Thursday, October 18, 2012

Romantic Details

I managed to steel away for a few hours this week and visit a few of my favorite thrifts!  Unfortunately I didn't find any fabulous furniture pieces to paint like I had hoped...saw some walking out the door as I was walking in - Bummer!  However, I did pick up a few fun things and finally felt inspired to paint this little old magazine table that had been sitting in the garage for close to a year!

I think part of my lack of enthusiasm for this table was the fact that I had painted one just like it once before.  It also has a bit more of an art deco flair than I am usually drawn to.  Nevertheless, small tables sell really well at our store, so I try not to pass them up when the price is right and the condition is decent! 
I created this light dusty blue (it is really more of a grey blue than the photos is so hard to get a perfect color representation) by mixing Annie Sloan's Paris Grey and Duck Egg Blue.  I used roughly a 50/50 ratio.  I can't tell you how much I love this color!  I wish I could get a really accurate depiction of it for you! 
 I attempted to give this art deco piece a little bit of a French flair with some stenciling in Paris Grey and Old White.  Add in some romantic accessories and I think it works.
 One of my thrift store finds this week was this neat wood desk top organizer.  I painted it in a custom mix of Paris Grey and Old White (approx. 50/50).  I like it so well, and I know I will find a place and use for it!  I am trying to justify keeping it...we shall see!
 Believe it or not, I actually painted a handful of hardback classics in Annie Sloan's Old White and waxed them with both the clear and dark waxes!  I found that it works best to use books with a canvas or matt finish cover and if there is a recessed design in the cover, it makes for a really beautiful effect.  I then added a piece of wide vintage lace, satin rosettes and a vintage earring.  Just for the record, these are not antique books, first editions or anything like that!  This one is a mass produced version of War and Peace...still a classic and now it can not only be read and enjoyed, but set out as a romantic accessory on a coffee table or desk as well.
I ordered some beautiful wood appliques last week for a very special furniture piece that is sitting in the garage awaiting transformation!  As soon as they arrive I will get going on the makeover and hopefully have some photos to share with you soon!
Thank you so much for your sweet visit today!  Have a wonderful weekend!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
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Anne said...

Great transformations Amanda!

pink*cherub*moon said...

These pieces came out so beautifully! Love the colors, the stenciling adds such a sweet touch and that little book is stunning! I would want to keep the desk organizer too! It's hard to give up favorites at times, isn't it? Thank you so much for sharing! Hugs, Leena

Vintage Street Designs said...

So pretty!!! Love the colors. Duck egg is one of my favorites! :)

Peggy Bolyer said...

Very nice, I haven't tried mixing colors but I can see how those two would definitely complement each other. I will try it when I have a small piece. Thanks for the tip on mixture.

Peggy @

Susan said...

Amanda the table is absolutely gorgeous! So is the desk organizer. I love the color you used to transform these pieces!

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I did not even realize that was a magazine rack. How cute, love the design you put on it.

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

I love the color mix! Great job!

Cathy said...

Love the magazine table I have one very similar and can now see how it looks transformed - may have to get busy. I love, love, love the book - what an awesome idea - thank you for sharing....

......Michele @ Portlandia Vintage said...


Doni said...

Hello Amanda! Totally love what you did to that magazine rack, but my personal fave is that lovely book! NOT that I'd actually read War and Peace, but I LOVE those rosettes and the laces...beautiful!
Thank you so much for joining me for my link party this week!
Blessings, Doni

Anonymous said...

Love,love,love the book creation!!! That's gonna be on my to-do list...I want some for my house!

Rita said...

Your magazine table turned out awesome. I love the paint color you created (gotta try your recipe) and the stenciling is the perfect touch.

Anonymous said...

I had never happened across your blog before today at the Faith, Grace, and Crafts party. How beautiful the creations you showed! I would love things like that, but have such small rooms full of furniture or guys, lol.

maya:) said...

you are sooo talented!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

I clicked on you from Miss Mustard Seed and when I saw it was you, I went, OOOOH, of course. She does such nice transformations. Love your stuff.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Wow--love this color you mixed up--it turned out so pretty. Painting the books looks fantastic and I love how you decorated them I so want to copy this idea! Thanks for inspiring me :)

Lady Pamela said...

The vintage book looks fabulous. Who would have thought you could paint a book cover? Very ingenious.

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Casandra said...

I love it all but the painted book idea is so very creative! Can't wait to try that. Saw you at The dedicated house link party. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Fabulous transformations on both of them! They are practically perfect! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse