Sunday, January 18, 2009

Catherine's First Metamorphosis Monday Make Over


Welcome to the First Metamorphosis Monday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on The Porch Blog. You'll be able to click on her link at the bottom of this post to see more great makeovers by others! Thanks again Susan for creating this new Monday Theme!

I can't believe I just purchased this lovely piece last Saturday, I have had my eye on her for so long in the shop she resided at for over a year...it was like we had this thing goin on...finally, nabbed her last week for just $149! Yea! My favorite buy of the decade. This is the before pic, she was beautiful like this, but I just knew she'd look even more fab in a "Francais et Chic" Shabby Chic makeover... Another view from her lovely wood tone original finish. My sister tried to talk me out of changing her, sorry Becky! 8=)
I wanted to show you a close up on the drawers because the intricate details were going to be so fun to distress...
First there was the sanding, my Beloved took care of that for me. Sanding away in the garage till I rescued her...the poor lil thing...all bare and sooty looking...
Inside, Once I got her cleaned off really well......(UH OH) I've got my pics switched. Well...anyways...First I primered her with KILZ, then painted this lovely eggplant paint on it. (leftovers from a tray ceiling that really looks chocolate/eggplant..but this pic really makes it look purple...noT! (smile)
Now........this was truly the Primering phase...
More Primering...
More primering... 8=) sighhhhhhhhhhh......... (Remember, the Eggplant color really went after the primering color first. Then......Voila, after many hours of sanding, painting, painting, drying...we have this...
Now, please, join me in telling my sister........she was born to be Shabby & Chic, come on... (wink) More details of the drawers for you. This project took me much longer than I had anticipated. I told my husband (after doing this before on smaller items) I'd have this done in 15 minutes. hahahahahahaha!
Hahahahahah, More closeups of the details...
More closeups.
The legs are always my favorite to do...as you can probably see, the one back leg isn't distressed yet, gotta run down and do that RIGHT NOW! =) See you next M.Monday! This was so much "work"., but so much FUN too! Can't wait to see what project I "complete" by next Monday to share!
~CC Catherine

26 comments:

Pam said...

Very nice! You did a great job! :)

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Catherine...this looks great! It is amazing how much work it is too sand, prime and paint a piece, isn't it? But so worth it when your done! Love this Met Monday post...now I want to go paint something! :-) Susan

Cynthia said...

I love it, what a beautiful piece and a beautiful job you did. Cindy

kymber said...

That must have been scary to sand and refinish such a lovely piece. You made the right decision though - it is beautiful! All of your hard work payed off.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Blessings,,
Kymber

Lana G! said...

Wow that was a lot of work but well worth it. It looks great!

Bo said...

Hi...I'm coming via Susan's...very shabby chic...looks so pretty!
;-) Bo

Wendy said...

Your sister was wrong, it looks fantastic. You did a great job. All of that sanding and painting was worth it.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I found how to do the floor mat on a scrapbooking website. I can't take credit for coming up with the idea. They are so easy to make.

Meadowsweet Days said...

Hi Catherine... I love this table. I know what you mean when you find something, and it speaks to you and you just must have it! You did a great job refinishing it, and I agree with you, I love the shabby chic look!

Carol

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Catherine~
Oh...this is lovely...great job!It is a beautiful piece! Tell Becky I say she needs to "lighten up"...get it?! LOL! Thanks for the award,,too...haven't had time yet to do it...but will try in the next couple days.
;-D xo Kathleen

Sheree said...

Most beautiful! what a great husband to help!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning, Happy Met Monday, what a beautiful piece you found. I'm so glad after a year she got to come home with you. Isn't it fun to take a piece of furniture and truly make it your own? Thanks for swinging by to see my little assistant and his work. I know you're going to have tons of fun with Tyler and his little sister and will enjoy their help with your projects. I hope you're having a super Monday. Hugs ~lynne~

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Were you veer right! It looks beautiful!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hi Catherine!
I love your project. It turned out beautifully. So chic! I usually leave the refinishing to my husband. He's loves that sort of thing. I do love what you've done. I also read your comment on CarolinaJewel's site. I think you idead for a special retreat for married couples in crisis is just a God-thing. If that is in your heart, then step out in faith and put legs to it. Over the last several months I believe that God has revealed to me through prayer and study that He wants us to ask and trust Him for BIG things because He's a BIG God! My prayer for you today is that God will give you your dream!
All the best in Christ,
Alisa - Carolina Panache

santamaker said...

This piece was gorgeous "before" and is also beautiful "after". I love it in all of it's stages and it looks tres chic now!

Ma'dame French said...

What a beautiful piece and it turned out superb! Nice choice i say;) French

Kimberly said...

Oooo, I love it! You DEFINITELY made the right decision!!

Glenda said...

Interesting transformation. I would have been afraid to try anything this ambitious. It certainly required a lot of hard work. As long as you're happy with the results, that is all that really matters.

Olive Rue said...

Hi Catherine. Thanks for stoppin by my blog. Goodness how do you keep up with 3 blogs??? I've got 2, but I can't imagine 3.

You did a great job on the little chest.

paperglueetc said...

The only think I can think of is WOW!!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Catherine,
It looks great! I think you made the right choice.

Thanks for the visit today!

I host Trash to Treasure on Tuesdays if you ever want to join in!

:)Diane

Lisa said...

Catherine,
I was very nervous after seeing how beautiful it was in it's original state, but once you finished....Oh so lovely and shabby and very very Chic. Great job. Thanks for the wonderful comments on my blog;o)
Blessings
Lisa

auction girl vintage said...

I like it both ways, Catherine, though the details show up better -- from a distance -- in the Shabby version. Can't wait to see it in place and fully decorated with your pretties!

Victoria

Lady Katherine said...

A lot of hard work! But its beautiful!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi, I'm new to your blog, but I think it was a brave and bold move and looks wonderful. I have to admit I like it the other way too but this way somehow looks more inviting, delicate and yet useable. (And of course it was yours to do with what you wanted!Ha) Very, very nice!
Valerie

mbkatc230 said...

What a great job. I would have been terrified to attempt this on such a beautiful piece of furniture, but it came out just beautifully.

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

I love that table, and I think you did a great job on it too. Very nice piece!