Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Different Look

Sometimes I'll do a redesign, not really like it, and put it away until I trip over it in my garage. This little stool is one of them.

I couldn't find the absolute before photo, but it was wood with a very worn and thin pad in the center. I did this at first, but wasn't that crazy about it. Away it went, into the back of my garage.

The other day, I tripped over it. Hmmm, how about a different look entirely. I removed the pad, gave the base a thick coat of white gesso, and laid a slate tile on top. I stamped the lettering on.

It also makes a great chalkboard.

Now, it's a nice little side table.

So, what do you think. Did you like the bold color better?

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lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

oh i love the new look it makes it kinda look like the top is cement. cool!

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

Genius! Love it.

Lucy said...

The blue was lovely, but I would have liked it better if "dream" was larger. Ya gotta have BIG dreams, right? That said, I really like the redo. It's so versatile. Where, may I ask, do you find slate that size and already squared up?

Comeca Jones said...

I love the new and improved!

Pat said...

Wonderful makeover!! Love it.

A Shabby Moment in Time said...

Genius... as always!

Katie said...

Both colors are pretty; however, love the slate with your name stamped on it.

cityfarmer said...

thanks for the kick in the pants ... I'm on leave right now, but one would never know it.

great ideas!

kpaints said... the slate look and what a great advertisement!

Kelly said...

Love it! I like the new after better. It's a good thing you held on to it. It had a future just waiting to happen.

Terry said...

|Definitely like the new look better.

Ido said...

This is gorgeous, I love it the way it is!

Cecilia said...

Absolutely stunning, what a clever, sophisticated change!

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Rosemary,

Oh yes, much better love the slate. Natural texture and colour.
Love the font of the personalized monogram!
All the Best,

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

LOVE the white with the slate Rosemary! It is so pretty!!!

Lou Cinda :)

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Definitely love the white and slate -- sometimes it DOES take a second, third, fourth . . . look at something to find the perfect design!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Love the new look better! Now I'm thinking I need a little side table that says "Red Hen Home"!

eclecticrevisited said...

like the white gesso best..
clean and classic..
sweet little table..

Barbara Curran said...

I definitely like the new look better and it also has functionality! I am like you...if i don't like what I do to something...I put it aside and wait for a new inspiration!

Shanon at Vintage Sparkle Chic said...

Love it! I always love your makeovers :)


Francine said...

This looks great!

Deborah said...

Love thislook! So nice...and the contrast is lovely!

Deborah xo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

I think it is perfect!!


Kacey said...

I think you made the right decision! I love it!

lvroftiques said...

I love the muted colors of the redo. Now what else have you got out hiding in that garage of yours?....I'd sure love to get a peek *winks* Vanna

Whimsy said...

I haven't had time to stop by lately - I see you've been BUSY!! Everything looks beautiful (as always). XO

Heaven's Walk said...

The black top truly makes a bigger statement, Rosemary. It's just beautiful! Your ideas are always so cool! :)

xoxo laurie

Revi said...

I'm lovin' the white look! That slate top is fabulous, too. Are you going to do a little tutorial on your technique? We love your tutorials! :)

*The Beautiful Life* said...

LOVE the slate table top!! How did you stamp the letters into the top, though??

I love the look -- the grey of the slate is fabulous!!


Honey at 2805 said...

The new and improved look of your table is wonderful! It's perfect!

Thanks for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate your participation!

ImSoVintage said...

Great new look. Love it.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I liked the bold color, *but* I like i better with the slate top! It will make a fun end table that the kids could write on! *cute*

Margaret said...

Rosemary, you're talented! First time reading your blog this morning, and, "I'll be back!"

Geneva said...

Great Redesign! It went from cute to sophisticated.. Love the slate top with your stamping on it.

Kris said...


I like the new "look". It is fantastic! Amazing how a different coat of paint makes such a BIG difference.


Peggy57 said...

I like the new look very pretty. Thanks for coming by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I appreciate it. :-)

Betsy said...

So much better. I love the slate and lettering. I thought it was carved at first...very regal!

Anne said...

Your update is genius-- love the slate with the words!

Sue said...

You have quite a knack for style! Love it!

The Rosegarden in Malevik said...

Lovley Job :)
and do not miss.....




Håkan ( The Roseman)

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

I bet it would be so much fun rambling thru your garage Rosemary! Love the little stool. What is the purpose of the gesso? I have seen it before, but have never known what it is for.

paige said...

I love the chalkboard paint! I wish they sold it where I live...I'd love to have you link up at my new linky party -

Creative Genius @

Karen said...

I like the second look better too. What a beauty it is now!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

I like the white version better too!
Love the slate top .... awesome!

Thought about you all day today as I was gessifying a couple of handled urns today. I start with a darker shade of grey as a base and go over it with lighter layers. In some places though, it is starting to peel off....what am I doing wrong Rosemary? Help! SOS! :D

Ellen said...

I like the newest reo. It would be great to write quick phone no or appointments on in a hurry. Very clever idea.

Inspire Me Heather said...

I like, I like!!! The second one looks fantastic!

Shelley said...

Well hello gorgeous! Those legs are amazing and I think they show up much more now that they're not competing with the bright color. Love it!!!


Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Fantastic job as always! Love the 'new' look. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Decor & Harmony @ 4290 said...

You rock at restyling :) The table looks great.

c.w.frosting said...

Very chic transformation!

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

I would love to feature your table on my next revival monday, please let me know if this would be ok with you

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Ooo that is so unique!

gail said...

very cute side table! :)
how funny you tripped over it, I thought I was the only one that put things aside and then trip over them!

Decorating with Cents said...

Sorry I can't decide, I like them both!