Thursday, September 22, 2011

Makeover

While out running errands the other day, I popped into Homegoods since I had not been in quite some time. During a drive-by of the home section, a little table caught my eye. Specifically, its shape.
I was not a fan of the leopard-printed surface (now, don't get me wrong, I love leopard, but not in this context. I'd much rather have it on a pillow). But, at $20 the price was right, and I had some ideas of how I could transform it. So, home it went. Here it is in my driveway.

Some of my inspirations. These are a little bit smaller and are called "cigar tables" but I can't see anyone using these to hold their tobacco products. 
Worlds Away
Studiolo
So, I got out my black lacquer spray paint and my gold leaf, and several hours later I came up with this . . . 
I love the look. I've been digging black and gold together lately. Pretty good for a $20 table. I already had the supplies, so just my labor was involved. Gold leafing is not an easy process but I alternately love it and hate it. Being covered in gold flakes is not fun, and the process is messy and time-consuming. But, there's something satisfying about rubbing the gold onto the surface and seeing the furniture transform. I would probably be smart to get a piece of glass cut to fit the top, but I'm not sure I'm feeling that ambitious right now.

Also, in the makeover vein, I recently recovered my Frances Elkins knock-off loop chair in Braemore's Flowering Branch fabric.
Don't mind the junk on the chest in the background. Or the messy shoe basket. I did not style this.
Here's what the chair looked like when I bought it over a year ago. Plain cream chenille. Kind of blah.
It will reside in the front entry adjacent to the dining room.

I must have thrown a dozen fabric samples on this chair over the past year, but could never find one that I loved until now. It was a very basic upholstery job (tear off the old fabric, staple on the new and cover the staples with trim), otherwise I would not have attempted it. I'm liking the way it turned out.

Have you done any makeovers recently?

25 comments:

CRICKET said...

Right now I am trying to stain a front door, may have to end up painting it or replacing! Not working out so well.

Allison Egan said...

The chair and the side table look fantastic! I love the idea of spray paint for the table - the shape is so nice, what a great find!

xo Allison
Spicer + Bank
www.spicerandbank.blogspot.com

bluehydrangea said...

You are on a roll!! the table and chair look great!!

angela | the painted house said...

I'm sure that table thanked you profusely for the transformation! Table and chair look perfect!

Ceri said...

The table is perfect!! I love it! I'm hoping to be in town for the sale. I wanted to contact you a while back about joining actually...I'm sure you are going to have a great turnout!

ModFruGal said...

Nice! This is why I do indeed love Homegoods...that table looks expensive now! Great job!

Erin said...

Damn, you and Bri are the makeover queens!

Leah said...

both of the makeovers are great! esp love the chair!

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

You kick ass!

I personally have been laying off the DIYs ever since my gold leaf debacle with my bergere chairs. If I ever gold leaf again it will be a flat surface like your table.

birdsofafeatherdesign.com said...

Great table... I saw it at our HG but didn't think about transforming it... Might be heading back! LOVE the chair too... Have a great weekend! -Ann

Bri@Meyouandawiener said...

You did good on the table. Gold leaf make errything better. Errything!!

Ashley said...

Kathy, this is insane! Forget the World's Away version of the table!

Strangely enough, I'm working on my own World's Away-gold leafing project...and it's an undertaking. Glad you had such awesome success!

Anonymous said...

Went to your friends shop from last post and bought what may be my fav purchase lately. Lovely vintage mirror.
Laura

Melissa Crochet said...

I die over that table and chair. I just want to sit in your foyer.

nelya said...

Well look at you going all DIY fabulous on us! That table turned out beautiful and I just love the pretty fabric you chose for your equally pretty chair. Bravo, Kathy!

Julia@a-living-space said...

Can you tell me more about that flowering branches fabric?
I actually bought a huge piece of that fabric at Urban Outfitters years ago and used it to sew a duvet cover and pillow case. I've always loved the pattern and I've seen it randomly a few times since then, so I've been wondering what the deal is with it.
The chair looks great, by the way!

Tamara Styles said...

you did a wonderful job..i was happy with that leopard either..but love it now...great blog!

SHERRY HART said...

Kathy...what you did to that table has me wanting to jump in my car right now and go get myself one!!!! Love the chair also......

Rene said...

That little table is wonderful! Makes me want to go find one myself. Loving what you did with the chair too.

pve design said...

I have been wanting one of those little tables. Love your make-over. It went from trashy to classy.
that chair....love it.
pve

Emily | Recently said...

What a beautiful job on both of them! I saw a pair of similar tables (nesting) at the flea market not too long ago. Now I'm kicking myself for not getting them! PS- You know I adore your style as well, and thank you for the kind words! We're totally Pinterest buddies now! ;)

Interior Design Musings said...

Wow! You've been busy friend. I love them both. Not sure I would have had the vision on that cigar table (while walking through Homegoods, but it looks fantastic. M.

LindsB said...

mmm gold leaf is delish!! I need to try that out next, hmm maybe cold leaf legs :)

Kim said...

Great job on that table! And that chair is all kinds of fab now. Love it!

Jessie said...

Love that chair and the side table! Both look fabulous after the makeover. You did a great job!

Jessie
www.mixandchic.com