Wednesday, November 3, 2010

coffee table (with a surprise!)

i mentioned last week that i did a few pieces in hillary's apartment, and i'm going to show you guys another one today.
hillary had a standard, run-of-the-mill, free(!) coffee table that needed a little updating. it was slightly damaged, and the dark wood was not doing the job of softening the look of her cute place.

here it was "before"
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and, after:
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now, here comes the fun part: hillary and her friends have some sort of cute little secret thing, where they all associate with a certain animal. she wanted the animals painted on the coffee table, and i promised her it could be done in a tasteful way. so, here's my result:

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i just freehanded them on, in a silhouette style. i added the swirls, leaves, and dots last minute, because i thought it needed something to tie it all together.

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15 comments:

  1. That is such a sweet table! Especially with her 'friends' on it too :) It seems like you do a lot of your painting inside houses, how does that work for you? Do you think it takes you longer than if you had the piece in the garage? Does it make lots of mess when you have to sand, etc.?

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  2. patrice - yes, it usually just doesn't work out for clients to move pieces outside for me. and, sometimes, like this case, someone lives somewhere that they don't have access to an outdoor space to paint in.

    the sanding does make a little bit of dust around it, but nothing toooo bad. i try to do most of it by hand, which is not near as dusty. but, it's nothing that can't be easily dusted away.

    i don't think it takes any longer, and it's easier for my client to just leave a piece where it is, rather than moving it around!

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  3. i loooooooove this table. it is so cute and fun!!!! you have such a talent, kristen! i am having a furniture party right now if you want to come link it up. those woodland creatures are so cute. it's very urban outfitters (which is a good thing in my book!!

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  4. ah, i love it! i was indeed worried that the animal thing would come across as too weird, but i am thrilled with the result! very, very cute and very original. thanks again, kristen!

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  5. i linked it up! thanks, cassie.

    hillary - yayyy im so happy you likey, and that the animals didn' turn out weird. :)

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  6. This is a fun table! I love it. How clever and talented you are! That coffee table went from plain to fabulous with a touch of whimsy!

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  7. Adorable, I love the worn finish and how the animals are in silhouette, seen from just one side. A nice surprise! Janell

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  8. thank you guys, you are all so sweet :)

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  9. Great table! Love the entire room!

    -Rene

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  10. i think the animals turned out great, especially with the swirlys and dots. I was curious if you just sand when you're painting a prefinished piece of furniture, or do you do any other prep work to get the paint to stick?

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  11. That is awesome! Love the colors and the animals!

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  12. I really like the animal idea. They are subtle, but meaningful

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