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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Met Monday - Teacup Shelf

Met Monday is one of my favorite "blog events", and I am so late I should skip it, but I don't have anything for 3 or more Tuesday. Susan from Between Naps on the Porch (see her link in my side bar!) is our lovely hostess and she does some really amazing transformations. Mine are usually "mini-mets".

My mom picked up 2 teacup shelves at an auction, and gave me one. She painted hers black and put teacups in it. It looks great in her living room. Here is mine, "before":

I started painting mine black too, but then I started thinking about what I wanted to do with it and where it would ultimately end up, and I changed my mind and painted it white - distressed, of course. I decided to use it in the bedroom to showcase my extensive perfume bottle collection. I liked how the finish came out, after only about 87 coats of paint. I should have done black, it covers much better. No kidding, those spindles are murder, and I have no place to spray-paint right now so this is brush painted. I do NOT recommend it.
But the overall look was pretty cold. I showed my mom, and she thought it looked like a store display. Not what I was going for. My friend Trish tactfully agreed that it "needed something". I do think it will be much better once I get the room painted (soft robins' egg blue), but wasn't sure what else to do. Mom suggested antique hankies or doilies.
After a foray through Mom's shed where she is storing all her leftovers from her antique selling venture (she retired), I complied a nice cache of both hankies and doilies. The doilies are looking good to me, much better and less sterile looking than before.

Getting the perfume bottles off the vanity freed up some space for other stuff. Now I have to figure out how to display all my jewelry...

I am not painting anything else white until I have a place to use spray paint. Happy Met Monday!

11 comments:

Kammy said...

Oh so neat. If I found one I would certainly buy it too ! Love the paint job !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Carol said...

Great idea!

Susie Q said...

Very pretty. I used to have all my earrings in an embroidery hoop. Found a pretty piece of fabric and put through it, then stuck the earrings through it. I THINK that I strung a few necklaces over the hook too...just a thought...lovely display of the bottles...you have some really gorgeous ones.

Marie Reed said...

I think that the hankies really give it that oomfy color that it needed! Perfect!

KelliSue Kolz said...

Awesome, and yes the fabric softens the whole look considerably. Nicely done.

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Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

The display shelf & all of it's 87 coats of paint turned out great. And adding the doilies gave it the extra punch it needed.

Angie said...

I love distressed white furniture.

Lou Cinda said...

I think it is beautiful and will look great against a soft blue wall! Definitely!

I can relate to the coats of paint!! I painted the sidelights aroung my door black, along with the door and hated it! Repainted the sidelights white, also 87 coats of paint!! NO FUN!!

Have a great day!

Lou Cinda :)

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

Your post made me chuckle. I'm thinking after all that painting, it must have just irked you to "purposely" mess the "neat" finish with distressing...but now it's looks great. The doilies really soften it up and that collection of perfume bottles is just awesome!
Bravo!

Lisa said...

I have always wanted a shelf like that. 87 coats of paint sure made it look pretty.

Pen Pen said...

Love this! You might could even jazz it up by "wall papering" the back wall of the cabinet with some pretty toile or small print scrapbook paper.

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