Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Wonderful Wallpaper

I found this vintage wallpaper at a rummage sale and couldn't wait to do something with it.

Since the pattern was quite busy, I thought it would be overwhelming and at the same time get lost if I covered a wall surface with it. Instead, I decided to frame 3 pieces of the wallpaper which showcase it much better.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ugly Duckling Night Table

This night table was in a pretty sad state when I bought it at a flea market. It was wood but it had a faux wood stain effect that is usually reserved for something that isn't wood!

First I stripped the thick layers of paint off, then used wood filler for all the nicks and also the grooved lines on the drawer. I used a few coats of soft green paint and then sanded some ares to give it an aged look. Next I rubbed some stain on the exposed wood areas to bring out the color of the wood. I replaced the elaborate drawer pull for something a little smaller and more simple and.....voila!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Creative cabinet

I found this cabinet at my favorite local thrift shop but it was in need of some work. I saw that it had lots of potential, was an interesting shape and would be great for storage.

First I stripped all the layers of paint to reveal a damaged wood veneer that was covering particle board (my first clue was that it weighed a ton!) Since the wood veneer wasn't in great shape, I decided to use a dry brush technique to antique it. I also had to replace a bit of curved wood on the under side that was missing when I bought it. I had some leftover 5"x7" mirrors from a previous project and used a construction adhesive to attach them to the doors. I removed the floral wallpaper on the end piece and opted to paint the area a dark brown to add some contrast to whatever I placed on the shelves. Now my favorite wood bowl made by my friend Matthieu LeBlanc has a new home.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Re-vamped lamp

This lamp was looking pretty dull but I knew it still had potential. With the help of some paint and rattan it got a new life.

I sprayed the lamp base with a bronze color and then gave it an aged look with some brown oil-based paint. I stained some rattan and once dry I used a glue gun to attach it to the shade, first gluing the top and bottom circles then cutting pieces to be bent and glued between them.