Wednesday, February 8, 2012

~When less is more~

Hello friends....welcome back.
I know lately I have been going outside the box when it comes to painting my refurbished furniture pieces.
Different colors..mixing colors and graphic designs.
But you know....
sometimes less is more.
Let me show you an example of what I am talking about..

I bought this accent table at my local Salvation Macy's 
and she sat in my basement for a few months.
I wasn't quite sure what to do with her.
Her two flip up sides gave her a great wide open canvas
to maybe paint a cool graphic.
Union Jack..or stripes..or maybe a nice stencil design.
The more I looked at my dark and chunky 
1970's colonial table
The more I thought...
just keep her clean...light, pretty and 

I decided a new face of Old White
a little distressing along her curved edges
to make them pop
a beautiful blue in the drawer
was what she needed.

Instant diet plan
she just lost 10 pounds of her old chunkiness


I carefully distressed along the curved lines
Now you notice her curves and not her 

I am really loving the 'let the brush strokes show' cottage look.
I purposely put the strokes in
I love the texture

I painted the inside/outside of the drawer a soft mix of 
Louis Blue/Old White and a tad bit of Duck Egg.

She is lined with a pretty French inspired wallpaper that I decoupaged
into the bottom of the drawer.
of color when you open the drawer
unexpected and very welcomed.
So when you are refurbishing your thrifted dressers
and furniture pieces
keep in mind that often times
~less is more~

I'll leave you with this..
I just finished my very first tin of 
Annie Sloan Clear Wax!!
Yup...every project I have posted about plus a few more I haven't
 has been waxed from this can.
Talk about getting your money's worth.
Tomorrow I will announcing the two winners of the 
Fashionable Fabrics
so do come back!

Until next kind and stay creative.

Sharing my little table here this week:
Savvy Southern Style
Power of Paint
Shades of Amber
Miss Mustard Seed


TJM wanna be quilt artist said...

so gotta ask please…did you only use clear wax on this piece? ;-)) I love it!

Bits of Fiber said...

Janet, I love what you did with this table. Looks gorgeous! I bet you she will sell fast. Love all your stuff at the place down the street.

Kathleen Grace said...

You are right, clean and white was just right for this pretty table! I never cease to be amazed at how a coat of paint transforms and old, outdated piece. It's just adorable!

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Janet, I absolutely love the finish on this table. I think you made a beautiful choice painting it as you did. Gorgeous! You have such a good eye!!

Lady Courtney said...

Another beauty, you took something that almost all of us would walk right past, and turned it into something that will stop us in our tracks...I love this little table!!!

Deserae said... turned out fabulous! I love the little drawer detail too!

PS. I am now following you on Google...hope you will follow me back :o)

Linda at French Hollow said...

Janet, three words W O W! I would not have given this table a second glance. Now it is fabulous! You worked your magic - again.

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

The white is perfect and love the pop of color on the drawer!

debbie refresh restyle said...

Janet, I love it! The inside is a sweet surprise of color, love the wall paper too!

Claire said...

Oh yes, she does look like she's 10lbs lighter......wish you had some tips for me in that area Janet, hehe....

Your table looks great, love the makeover, great choice.

Claire x

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

You were so right - the table just needed a simple white with some secret decoration in the drawer. beautiful.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is very pretty just like that.

Holly Loves Art said...

Oh Janet you are amazing and your work is so impressive! Just gorgeous!! Love hoe you finished the inside of the drawers! Wow.
Thank you for sharing

Maria @ All Things Luxurious said...

Looks absolutely beautiful! Elegant and lovely.

Anonymous said...

Love the drawer !! The whole piece is beautiful! Well done Janet!

Gretel said...

That's an incredible transformation! Come and re-do me with Annie Sloane!

Kathy Shumate said...

What more can I say all of the above posts. You can't even tell it is the same table. You are an inspiration!

Michele said...

wow, who would have thunk it! haha!
Did you sand it first? Looks like it had a hard coat of shiny eurathane. My step-brother is going into assisted living and I want to paint a desk for him. You are such an inspiration!

Stephanie said...

It looks beautiful! I love looking at all your re-dos. :) Also love the colors you come up with.

Jennifer Juniper said...

It really does bring out the beauty in this table and the blue drawer is a sweet surprise. Great usual!

Tracy said...

Beeeeutiful. Your work is amazing. I can't wait to try Annie's paint.

Kelly said...

LOVE this so very much! Your work is beautiful. Have you considered doing an online tutorial to explain how to layer/sand and wax? A downloadable purchased video? I would be interested if you do!!

Marilyn said...

Janet, I love this table!