Friday, July 8, 2011

Weathered Roses

This desk redesign involves a combination of techniques I've shared with you.

The before.

No, this was not a priceless antique, but a repro with factory stenciling.

The paint treatment is basically the same one I used here, only I used more of  my custom blue.

I added my rose applique to the drawer. Then I brushed on  watered down black gesso,

leaving a little of the drip, and dabbing in other spots. A treatment similar to the stone effect from my last post.

I wanted  more of a weathered, been around for a while, look than the frenchy chair.

For a little surprise inside, instead of lining the drawer with wallpaper, I did this.

I'm happy with my weathered roses.

More gesso treatments coming.

See ya soon.

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  1. Beautiful piece! I'm loving your gesso techniques.

  2. Beautiful piece, full of surprises!

    ciao from Newport Beach

  3. AMAZING!!! Every time I come visit your blog,I leave feeling so VERY inspired!!

  4. OH...and I'm your newest follower, just so I don't MISS anything! ;)

  5. This little table is so pretty! I also love how you lined the drawer.


  6. Looks amazing Rosemary, but I'm not surprised - you are super talented.

  7. Desk looks amazing!!! that would of been perfict for my last client!!

  8. I adore your weathered roses, as well! The inside is fabulous! Now, I'm your newest follower. Drop by when you get a chance.

    Waving from Our Back Porch,

  9. I always love your work. It is so different than what is 'out there' on the blogs. Beautiful. Where do you find the pieces that you add?

  10. Just discovered your blog. This piece turned out so GREAT - thanks for the gesso tips!

  11. Lovely! I saw you got featured on Ms. Mustard Seed! Congrats!

  12. the last thing I needed this morning was to follow another blog, but I just happened on your blog and I'm hooked. I'll be reading from start to finish to see all your wonderful gesso projects!

  13. I absolutely cannot keep with you .... maybe because I'm sequestered in the shed for the last 48 hours ....

    it's all good though ... custom work coming out my ears ...
    I might not be coming your way for my stash until NEXT week ... call me when you have a minute

  14. Rosemary,

    Beautiful work! I love the added rose applique.


  15. Awesome! I love your work, and am following as soon as the "followers page" comes back up.
    Don't know why its down..

  16. Yeah! You left some 'drippiness' -- Haha! This is a beautiful piece and LOVE the picture in the drawer -- what a nice little surprise for the lucky people who purchase this one!

  17. I have been scoping out all of your gesso redo's and I'm so wanting to try it!!! I love the look of the desk and the surprise in the drawer is awesome!!

  18. Very pretty! Love the drawer insert!

  19. I love the picture in the drawer! What a beautiful idea.

  20. You have an amazing talent and you treat furniture in a way no one else does. Please show what you will do with those light parts, I'm interested in seeing it. I look forward to every post.

  21. I think this table is gorgeous! What awesome work you do! I love how you lined the drawer.

  22. Oh be still my heart! You do magic with that Gesso! I am about to work with it to achieve a chalky paint color and will be aging it and then waxing it. Hope all goes well! Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  23. What a beautiful transformation. Love it!

  24. Great job! it looks 100 years old!


  25. that is perfect for a little girl's room!!! i can so see a little girl sitting and practicing her alphabet at that sweet little desk!

  26. Once again I'm in awe:) I love your paint job, but I also love the bits and pieces you add to make a piece of furniture that much more special. Thanks so much for linking up with Tuesday's Club G.W. Have a great week!


  27. The applique makes such a huge difference. Isn't that expensive?
    great job!

  28. Just discovered your blog and I hooked! Beautiful and inspiring work. Have you given a tutorial on making your embellishments? I can't seem to find one. Thanks and keep up the fantastic work.


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