Sunday, July 17, 2011

A Little Black Magic

I’ve taken a bit of a break the last couple of weeks, trying to enjoy some of the summer weekends.  Plus the fact that it’s just been TOO HOT to do any work outside in the garage. 
But here’s a little something I’ve managed to sneak in.
I’ve had this vintage telephone table/gossip bench for about two years in the corner of my garage.  It just kept getting buried under all the new items I’d bring home. But this weekend it took center stage for its makeover.
Looking slightly drab in it’s original condition.
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With the help of some black paint,  a sanding block and some matte varathane for good measure…. yada yada yada.. voila!
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I didn’t prime this piece because I wanted the wood to come through with distressing.  I didn’t overdo the distressing either… just a little natural wear and tear look.
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A great little entryway piece to sit and put your shoes on.
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It actually goes very nicely with my newly painted black door.
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Since we’re on the topic… as much as I liked it white, the black adds a little dramatic surprise at the end of the hallway.
Door before ~
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and after ~
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A little black paint goes a long way~
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Thanks for reading
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43 comments:

  1. Love the bench Lisa. The door looks amazing in black.

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  2. I must say that I did not like this piece in the before picture. I thought, why bother....but then I saw the after and rally like it! We always need a place to sit to put on shoes or whatever. Great Job!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I love the black and it does look amazing with your door! Great job!

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  4. The black and white in your entryway looks wonderful! Very classic.

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  5. That turned out beautifully, the black really pops, and I like how you choose to sand the edges and make them look worn. What a wonderful location too, the entry to the home.

    - Much love, Trashy Crafter

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  6. SUPER c~u~t~e! Love how it turned out!!

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  7. I love it black, Lisa! I did my front door black {from white} last year and am glad I did. Besides changing our siding and the white getting lost, it does keep my foyer from appearing too light.

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  8. The telephone bench looks great Lisa, and I LOVE the door painted black! Martina

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  9. Looks great! Are you at all afraid of chipping since it was not primed? I would like to do this to my kitchen chairs but am afraid of chipping eventually....on the other hand maybe that would add to it. At any rate, it looks amazing.

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  10. What a fabulous transformation! Who knew that "sort of attractive" piece was waiting to become black? It wears it very well. And your front door looks great too. I can't decide which way I like it better!

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  11. Laniepb.. I'm never afraid of a few chips. When a piece is distressed natural wear and tear including chipping just adds to the character. Oil based products have amazing staying power. I've never really had anything chip or peel. Remember there is also a poly coat on top of all the painted items I redo. Don't be afraid to do those kitchen chairs! Thanks for stopping by!
    Lisa

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  12. I LOVE this project!!! Seriously, I would have walked right past it or dismissed it as ugly or outdated! Now I want to find one and paint it, too!!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  13. love this piece...it's a little bit different than most I have seen...looks great distressed, too

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  14. I really like it black. Everyone and their grandma paints their furniture with chalk paint in either white, gray, or aqua. That gets a bit boring to see all the time. Your black chair is quite snazzy and dramatic. I love the distressing. It really does add the special touch this antique needed. Good work!

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  15. Lovely! Love the distressed edges!

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  16. I loved your project so much I featured you on my blog: http://petuniasescape.blogspot.com/2011/07/some-of-my-favorties-around-blog-world.html

    Thanks for sharing!
    The Petunia :)

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  17. I think the bench turned out just charming and just the right amount of distressing! :)

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  18. This is an amazing transformation! I just love it!

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  19. Love the bench, it looks amazing painted black.

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  20. Love how it turned out! :) Following from Sumo‘s Sweet Stuff link party. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog. Hope to see you there.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  21. I love the gossip bench. Great job on the redo. I am looking for one to match my other early american pieces. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. this is a interesting piece of furniture! LOOKS awesome and UNIQUE!


    come link it to my woot woot wednesday linky party!

    http://tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com/2011/07/woot-woot-wednesdays-2.html

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  23. This is really cute! Love that you painted the door black too -- really ties it all together! Did you spray this or paint with a brush?

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  24. Stunning. A gossip bench? Adding that to my garage sale/Goodwill list. Love it.

    I would love for you to share a link to this with my readers!

    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/2011/07/the-mommy-club-share-your-resources-and-solutions/

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  25. I have always adored telephone tables! They are so hard to find! Yours is so charming and I love it in black. And good call about your front door! It looks great in black - was sort of lost in the white. Thank so much for sharing. I need to makeover my front entrance and this has me inspired! Got to get rid of lots of clutter first :)

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  26. Amazing! Im in love with your blog its so adorable with great pics and great inspirations! This desk is a GEM! I love what you did with the black paint! VERY PRO looking!
    Jess @ the balanced libra
    p.s new follower :)

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  27. Oh I am loving that! The black looks perfect and I love the wood peeking through. Your hallway is beautiful!
    Beth

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  28. What a great piece!
    I am a new follower.

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  29. I absolutely LOVE the black color for both the seat and the door! Just discovered your blog and love it!

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  30. I shared your post on my Top 10 Pretty Things :)

    http://www.stoneycreekshops.com/2011/07/top-10-pretty-things.html

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  31. Just Gorgeous! Love the sanded back edges peeking through the black! Found you via Tatertots and Jello linky... Will be off to follow you about now and have a looksy around your fab blog!
    Cheers
    The Spangler @
    The Quick Unpick

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  32. This conversation table looked like it's time had come and gone, but with that beautiful coat of black it should have a long new life. The door looks great also.

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  33. I love black painted pieces too~ so charming! Loving your door! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

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  34. I love this piece and the black is perfect. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  35. I'm featuring YOU over in my {take a look at you} post today. Love your furniture re-do. It looks amazing. :) Thank you for linking up! Feel free to grab a featured button.

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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  36. Gossip bench from frumpy to fab.
    When the weather changes and my front door isn't too hotorcold, I'm painting it black chalkboard paint so we can leave each other notes. Thanks for sharing your black door so I can get a sneak preview of my upcoming door.

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  37. What a fun little conversational piece and your workmanship looks like something out of a high end furniture store. Well done.
    Pam

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  38. That telephone bench is so cute. The distressing is perfect.I'm not a big fan of heavy distressiing. I like that it looks gently aged, but not dirty and messy.

    I love the black door, it really made a difference! Nice work :)

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  39. What a unique piece. I love what you did with it!

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  40. Since you didn't prime and, I'm presuming, sand the piece down prior...what type of paint did you use?

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