Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Feminine Flair

I'm one of those quirky artistic types who waits for a piece to speak to me. To tell me what it wants to be. I'll sit and stare until my redesign vision is firmly planted in my brain. The challenge then is to make it happen.

This redesign I just finished today is a good example.

This shabby stand with the feminine flair started out like this.

I found it at a flea market last week.

Now, I've had stands like this before. Although I like the size and the shape, I never really cared for the carving.

The wispy lines and swoops just don't do it for me.

So, what to do. All week long I passed her by, waiting for inspiration to strike...

Then, the vision was planted. I decided to make the part that bothered me the most fade away. I applied filler and left only a hint of the carving.

I sanded the surface and added my rose embellishment. After multiple layers of paint and another sanding, I gave her crystal knobs.

I love the way she turned out.

So, what do you think? Are you a purist? Would you have left her original carvings alone? Or, do you share my love for this shabby chick?

Sharing this redesign with:
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesday
Primitive and Proper: Piece of Work Wednesday


  1. I'll have to say "Queen Villa Barnes" that YOU did indeed do an incredibly FaBuLouS Transformation with turning this into a SHaBBy!*!*! ~ OMG!!! I'm usually a purist - favoring a "natural time-worn patina" - but your items are the exception - YOU do such AmAziNg Make-Overs...
    Jeanine, ChiPPy!-SHaBBy!

  2. I love it! Funny thing is, I have a very similar table sitting in my storage room. I got it on Craig's List from someone who thought it would be a good idea to spray paint it black - NOT! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it until I saw this post. Lightbulb! THanks. I need to get the black off first - any ideas??

  3. I love it and I always say paint it. I love painted furniture and the way you rearranged it is great.
    As Steve Tyler on American Idols would say
    " You Nailed It"

    Thank you very much for your kind words about my Sissy

  4. I love it, absolutely beautiful:-)
    Hugs, Biljana

  5. I love it. What a transformation! I am in love with those rose embellishments too.

  6. gorgeous! i love the style of that table- so unique! and it looks like it belongs in rachel ashwell's home!

  7. Merci Beaucoup, Sandy!

    Thanks to everyone for all the wonderful compliments. I guess my vision was appreciated.

    Love Ya All!

  8. Love it!! Soooo much better! And the addition of the rose applique is the perfect finishing touch! Vanna

  9. It looks just beautiful!!


  10. Now That's a Regal Transformation.... I Love It!

  11. Your little stand is darling- I love the paint and the applique~ thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  12. Your little stand is darling~ love how it came out and love the new finish and applique~thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

  13. its quite lovely how you made it...don't doubt a thing!

  14. Rosemary I just read your blog from the beginning and I LOVE your stuff! Can I ask if you still have the blackamoor lamp? That one stopped me in my tracks! And that fabulous frame with the barbola swags....DREAMY!! *winks* Vanna

  15. What a pretty table! I love the new paint and the roses.
    ps: I am now a follower

  16. What a great makeover. love your technique, and those roses are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for joining in on VIF! xo Debra

  17. I share your love with shabby chic! Really appreciate you sharing this great post with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop.

  18. Looks like you got this in a paris antique shop!! Love it!

  19. Love love this table. So sweet and I love it that you showed us how you covered the nasty carving. Yes I agree with you.

  20. Beautiful work! This is a keeper :0)

  21. I'm with you! My hub's would have a fit at the thought of painting wood but I am all for making it look better anyway that works and paint is usually a winner! You did a great job! I love it! Great shabby chic look!

  22. Fabulous! I am totally in agreement with you. The carvings had to go. She's gorgeous now though!

    Thanks for linking to the party. I hope you'll join me each week. Be sure to stop by and see yourself featured (tonight, perhaps tomorrow). ;)

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  23. It looks as though its always been that way. Simply beautiful! Happy to follow, i cant waite to see more amazing transformations!.....Bonnie

  24. I LOVE what you did with this!!!!

    Stopping by from Debbiedoos Blog party...

  25. soooooo much better!!!! love it!

  26. So pretty and girly! Love it!


  27. I just love it.... what a wonderful transformation. I love the rose details too, and love, love, love shabby chic!

  28. Oh, love, love it!
    It would look perfect in my Paris Hotel Suite!


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