Monday, July 18, 2011

Before and Afters

I have soooooo many redesigns in the works. I'll be sharing along the way. Here are a couple before and afters.

This table already had a rather substantial presence, so I kept the redesign subtle.


Before.


I attached an ornate medallion and applied several layers of white gesso. I then added a design to the top using an unconventional material.

I purchased this netting at a garage sale a while ago and immediately thought it would make a nice stencil. I draped it over the table,


and sprayed heirloom white paint over the top.



I then did a wash over the entire table with watered down grey gesso, which brought out the design. The effect is very subtle.






Remember these?


After lots of cleaning, sanding the tops, and building up a couple of the feet,


I used the same gesso treatment. I added a little extra grey to the finish, and hints of black in the details. I also did a small floral design in the center.




Lots more to come. Check back soon.

Sharing With:
Thrifty Decor Chick: Before and After
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
Faded Charm: White Wednesday
At The Picket Fence: Inspiration Friday
The Shabby Chic Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Primitive and Proper: Piece of Work Wednesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia: Tuesdays Treasures
Charm Bracelet Diva: Club GW

35 comments:

  1. The tables are beautiful--love the subtle stencil design and how the grey gesso brings out the details.

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  2. Oooooh, the tables are so sweet!! Love the stencil! How smart!!
    Blessings!!

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  3. I love how the white pulled out all of the detail. Great idea putting a medallion over existing detail!!!!

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  4. Great makeovers! You always do such a great job on furniture transformations! love the subtle stencil design on the table.

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  5. Honestly you have the most beautiful furniture makeovers I look forward to seeing what you are doing next. I love the table w/ the medallion.

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  6. You are so good at this!
    Oh, how I wish I could hire you to help me re-do items for my little antique business!
    LOVE the stencil on the top.
    Such a great idea Rosemary!
    xx
    A

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  7. How do you get it all done? And done great I might add.
    Lisa

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  8. Fantastic as always, love the stencil effect. I would love to own any one of your pieces.

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  9. Love how you always keep it fresh!!! Great idea with the netting..... Me like.")

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  10. You just keep rockin' out some great stuff....

    Pattie

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  11. Girl, you got it goin on in the furniture transformation department. Love these pieces!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  12. A huge wow...great job as usual. Love that first one...my heart is going pitter pat!

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  13. Rosemary, you are one buzzzzyyy bee lady. These are all beautiful and I hope they all find a good home for all the love and energy that goot put into them. That's what makes them so special. You know wanted to say in my post that y son got to paint his walls dak blue in the end..lol so they might as well have been black but then agin his Harry potter posters just pop against the dark blue walls and even I love it!

    Veronica
    xx

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  14. Wow ! You are awesome ! Love your blog and redo's . (:

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  15. the differnce in that before and after of the table is unbelievable. Why do men like wood finishes? I think the paint job you did was far superior to plain old wood showing.

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  16. both such beautiful makeovers they look gorgeous

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  17. Rosemary, Another great transformation once again! Like the idea of the stencil and the addition of the medallion. Your gesso treatment sure does a good job making these old pieces look fantastic. :-) Sue

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  18. more gorgeousness!!! where DO you find all these exquisitely shaped and carved pieces??? :)

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  19. I love the 1st table as usual you do fabulous work on your finds.

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  20. Your projects are awesome. I love the subtle detail you used on all three of the pieces. Very clever to use that netting as a stencil.

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  21. You're just fearless about your redos! That first table is fabulous with the new paint. Love it all!

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  22. You are good, really, really good, sure wish you lived closer I would love you to be my new best friend!!!

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  23. Great site! I just found you at a blog party and am a new follower!

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  24. The tables look awesome! I love the finished look.

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  25. These are just so gorgeous...I love how artistic you are with your pieces.
    Cas x

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  26. I love those cherubs too. Hard to believe what they looked like when you started. How long does it take you to do a piece like that? Just curious - looks so complicated. :) Gorgeous!

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  27. I'm bowing to you my friend! You the QUEEN of the furniture redo! *winks* Vanna

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  28. Hi!These tables are gorgeous and lovely! :)
    Lina
    Fancy Frugal Life

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  29. I have to say, you are so talented. Your blog is my new favorite. I am going to try some of your gesso techniques.

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  30. Honestly you have an amazing eye. You saw such potential in those tables. Love it!

    Paula

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  31. Never met a table like that one that I didn't love but want to make just a little bit better. :)
    She sure looks good now.

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  32. Wow! Your transformations are incredible. How clever to do the stencil design on the top. I find myself looking at table in a whole, new way!

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