Thursday, September 13, 2012

THIS is The Last Addition to My Study.....(maybe)


Obviously you guys can't believe anything I tell you.
Sheesh.....

I thought I was done with my study.....
I REALLY DID!!!!!

The other day I was junk storing with my bidness partner Kris when I came across a little piece of furniture I thought would be a good candidate for redoing to sell in Amy's shop in Boston.

WHO KNEW
that finding another middle aged wack-a-doodle through the world of blogging would supply me with a venue for my creative escapades.
I sell some wonderful things at the Boston Design Center.....
But in my heart is the intrepid junker, looking for stuff to reinvent.
Problem is.....
I've run out of places to put my creations.
sooooooo.......
Amy is willing to be my pimp vendor!!!!!!

Sooooooo......
As I was saying, before I got side tracked,
like I always do,
Wasn't today ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL???!!!
The weather in the fall can be absolutely glorious!!!!!

Ummm.....
Wait.....
I was telling you guys something.

Sooooooo
the weather was really fabuloso, and I wanted to have my windows open, 
and my neighbor behind me had some stupid alarm beeping and beeping and beeping,
And he doesn't live there anymore.
So I had to call his cell phone to let him know.
MEANWHILE.....
I had to keep the windows closed.
OY OY OY!!!
Wait....
That's not what I started writing about......
OH YEAH, 
I found this little sewing stand.
This is how it looked when I was finished with it!!!!!
I am using it as a stand for my printer!!!!

HERE'S THE STORY.....
I had something to hold my printer.
I didn't really think too much about it.
It was something I've had since my early 30's, and we all know how long ago that was........
Not horrible, not great, nothing special.

SOOOOOO.....
This is what I found in the junk store.....
As usual, I forgot to snap a shot before I started working on it.
The finish was really pitiful.
But I loved the shape.
Very 1920's-Louis XVI...MY FAVORITE!!!
The square knobs were stuck to the drawers as if the finish had glued them on.
Pulling them off pulled off some of the veneer, so 
Elmer's wood putty to the rescue!!!! 
Then I mixed up some chalk paint colors to create the type of green that makes my toes curl.
I am slowly purchasing every Annie Sloan color, since I like to mix them to create my own colors.
I think I have bought all I need.
And then the next week, I realize I need 
just one more.....
luckily, Amy wants to come see what I've been up to in my house, 
so I have convinced her to deliver the next color.
Home delivery a la Maison Decor!!!!!

I mixed Antibes Green with Chateau Grey
 to create the soft green for my sewing stand.
Here's a shot of one coat.....
I added the second coat, and carried my new baby up to my study to see if I was going in the right direction......
I was liking it, 
so back down to the basement for the details to be painted.....
I used a mixture of Emperor's Silk and Scandinavian Pink for the accent stripe on the table's edge.
Then I dry-brushed some Scandinavian Pink over it again. 
 Did the same color pink on the balls.
Used old white on the turnings, then repainted with cream, which I liked better. 
I used painter's tape to paint the lines around the drawers. 
Being lazy, I just bent the ends of the tape down at the sides. 
I added Cream accents on either side of the red stripe around the top edge.
I was liking the direction it was headed.....
But it looked too newly painted.
Too sweet.
AND I'M NOT SWEET!!!!! 

So, this is when judicious distressing comes into play.
I find this very scary as I tend to go overboard.....
Then I waxed it.....
AND THEN I FINALLY USED
 THE DARK WAX CORRECTLY!!!!!!!
I have had a real problem with applying it without it looking streaky and too dark and splotchy.
So I did what any self respecting blogging old lady would do.
I GOOGLED IT!!!!!
I found out a really good technique.
first put on the clear wax.....
then set out a dab of both the dark and clear wax on a plate or in a glass, or 
somewhere.....
put a little of the clear on the brush,
then put a little of the dark on the brush,
then lightly apply it using circular motions, and it comes out 
GORGEOUS!!!!!
I replaced the square wood knobs with brass ones that I painted, 
'cuz they looked too new.....


So, now I have a wonderful little printer stand that can hold extra paper and ink!!!!!
And on top of all that, look what's under the top lid!!!!!
So,
I think.....
Now
 I'm finished showing off this room.....
Latah, Gatah
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35 comments:

The Other Me Is Sane said...

