Google+ Nine Red: September 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Spotlight: Paint by Number Murals

I've always loved the unique look of paint by number, and seeing it on these wall murals makes me fall in love all over again!  I recently saw this post from Nicole who writes the blog Making it Lovely.  People take paint by number pictures, copy them onto transparencies, project them on a wall, trace, paint, adore. Simple! Haha, just kidding. It looks like a LOT of work, but totally worth it. Enjoy the pictures, and head over to Nicoles blog for the original post.

 Here's a sea themed one from the cute blog: Easter Kiwi:

I'm extremely tempted to do this on a wall in my house, but I'm a renter and wonder if I should invest all the time in something I can't take with me for a few years! I love the look though, and as soon as I can do it - I am!  Have a great day :)

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Friday, September 16, 2011

French Provincial + Geometry

I believe I have showed the "before" of this table, if not, here it is:
 You can see in the photo that it was one of those over lacquered tables, that is pretty beat up.  But the curves are all there, and they are nice! The top had really pretty woodwork, a nice diamond inlay.  So, continuing with my recent love affair with wood AND paint rather than one or the other, I stripped this table to the bare wood.  I stained the top Dark Walnut, and then went hexagonal with it. Here it is:

So it turns out I'm in love with the table.  You never know when cupids arrow will strike, do you... haha. Seriously though, I'm happy with how it came out. It's just as I imagined.  I love the dark wood flowing in between those hexagons, and then the contrasting turquoise underneath.  It's actually a light turquoise, who's name I can't be sure of, as I spotted in the mishap aisle.  You haven't been to the mishap aisle? It's really great.. you can pick up a lot of fun colors that have been abandoned by whoever asked them to be made. Usually for a couple bucks! This one was a lucky find. Anyway, this table is for sale... but if it doesn't go, I will not mind seeing it in my living room! hehe.. have a great weekend!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Itadakimasu - Let's Eat!

Finally! I got some pictures taken of the finished tables I've been talking about. The first one, is a round drop leaf table.  It already had really great wood grain and some natural distressing, so I decided to keep that look. I stenciled "Itadakimasu" on the top, which is japanese for "Let's Eat".  Lately I've really been drawn to the style of paint on wood, that still shows the wood. I think it's so different! After stenciling in a blue-grey, I washed the entire piece in a grey paint before sealing it with a few coats of satin clearcoat. Here it is before:
And here is the after:

I love how it came out. I like that you can see it's age and history, but has some fresh additions. This table is for sale!

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Saturday, September 3, 2011


I've got two new tables that are almost done. I can't wait to post them. Here's the before shots, and a hint to after - is that I have a recent love affair with grey. Or is it spelled "gray"?
 My mom came across this one, and it has really pretty diagonal wood grain on the top. I do love painting furniture, but in this case, I kept some wood grain. I won't spoil the surprise.
OK - now this one... I love! I am a total sucker for drop leaves. The idea of super easy expandability just tickles me pink, or whatever that expression is.  I almost kept this one... I just finished up with it today. Pictures soon!

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Sakura visits Better After

Yesterday I was honored to be featured on one of my favorite blogs, Better After! She posted the before and after of the Sakura table, check it out here.

If you haven't seen Better After before, head over and check it out. It's really entertaining and inspiring to see all these different pieces change into awesome works of art. Lindsey is a really funny blogger too, so it's fun to read!  Click the picture to head on over.

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