Saturday, 9 February 2013

bookish side table

Very rarely will I do custom furniture painting. I have to know the person really well and they have to know my work really well, otherwise I am not really into it. Why, you ask, well because I am a wimp and I find it too stressful. Lets be clear it's not I can't pay the mortgage stressful, it's more about not being able to relax and enjoy the process and let things just happen. I spend my time worrying whether the person will like it, whether we both had the same vision for the piece, I stress over every detail, I over think things and drive myself crazy - over a piece of furniture - which is, lets face it, a little crazy. So I just steer clear of the whole issue by picking and selling my own pieces.

However, when my aunt called me up and said she had a bunch of tables she would like me to "do something with" I jumped at the chance. You see my aunt is a pretty cool lady, I have a pretty good idea of whet she would like and she gives a pretty fair time line (usually she gives me the "whenever you get around to it" time line, which works perfectly for me).

I just finished one of her tables and I have to say, I am kinda in love...



In true me fashion I did not take a before pic, but picture brown, all brown. It was nice enough, but just not special. I think it is special now and hope she thinks so too...




I prepped the table by giving it a good sanding and then made up some chalk paint and painted the whole thing black. After letting it dry I taped off and painted some stripes. Then I distressed everything - I really went to town on this piece. Finally, I painted the dark red pin stripes on the grey stripes and very lightly distressed them - I did not want the red to turn pink! My last step was sealing it with wax. I love the finish that wax gives painted wood.

So what about you, what are your thoughts about custom orders, am I the only one who feels this way???

Linking to:
http://www.itsoverflowing.com
http://diyshowoff.com 
http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.ca/
http://www.craftytexasgirls.com
http://elizabethandco.blogspot.ca/
http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/
http://missmustardseed.com 
http://www.jenniferrizzo.com 
http://www.funkyjunkinteriors.net/
http://www.lilyfieldlife.com/

11 comments:

roots to branches said...

It is beautiful Keya! She is going to be so pumped! I especially love the two teeny red stripes cutting through it. Great job!!

Susan D said...

First, the table is gorgeous. I love the stripes!
Second, I TOTALLY agree with you about custom work. Not only do I freak out the same way you mentioned, but I have a really hard time coming up with what to charge.

Elizabeth (Blue Clear Sky) said...

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comment on my newest ironstone finds. Love this piece and I know what you mean about stressing over custom orders. My hair stylist wants me to paint a desk for her, doesn't get much easier than white, but I haven't agreed yet because I am afraid I will mess it up. It's only white paint and I have tons of furniture painting experience so I don't know what is holding me back. Pricing custom stuff might be the biggest obstacle for me I guess.

Ruth said...

The table is wonderful. Fantastic job.
Ruth

denise...on a whim said...

This is super cool!!! :)

Angela said...

your table is amazing, well done

I know what you mean about feeling stressed about other peoples things. I have been asked my someone I dont know to finish her dining table in black, I gave her a price and now i am stressing, yikes !

Reeves @ The Weathered Door said...

love love love what you did with this piece! I want it!
I agree about the whole custom painting thing... I am not a fan.

Groovy Green Designs said...

Great job. I'm sure she will adore it. If not, I'll take it off your hands! ; )

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a super cute piece! And I'm careful about custom orders too!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

SO cool!!!! so clearly i haven't been here for a while and am a commenting fool and about to subscribe. sorry i wasn't before!

Fiona, LilyfieldLife said...

this is such a cute table and a stylish makeover. I am sure your aunt is delighted. i so know what you mean about the stress of painting commission pieces. it's always a challenge.
thanks for linking to paint parade!
Fiona

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