Friday, May 24, 2013

Funky Vintage Telephone table

Happy Memorial Week End!  Here in Nebraska it looks like we are in for some thunderstorms this weekend. Of course, it's NE so we have to expect that. Day before yesterday, it was so cold I had to wear a jacket and long sleeved shirt when I went for my walk! Today I have been working in my office cleaning, and filing..ugh~ But tomorrow there will be some painting done by golly! Anybody wanna join me?
This project is,  I believe, a Vintage Telephone Table, anyway, that is what I have dubbed it and I'm stickin' to it....unless.....someone out there knows what this actually is! If you do, please leave a comment, OK?


I painted it with CeCe Caldwell's chalk paint for the base, and acrylic craft paints for the details. First I put on a coat of Pinkerton Violet, (actually my sister did the base coat for me) and then Spring Hill Green. . ....I know,..Violet??? But it was on sale and I thought it was close enough to just an off white, and you know what? It distressed perfectly. I think we will do my sisters benches the same way.

I always like to put funky knobs on my furniture to give a little element of surprise. Do you ever just take your current furniture and change the knobs to make it a little eclectic? You should try it. I have a wood piece in my entryway that I just haven't wanted to paint, and I put different knobs on it....yes, different ones on every drawer.. and it is pretty cool, well , in my book anyway. And since I am the one that has to live with it, that is the one that counts , right? :)

Here is a close up of the heart. I have had a lot of fun doing my funky hearts and people seem to look for them now. Each one turns out different.

OK, Now here is my messy studio area, and if you look in the back, there are my table legs drying on top of bottles! It is so much easier when they just screw off and I can paint them independently of the piece I am working on. They have a screw piece sticking out of the end so I can't set them down on a flat surface at all, but I can sure stand them up on bottles!

Well, looks like my hubby is wanting some attention, so this will be all for now. If you like my funky furniture, make sure  to sign up to follow me. That way you will get an email alert whenever I post something new.  Also, if you have a different idea of what this table was used for, I would love you to leave a comment!
Ta ta for now, have a fabulous weekend.  Remember, never put the key to your happiness in someone else's pocket!. Carolyn

Monday, May 13, 2013

Piano top Chest

 I think summer is here! Yea!!!!  Here's a fun little project, I found at a thrift shop. It was in great shape. The drawer wasn't closing right at it was priced low...and you know what was wrong??? It was just off it's track! My good luck was working that day. Even the insides of the drawers were in perfect condition.   I painted a distressed look on the lower half, using CeCe Caldwell's paint. The top was done with acrylic paint because I can blend better for the shadings on the keys. Chalk paint is thicker so it is not as good for fine detail and blending.

I love to do Piano keys (you probably already know that if you have looked at all my blog), they intrigue me. I don't even play! My sister Mary Ann plays piano beautifully and I love to listen to the expression she puts into her music. I do however play guitar and sing. I played in a band for about 15 years and then did a singles act for another 10. Now I play with a group for Assisted Living Centers and such. I have actually written several songs, so music is in my blood.

If you look to the left of the picture, there is the leg from a chair I have on display also. These pieces can be found at Space Doctors Interiors,  209 5th street, in West Des Moines Iowa.

Any questions? I love to help  in any way I can. Just post here, or you can email me at
I will be at ArtFest in West Des Moines Ia this Sunday, May !9th. It is in the Historical Valley Junction . I will be in front of Space Doctors Interiors doing some live demonstrations on my painting. Stop in and see me, I would love to visit with you! Ta ta for now, Carolyn