Friday, March 5, 2010

My Shabby Louis XV Style Table


I graced my cabriole leg French Louis XV style end table with gilding and appliqués to give it an antique European flair!

Table 'before'

I bought it in 1988 for $50 at a secondhand store near Wheaton College’s campus and walked all the way back to my dorm with it. No plastic milk crate tables for me!

Table 'after'

It’s probably from the 1930s, and there’s lovely marquetry on the top, and I hope the paint naturally flakes back to show it again someday.    I’ve actually left it on the porch to get it to peel, but it only made the wood delaminate.    It’s probably five different shades of green and aqua from all my experimenting.

Another 'before' picture, musing over appliques.


This is the first time I’ve ever used appliqués to ‘hang’ below something, as well as ‘gilding’.    The ‘gilding’ is Rub‘N Buff in Antique Gold from Michael’s applied with my finger tip, not gold leaf.   The 4” wreath is from The Bella Cottage  bought about 5 years ago.    The swags are from Do It Yourself Chic.

Neither wanted to stay where I needed them to without breaking in my chilly studio, so I glued them onto custom cut pieces of scrap cardboard first, and then I fastened them with epoxy.




It’s good to see The Bella Cottage slashed appliqué prices in half, because I quickly learned they were astronomical (in some cases double) compared to Do It Yourself Chic for the same exact appliqué.   (How could I rationalize an appliqué on a bed that cost more than the bed?)



While they have some designs Do It Yourself Chic doesn’t, I’m hesitant to buy their appliqués any longer because the pair I have are made out of something like clay, and they get mushy in humid weather and can break.    They also support the growth of this sort of scaly, yellowish mineral deposit.    Well, that does look shabby, after all!



The Bella Cottage is a well-known high-end shabby chic style retailer, so if you ever want to spend time gawking at great beauty, navigate there sometime!

Until next time, stay shabby!
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39 comments:

A Cottage Muse said...

What a gorgeous piece...love the color!! Thank you for sharing!!

Marilyn said...

The table is absolutely beautiful!! What a great idea for support to the swags. This is good to know as I know how humid a summer can get here with furniture on my screened-in back porch!!
Beautiful!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Claudia said...

Gorgeous! What a beautiful table and you've shabbied it up perfectly.

Claudia

Brenda said...

Your table is beautiful - I love it..GREAT JOB>>>

Jennifer said...

I love the style and colors of this table - it turned out just beautiful! Jennifer

Kelly Ballard said...

It sounds like you were a very stylish college student. The table is beautiful!

Kelly
Second Hand Chicks

Tammy said...

That looks awesome! I love the color! Great job!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Wow..I love that! I've always wanted to try using the appliques that way too. I was thinking about trying it on a mirror...maybe I will now!

Lee Laurie said...

What a beautiful table! I love it!

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

Anonymous said...

Hi from Amaco, makers of Rub 'n Buff. Nice to see your redo and glad our product helped provide the finishing touches! I will comment about this on Twitter (@amacocrafts) and Facebook (Amaco Crafts). Let me know when about your next creation!

Sharon~heartsongs said...

Visiting your blog is such a nice, relaxing break!

Sheila said...

Absolutely stunning. I love also down in the middle of the table on the bottom looks like a crown. It does to me. lol.. or reminds me of one. love all the different colors.

Treasia Stepp said...

Gorgeous piece. Love this.

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Your table looks fabulous!!! The color is amazing and the appliques and gilding are just perfect!!!
Michelle

Angel said...

WHAT A FIND !! Your table is Beautiful!! you did a really great job with it.Have a great day.

Mari said...

WOW!!! THAT TABLE OF YOUR CAME OUT BEAUTIFUL....
GREAT JOB, GREAT COLOR, GREAT APPLIQUES!!!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

Beautiful table! I love it!
Debbie

Victoria said...

The table is beautiful! I've never seen anyone hang the appliques that way, I love it!

Norma said...

I'm so glad you featured this table Sandy, I noticed it in the early photos. It is even more beautiful that I could imagine. I love the way you use these various embelishments. There are a few available in miniature so you've got me thinking....

BTW when you paint a project next that you want some areas of 'resistance' to the paint you could try dabbing petroleum jelly onto those areas before painting, it resists the water base in the paint. If lifting rather an resistance is what you want I suppose you could always try crackle medium, perhaps using it just in some places if you didn't want it overall. Susanne at Miniature Dreams http://miniaturedreams.blogspot.com/ uses it to achieve just that effect on her minis that she ages (to perfection) and says that she uses it on real size pieces too. In her archives she has one post labelled 'shutters' - attached to that post is a pic that shows the effect really well, especially on the grey shutters and the ladder.

