Just Something “Out of the Ordinary”
If you’ve read my blog for last week, I think you know that I left you a little in the dark as to how my desk/bookcase turned out. Everyone that saw it at the last event really liked it, and I do, too. It’s different, but you all know how I like “out of the ordinary” designs.
As I stated in the last newsletter, I was going to use this piece for a tutorial for a woman that had asked me to do a private lesson on staining and finishing an existing table she has. So I allotted a morning for a private lesson, and as we were working, I had the thought that I was really going to like this piece more than I thought I was. You can see that post here
We started in an area that was not highly visible and worked on technique with the stain and brush we were using. (Actually, we used a sponge brush which is what I like to use for gel stain.)
Then as I thought she was getting the hang of it we started on the top of the desk, The more I saw the more I knew this was going to be a piece I was going to love and had more potential than I ever thought it would.
After getting the stain on the front part of the lid of the desk, we moved to the legs. I always like the legs when I use gel stain because that is where I think the best distressing looks so good.
By this time, the creative juices were running and I knew I wanted to do something really different on the back part of the bookcase. Would it be painted a contrasting color? Nope, that’s too normal. I got it! Let’s put fabric on the backboard of the bookcase. I knew what I wanted. Only a floral would do. But, do you think I could find a floral that I thought would make my design come true. So I settled for a more or less “boring” fabric that would be more desirable to most people.
I attached the fabric to the board, and thought “Ho Hum.” I told April, of The Added Touch, my dilemma and she suggested I use the fabric I had used on my sofa pillows. That was it! I loved it!
Now I know this will not appeal to everyone, but I think there are many options besides a floral, so I made it to where we could change it out for a customer that desired something different. A black striped fabric on the backboard would bring it to a whole new look but would look great in a bedroom or really, any where.
I also wanted to create a little whimsy as well, and still give it a sophisticated look. So I added the polka dot knobs and the more contemporary handle for the lid.
And now it’s ready to go! So let’s get going onto the next project.
We head to market this week to put the finishing touches on buying for the rest of the year. To us, going to market is like attending a symposium. We come home with our minds full of new and fresh ideas for the rest of the year. I’ll send you some pictures on Facebook, so be sure to follow us.
Also the warehouse sale is July 25 – 27. We have lots of stuff going to keep us busy. Hope to see you in a few weeks. I’m also going to be doing another angel class as per some requests from customers.
Whew! I’m tired already.