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

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. 

Stencil Vs Mosaic

Stencil verses MosaicAfter I had refinished a few pieces of furniture I started to show people what I was up to. I would pull out my phone and proudly show off my babies. My two big projects to date were my Stenciled coffee table, nicknamed The Table and my mosaic table, nicknamed The Beauty. Much to my surprise people

"The Beauty" My koi Mosaic

started to take sides between one table verses the next. I noticed that people who preferred the stenciled table really didn’t like the  Mosaic and they would say so. But the people who preferred the mosaic table tended to like both they just preferred the mosaic.  Interesting, I am a live and let live kidda girl, I love both. Which to you prefer? Till next time.

The Finished Table

The Round Blue Table



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Available in my Etsy Shop

Well I did it I finally refinished a piece of furniture without stenciling it. It was really hard, my stencils were right there. I really wanted to grab them but I didn’t. It wasn’t the project for that. I actually saw this table at a garage sale and left it there because I had no idea what to do with it, read more about that here.  I saw a very similar table on Pintrest with a fantastic paint job. With  that inspiration fresh in my mind I went back to grab that table.

I knew I wanted to do it blue. I just scored a fantastic blue for free from an  Ace hardware at a promotion for a free quart of paint. It’s by Clark and Kensington,

The $10 table. How awesome. This is how it started out

The $10 table. How awesome. This is how it started out

a great paint line, nice coverage and great colors just how I like it. I’ll have to add that to my paint recommendations. I made my

own chalk paint by adding tablespoon of unsanded grout to each 8oz of paint. Start with a little water and dissolve your grout  first that is so you don’t end up with lumps. I like lumpy mashed potatoes but not lumpy paint. I went with  chalk paint because of its reputation of sticking to everything and anything the table has a leather panel and I wanted to be sure the paint would stick to and cover it. The paint job came out beautifully  I’m  so impressed I might use chalk paint all the time.

I added some gold metallic paint to to highlight the details of the table. I used acrylic paint because I’m a painter and that’s what I had on hand. I can’t wait to try GedeO Gilding Wax or some Rub and Buff.  I’m pretty proud of myself, this table was completely out of my element. Look ma’ no stencils. Till next time.207222Melissa

The Yellow Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Yellow Stenciled Mirror

Ok, I was bad, yet again I forgot to take before pictures of the piece I was working on. My friend gave me this beautiful mirror, it started off life being white. In this case I didn’t rescue some ugly thing , the mirror was beautiful to begin with I just made it amazing. I knew I wanted to the mirror in a bright yellow and I came across the perfect color in the unwanted paint section at home Depot for $2, Behr’s Preium Plus Ultra in a

Stenciling

Stenciling

delicious yellow-orange. Home Depot makes great paint I have tried three different brands and they were all  Stellar. That’s why I drive  a mile out of my way to get my paint. A mile isn’t that far right? They also have $2 quarts and $.50 samples in the paint reject pile, the best deal in town.  I wrote a whole post about my favorite paints read it here.

I diligently sanded and primed and painted the mirror. I love the color. Now for the stenciling. I decided to just do a floral motif to go with the curving lines of the mirror. I discovered that even my thinnest stencil was too wide of the thin curved lines of the mirror. I stenciled anyway. I love the abstract nature of the partial stenciling. Almost done, just some touching up to do as usual. I think I’ll add some white to the base. I am going to use it in a photo shoot for an advertisement I have coming up. Love It! Till next time.

Detail of Yellow Mirror

I love the abstract patterns created when just some of the stencil is showing

Melissa

what not to do to your newly stenciled table

Before

Before

After, sniff sniff. I have to redo the top

After, sniff sniff. I have to redo the top

This is what not to do to your newly painted and stenciled table. I finished my stenciling and put the table aside. Usually I lay some drapes or a towel on table to protect it from my cats that want to sit on everything. Well I was moving and in hurry so  I threw a plastic drop cloth over it. The cats diligently slept on the table, putting their butts every which way. When I went to move the table and took the drop cloth off the paint on the drop cloth had started to stick to the table. Leaving white splotches everywhere, noooooooo……..  when I found it the paint from the drop cloth could still be easily  scratched off. But I was moving and didn’t have time to scratch off paint. I put a towel on it at and went on to other things. coming back to it days later. That paint is really baked on, no scratching is going to help me. Sigh, time to do it over.

Stenciling Picture Frames

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How do you dress up Unfinished Framed? Stencils of course! So I came across these awesome picture frames in Michaels and I knew immediately I wanted to stencil them. I bought a big pile . I tore myself away from Stenciling my table I wanted a … Continue reading 

Making of the Little Stencil Table: My Ikea Hack

Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

Volia! Little Table A Modern Antique Beauty

After my epic first stencil project, The Table I was ready for a more manageable project. I was at the Thrift store and saw a table that was the perfect size $5.99.  It was made out of some mystery material but at $5.99 you can’t beat it. I bought it.

Ikea lack-table

Ikea lack-table

The Rosette, stenciled then stained over. I'm in love

The Rosette, stenciled then stained over. I’m in love

Now what to do with it? The Table was very familiar to me. It looked like one of those Ikea table they are always advertising for $9.99, and sure enough it was. I looked at it this way and that way what would I do with it ? Then I remembered an  an idea online to cover the top of an existing table with wood strips to create a new table top. perfect! That will completely change the personality of the piece.

 

Then I could do my stain over stencil technique. In my first table I had stenciled a rosette on the raw wood and then stained over it. I loved the soft effect and wanted to do it on a whole piece. Perfect!

 

With my game plan  I head over to Lowes to get wood, 3 1 x 2 x 8 pieces in cedar. Then I cut them to a uniform size and glue them on to the surface (I love to glue). I plan out my stencil, again my fabulous Stencil from

The wood from Lowes

The wood from Lowes

Cutting Edge Stencils.  Then I start to stencil. I thought it would be fun to

glue the wood

glue the wood

have the vines intertwined. I can’t wait to stain, but I paint the base first . I made my own chalk paint to make sure it would stick (that is another story, we will see how that does). Now I get to stain. Yeah my favorite part! My rich beautiful Mahogany stain. It’s looking good.

I think it is a Fabulous outcome. It’s hard to believe that such a soft beautiful piece came from such a sleek modern design. What do you think? I have a similar table for sale in my Etsy shop.

Plan the Stencil

Plan the Stencil

Stencil

Stencil

Finished Table Top

Finished Table Top

The Table the Table the Table

The Ultimate Stenciled Table

The Table The Table The Table. Well it all started with a picture that I saw in Oprah magazine of an accent table,  it was incredible beautiful. I thought I can do that.  So without knowing anything about it, typical for me. … Continue reading 

Cool furniture I scored for refinishing

I am as happy as a clam I scored two awesome pieces for free from my neighbor and one for almost free at a garage sale. Gotta get to work. Yee haw!