Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rose Typography Table

 This will be a quick post to show off my new design.  I purchased this table from a friend.  It was missing some of the decorative moulding.  You can see the before picture below.  My husband stripped the moulding from the edges and I went to Lowe's and purchased some inexpensive moulding to wrap around the top of the table.
 I tried to trace on some typography, but I didn't like it so I used this Graphics Fairy French type image, but this time I used Picasa and converted the type to sepia tone.  I thought the brown would be softer against the rose image I was using.  Picasa is a free download photo editing program from Google and it's very easy to figure out.
 This rose image is to die for.  I found it on Pinterest.  I reversed the image and I also used the image in the normal view.  When reverse mod podging  or normal decoupaging like this, you need both views of your image.
 This might be one of my favorite projects to date.  In addition to needing new moulding, the drawers were also missing bottoms and had a lot of other issues.  Once again, my husband saved the day and helped me give this wonderful piece a whole new life.  The following photo is a before photo.
 Here is the Graphics Fairy image.  If you do a reverse mod podge transfer method, remember to reverse your image so the type comes out correctly and always use a laser image.  Any local copy center has laser copiers.
 I believe I found this rose image on Pinterest.  Isn't it gorgeous?
Thanks for your visit.  I haven't been sharing projects because my work schedule has been crazy busy which is a good thing.  I am heading to Paris next week so I will be sharing some of my travels when I return.  I will try to get one more post up before I leave.

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rose Wreath Patio Table

I bought this table from a friend last summer to go with two of my wrought iron chairs that I was selling and before I could join them together the chairs sold.  It's a cute iron based table with some sort of Masonite top that has stood up to the hot sun on our balcony for a year.  Since the chairs are long gone, I decided to give this little piece a total makeover.

Her top was painted blue, a beautiful blue, much like the blue in the image I used.  It's hard to put an image on a colored table top and get it to look right so I painted the table Old White.  I went in and washed some light blue and light gray over the white to complement the image I was using.



This is one of my all time favorite images.  The original image was from the Graphics Fairy.  It did not have the text.  I actually purchased the image with the text on Etsy.  Here is the link if you would like to order it.  It's from Cottage Rose Graphics.    It's only 3.95 and it's an instant download.  I think it's gorgeous.
Then I used one of my scrolly stencils and positioned it around the image.  I stenciled it in white, a stark white, so that it would contrast with the light gray and blue wash.  I wanted it to stand out.
I thought it was too much of a contrast so I placed the stencil right over the original stenciled image and stenciled it in a light tan to coordinate with the colors in my image.  However, I was not careful to block out all the white.  It was getting better to me, but I decided to layer a third color over the stenciled scroll and I chose a light gray.  I love the result.
As with all my furniture projects, I did a reverse decoupage, but you could decoupage the image in the normal way.  This image looks fabulous on anything.  Since this is technically a patio table, I used exterior Decoupage medium, and then I sealed the entire tabletop with Valspar clear coat satin.  This is suitable for interior or exterior.  You can find it in the spray paint section at Lowe's.

Here is the original image from Graphics Fairy if you would like to try something like this without the typography.
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Magazine Rack in Pastels and Roses

I've been experimenting with watered down paints to create a washy water color effect on my latest projects.  For this sweet little project I used three different colors and layered, layered, and layered some more.
I always use the reverse mod podge method to apply my images because they come out a little more vintage looking and look more hand painted, but this image could be easily mod podged in the usual way.
To give it a more European flavor, I used my antique gold paint on the trim and stencil.  Here is the link to the image which can be found on my Pinterest art board.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Romantic Florentine Accent Table

Now that I'm finished with my actual flea markets for a few months, I have a little more time to photograph and share my projects.  I'm experimenting with watercolor effects and combining them with my reverse mod podge and stenciling projects.  
This table was my first such attempt.  I started with a base coat of Old White.  This is a fabulous vintage table that could be used as a sofa table, a vanity or just a sweet little accent table, and it could be used just about anywhere.  I selected a beautiful 18th century painting that I found on Pinterest.  It's on my Pinterest art board if you would like to save it to one of your boards.

