years of fighting with each other. After a few years we realized we had to raise your uber cute son together and got over ourselves.

He LOVEs garage sale and goes every weekend. A) That’s good for me when I go along because my negotiating skills are nill. If I want something I just let him know and have him handle it. He’s Australian so with that accent of his and his ability to spin tales I know he’s going to get what I want at a good price. B) It’s also good for me because he is always on the look out for good pieces for me and occasionally shows up with a little gem.  I’m getting off the subject.

He calls me up and says he found two  chairs on the side of the road and” they look pretty good”,  he always says that. When I seem the I’m impressed the look nicely made and they have claw and ball feet which I love. I don’t pay too much attention and throw them in  my storage space to deal with later.

A few weeks later I take a closer look at them all excited to refinish they with some black paint and gold wax  accents. Hmmmm, as I look closer I realize the claw and ball feet are carved really really well and have a lot of detail, that’s good. When I turn the chair over to look at the seat, I see three layers of fabric with the apparently original covering secured by orderly nails and some words stenciled on the bottom No. 7155 MAH Polona WI NE. Hmmmm. I’m impressed with the workmanship and as much as I want to start slapping paint I don’t want to jump the gun if I actually have an antique that is worth something.

From my research the chairs are Chippendale style. I’m still thinking that they are a nice 50’s or

what gorgeous feet

what gorgeous feet

60’s era reproduction. I don’t want to get too excited.

My dream is to go on The Antiques Roadshow and have those super cute furniture experts, the Keno brother’s (the twins) hopping from one foot to the other dying to tell me that have have two treasures worth 1/4 million each. That could happen. meanwhile I’ll keep doing my research to see what I have.

If the are from the 50s or 60s I’ll be happy, if they are Victorian Era reproductions I’ll be thrilled and if they are older than that I’ll be over the moon.

4 Amazing Furniture Transformations

4 furniture RedosI wanted to share some Furniture Re-dos that I thought were awesome. The thought for this group is seeing an amazing  transformation in something I would think had almost zero potential. Now that’s me thinking it has zero potential, my personal opinion. Now Create Inspire’s table is quite lovely before but I would have walked right by it because I tend to stencil and with the raised detail it might now work for me. But…… after seeing how she refinished it. My mind is totally changed I am now looking for a piece with a lot of detail so I can glaze that sucker up. I hope you find some inspiration like it did.

The Finished Table My Epic First Stencil project. I learned a lot making this piece. If I did again right now it wouldn’t take me as long. I am sure proud of this Beauty. Read more and check it out in my Shop.
teal-table This is little Blue table that blew my mind and showed me the potential of glazing a piece. Can I say I love Blue? Check out the full transformation on Create Inspire’s site.
1-1 I love this piece because it shows the power of paint. To me the piece before is dated and boring. I wouldn’t have looked twice at it, but look how lovely it is with after Carrie’s crisp white paint job. It got me looking for a majorly underwhelming piece to transform. Read more at her site Painted Furniture Ideas.
Round Blue Table And finally the Round Blue table. This table I left at the a garage sale because I had no idea what to do with it. After I went home I saw a similar round table in a nice bright color on Pintrest. I went flying back for that sucker with fingers crossed and it was still here waiting for me. Read more and check it out in my Shop.

Share your favorite Furniture transformations in the comments. Lucky Melissa. Till next time

Told you I was lucky

etsy-featureWell I am going to keep this post going because I continue to be lucky and I want share in all my luckiness as it happens.

 Tuesday 4/9/13 Good morning You are featured on an etsy-skullsEtsy Ad!

I wake up and I am checking things out on Facebook when I notice something out of the corner of my eye. It is one of my own little creations a handmade stencil heart frame. I roll my eyes and think: again, Facebook is trying get my frame-heart-blk-webmoney by showing me a dummy ad with one of my images but, it says “Etsy handmade object from all over the world”. Hmmmm, can it be possible my little frame is featured on an Etsy ad on Facebook. Yes! What a way to nice wake up. Thanks Etsy!

Now later today am sending Cutting Edge Stencils my pick for my Free stencil and figuring my layout for my ad that I won for FREE in a local magazine.

