Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Embracing Imperfection

I can't find the before photo of this table.  I think I may have deleted it by accident.



I've had this table for a while.  It was in very sad shape.  The top had loose veneer, and there were gouges all over the place. I glued the veneer, and painted it.  Still, I wasn't really happy with it.  So, I was just using it as a table for display.



See those swoopy lines?  If you've been with me since the beginning, you know I don't care for those.  I usually tone them down a bit with a little filler.  Which is what I did with "Feminine Flair" last year.





So, I decided to give the table a few more layers (including filler), add a little embellishment, and embrace the imperfections.  Before I gave it a base coat of black, I added appliques,




beading to the edge,





and the legs.







Then I alternated layers of dark and light grey paint, wiping back each layer before it dried. Perfectly imperfect, with a bit of character.


25 comments:

  1. Love what you added to that little table! Love it. Glad you are having a break from the heat. Before you know it we'll all be complaining about the cold:)

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  2. Rosemary:

    Great job on that little table. Thanks for the step by step.
    Black??? Never would have guessed.
    I was almost behind SCF on Sunday, but had a hard time leaving that Red Arrow Highway!

    Mary Anne ox

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  3. Like I said earlier....creative genius!! It's so beautiful!! :) :)
    xoxo,
    Shellagh

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  4. Love this girl friend..I just got a gum paste mold to see if I can copy you ha ha!! Your the best..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  5. The beaded trim sure takes the table up a notch! ~ Maureen

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  6. That little table has attitude - love the beading!
    Kelly

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  7. its fabulous (before and after!) dang, i wish i lived closer to you so i could see all your goodies! oxox, tracie

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  8. Oooh, she's lovely, Rosemary! I think it makes for a great display table anyway given its size. It's probably easier to get around with you to shows, too.

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  9. Oh, it's beautiful Rosemary! I'm loving grey right now, I've painted several things in a really soft grey...and it's all your fault!!! I can't do the whole layering thing though so my stuff is just grey!

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  10. Another FABULOUS makeover Rosemary!! She's a beauty!

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  11. C'mon Now . . . Is there Anything you Touch that doesn't come out AWESOME !?! Amazing ROSEMARY !! TAKE CARE, JOE & GLENN

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  12. Stół jest cudny!! Gorąco Pozdrawiam:))

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  13. Yes, perfect imperfection! Where is a good place to find applique these days? Home Depot and Lowes only have crapola.

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  14. Rosemary,
    LOVE how you layered this with with those beads!!! ~~~~LOVE~~~~~
    xx
    Anne

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  15. Another beautiful make-over by you Rosemary!

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  16. You did an amazing job. If I were close by I would so have to buy it.

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  17. Wow, I wouldn't have thought to cover up existing embellishments. Thanks for the tip.
    I will keep that in mind for future projects.
    Katie

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  18. Nice job. I have this table and yes, mine still has the plain chippy laminate on it. Was going to restore it, but kind of like it as is. Yours looks great.

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  19. Nice job. I have this table and yes, mine still has the plain chippy laminate on it. Was going to restore it, but kind of like it as is. Yours looks great.

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  20. Absolutely beautiful, Rosemary! I just adore the imperfections - and your amazing embellishments increase the WOW factor. :) What do you use for beading? Would Christmas decor beading work....?

    xoxo laurie

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  21. I love, love how you really change a piece. I would not have thought it through to add such great detail! Beautiful work.

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  22. just yummy, and i love how you have titled this post!

    smiles to you.

    michele

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