Sarah from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs knew exactly what to do with a tree that had fallen down in her backyard – turn it into a shapely, hand-chiseled accent table! Sarah enlisted the help of her husband David, and the couple worked together to remove the bark, cut angles into the stump, sand it smooth, and finally finish it off with paint and glaze. Like Sarah, I love how the glaze brings out the detail of the wood!
Amy at Joyful Daisy shares a fun tutorial in which she transformed a 20-year-old worn accent table into a whimsical wonder! She says, “It was oodles of fun as I drew my inspiration from all the wonderful furniture designs at Mackenzie Childs.” Using a two -tone painting technique, Amy was able to recreate their whimsical combination of color and design complete with the signature checkerboard design and gold dots.
Merril, the Girl of a Thousand Dreams, loves the organic, natural look of tree stump tables but not the price. Individual tables can go for hundreds of dollars. Merril had to have them though! After finding some free tree stumps in good condition, the process was very simple. The bark was removed and the stumps were sanded and finished with four coats of polyurethane. The results are much better than Merril could have imagined, and her wallet is much happier!
If you ever shop at Ballard you have undoubtedly seen their ceramic garden stools that make lovely little side tables. On a thrifting expedition with the girls, Myra from My Blessed Life scored a pair of oriental garden seats for only $14 – for the pair! She gave them a sleek, crisp look with some white spray paint and had herself the spitting image of Ballard’s garden seat. Seriously, can you get over the fact that they have EXACTLY the same pierced detail? Craaazy!
First came the rustic x console table… Then the coffee table… Of course, Hillary from The Friendly Home needed a side table to complete her set! Hillary scaled down Ana White’s plans for the coffee table, but Ana now has plans available specific to Hillary’s end table. Yippee! Hillary again finished off the piece with [...Read More]
Cher-Ann at Designs by Studio C followed Design Confidential plans to build her own Ballard-inspired side table. The build provided the perfect opportunity for Cher-Ann to finally try mixing up a batch of homemade chalk paint. To achieve a vintage finish, she applied petroleum jelly in places she didn’t want the paint to adhere and [...Read More]