I also copied a beautiful Anna Griffin file folder and cut out her rose pattern to use around the edges of this piece.  Then I used two acrylic paints and watered them down and applied them randomly on the table top.  I chose two complementary colors that went with my image.  When the paint dried, I used one of my favorite scrolly stencils and applied it randomly on the table top.  This gorgeous stencil is from Wall Masque Stencils.  I found it on Etsy.  This is a very layered effect just like the old Florentine tables my mother had when I was a child.
To complete the look, I applied the water colors to the legs and the apron of the table.  

I also completed another little accent table this week by literally cutting and pasting a rose swag on another beautiful piece of art I found on Pinterest and a lovely piece of typography that I embellished with more cut out roses.  Once I applied these images to my table top, I used one of my new French poem stencils by DecoArt.  Our Joann's is not carrying these beautiful stencils yet, but I ordered mine from Home Depot on line.  The shipping was free and the stencils are a steal at 6.98 each.
This was another simple project.
I also want to remind everyone this is the fourth weekend of the month and that means The Little French Flea Market warehouse sale is going on.  If you are in the area, please stop by.  I will be doing a post very soon to share with you all the great things we have to offer.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shabby Carved Table

Here is another sweet little table I picked up in my travels.  It's a heavily carved piece and it had a marble insert that was cracked.  I had my husband paint the whole piece with my favorite Old White.
I used a Graphics Fairy image of an old French label.  I opted for the image without the writing and I kind of wished I had used the full label image, but I'm still happy with the end result.
I have a real fondness for heavily carved pieces so I couldn't pass this one up.
Although I had some flaws in the application of the label to the table, that was still okay.  I do like everything to have a time worn look.
Here is a close up.  It doesn't bother me that some of the transfer rubbed off.  This piece still has a lot of charm.
Here is the image I used from the Graphics Fairy.
Here is a complete image with the writing.  I have a weakness for French perfume labels, and I surprised myself that I didn't use this version, but maybe next time.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Chef Piggy's New Clothes

This was a quick and easy makeover for this adorable piggy I found at a flea market a few months ago.  His clothes were burgundy, gold and green and he looked more like Chef Luigi.  Nothing wrong with that, mind you, but he didn't sell at three different locations so I decided to give him a French flare.  I simply repainted his jacket, pants, scarf and buttons.  I left everything else the same.  I wish I could show you a side by side of the before and after, but I wasn't thinking ahead.  
His chef coat has great detail which I accented with a little blue paint on the buttons and scarf.
His pants got a coat of grey and his jacket was painted with antique white.  In the end I gave him a color wash with some raw umber, then I wiped it away just leaving enough in the folds and crevices to give some definition.  I do hope now someone finds him worthy of adoption.  Bon appetit!
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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Paris Apartment Table

I found this little mahogany accent table at a local sale.  It was in very sad shape with a badly scuffed leather top.  There was no way to bring it to a perfect state so I stuck with the very weathered and worn look the table already had.
I'm not sure where I found this image.  It was probably on Pinterest, but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it.  I painted the entire piece with Old White and applied my image as I always do in the reverse mod podge style.  I know I keep showing you my pieces that I use this technique on, but if you love hand painted pieces and are not a true artist, this is the next best thing.
I went around the edges and the legs with a deep gray paint and then topped it with Modern Master's gold paint.  This gave me the layered worn look I was going for when I heavily sanded everything in the end.
While I was removing the original hardware, I dropped one of the little pieces that went with one of the drawer pulls.  I'll be looking for that little piece for the next five years.  I used these little inexpensive wooden knobs just to stay with the funkiness of the makeover this little table was receiving.
Next I used an inexpensive stencil and gave the table a little more detail to add to the old world Frenchy style I was trying to give this very traditional table.

It took me a while to get this project finished because I was participating in my third flea market in five months.  Yikes!  I survived, but I don't think I will be doing that again.  In the meantime, this little cutie visited us over Memorial Day weekend.  My little grandson will be a year old this month.  Time flies when you're totally smitten.  He's a true California boy.
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