A bit of backstory: we acquired this table almost two years ago from a friend who was moving and getting rid of some of her project pieces. It started out as a plain mahogany colored Queen Anne table, and as you can imagine, I worked reeeeeeally hard on the French typography graphic on top (courtesy of The Graphics Fairy). It was my first big image transfer project, and one I was really pleased with.
But as fortune would have it, it was just one of the pieces that got loads of compliments, but no bites. For seven loooooong months, we tried just about every venue we could think of to find an interested party, but it just wouldn't move.
So, two weeks ago I did what has to be one of the toughest things for a DIYer to do - I started over. Surprisingly, it was much more satisfying than I'd anticipated to strip away the old design and come up with something simpler.
I decided to keep the base color the same, and added a bit of distressing to give it more character.
And the best part? With all I've been learning about furniture refinishing over the past two years, I know a lot more about staining wood now than I did when I first painted this table. So despite some minor imperfections, the newly stained top turned out beautifully.
Here she is, in all her simplified glory :)
I couldn't be happier with the new look. The gorgeous weathered grey color is the perfect compliment to the original paint job, and now, each element shines on its own.
Sometimes less is more, right? :)
And be sure to check out the rest of this month's makeovers below!