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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54 comments:

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

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  2. 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?

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  3. Wonderful makeover!! Love it.

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

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


    great ideas!

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  6. Nope...love the slate look and what a great advertisement!

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  7. 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.

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  8. |Definitely like the new look better.

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  9. This is gorgeous, I love it the way it is!
    XXX Ido

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  10. Absolutely stunning, what a clever, sophisticated change!

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  11. Hi Rosemary,

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

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

    Lou Cinda :)

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

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

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

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  16. 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!

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  17. Love it! I always love your makeovers :)

    ~Shanon

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

    Deborah xo

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

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  20. 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

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

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

    xoxo laurie

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  23. 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! :)
    -Revi

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  24. 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!!

    Ruth

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  25. 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!

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  26. 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*

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

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

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  29. Rosemary,

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

    Kris

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

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

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

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  33. You have quite a knack for style! Love it!

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  34. Lovley Job :)
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  35. 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.

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  36. 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 @ http://www.thecreativepaige.com

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

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

    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

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

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

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  41. 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!!!

    Shelley
    www.westermanfam.blogspot.com

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

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  43. You rock at restyling :) The table looks great.

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

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  45. 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!
    gail

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