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





30 comments:

Jeanine Burkhardt said...

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!

Kim said...

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??
xoxo,
Kim

Curtains In My Tree said...

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

Biljana said...

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

pegtn said...

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

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

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

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

C'est ravissant!

Bisous,

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com/

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Merci Beaucoup, Sandy!

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

Love Ya All!
Rosemary

lvroftiques said...

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

KATHY said...

It looks just beautiful!!

Kathy

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

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

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

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

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

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

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

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

lvroftiques said...

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

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

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

Debra@Common Ground said...

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

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

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

Patti said...

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

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

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.

Sherrie said...

Beautiful work! This is a keeper :0)

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Perfectly shabby chic...I love it!

Just me said...

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!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

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). ;)

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

The Hopeless Romantic said...

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

MyBluePeacock said...

I LOVE what you did with this!!!!

Stopping by from Debbiedoos Blog party...

stefanie said...

soooooo much better!!!! love it!

Okio B Designs said...

So pretty and girly! Love it!

Jeanine

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

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

A Cottage Muse said...

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