Thursday, 20 October 2011

Monroe Madness or Masterpiece..

This one is for Sandy.

In the words of Marilyn Monroe;
“Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” 
I feel like this quote was written for this piece of furniture!! It's been a case of one step forward to take two steps back, but let me begin...

My friend Sandy brought me this little coffee table complete with glass top, and asked me could I paint it in cream and gold for her shop 'Revival'

The top was an old chippy veneer which I tried to take off by sanding, by scraping, and then with white spirits but it hardly seemed to make a dent. Against my better judgement I then whipped out my gold spray paint and began.
After this, I painted the entire table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint 'Old White' but it was no good as the top surface was uneven and just looked rubbish. I then tried to rub it down with a sponge to bring out the gold...but nah it just wasn't happening! Sorry I didn't have the heart to take a photo of this stage.

This time I rubbed all the white off and was left with a thin coat of gold which I left on. Then I painted the legs in a deep glossy black, waxed them and ordered a Marilyn Monroe poster to attach to the top - perfect what with this table having a glass top. I used PVC glue and got to work

EEEEEeeeek. Yikes. Etc. 
I have tried this method before and failed, and I thought there may be the possibility of bubbles BUT LOOK at the lines and wrinkles!!  Any tips on this method from my fellow bloggers would be very much appreciated, especially as we don't have 'mod podge' in Ireland.

If this piece was for me then I may have given up at this point, but as it was for Sandy I kept relatively calm and carried on by peeling all the top off;

Then I went to a local shop and bought the only Marilyn poster that they had, even though I had concerns that the face was too big.. but BOY am I glad I did!

My dad helped me at this stage (thank goodness). We simply cut the picture to size, set it on top, and used his electric screwdriver on four corners to attach the picture and the little black plastic screw caps. No glue in sight!
What do you think?

I just love the pop of pink and ruby red lips!

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

For Sale

This cute little dressing table is up for sale at £150, just follow the link. 

Painted in 'Henrietta' Chalk paint and hints of gold - gorgeous and girly!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Worth the Wait

This little gem has been a long time coming, but as the title suggests, was worth the wait! My dad found this one for me in a skip of all places so it was absolutely free. It was going to be thrown out because the top left hand corner had broken off, and to be honest if I had of been the one to see it I don't think that I would have taken it home because of the state of it - I mean how do you add a corner onto furniture? Beats me.
Here she is;

I would love to tell you all how to fix this up, I even have step by step photographs for you all but the honest answer to 'How did ya do it?' is... 'my daddy!' - he did it for me when I was out one day. Lets see what he did
 Drilled holes and glued in wooden dowels

 Got a good samaritan 'Tommy Mooney' to do the edging, and what a fantastically smooth job he did;
 Then primed and lightly sanded
Now it was over to me. I really liked the table being white but I wanted a challenge so couldn't make up my mind when I had a visit from a friend who wanted it painted in black with lots of lovely gold on the details. Not a bad idea! So I got to work and here she is

I sprayed it with gold craft paint first including the inside and outside of drawers, then gave it two coats of black water-based eggshell paint which I love because it is environmentally friendly, washes out of the brush in water, and has a lovely sheen which I found very similar to the quality of oil-based paint. Last of all I waxed it a couple of times et voila!

Thank you very, very much to Tommy Mooney and my dad for helping me on this one.

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