A Shady Little Rose Sitting Pretty Upon a Pedestal

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I recently had a customer purchase my Damask Rose Accent Table, and she had two other tables that would be going in the same room. She asked if I could do complementary designs on these pieces for her.

The first piece is this sweet little pedestal table that had been previously painted by another individual.

After inspecting this piece, I realized it had a couple of issues.  First was that whomever had painted this table went with the notion that you could just slap on some chalk paint without doing the prep work - meaning, she painted right over the spiderwebs and dust bunnies that were built up in the little crevices. Can you see that gross, ugliness in the crevices around the scallop?  Yuk!!

The other problem was that the top of the piece had a bizarre type of wood that was really chipped allover, which is where I would be putting my design.  After consulting with the customer, she said she didn't care so much about that because she likes the "shabby chic" look, but I wasn't totally sure how my design would work on this.
And the last point of concern were those little feet - the poor things had been painted right over! I knew I could make them shine again!

We decided this piece may be used in her entry way, so this piece would be an allover cream color with some gilding paste used for highlighting.
I focused on sanding down that top as best I could to get rid of that chipped off wood. I kept sanding over the whole piece and CLEANED all of the dust away (including the dust bunnies!) I painted the piece with Velvet Finishes Rococco. It took a few coats to cover it well.
 I used a German Silver gilding paste over the highlighted areas on the legs, which almost gives it a distressed look.
Now for those little boots - time to make them sassy!  There are several different methods you can use to clean the paint off of metal, but I used just a little bit of Citristrip and a brass brush.  I just applied the Citristrip to them with an old chip brush and let it sit a bit and then wiped it right off.  I  took a brass wire brush (you could also use a toothbrush) to the crevices to get all of the paint removed.  Once that was dried, I applied the German Silver gilding paste allover and then buffed it to a nice shine.

I sealed the base with Polyvine Satin Wax Varnish.

And finally it was time for the fun part!!
The customer wanted just a little bit of color on the rose for this piece, so I chose my Wise Owl Paints  in the colors Begonia and Petal.

I used a wash of these colors because she really didn't want the color to be too intense. And then I started my staining process over the paint.

And the final reveal!!

HERE are those sassy little boots!!  Aren't they so much prettier than painted white?!

You can see now that all of that chippy wood was sanded away and what was left of it is camouflaged by the stained rose.

Pretty soon, this little gal will be taken to her new home.  But first, I will be doing a sister to the Damask Rose piece.
As always, I would love for you to follow along with me on my social media
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I did a little poll on my Facebook Page and in my Furniture Groups to see which was preferred, painted or wood.  This is the same image, stained on two different surfaces.  Which do you prefer?  And which do you think was the winner of the poll?


{Probably no surprise, but there was no favorite/ winner --- the poll pretty much came out to a tie.  The Painted one actually was in the lead because most people say you can see the detailing better in the painted, but it was so close, I'm calling it a tie.}
Thanks for taking the time to look - and "Sharing is Caring" as my friend Thea says!! Would love if you pin my post for others to see!!
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  • Jjqq Jjqq on Apr 25, 2017
    Would you be willing to provide a step by step video on that rose?

  • Billie Billie on Nov 26, 2018

    I want to pin this, but don't see a pin button. How do I do that? Love your work!!

  • Sandy Przy Sandy Przy on Nov 27, 2018

    Is the rose a free hand drawing or is it something else? It really is beautiful!

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