Monday, November 28, 2011

Tulip, Table, and Candlesticks Makeover

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
Ours went well... and I even actually managed to get the turkey
out of the oven without catching my hair on fire! 
 (I actually did one year, can you believe it?!)

I really enjoyed decorating for Fall, but I admit I couldn't wait to get started decorating for Christmas!!
A couple of painting projects helped to get me motivated...
So here it is my first Christmas vignette for 2011! 
I'm really happy with how it all turned out...

Now to show and tell you how it began!
I bought this table at a thrift store for a bargain price! 
Even though the finish was in bad shape I was pretty sure it would look great with a coat of paint.
Also, two out of the four original decorative metal hardware pieces
were missing and there were large holes where they had been.

What I'm pretty sure is leather on the top was also in bad shape as well.
I was also pretty sure also that I wouldn't be able to find duplicates of the hardware,
I decided that wood appliques would make a great second choice. 
I found these shown above in a package of four at Lowes.

First I cleaned the table with a mixture of TSP (Tri-sodium phosphate) and water
(great for removing dirt and grime!)
( I prefer TSP in powder form, shown above),  rinse and let dry.
Next, I applied a coat of primer sealer.
Then a final coat of Country White paint. 
I use a stippling technique with a regular paintbrush when I paint
because I hate trying to deal with brush strokes. 
 It also kinda gives a textured appearance.

Then I sanded for a for a bit of a distressed look and added a bit of antiquing
 to bring out the design of the medallion.

These candlesticks were also a thrifting find...
I was definitely not crazy about the finish on them, but knew with a little paint they'd be great also!
First I went over them with a mix of black and burnt umber crafting paint, let dry then applied a coat of Country White (leftover interior satin house paint) allowing the dark paint to peek through in the crevices.
I did the same technique on the small finial.
Now for the final exciting detail! 
The framed picture started out as a gift bag from the
Omgosh! I always find gorgeous gift bags there,
and for just a dollar I don't mind cutting into them to frame them one bit! 
I did the same painting technique on the frame that I did on the candlesticks which was originally gold.

Pulled it all together with this red striped tablerunner, dove, nest, and pine greenery,
...and there you have it!
Now it's time to grab a fuzzy blanket, some magazines, and sit by the fire 
and start browsing for some more inspiration. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!
I love hearing from you!!

Warmest Wishes!

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Blondie's Journal said...

The table turned out beautiful, Sherry, and you had a brilliant idea with the framed bag! It's really pretty! Lovely vignette! Love the candles sticks, too!

Happy Holidays!


Sue said...

My first question was going to be, "Where'd you get the tulip print?" LOL Your vignette looks wonderful, Sherri! Just goes to show you that a little paint certainly does change things up- your table, frame, and candlestick look amazing. 'Tis the season for fun decorating~ I have 3 of my trees up- 4 to go and then the rest of the tabletops. I sure am glad I started earlier this year. :-)

Wendy said...

I thought for sure that tulip print was a botanical I saw on I'm going to have to start LOOKING more closely when I'm at the Dollar Tree.

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Absolutely gorgeous Sherri! I love how the table turned out too. But your Holiday displays really complimented it.

Karen said...

Oh my goodness Sherri, so much beauty in one post. First that table makeover is beautiful and the framed dollar store bag is gorgeous, I bought a similar print in folders from the dollar store. The candlesticks look great, its a lovely vignette. Thanks for visiting!

Bella Vista said...

Hi Sherri, your table turned out pretty. I just adore the candlesticks!!!! What a clever idea about the bag. Wow, you are really on a roll.

Wonderful post....can't wait to see more.

Hugs, Barb

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Sherri,
Your new blog header is festive and delightful. The table came out amazing. Can you tell me what "TSP" is please. I must try this technique of yours. Please stop by our blog, we would love for you to link up this wonderful table to our new party.


Sharing with Sherri said...

Paula, I added the info about TSP in my post, it's really great stuff! I also use it in the kitchen to remove greasy grime from my appliances really cuts the grease!! Hope this helps:)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh my goodness, thanks so much for the information. I will be heading to Lowes this weekend for sure. This really was an amazing project that I have fallen all in love with. Thanks so much for joining our party!


❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Oh yes the power of paint! I love how you transformed the pieces. Your art is a technique I'm being using for a long time. Magazines and calenders also work for beautiful art :-)

Your new follower said...

This is fabulous! The Country White antiqued just a bit really looks shabby chic and lovely! And the added bonus was that you got all of these so inexpensively! Great job!

Aimee said...

Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad to know about your blog! I'm thinking you'll be getting a knock from a magazine wanting to use your display (and show the before/after)! This gets me in the Christmas Spirit for sure!!!

I'm your newest follower,
Aimee from

❀ⒹⒺⒺ❀@ A Lapin Life said...

Hi Sherri,

Thanks for letting me know.
I signed up again to follow. Blogger must be having problems. If you don't see me as a follower just drop me a note.


Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Remarkable what some paint, inspiration and hard work can do! The table looks great. Thanks for following. I'm doing the same for you.

Barbara @ 21 Rosemary Lane said...

Hi Sherri...

I love that octagan shape what you did with it! One of my favorite things is to give a new life to a wonderful piece of furniture. You did an amazing job! And those candle holders also look beautiful! You created one lovely look for your home! Following you now. Have a great evening!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Beautiful vignette and thanks for the tip about the cheap pretty bags.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Can I shout "gorgeous" without waking too many people? Oh my gosh this is fantastic..
hugs ~lynne~

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Sherri, I LOVE that table and I did the same thing with the appliques on my dining room chairs and my buffet....makes all the difference in the world! Such a pretty vignette and framing a gift bag! What a brilliant idea! I think we could hang out together easily!!

Hope you have a great day!

Lou Cinda ;)

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