Tuesday, April 3, 2012

A Magical Forest Table

A magical forest table for Emma's room...

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I'd been looking for a little desk for Emma's room on every street and in every thrift / op shop. In the rain I saw this table sitting on top of an old lounge chair and knew I could make it just right. (Ok, so actually I thought that I could have a go and if it didn't work out I hadn't spent any money!)

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As always, it was dirty. It had a clump of hair / dust / gunge that made me want to heave. But that's not unusual right? Being thrifty isn't always glamourous! After sawing the legs down to the right height I sanded, primed and painted the table white. I knew immediately what I wanted to do - I love Rob Ryan's amazing papercuts, but can't quite afford it right now. So I worked on a design of my own.

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I drew the design on in pencil first, which made it easy to rub out anything that didn't look quite right. And I had some help along the way - both Emma and Harry loved drawing on the table and then rubbing it out. Every morning Emma has raced out to see what I've painted over night, so we've been playing games finding animals and words already. I'll be honest - painting the design took hours, but I think it was well worth the effort, and Emma does too! My favourite is that little girl with pigtails, my Emma.

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This table will sit under Emma's gallery wall in her room. No styled photos at this stage, I'll save them for when her room is finally finished.

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Thank you for stopping by - I'd love to hear what you think.

I'm sharing at Not Just a Housewife, Sugar Bee Crafts, Domestically Speaking, Tatertots and Jello, Primitive & Proper, The Shabby Nest, Miss Mustard Seed , Under the Table & Dreaming & aka design .

21 comments:

  1. this is totally AMAZING!!!!!!! oh my i love it!!!!! love is not even strong enough.

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  2. Gorgeous Catherine!! This is so creative and beautiful, something to cherish for years to come!!
    I can feel some features coming on...

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  3. That looks gorgeous - I love your artwork...

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  4. This is completely fantastic! I love your blog!

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  5. What a transformation! I love the restrained color scheme in opposition to the complex design. Jo @ Let's Face the Music

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  6. You are quite the artist! This is lovely!! I especially LOVE the message in the middle...
    Excited to be a new follower!

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  7. You are very tallented. I love it!

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  8. It's beautiful! What a special piece for her room. You are so talented!

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  9. This is really a very pretty desk. A treasure I know your little one will enjoy for years. I am crafty beyond crafty but I cannot draw. I imagine that when God was handing out
    "Drawing Ability" I snuck BACK into the "Loves Glitter and all things Swarovski" line for a second go. Thank God for rubber stamps and Photoshop Brushes but a project like this is so much more special because you hand drew it.

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  10. Lindo demais, adorei !!! Parabéns por esse talento !!!
    Abraços Jane

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  11. Just beautiful, I knew your next project was going to be a great one!!

    Sal x

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  12. Hey! Just found your blog via Roadkill Rescue...love the table! Emma is so lucky to have such a talented (and patient- to paint all those tiny things!) mum!

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  13. Wow, this is seriously one of the best furniture rehab's I've ever seen! So unique and BEAUTIFUL!

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  14. You have put so much love and care into this special little table! What a treasure! <3 I LOVE your drawing...soooo much!~ <3 Especially the sweet saying in the center! What a great gift to your sweet little emma!

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  15. I found this project via Tatertots best projects link up party. Of all the projects linked up, I was drawn to this and the ombre dresser (which of course is yours). This table is amazing. My jaw hit the floor when I saw that you hand painted this design. I thought maybe you used paper, fabric...something. But, no, you painted this. You have some serious talent. And, now I am left wishing that we were friends and that you could help me do this exact same thing. I'm off to pin. *This truly is the best that I saw at Tatertots!

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  16. What a beautiful job! So detailed! I'd love it if you stopped by my weekly link party and linked this post up. :) http://thelifeofjenniferdawn.blogspot.com/2013/01/a-little-bird-told-me-link-party-23.html

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  17. Wow! It looks amazing! Please share your projects at www.creativecraftsthursday.blogspot.com each and every week and check out what other creative divas are up to.

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  18. This is a wonderful project

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