Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Frenchy and Graphic

My latest redesign. This pair of frenchy tables.




The before.



I actually tried to save the tops of these, but  the finish was so uneven and spotty. Even after a good sanding and stain, I hated it. So, I decided to give them a complete makeover. I had a vision of something very graphic on top. I went with a lace design.



This pair has at least three shades of grey and blue, with  white gesso mixed in. I started with a dark color, and with each layer, added a little white. I followed with multiple washes of white gesso. After sanding, this gave it much more depth.











I'm working on so many things simultaneously. I'll have more to share very soon.




Sharing With:
Primitive and Proper: Piece of Work Wednesday
Miss Mustard Seed: Furniture Feature Friday
French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground: Vintage Inspiration Friday
The Shabby Creek Cottage: Transformation Thursday
Faded Charm: White Wednesday
No Minimalist Here: Open House Party
Savvy Southern Style: Wow Us Wednesdays
DIY by Design: Sizzle Into Summer
Thrifty Decor Chick: Before and After

51 comments:

  1. Rosemary it completely astound me the pace at which you get things done! These are BEAUTIFUL! Do you sell all these lovely pieces or are they keepers?

    Veronica

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  2. Once again, SO pretty! Did you have a stencil for the "lace" tops?

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  3. Beautiful! Did you use an actual piece of lace or a stencil?

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  4. OK, for everyone who is asking, I made a stencil out of lace.

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  5. Those are soooo cool! I love the lace design on the top. I don't know what you paid for them, but you increased their value a bunch!!

    Nancy

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  6. They are stunning Rosemary! The lace tops are brilliant.

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  7. I have done the lace spay paint thing before. Works great. I have also used real fern leaves. Paint the item white, after dry, place real fern leaves as desired. Spray over them with Dark green spray paint. When leaves are removed you see there prints. Spray the paint slow as not to blow the leaves away. Great job of re styling. Richard from My Old Historic House.

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  8. Yes, it does work great. Just go back to my post "Before and Afters". You can use a lot of different things as a stencil.

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  9. i love all the different table tops you have been doing lately- they are all so pretty and unique!

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  10. Beautiful tables made even more gorgeous with your lovely painting. I really like the design on top!

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  11. Oh these are gorgeous. I love the lace tops!

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  12. These are beautiful..you have to do a tutorial on how you did the tops!! Love them!

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  13. Love them! They look gorgeous! The lace top is amazing.

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  14. Sooo gorgeous! I love all the layers you used.

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  15. Thanks for letting me feature you and your blog. I really love all the techniques you use:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  16. Love the look, its amazing what great pieces can be reused with a few layers of paint and ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. I love this redo! You have a real talent for redoing the furniture pieces, I loved looking through your blog! I love the shabby white look you have mastered!

    ~Shanon

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  18. Love what you did. I love the lace top. I wish I could come visit your shop.

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  19. More beautiful pieces. I've used spray paint over lace. It that what you did?

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  20. Simply lovely:)! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Just found your blog, I'm your newest follower.
    These tables are fantastic! I think this project may have pushed me to the point of finally deciding to paint some furniture...I tend to love most of the dark wood finishes. I even cringed a little when I saw how pretty the tops were before but they're just as pretty now (and that was also before I read they were damaged to begin with). You are so talented! I just looked at some of the other projects you've done. WOW!
    Thank you for the inspiration...your tables are over the top gorgeous!!!

    Nancy

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  22. As soon as I saw the thumbnail of these gorgeous tables, I thought for sure they had to be yours, Rosemary!!
    They turned out beautiful - love the lace tops.

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  23. Where do you get your energy!!
    These are just fabulous!
    Happy WW!

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  24. Your tables are wonderful.

    I have always loved painted furniture even Back when it wasn't really the in thing.Sort of like" I was country when country wasn't cool "LOL

    So glad everybody has painted furniture now days

    I read about you on Faded Charm

    Janice

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  25. Love the lines of French tables. The lace top is inspiring and the layers of color and texture beautiful! Thank you for your visit. I look forward to seeing your other projects,
    Kathy

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  26. LOVE the paint color or wash on these tables...and the lace pattern if so pretty..
    very gorgeous and you are so creative..
    best,
    maureen

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  27. Beautiful! Great job
    I'm your newest follower!

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  28. Those look absolutely gorgeous Rosemary! Your talent in transforming pieces always amazes me and these are no exception. Great job! :-)
    Vanessa

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  29. Breathtaking! SO romantic and gorgeous. Love the lace and love the gessoed paint treatment.
    Congrats on your WW feature, too, Rosemary!
    - Susan

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  30. Hi Rosemary! The tables are so pretty and I love the detail of the lace stencil. Thanks for joining the Open House party this week.
    xo,
    Sherry

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  31. The tables are amazing. You are "Gesso Fabulous". I could not resist...you are fabulous though.

    Paula

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  32. Your tables turned out great! I love the lace.
    Happy White Wednesday.
    Blessings,
    Sonya

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  33. Oh my gosh, LOVE the twins!!! the design top is amazing! I always love when you come to the party, xoxo Debra

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  34. love them Rosemary!....What else is new lol! You are a paintin' machine! I wish I could borrow you for a few itty bitty things *winks* Vanna

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  35. You're so talented Rosemary! I love the tables, just so gorgeous and elegant and love the lace you did..how did you do that?? Love a little tutorial on it, I have something, (not as pretty) that would look great with the lace and I want to be a kopy-kat Thanks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

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  36. The shading and distressing on your tables is absolute perfection, Rosemary! When you're mixing the gesso in with the paint, how much do you use? What exactly does gesso do to the paint? :)

    xoxo laurie

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  37. Gesso adds body and texture. It is basically a primer, so it acts as a bonding agent as well.

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  38. These are gorgeous, Rosemary! Love the lace pattern you chose, and the different shades really do give amazing depth.

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  39. Gorgeous tables!!! I just found your site and I am so glad I did. Hugs, Jan

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  40. These are amazing! How did you get that pattern on the top of the tables? And I've never heard of Gesso?? I hope you will come show this off at my VIP Party today. http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

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  41. Simply gorgeous. You do such good work. Thanks for joining wow.

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  42. Congratulations on the feature of these beauties at Shabby Creek Cottage!

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  43. Stopping over from Shabby Creek Cottage - love the tables, I think I might try this if I find a small table like this!

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  44. Really unique and pretty! I love the distressing and loads of details! Thanks for sharing at my party! :)

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  45. These tables are truly amazing-I adore your work!

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  46. Hope all is well! Noticed you have not posted in awhile.

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