Love how you aged it down, and so handy with the multiple functions. The green kind of perks up all the blues in the room.

nancy said...

WOWZA!
Nancy

Katie @ Wildwood Creek said...

Love the colors and the lines on this great find!

Anne Boykin said...

Betsy, You did a great job! What a great addition to a lovely room.

Donnamae said...

You did a great job...love the ageing! So, what plans do you have for the old stand? Enquiring minds want to know! ;)

Nutbird said...

I love this! Especially the inside. but, what I really like is the way you explained how you completed each step. Well done!!

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Yikes!!!...that is one great table...love the mix of the colors and then the added color of the red and pink was just the perfect addition...Beautifully done....prettiest printer stand I have ever seen!!

20 North Ora said...

What a unique little printer's stand! You did a wonderful redoing it. It just fits in so nicely.

Judy

Romi said...

I want it! The picture of the inside was the icing on the cake for me! It is so perfect and I love how you painted it and made it girly like it should be.

Katherine Wolak said...

LOVING your new creation!!!! This is just a superb alternation!! :D

Hugs,

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Its terrific! I will pin it to my ASCP board on Pinterest~this needs to be shared. yes planning on a home delivery on Monday, and look forward to seeing this in person!!

Ms. Mickey said...

Great! I just read a blog about covering cords with fabric, perhaps you could do that behind the desk?

Lady Courtney said...

This turned out great, and is definitely a keeper!!! Now I need one of those!

Connie@Connie Nikiforoff Designs said...

This is really great! Love how you said you're having Amy be your pimp. What humor you have!

truthbtold said...

Bravo I say BRAVO clap clap clap clap ! I love it !

Scribbler said...

The outside looks wonderful, but what I really love is that hidden sewing box inside. Very cute!

Anonymous said...

Love it. Room is beautifully layered and the colors on your new baby adds a nice solid contrast. You're my favorite blogger!

daiseyjayne said...

ooh I love that, perfect!

Jeanette said...

So pretty! You did a fantastic job!

Mel said...

So jealous, never find anything like that, looks amazing!

Youaretalkingtoomuch.com said...

You did such a good job on this table! I really love it! It has truly, truly inspired me!!!! I read every bit and absorbed every photo! Thank you so much for sharing it at the Meet Me Monday party! Love, Me

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Beautiful piece, love the colors you used and the aging you did. You truly inspire me and wish I could borrow you for a month. If you ever in the area.... Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

SweetPepperRose said...

Well, you did an awesome job! and love that shade of green. Your hands are much more steady than mine - I can't do that delicate touch up work!
JoAnn

Anonymous said...

The fresh, cheerful, country look of this room is great - and clean, not over the top. I'm going to paint my bedroom night tables, they are first cousins to your sewing stand. I want that folding screen! Wish you would credit the fabrics and wallcovering.
Christine in Quincy

Sherry said...

That looks great Betsy! Love the extra details painted on. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

~ Liz ~ said...

After all that great color application you throw in the surprise ending. Wow, you have no excuses not to sew like a madwoman now.
Liz

Jeannie-JB said...

Very Very Cool! I love it - I'm green too!

Deidre said...

LOVE this transformation! You did her proud:)

Good Time Charlie said...

This is so darn cute! The little details make all the difference. I LOVE a good little sewing stand, table or stool makeover. Featuring at my party this afternoon. Thanks for sharing! -K

Terry Moore said...

I have a sewing cabinet very much like yours but the lower drawer is on a swivel. You have inspired me to do some creative painting on mine...after my other million projects are done!

freckled laundry said...

Looks great, Betsy!

Jessica Culp said...

Just wonderful!! Love the colors, distressing, wax job and how fun is the treasures under the hood!

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

Betsy - I featured your cute sewing turned printer cabinet today on Mod Mix Monday!

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Betsy! This is gorgeous - love all the ASCP paint colors you chose - your painting accents and the aging effect! It is gorgeous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
Kathy

Rose, Happy Home Decorating said...

You have such an amazing sense for details and balance (that I want come visit that home of yours and go ooeeh and ahhh. ha ha)! All joking aside, you are doing so fabulously. Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas at our linky party at http://www.finecraftguild.com/ & we love seeing you back there this week with another project!!

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