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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Garden Gate: A Hand-Painted Set of Table and Chairs

I'm pleased to have my first post on here to introduce you to our first set of table and chairs. It's been a so fun meeting all of you and sharing inspiration.
We started out with this old hopeless table off freecycle.org. The rough and bubbled finish on the top overshadowed her lady-like leggers underneath (whistle). Hooray for hopeless!

The chairs were a Goodwill steal: $23 for 4 Ethan Allen classics. Greatwill! Just needed some tightening in the holes. Amazingly, the fluting details tied the entire set together, and was the source of conspiration: bright white painted wood with black glaze to catch all the details. We wanted to add in some hand-painted detailing, and decided to go bold with black damask (of course!) motifs.

We blasted the heck out of the table top with the sander, and then artfully took a hammer to it. That always cracks me up. It looked rustic enough to begin the priming, a coat of hospital white, and then the jet black glaze to highlight marks.

I then painted the motifs, and wanted them to blend into the table gracefully without looking stamp-like, so I emphasized the brushwork and sanded the edges. We agreed on a back design for the chairs, painted them up, and in no time (Okay, some time) we had our pretty girl set all done.

She looked so pretty sitting out on my back porch this morning as the sun lit her all up. I decided to name her like I do my paintings; Garden Gate. Don't you think the handsome black arm chairs will make a great escort to this Garden Gate table?

This was a pleasure! Looking forward to the future...


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  1. Looks pretty! I love great thrift store finds too.


  2. Just gorgeous! Great work. I LOVE damask. :)

  3. Great job and great deals on the table and chairs. Very pretty and I think the black chairs will be terrific. :)

  4. I am amazed at the beautiful things you transform. I have really enjoyed your blog and I have a surprise for you over on my blog. So come on over, you deserve it.

  5. I love the transformation of the table and chairs. They look fantastic! I found your blog via Brooke at Creative decor by Brooke. I am looking forward to seeing more of your great work! xx

  6. Night and Day difference! Very nicely done! Hey stop on by and enter to win some adorable dessert plates on my blog.


  7. I love the table and chairs, looks great. I will be stopping by more often.

  8. Great transformation. Love the colors you selected too. :-)

  9. Wow! This is great! You are really talented! Joining you from Reinvented!

  10. Great job on the table and chairs!

  11. Wow - what a steal. I love the colors you chose. So pretty!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my party! I really appreciate it!


  12. It's so pretty! I love the hand painted detail and the style of the piece. Wonderful job!

  13. Score! What a deal! LOVE the details you added to it. Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

  14. Great work!
    God's blessings,
    Sarah :D

  15. I guess I will never understand the distressed look. You find something old and make it look new again and then scratch it up to make it look old.

    Not to say that you don't do wonderful work - I am just one of those people who just doesn't get it.


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