I nearly fainted the other day when my sister told me that she was going to paint her antique plate rack with glossy purple paint! To me, ruining an antique furniture is as bad as committing sacrilege!! I mean, look at this beauty:
It's quite big; 115 cm wide (45 inches).
The patina is just gorgeous:
Luckily, it wasn't hard to persuade my sister not to paint it. It wasn't even hard to convince her that she should give the plate rack to me! OMG! I have been in love with that piece of furniture ever since she bought it 15 years ago or so. And now it's mine! And it's in my studio!! :-D
I decided to put some of my art journal pages on display, a couple of art journal and lettering books I really like, and some other stuff on the lower shelf.
Stamp by Tom Holtz: every possibility begins with the courage to imagine
Antique ink thingie (what IS that called??): better do it now that wish it done
Once I had this beautiful display shelf in place, another furniture caught my attention - not due to its beauty! I've had this small dresser for some time now, never really liked the look of it, but it's practical (on wheels). It was time to do something about it - in a hurry!
This is what it looked like:
I decoupaged it on the side with some pretty paper:
Then started to paint the top .... If you know how to refinish furniture, you will probably pull your hair when you see what I did. Yes, I used acrylic craft paint! No, I didn't sand the top first! But I had fun, just look at this!
But I was not really happy with the way my dresser had turned out, so I sponged the edges with brown paint (acrylic craft paint again), then decoupaged the top and the drawer fronts. This is what it looks like now, rolled back under the table where it belongs:
While I was at it, I decided to paint the top of our outdoor table white. THIS time I did it correctly; sanded it down real good first, then used paint that is made to withstand the harsh, Norwegian climate.
I will paint the second stroke today, and once that is dry (some time tomorrow), I will decorate the corners by using an old crochet table cloth as a stencil and spray it with brown paint. Yes, I saw that idea on Pinterest!
Stay tuned for more make over photos :-)