Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Change of Heart... About Tiered End Tables

I used to avoid these old tiered end tables when I would spot them while out thrifting or estate sailing.  Something about them felt a little too "trapped in the 60's" for me.  I could just see a pair of them perfectly placed on either side of a crushed velvet orange sofa, with a matching brass lamp on each one.  At some point though, I had a change of heart.  What a great piece of furniture for displaying treasures!  Here are a couple of other tiered end tables that I made over with ASCP this year.  I don't pass by these tables anymore, especially if they have those pretty curvy legs!

Old White dark waxed.
Aubusson Blue mixed with Old White and Paris Grey, with clear and dark wax.
  These tables don't necessarily have to be wedged between a couch and a chair, they work well in just about any room of the home, and could even be stacked on a larger table top for another tier for display!  I think this one would be lovely placed next to an elegant claw foot tub!

  To achieve this finish, I started with one coat of Antoinette over the entire table, followed by one coat of French Linen.  I came back and added more Antoinette to the carved details and then distressed here and there to further accentuate the details and to allow a bit more pink to show through.  I completed the table with clear and dark wax...more dark on the legs and carved detail, and mostly clear on the table tops.

Are you wondering when I am going to get to the pink painted metal lunchbox?  I probably could have done a second post on it...but my time is so limited these days that I am doing good to get one post written each week!  Today's post is two projects in one!
 Some of you will probably reach for a Kleenex when you see the before picture of this lunchbox.  Yes, it had great patina, perfectly worn and rusted in just the right spots.  I am sure the man that carried his lunch to work everyday in this classic, masculine box would cringe at the sight of it painted pink and dolled up with rhinestones and pearls!  Well, I intend to keep this one.  I made it over for my studio space, to hold craft supplies.  I did like the before, and appreciated the patina but it was all wrong for the decor in my home.  Now it's perfect!
 I painted the entire box in Antoinette and then added a stripe and painted the clasps with Old White. 
I then distressed the whole box to accentuate the lines and show a bit of that nice grey patina and applied dark wax all over. 
 Once the paint finish was complete, I decided the box needed a little bling!  I adhered the vintage pendant with 5 minute epoxy, and attached an organza bow to the top.  Where there was once a plastic handle (and then a dirty old piece of twine), there is now an old charm bracelet that I discovered in a grab bag of old broken jewelry.  I don't know exactly what I will store in my pretty new box yet, but it looks lovely on my studio shelf!
 This sweet little mirrored dresser tray is headed to the shop this evening, along with the tiered table and a few other fun little treasures!
I came across this religious medallion at the same estate sale where I found the hymnals, dresser tray and lunchbox!  I thought it would be fun to add to the hymnal bundle!
 We have a really fun event happening in downtown Camas this Saturday evening!  If you live in the area, grab your girlfriends and join us for "Girl's Night Out."   Go here for more details!  I will be there, in the window of the antique store doing painting demonstrations!  Stop by and say hello!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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