Friday, March 11, 2011

A transformational tale of the pitiful pine table

Everybody loves a love story, especially tales of transformation. Think the Ugly Duckling, Beauty and the Beast, Pretty Woman. Now while I have officially given up on men as "projects" and highly discourage it far and wide, my obsession with all other kinds of tranformation remains the key guiding force in my groovy life.

With that in mind, I want to help everybody get some vision and see past the ugly ducklings in your own lives: garage sale furniture, parental hand-me-downs, and maybe even your house you've given up on. All of these just may need some paint and inspiration!

OK, it's not so bad. But it's really not inspired either, is it?

My really cool client Susan had a feeling something could be done with this table. She really needed an outdoor dining table. Enter the transformation-obsessed person who wants to paint everything that isn't moving. Years earlier, I had painted a brand-new potting bench to look old and crusty for her powder room. She's so clever she used a bucket for the sink. I sure wish my computer guy would backup my old laptop that died so I could show you a picture of it. You'll just have to take my word for it. It's super cute.

Anyway, after putting our heads together, we came up with a hammered copper top and painted legs, with some stenciling. I saw this design somewhere and had to make the stencil but it wasn't hard. All you have to do is go to Hobby Lobby and get the clear sheet of stencil plastic. Trace your design using a Sharpie and then cut it out with an X-Acto knife. 

These candlesticks were an inspiration.

And, I had just finished working in this bank.
That's hammered copper wrapped around the bottom.
So anyway, this is how the table turned out. When Susan emailed me a picture last night, if I had had on a skirt, it would have not just blown up, it would have blown off. I delivered it in the dark and never got a chance to see it on her patio, in good light. I think it's even prettier at her house than it was at mine while I was painting it.

It's my new favorite thing.
 Now I am seriously on the prowl for an old pitiful table to paint for myself. You can so do this. And if you have any questions, just ask!!


A Thrifted Market said...

gorgeous my friend..awesome job!!

Greyeyes said...

The table is cool alright, but i love the metallic ceiling you did. I guess that just makes you as cool as they come.

Painted Groove Girl said...

Well I'd like to think I'm still cool, but what I really am is blessed that I get to do this and get paid (usually!)

Linda Leyble said...

Hi - love your table! Did you use actual copper sheeting for the top since it's going outside? What topcoat did you use for the legs etc. I'm a Faux Effects girl...

Beautiful job on this!

Hill Country House Girl said...

LOVE the table! The finish on it is just beautiful! Thanks so much for your visit to Hill Country House and for your kind words about my kitchen. I am so glad I painted it. It just makes me happy every time I walk into it!!