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Monday, March 11, 2013

I Hit That Nail Right On The Head....Of The Table?

Well hello there!  So Glad you you could stop by for a few minutes to see what I am up to!

I decided that it has been a while since I gave myself a paint hangover, and thought I would maybe work on a project or two while the kids are away for the weekend.   Not to mention that I found a new color of stain that I have never used and am just dying to try it out!  It is called Brazilian Rosewood...and I think it could be fun!

Since I haven’t been out junkin’ in ages, my selection here is down to the slimmest of pickin’s.   My choice for today’s project is going to be the coffee table for the family room downstairs.  I have been slowly but surely getting that room all set up and cozy…it is taking a while, but it is starting to come together.  The new coffee table really needed some help…

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Told ya it needed help.   This is definitely NOT a Tootsie style piece of furniture!
Please try not to notice the ick behind the table...it is a mish mash of cords and stuff that I need to properly place in this room...
...hey...I'm workin' on it...I am only one girl...and my imagination sometimes sleeps a bit! :)


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It is boring and plain, and kinda beat up. It came to us with that Cowboy I talk about all the time.

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I am sure that with a little imagination and some elbow grease, this table will be Tootsiefied in no time!
Lets get to work!

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I layed out my painting tarp…since I don’t have a garage yet, I still am forced to do all the dirty work in the house…so I need to protect the floor.  
I sanded it lightly to help remove any of the “shiny” that would deter the new finish from sticking.
Next….I primed it out.

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I didn’t prime the entire piece…Only the part I wanted to use a lighter color of paint on.  I plan to leave the base and legs black…I will simply use a high gloss oil based paint on them so I need not worry about the paint sticking.

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Once the primer was nice and dry, I grabbed a couple of cans of stain and got to work!  
My first color was Brazilian Rosewood.  It is pretty but left me with a little hint of purple/mauve almost…so I did what any good Tootsie would do…I grabbed the Dark Walnut and went right over it!  

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It turns out that the two colors together make for a very nice effect!  See???   Those are the happy accidents that a one of a kind piece of furniture is made of!  :) 

Next…I needed to add a little “map” that will guide me in my finishing of this table.  I used a ruler and I drew myself a little border all the way around the table.

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There’s a close up of my edge guide line.   I just know you are wondering WHAT on earth I am going to do with an ugly line….  Aren’t ya?  

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I am going to use upholstery nails!   I need the guide line to help make sure I get them as straight as I possibly can!

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I nailed and nailed and nailed…and let me just add, it is NOT easy to put upholstery nails in a straight line…when the stain isn’t dry yet!   Yes…I got impatient and excited…and I struggled more than just a little to get them in place…but it got done and now…

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…now... I think...
I think it needs something more!   That one skinny little line is simply not enough.  It needs more bulk…and perhaps a little motion…don’t you think?

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Ya…I agree…it needs MORE NAILS!

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This is “okay”… but Tootsie doesn’t settle for “okay”…HEY…I am no minimalist in any way shape or form…it is all the way…more is more…go big or go home…
So, I set to work laying out nails in different patterns, standing back and looking …

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…at them and finally I settled on a plan for the table. 

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AHHH….now that’s much better!

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What do you think?   I like it.  I think the adding of the shapes gives it some motion…some “curves”…some FUN!

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I considered adding some of the upholstery nails to the center of the table as well…but then decided against it…just in case we play a game on here or something like that…the kids like to build puzzles and things down here…

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… I DO plan to put some ornament of some kind on it once the paint is 100 % cured! When have you EVER seen this Tootsie leave a table empty!?! Ya…
…you know exactly what I am talking about. :)

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I am loving the new look for this old table.   It doesn’t look like a mass production plain Jane table anymore.

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It no longer looks like a boring, typical, inexpensive space filler…left over from the living room of a bachelor…(sorry Cowboy…but your table…was a little too boring for this gal)

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…now it has some personality…style and one of a kind pizazz!

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What do you think?

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I think I like it…for now…ha ha…and I also think that the Cowboy better not try to take it back if he knows what’s good for him!   This table is now property of…TOOTISE.  (at least till I get sick of it)  :)

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Well kids…that’s all for me for today.  I did what I set out to do…I took and evening, did up a project, I gave myself a HUGE paint hangover, and I shared it all with you!  
What did you do last night?

Until Next Time, Happy Decorating / Designing / Junkin’/ painting!

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I am linking in with Share your Cup Thursday today!  

22 comments:

Terra said...

I am in awe, the staining and then the briliant touch of upholstery nails. I would never have thought of that. Your table is now a new being.

Art and Sand said...

Amazing. I love blogging because I get so many ideas. I would never have thought of the nails for decoration.

Now it is out to the garden to plant.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Beee u tee ful!!!
Love the way the stain turnd out and I thought the nails were good the first time but adding the others for that "old world" like design sent it over the top!
Also L♥ve the bike on the mantel!!
:)
*hugs*deb

CiNdEe said...

You did a beautiful job. It even has a cowgirl look to it(-:

Tootsie said...

well guys...he's seen it...and he likes it a lot...has only seen photos...can't wait to show him in person!

Tootsie said...

haha Cindee...I'm not much of a cowgirl...but I do like the look! lol

Joani said...

I think it looks great. Love the addition of the nails with the design. Have a great week.

Self Sagacity said...

So much better! No doubt, I love what you did to a simple, dark look. It got liven quite a bit.

Heaven's Walk said...

Ok, girl.....you just plain did an AWESOME job on that plain Jane table! The mix of stains is gorgeously rich and the addition of those upholstery nails was the icing on the cake! Definite pizazz! GREAT job!!!

xoxo laurie

Carol said...

Looks very nice, but I have to ask Toots....is that a bike on your mantle? Have a great week! Carol

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Wow! What a transformation. I love the nailhead trim and you made the right choice embellishing the border a bit. I'm totally in awe of your table!!

lynn said...

awesome re-do, glenda! you did an amazing job lining up the nails, girl!

Country Gal said...

Fantastic work ! I like it ! WOW ! Thanks for sharing with us ! Have a good day !

Leona S. said...

I love the look of your new table! You definitely have a talent for furniture makeovers.

Sigrun said...

I'm in awe, but have one question: there's no way the extra nails after the first row were an afterthought that worked out so perfectly (mathematically) on all the sides. It was a plan, right?

Tootsie said...

nope...just got lucky lol VERY LUCKY

La Petite Gallery said...

It dosen'r even look like the same table, Fabulous. Infact the whole room looks different.
Go Girl Go.
yvonne
I want to plant my stargazers and Casa Blanca's COME SPRING..

cosasquemeinspiran said...

Wow, that is awesome! You rock, girl xxx

9405018--Pat said...

Wow you did it again awesome job!!!

Cozy in Texas said...

Amazing. The stain turned out beautifully and I love the added touch of the nails.
Ann

siteseer said...

definitely over the top! A piece of furniture anyone would be proud to display. You never let us down :)

Jann Olson said...

It is Tootsified Terrific! Love, love the motion of the nail heads. Really is a unique piece. I think that cowboy will be ropin er in! Can't wait to see what finds it way to the top. Love the way the mixture of stains turned out. Fab, my dear! Thanks for sharing your talent with Share Your Cup. Love having you!!
hugs,
Jann