I guess from a DIY standpoint I have had a busy month, which is good, since over all the design business has been quite slow. It started with a second-hand chair that my friend bought for $20 15 years ago, and that I begged her for when she got tired of it. It finally came to live at my house about 10 years ago. A red wooly fabric, dark legs, brass nailhead was appropriate for my house, until my children came along. Then I went from wanting cozy inviting dramatic color, to soothing and more monochromatic. Hmmmm…I wonder why? I did the putty finish on the wood frame and my mom did the reupholstering.
Then I moved on to a client’s good federal style oak bedroom furniture. Out of date, but beautiful quality, we decided to do a painted finish that would suit her guest room design. Here are the befores and afters.
After the prep, I primed, painted, sanded paint off, glazed with about three different colors and a couple coats of poly and a third on the top surfaces. Looks totally different doesn’t it?
Then, since the garage was already trashed from my project, I hauled a nightstand I have that the boys have beat to heck in the kid room and painted that too! The boys better keep moving, or they may find themselves a different color with multiple glazes!
See a trend? I’m lovin’ this putty-gray-driftwood-y finish that shows no dust and is soothing to look at! I did that to my Ethan Allen coffee and end table a couple of months ago, too. So much for being a purist! (Part of the reason for needing a new finish appears in the before picture…)
And the last thing I did recently was take a piece of the poor palm tree that Greg so badly abused with his weed whacker yesterday and made an elephant out of it. My sister-in-law does tons of these, and they are so clever, that I tried my hand at one that had been drying in my garage forever. I wasn’t sure if Mr. Snuffaluffagus was cheesy or not…I am still not sure, but I am inclined to say he is growing on me!