Is this for real? Feels good to be a Lucky Girl -Lucky Girl Melissa

Moroccan Stencil Rabat

Moroccan Stencil Rabat

Ok so my life is officially Awesome. It was awesome before with my awesome kid and my awesome work but… I had a little more luck come my way to add to the sweetness. I won the Cutting Edge Stencils giveaway over at you are Talking too Much. How sweet is that. Especially because for the last few months I have covering everything possible with The Indian Inlay Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. can we say: Coffee table, accent table, other accent table, picture frames. I am planning some other projects  a rug, some pillows, and I am shopping around for the right stencils, Perfect Timing!

Ok I have already been to their websiteand I have placed my favorite Stencils on my wish list. The deal is I can pick one stencil worth up to $75. I have narrowed it down to two. Now it’s time to choose. Its tough they are

Damask Stencil Verde

Damask Stencil Verde

both gorgeous. Help me! Vote for you Favorite! I’m leaning towards the Damask (the floral one) because  am thinking I could use different parts of the stencil to create different patterns, very versatile. But the Moroccan one is just clean and Beautiful, I could do a lot with that one. So help a girl out let me know which one you like better. If you have another suggestions mention it in the comments. Thanks -Lucky Girl Melissa. Till next time. 

Sabrina Soto is not following my Blog

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Sabrina-Soto is not copyLooking through my emails I see I have a new follower on Home Talk.com a Sharing site for Home Decor and Home Improvement ideas. Yeah me! I open up my email it says Sabrina Soto is now Following you on Home Talk. The super spunky host from HGTV is following me, Be still my heart, YES! YES, YES. HGTV here I come. Maybe I can have coffee with Kim Myles. My heart stops.

My mind is going! Well I am not ready for a show yet I see what those hosts go through, maybe I can do some segments. That sounds right.

I get ready to jump off the couch. Oh wait it says Sadina Soto (not her name but very close)  is now following your Blog. Ohhhh Ok. Thanks the follow Sadina.

What to do with this table? make that tables

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

Two Tables for $22. the Table in the upper right is refinished by Kathy at Life of Lake Shore Drive.

So I went to a garage sale and I saw this beautiful round table. Beautiful yes,  it looked expensive and I a cheap girl, you know what I mean. And I had no idea what to do with it. So I didn’t buy it. Well as I am snuggled in my bed doing my new favorite thing, looking around and getting ideas on Pintrest. I see a similar table, beautifully redone by Kathy at Life on Lake Shore Drive. Wow I think I should have bought that table. It’s the last thing  I think of before I fall asleep. In the morning when I go back the computer there is Kathy’s table on the screen I fell asleep in the middle of pinning it. Maybe the table is still at the sale. So  I grab

The $10 table. How awesome

The $10 table. How awesome. Know it will come out as Beautiful as Kathy’s

my coffee throw the dog in the car and the high tail it over there.

I’m lucky, very lucky the table is the still there and I am every luckier.  When I was there the day before there was an older man there who was spinning tales of grandeur about every piece, he wanted big bucks,  you know like $20, and he had the stories to prove it. When I went back there was a younger man with no stories. I had a feeling this  guy would be much easier to deal with.  How much for the table? $15 he says. I only have $10 I say which is true. Ok. he says. Yeah  nice and easy. I see another table a very rustic table. That’s nice I thought

look at that foot beautiful detail

look at that foot beautiful detail

but what would I do with that? Here we go again.  I left it. As I am running around to Walmart and Home Depot I keep thinking about the new table.  I am not going to buy it unless I have a plan to re-finish it my space is limited. I figured it out, a little chalk paint, a little sanding, I could make this work.  I go zipping back. Maybe I

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

This table is Beautiful. it is the perfect farm house table

can get it for $5 its pretty rough.

I wait here for about 15 mins for the guy running the sale to return. There are 3 of us waiting. Apparently he’s off returning a rental car, I don’t ask.

As a car pulls up my dreams of a $5 table disappear. It’s the older man with the BS, I mean stories. I knew there was no way I was getting that table for $5. When I ask him for his best price he says, “I know you know what that is.” he says. Here we go. “No.” I say. “It’s antique primitive.” he say.  hmm good bluff . I don’t know what an antique primitive is.  I see an old table.

“I need $15.” he says.

$15 is not a bad starting point

“How about $10.” I say.  “No, no.” he says can do that. He stands firm. Crap I never like to pay more than $1o. I keep talking,  not happy to leave with out it. I offer $12 he accepts. Yeah! He got another $2 out of me.

Before  I bought the table it was covered with garage sale  goodies so I couldn’t see the top. As  I look at it I can see that the table is made from reclaimed wood. It has a ton character. $22 for two awesome tables is a great start. Till next time. Melissa