Saturday, December 4, 2010

Put Your Feet Up!

Apparently I suffer from the same disorder as some of you all....I can NOT for the life of me, remember to take before pictures BEFORE I alter the original piece in some way. I get so mad at myself! Anyway, the below table was originally one of a pair that each had a thin veneer top. The first one was in great shape...I painted it white and distressed it...and sold it. But of course I didn't take pictures of that one.


This one, however, wasn't quite as easy. The veneer was really peeling, so I yanked it off, thinking that there was solid wood underneath. Not.so.much...this was underneath. Now I had a table that I really couldn't use. Meanwhile, this table would.not.stop.bleeding through whatever light paint or primer I put on it. Kilz, high adhesion primer...you name it, I tried it, and she kept on bleeding. She was just wasn't supposed to be a white, distressed table in her second life :(

So, I got creative...it had such a cute shape, I thought "why couldn't this be an ottoman?". I called up my handy father-in-law and asked him to cut a board that I could upholster and attach to the table. Then I painted her black...which I ended up REALLY liking!

Here is the finished product!








The paint really isn't as shiny in person...I really need to work on taking good photos of furniture. What are your secrets?
~Allison

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18 comments:

Brandi said...

Looks great Allison! I love that you turned it into an ottoman! I forget to take before pictures a lot too. I get so excited to start on a project I just working. Then it dawns on me...Duh, pictures first! I love your new layout too! Very Fancy!

Allison said...

Thanks Brandi! I have someone working on the layout as we speak!

Sanctuary Home said...

That came out great! You know what they say...when life gives you lemmons...
that's a sweet ottoman. : )

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

I love it when someone does something unexpected with a piece of furniture! Nice!!!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

the blog looks great! and the little ottoman/table is adorable! as for the pics...it is the flash that is causing it to look shiny. do you have a spot outside you could snap a pic? or by a big window with lots of light so you don't have to use the flash?

Chrissie said...

How creative! I love the table as an ottoman!

gail myrepurposedlife.net said...

cute! love the fact you turned it into an ottoman!
thanks for linking up and linking back to me.
gail

knack said...

way to turn a predicament into perfection!

Thanks for stopping by the blog!

xo

Tara Lauren said...

That looks just fabulous!

mapleandmagnolia.com said...

Great save! Looks fab. I try to take photos of my furniture outside in natural light. I second what Cassie said about not using the flash. If the weather isn't cooperating, I open my front door and just set the piece just inside the open door and that light works great. Hope that helps a little. Black is very hard to get without a shine!

Anna said...

great idea to re-use this piece as an ottoman. I have found I can take better pictures without the flash and in natural light (if possible!)
I just painted my bedroom furniture black (usual I paint everything white), and I love the way it turned out, I may use the black paint more often

Leslie said...

What a great idea! I love the table turned ottoman! Thanks for stopping by Rustic Whimsy!

Serendipity Chic Decor said...

So Paris chic! Great job....

Take care,
Lisa

Emily said...

what a cute idea! thats something i havent seen before. thanks for the comment on my server. im a new follower of your blog = )

Christina said...

Oooh...I love it! I NEVER would have thought about making it an ottoman...and it totally works! Beautiful!

Thanks for linking to "20 Below Thursday"...I always love seeing what you link up! :)

Christina said...

I featured this today because I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing...come get a "featured" button :)

Kaitlin said...

Great job! I like how you made it into a whole new piece of furniture! Plus it really does have such a great shape!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

Really cute! Great idea.