Friday, August 19, 2011

Striped Console

One time, a loooong time ago, I had this console. It was pretty awesome.

My mom got it for me at a yardsale - she knew I'd like the '60's vibes of the cute little legs and the top of it. It started out solid wood. I kept it like that for about a year (she bought this for me, probably in '07?), then when we moved into a new house, I decided to paint it royal blue.

Our living room looked like this:

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And the console looked like this:

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Woo!

Then, after it being bright blue for a year or so, I decided to strip the paint off. I'd never done it before, and thought it wouldn't be too hard. I ended up making this face:

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Stripping paint off of furniture is no fun. Like, a whole lot of no-fun.

Except for the short period of time where the paint starts to bubble up...that's kind of cool.

See?
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After a whole lot of work (also, I decided to do this RIGHT before/during the time that we were supposed to be packing and moving, so it made it a little more stressful), it started to work:

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I got it basically where I wanted, and when we moved into the condo, it looked like this:
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I covered the doors in decorative paper.

Then, one day, I decided to paint everything I own white.

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We kept it for a while, and I finally decided to part with it when my dad and I installed shelves and the new tv:

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(watch out, Dad)

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So, I sold my console, and the person who bought it decided to have me paint it. Here it is now!

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I painted the body of it chocolate brown, and the drawers in yellow and white distressed stripes, to tie in with my client's rug.

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The poor console is probably happy to have landed at a home where it isn't being made over every 6 months. :)


3 comments:

  1. Oh wow...Kristen, I love ALL the versions of the console. Thx for showing us the diff ideas! Know your client will like too! Go Dad!!!

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  3. Kristen...

    I follow your blog religiously and love all your pieces/work. I should've thought to ask you this sooner, but since this post is entirely related, I'll ask now!

    What do you suggest when you're repainting a piece that's already been painted in a satin finish? Would you strip it, sand it, simply degloss and prime it? This would be a great help since I'm currently trying to figure out what to do with an already painted console of mine that I want to repaint!

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