Thanks again for sharing both your photos and your wonderful studio Sandy, I just love visiting! :)

Kimberly said...

Love that table!!!!

Tracie~MyPetiteMaison said...

Oh my gosh Sandy, I love it, love it, love it! I haven't been posting anything on my blog this week or visiting any others since I am in a huge sinus daze. I am so glad I came to see what you were up to here today. It was well worth it to walk all the way back to campus with that table. You did an amazing job. Thanks for the inspiration, perhaps I'll find something at the antique show this weekend I can work with too. I will be back to look at this one again soon!

Michelle Cummings said...

you did a beautiful job on this table!

Miss Gracie's House said...

I'm not sure how I landed here but it is *beautiful*! Love the appliques and how you've used them...I prefer bella cottage but do use DIC also...the pin holes drive me crazy...I haven't painted since fall and your blog is making me itch
to get back at it! I'm off to look some more...
Rene'

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Sandy, your table is stunning! You did a beautiful job.

I am so loving your blog. Since today is Pink Saturday, I added a link to your blog to introduce you to our Pink Participants. I hope you don't mind.

You can view it at http://enchantedrosestudio.blogspot.com

If you have any concerns or issues, please let me know.

Cheers!
Tina

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sandy..
Happy Saturday Sweetie. Tina from Enchanted Rose Studio mentioned you in her post today. I know I have been here before but for some reason I wasn't on your followers, but I am now. I love your little studio. How absolutely scrumptous it is.

This table you have created is DDG. I adore it. The color is absolutely the best. I am going to dig a little deeper and check out a couple of the links that you have provided. In my mind I can just see you dragging this back to your dorm with such pride. To know that you still have it, and didn't get rid of it. Tickles me.

4 dogs and 21 hens. Boy are you ever busy. Where on earth do you find the time to create in this studio?

Stop by and say hi. I would love to have you visit. I would be so honored if you decided to follow my blog as well. I love new friends. Country hugs sweetie...Sherry

stefanie said...

what a gorgeous table...love the colers and appliques

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hello Sandy,

I came to your blog by way of Tina's at Enchanted Rose Studio. She has a picture of your studio with the Christmas decorations on it.

It is enchanting and is right out of a Fairytale! Just so lovely...

I love the table transformation also.

It's nice to meet you...I'll be back and please drop by my place when you have a moment.

Have a lovely day...

♥ Love & Faerie Dust ♥
Stephanie

DustyLu said...

I so glad I stumbled upon your blog! Your home is stunning. I must follow! lol..Off to browse you some more. ~lulu

meandering pearl said...

how gorgeous!!! your blog is tres magnifique!!! loveliest thoughts

Marie Arden said...

It is just so pretty. I like it so much better painted. I am thinking of painting my antique French bed- it will ruin value but I like the white-soft look.

sunflowerfarm said...

I am so happy I found your blog. It is very pretty. Thank you

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

I think my comment first comment fell into the blogosphere black hole, Sandy. I adore that table and love your ideas on using the appliques! It is stunning!

I enjoy my visits to your blog. Everything is so enchanting. I wanted to let you know that I in my Pink Saturday post, I put you in as my "must visit" blogger. I hope you don't mind.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Cheers!
Tina

June said...

Sandy this piece is so lovely... I don't think lovely even describes it. It is certainly worthy of more than just a little word.

Angela Harris said...

Oh My! That table is a find of a lifetime!! It's amazing!
your blog background is so beautiful!!
~Angela Harris

Robyn said...

WOW WOW WOW! LOvE what you've done with that table! FABULOUS! I came here from My cottage Charm and so glad I did!

Burlap Luxe said...

keep that table inside from here on in...ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL, very good color, perfectly imperfect.
I am following your blog now and keep up the great work.
your site is a blog site to LOVE!
"DORE"

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

I so love appliques. That table was stunning to begin with. Now it just drips with beauty. I'm going to follow you. You've got some great talent.

chateaudelille said...

Love the table! Colour is so perfect!! Can you suggest a colour paint to try to get the same look as I love blue and till now I have only done white things. Fiona

Les 400 COUPS DE VIRGINIE said...

Wouaahhh, this table is very beautiful...
I am admiring of your work.
Which paint used you.

I'm Virginie. I'm live in the North in France.
I discovered your blog by "Grange de Charme".
I shall return.

Good day !!!
Vivie

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