Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Whimsical Re-Makeover: The Foyer Table Edition...Again

I thought this post would be hard to write. I thought my fingers would actually bleed while typing. 


I didn't want to have to write this post.


But I did...and I am glad!


Almost a year ago, I painted this beautiful formal desk.
It has great detail and I wanted something formal to match. So I chose to paint it with ASCP Old White and add to the details with Dark Wax. It turned out beautifully. I loved it and it is one of my favorite pieces.
However, no one else seemed to love it like I did. 
It sat...and sat...and sat at the shop. It also sat at the flea market. Several people measured it and gave it serious consideration. But in the end, they didn't want it. 
My friends at the shop and I started to wonder what the deal was. It was beautifully constructed. My paint job was stunning (if I do say so myself). It passed the smell test with flying colors but no one loved it. 


So...It must need accessories...a pop of color.


After much deliberation and fighting, I went at it again with my paint brush. I almost cried when I did it.


Then I stopped whining about it. With each stroke of the paint brush, I fell more in love with it. 
Here is how it turned out:
 ASCP Old White and French Linen - Finished with Clear and Dark Wax
I love the dipped leg look so I thought I would give it a go. :)
It now has what is was missing: some color.
I love the Dark Wax on the French Linen.

Bonus: I now have a new logo! 

White furniture has been tricky for us at Carter's Cottage. Our customers are buying colorful items and not really interested in white. I guess we will see if that trend continues. I don't paint in white very often but when I do, I love it.

Thanks for stopping by.


30 comments:

  1. Absolute perfection Laura...just gorgeous!

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  2. nice job. much more interesting with the french linen added. very pretty

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  3. Interesting post and I love the addition of the French Linen. I've always been attracted to decorating pictures with a lot of white (especially Swedish decor that shows white floors, white furniture, white walls). White just looks so crisp in photos and I thought that's the decorating look I wanted to achieve. Wrong! While it looks good in photos, I find I'd rather live with some color. This really hit home the last time I was at Carter's Cottage. I love all the colors ya'll use on your pieces. I've noticed there's not a lot of white in the store, and now I know why. :)

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  4. I love both versions! The french linen and dipped legs are beautiful. I have the opposite problem...people seem to go for the more subdued pieces, while I love painting the colorful, funky ones...

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  5. what a difference! it's gorgeous!

    so funny to hear that customers are buying the "colors" since locals around here are still selling white like crazy! perhaps the trend will move east and i'll sell something!

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  6. So very pretty...love the gray.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  7. I love the color! Very nicely done...and love your header!

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  8. Beautiful both ways! A newspaper article about ASCP rekindled my interest in painting vintage furniture. I've been browsing around your blog and so appreciate you sharing what you do. You're very talented!

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  9. Love the new version so much more than the original... but it's rare for me to paint anything white! I'm glad to hear that others are looking for color too! Thanks for sharing & great job! - Susan

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  10. I love it! I'm so glad you did post about it because you've helped me figure out how to do a demilune table I have in our master. It needs a paint makeover to go in our new place and while I was thinking Old White and Duck Egg, I wasn't sure how and where to place each. You've helped me decide! : )

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  11. I feel your pain....I have had a few makeover-redo's too, I absolutely love the gray the table it looks amazing!

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  12. i love the new look! it gives it a little more character! i just redid a piece i have had for about a year, too! :) it happens.

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  13. Wow...the new look really changed the whole appearance - and for the better!!

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  14. Great job the French Linen has brought it to life. CJ

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  15. What a beautiful piece.All the details pop now with that paint.So glad I found this blog.I am a new follower.
    Anne

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  16. I love it both ways! The new look does make it more special though!

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  17. I totally adore the new look! It's stunning!

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  18. I love the after, not so much in love with the before…I think you couldn't pick more perfect colors..It is stunning

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  19. Perfect paint choice and yes, excellent paint job! Pretty!

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  20. This is gorgeous! I liked the original treatment, but the new one is stunning! Love it!

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  21. You chose well! It's just the right thing and so classy. You have a great eye! I would snatch it up in a heartbeat.I found you at Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday. I hope you'll stop by and visit me at Quirky Vistas!

    Liz

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  22. Love the new look and I bet it sells now.

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  23. You were right,it did need some color! I liked it white, but now, it's "WOW!" Great job!!!

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  24. wow I love it both ways (we paint & sell mostly white!) ...but I must say it looks stunning the way you have done it!..WOW!

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  25. The combination of the linen and old white makes this table sensational! You did a masterful job! So beautiful!!!!

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  26. I love the way it turned out! I loved it before but adding a little color just "woke" it up! Beautiful!

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  27. I love it in just the old white and the new way. Both ways are beautiful. I could see how the second color gives it more life. I'd love for you to come and link up to my party (it's still up from yesterday). I saw you mentioned over at Kathy's blog.

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  28. I think the linen just makes it look more alive. and makes it speak.
    Kim@reposhture.blogspot.com

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  29. I love your work. I just came across your blog and I'm so glad I did! I'm your newest follower!

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  30. I think I have read every single post of yours on your painted pieces! I just discovered your blog and am adding you to my blog roll~I am finding much inspiration here! I am a new Annie Sloan stockist in the Boston area and love this paint as much as you do...I painted my kitchen cabs over a year ago and enjoyed seeing what choices you made when you painted yours. I used a wax finish and it has stood up nicely. This table came out very pretty...interesting to see that white doesn't sell as much as colored pieces. I have a new store and am curious to see what will sell here in the Boston area.

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