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Thursday, May 17, 2012

French Transfers and more whites

I have been painting up a storm and transforming pieces of my existing furniture into new shabby white French decor, and transforming found objects from yard sales into new attractions for my living room.  I love the new looks of transferred French writing onto objects.  Here are lots of photos of the things I have been working on.
This table came from this. . . . . . .
Remember in the late 90's and early 2000's, it was popular to marbleize wood.  I had painted this faux marble top for this table that my mother gave to me.  I love it's style and I painted this one by hand cause it was time for an update.
  After doing the transfer, I noticed that some of the image came off with the rubbing too, but I wanted to keep the distressed look and not fill in with black marker, and some of the paint came off too, which is another element I liked for the look.  I have been very excited about the process of transferring images onto furniture.  I have used tutorials from a few different blogs. but the one I most used is from:  The Consigner Designer blog as she gives a really good tutorial on this process.
I love the design of this base.
And then I painted up this little side table (below) to look kind of like the one in the turorial.
I did not get a picture of it before I spray painted it.   

Okay, yes that is a brand new close-up of another one of my very cute granddaughters.  Her name is Kinley Paige.  
And as far as the image on the table goes, I am seeing this a lot lately all over blog land and it does come from The graphics fairy of course, and it is the one The consigner designer used in her tutorial for her table.
Time to paint this coffee table, and I didn't get a picture before I started, so here is one in the process.  I hand painted this one too.  

For this one I just put a glaze on afterwards, and did not distress the paint!  There was not a handle on this table, but I added one that I painted with hammered iron from rust-0-leum, which is one of my favorite spray     
paints, and you can see from the picture above that I used it to spray the old urn I found. 
and check out the burlap runner I fabric transferred onto.  
a close-up of the sign that was transferred.
 I fringed both ends of the runner and did a running stitch on the machine so it would stop the fraying.
The new bird nest urn!
. . . a birds eye view of the bird nest that sits on top of the urn.
I even used the hammered iron to spray two finials that sit on my top shelf.

The shelf on the right side of the fireplace.

Now, I was sure I took before pictures of these little side tables I have painted white, that use to be cherry wood, but don't know what happened to those images, but here is the re-done version of those.

the urn got attacked by the spray paint too!
 Love that distressed look
 The lamp got a coat of white paint also.  It use to be gold.
I found this old suitcase at a yard sale and some one had done some cutesie tole painted teddy bears on the sides, so I knew what I had to do.  Again I use the hammered iron spray paint and painted it first then covered with this pretty french paper.  I have been looking for one of these at sales and finally found one.  
 I added a French tag with a muslin sash, then tucked it into my shelves. and placed some great books on top.
And one more thing for this post.  Remember a few posts back when I found a fun plastic wall urn from the 70's at a sale. Well I did one of my faux mercury glass treatment on it and hung it up.  I am in love with it!
 I think I need to do a tutorial on this one.  I am using 3 different spray paints for this faux finish.
Have a super good weekend to all my blogging friends.  
I have so many more projects for this living room of mine.  Stay tuned for more shabby
decor coming your way from Something Special.  I just need to take a little bit of a break! lol

I am linking up to these "linky parties"


Myric said...

Everything look fabulous and professionally painted. I wouldn't worry about the worn-out look of the image. It added shabby rustic look to the furniture which made it awesome :)

Myric@ Petites Passions

Cindy Adkins said...

Wow...everything looks awesome! Great job...and lots of great ideas too. Have a good weekend!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Love your tables with the French transfers! Everything looks great.

Linda said...

Oh, Michele. I missed you so much at retreat. Reading this post was like taking a walk with you thru your living room as we picked you up for Fairview. Made me miss you even more!

Accidentally Wonderful said...

Everything is so beautiful! I made a giant chalkboard out of an old frame and painted a French graphic on the top of it. I love how it turned out, but now I'm inspired to try some more!

Super Coopers said...
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Super Coopers said...

just LOVE what you have done!!

karen hess jewelry said...

It's amazing what paint transform! Thank you for sharing all your work with us, Michelle...I especially love the transfer images and I'm itching to get started on my own.

Margaret P. MacCabe-Ritchie said...

Love, love the tables!!! I am so impressed, and need you to show me a thing or two! I have the perfect little table to do this on, and so willI be stealing another one of your project ideas! Once again, I am envious...but in a good way!!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Wow ~ you have been busy! I love all the tables and the images look great! I have to give this method another try. I didn't have much luck the first time.

Jen Lossing, Artistic Abode Designs said...

I am so glad that you found my tutorial useful! Your tables look great!

Jamie @ Domestically Vintage said...

Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog! I'm your newest follower now too. I love all of the projects you've been doing with your tables. They're just beautiful! I have a table and a tray I want to do a transfers on here soon. Just working up my courage. :) ~ Jamie

Tablescapes By Diane said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Gorgeous three tables all together great Idea.. You did a wonderful job with your lovely home. I would like to thank you for your sweet comments on my Nautical Tablescape. If you follow my blog I will come back and follow you also. I hope you have a wonderful week with your family.
If you do follow me let me know with a comment Thanks.
XXOO Diane

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

Wow! I love all your painted furniture. Your French transfers look wonderful:)


Unknown said...

Wow, what a great job on those pieces. You have been really busy. Great inspiration...thank you!

Mayte said...

Hello,my name is Mayte,sorry,but not speek inglis.........

Tus trabajos son preciosos,very very beaytiful.........

kiss from Spain

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

You have been busy, lovely projects, Michelle!
enJOY a sweet day,

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

WOW..you've gotten a lot accomplished. All in a beautiful way. Enjoyed all the photos. You should take a break and enjoy your hard work. Thanks for sharing.

Sparkle and Co said...

Amazing! C'est très joli! You're very talented. I found you in Le Chateau des Fleurs' linky party and I'm very glad!
I'm now a new follower, I hope your blog will teach me many things ;)

Vintage Street Designs said...

Beautiful transfer items!!! ♥ them! I also love the transformation of your round tables on metal stands, they are gorgeous! Blessings ~ Judy

Anonymous said...

Love what you have done. With having sons away like that. One has to do something. Your such a young looking mom to have that many children.

You sure have put your talenst to work.

Bless you.

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

Wow, I love everything you've done. Is it hard to do a transfer? I have never done it. Is it a copy from the printer or something you order. I love that look! Both pieces are great...the burlap table runner too with transfer! I have to try this!!

Kim@crystallilies.com said...

I love the designs you put on the side table and the runner. I tried to find them at the graphics fairy but had a hard time finding those ones. Could you help. Thanks, kimberley

Unknown said...

Everything turned out gorgeous - but OMG I love those 3 tables more than I can say - absolutely beautiful!!!

Unknown said...

Everything looks great..Hotel furniture... I am so impressed.

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