Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Twins and Inspiration

Remember when I said that quite often the inspiration for my redesigns come from things I own. Well, such was the case with these fraternal twins. Fraternal, because if you look closely, you can see that the detailing on the drawers are different.


A couple posts back, I showed you a doorstop I purchased at an estate sale.


Now look at it with the twins.


The twins started with this factory crackle finish.


Too spastic, desperate, and literal for me. They also had those swoops I don't care for.


So, after toning down the swoops with filler, I primed and painted them a soft blue.


I actually considered just sanding them a bit and calling it a day, but my doorstop taunted me.

So, how to get from soft blue to iron doorstop, hmmmm...

I applied champagne gold to give them a luminous quality.


Not far enough.

I went over them again with my dark brown brews and wiped it back.


Better.

I used the original hardware, because it fit in with the iron feel. As I started sanding back the finish, my doorstop began to appear.


Detail on doorstop.....


Detail on twins.....


Notice, you can still see the crackling, but it has more of an aged over time feel.



Thanks for the inspiration.




Gotta go, an enormous load of furniture awaits.

See ya soon!

43 comments:

Ispirato Design said...

I love your work1 I've looked at many of the projects that you have posted and I love them all- newest follower!

cityfarmer said...

what was that I said about being neighbors?

pssst ... then I could snoop over the fence and be first to see that 'load'


everybody needs a set of twins!
I'm in the garden all day ...

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Love this piece! You are rockin the projects. Thanks for sharing.

Brayton Homestead Interiors said...

fantastic transformation!
love your reference to Fraternal twins as I AM ONE -a twin brother, a big subject on my blog, hehe...

Karen

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Lovely transformation!

Happy WW,
Judy

Victoria said...

The twins are gorgeous! Love it!

Corinne said...

Beautiful! Love the layering you did to create the finish you liked. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime.

Honey at 2805 said...

The gals must be doing a happy dance now that you have made them look so beautiful! Bet you can hardly hold them down!

Great job!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

absolutely stunning!!!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

the one I am working on is just a single...to be shown next week. Just signs today. Love your twins and your inspriration. :)

Lori said...

Definite improvement for the twins!!! Love them!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those are beautiful, rosemary!!! great find!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Very Nice job! Happy WW!

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

Lovely!

blossoms vintage chic said...

Hi, Loving those twins! You did and amazing job on those beautiful finds. New to your blog and looking forward to your next post!
Happy 100th White Wednesday...
Debbie

Meghan said...

Ooooh wow! They look fantastic now! I love how the more subtle cracking turned out!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

the "follower" link is finally working! Yeah! I'm your newest follower! :)

cityfarmer said...

whew!!!!

can't lose those followers

I'm back up, too
whew

cityfarmer said...

well, they were back ... then poof ... gone again

Kim said...

Seriously drooling over my keyboard. I.Love.Those........

Kim said...

Oh, and what's that champagne gold stuff??? Me must know!

lvroftiques said...

You're a magician Rosemary! So sooooo much better! That huge faux crackle wasn't working at all. Now they look "right" And that doorstop is fab! Vanna

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

To answer all my email questions about my luminous paint, champagne gold is a metallic paint with a bit of a mushroom look. You should be able to find it at the craft store.

Junker Newbie Stephanie said...

Hi - visiting from the Shabby Chic Cottage linky. This is a great transformation, nice job!

Ashleigh@Sincerely said...

Gorgeous! More is definitely more in this case!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

These are gorgeous and would be perfect with my bed. I sure wish you lived closer. Thank you for joining my Open House party.
xo,
Sherry

Sherrie said...

A beautiful set of twins! Just gorgeous!

Shirley said...

They are beautiful! I hear the passion in your post for the love of redoing furniture. I have the same passion to and will paint anything that stands still for very long. lol
Have a wonderful day!

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

Very lovely transformation...I like the technique that you used on the twins. Have a great day!

Trisha said...

It is all so beautiful and inspirational!! Thanks for stopping by!!

~Trisha

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

Love it - and...what a change! Thank goodness for a spot of inspiration!
Enjoy your weekend!
Karla & Karrie

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Such a beautiful transformation! I love that it has depth and dimension :) Thanks for linking up at the CBPH.

Debra@Common Ground said...

what an amazing transformation! They really DO look old and naturally distressed. Great job, Rosemary, you're a paintin' fanatic!!! xoxo Debra

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You are quite the talented lady, Rosemary! And I'm with you on contrived finishes, too - for instance, the original crackle on the nightstands. It has to look natural, or it has to go!

Thanks for linking your lovely creations to the party each week. I look forward to seeing the ugly ducklings you transform into beautiful swans. ;)

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

adventuresindinner said...

So yummy! Great redo.

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Very lovely! It looks so much more natural now.

Lori said...

Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my bench post. I absolutely love these "twins". You did a great job with the finish. What an exciting, fun job you have...I will be keeping an eye on what you will transform next! take care

Barb@curlywillowdiy said...

Hey! Following you through the linky parties. Great transformation-so much better. Nicely done!

mrsben said...

(Came via "Between Naps on the Porch" .. Susan).
Beautiful transformation and a wonderful blog.
-Brenda-

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

Just fabulous. I love the little bit of blue peeking thru. Great post on how 'not to quit' until you get the look you want.

Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming said...

Rosemary - add these to the fabulous list of makeovers! Gorgeous work as always - I love the metallic too. Hope you found lots of goodies this weekend - I can't wait to see what is next! Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this Sunday. Have a wonderful week.
~ Stephanie Lynn

Lesley Litrento said...

I am your latest follower. Funny thing is.... I have clicked on several of your projects in the last few weeks and had begun to recognize your wrought iron header!! You think I would have gotten a clue earlier just to follow you already!! lol The Twins looks awesome.

Megan @ Apple House Revival said...

They are beautiful!