I think every room of my house needs some element of surprise…just a quirky little something that says, “Hey! I’m not a just any old room, I’m special!” In my unprofessional opinion, staying out of generic world is the kindest thing you can do to a room. I found just the perfect touch of whimsy for my guest room with these. Aren’t they adorable?
I’m guessing they were part of a store display or some such thing. I found them months ago in a local thrift store and was immediately transported into a Robert Louis Stevenson world of “Ahoy matey!” and “Avast ye land lubbers!” right there in the store. ( Why yes, my imagination does tend to wander, why do you ask?) I had them in the back of my truck before you could say “pieces of eight”! Naturally, my inclination was to paint them as I would imagine an old sea barrel to look.
I used random paint samples I had on hand for the wood planks, and black stain for the shelves. I don’t ever bother with distressing things with sandpaper, I just dry brush it for the distressed look. I think it looks much more natural. Layering a couple colors will give you that worn over time look. I left the wood rough and unsanded on purpose as well, I just don’t like things that are too perfect.
I am entirely delighted with the outcome. They are just the sort of piece that seem to tell a story all on their own. They are currently sitting as pretty as you please on either side of my guest bed.
I decided to keep you informed of my projects in that room as I go, instead of just one grand slam shebang before and after post about the room. After all, everything is more fun with company don’t you think? So far I’ve got two walls painted, which has vastly improved the room already. These little tables sort of set the tone of the room for me, and no, its not going to be a nautical theme. It’s my fate to be a theme impaired decorator. I realized when I was done, I could have also gone the “old country store” route with the paint job, but I’m happy I didn’t. Which would you have done?
Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
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