Thursday, September 20, 2012

So Much Potential

Hello everyone, I hope you are all happily exhausted from painting/crafting like I am right now. I am trying to get some autumn smalls done for my booth. I think they take as much time as a full size piece of furniture. Plus I am flying solo for a little while. Although the hubby did take pity on me  help me out & painted a chair for me & waxed a few pieces ,as I was getting to grumpy to "Keep Calm & Carry On!".

A couple of weeks ago we were returning home from our weekly delivery & stumbled upon a roadside treasure. I don't know about you, but when my Mom & I travel we never take the same route there as we do home.  You never know what kind of treasures are waiting to be saved on the ride home. This particular day we found a few treasures.  Here is one of them:

It is big & solid wood which mean it's heavy. I loved the big top on it. It just had so much potential. I knew once I had it painted, I would have a nice large space for a very cool graphic. We painted it Old White, now I had a blank canvas.

I went to my favorite site for graphics, The Graphics Fairy. I have used this  graphic a few times on cushion covers for chairs. I love vintage wine graphics (maybe because I love wine) & this time I wanted to give it a punch of color.   Here is the graphic:

Before wax. 
Close up of the grapes.

 Using my overhead projector, I painted in the words & the outline of the grapes first with a black paint pen. I wanted the grapes to look like a watercolor painting so I took my time painting them in. I have painted grapes several times before, so this was like riding a bike. It felt good to do some actual artistic work again.

I used Paris Grey for the "Specialite" & craft paint for the grapes. After getting the graphic painted on, I applied a coat of ASCP clear wax, then I did a generous coat of dark wax. I just love the way the dark wax added so much depth.  It just adds the vintage look I was going for.

After wax.

Here is a picture of the whole table. 

I just love the way this one came out.  It has that cottage shabby chic look with a french twist.  

Available at Sassy Fabrics in Grand Blanc, MI

So functional with the large drawer & the storage underneath.  Perfect for a large family room or a Great Room.  Can you believe what people throw out?  I'm amazed every week. 

Have you had any roadside treasures lately, I'd love to hear about it. Thanks for visiting & have a great weekend!  Dee


  1. Just beautiful - the graphic is perfect. I love finding abandoned treasures. This one is great...

  2. M e encanta como te ha quedado un gran cambio.
    buen fin de semana.

  3. You find the best pieces on the side of the road!!!! Love it!!

  4. Very lovely! Great job of bringing something back to life!

  5. I love your table! Turned out beautifully...looking for that graphic, gotta have it for my kitchen!!
    Saw you linking at Brag Monday, and I'm now following you.
    Debbie :)

  6. The graphics and the dark wax look wonderful. Gotta love roadside treasures! Visiting from POWW. -Angela @ Mrs. White Twig and Tea

  7. that is great! so unique, too- that table has such a fun shape!

  8. Great job! You brought it back to life. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from POWW. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Really turned out beautifully. Where did you find the neat graphic?
    Rita at

  10. Wow! What talent! I too, am amazed at what people throw out. I have also found roadside treasures and searched dumpsters (much to the embarrassment of my family) and ended up with treasures! keep it up!