Monday, March 14, 2011

Worldly Sofa Table from Old Sideboard

I've spent dribs of the last few weekends working on that vintage sideboard I bought to use as a sofa table and I'm finally ready to reveal what I did with it.



There was a lot of major damage to the top of it so I sanded that down to the bare wood. The rest of the piece got a light sand - just enough to give the paint something to grip. Then I washed it all down with a mix of water and TSP (a degreaser).

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After a bit of waffling, I decided to just go ahead and paint it Martha Stewart Plumage because a) I liked the color and b) I had nearly a full quart of it at hand. I can always repaint it if I tire of the shade but I've been really digging teal lately so I jumped in. On it went. (No, I didn't prime. Maybe I should have but I figured I could get away without it.)

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For the very observant you will notice Im painting right in my living room over a nest of old newspaper. A girls gotta do what a girls gotta do.

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It was looking good but I wanted to add a little more. A little gold paint would help tie it to some of the other metallic elements in the room. Out came the overhead projecter to help me draw a world map on the top.

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Turns out I couldn't quite fit the whole world on there but you get the picture. Not navigation ready but I think it adds a fun texture to the piece. If I have somehow missed your hometown island or misrepresented your favorite peninsula, I am truly sorry.

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The final touches were a little gold to the legs and a very thin coat on the hardware to bring out some shine. It still needs a top coat but I'm waiting for the whole thing to cure before I touch it again.

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I'm loving the color and how it turned out but clearly I need to add this shade of blue into other parts of the room. Anyone have any fabric recommendations that has some of this shade in it? I'm having a hard time finding some.

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Lots more to do in here before I feel its 'complete; but for now I'm feeling accomplished. What do you think?

178 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! Loving the map on top.

    Confessions of a Purse-a-holic

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  2. homeroad9:32 AM

    Oh My Goodness! I soooo love this! This is so creative and fun. I absolutely love this!
    Great job!!!!
    Susan
    www.homeroad.net

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  3. Melissa @ HOUSEography9:32 AM

    Gorgeous! I'm sure you have a bunch of pissed off Aussie readers, but it was worth it :) I was in JoAnn fabrics the other day after a long search through 3 other fabric stores and found exactly what I was looking for. Maybe try there. Lots of fun geometric fabrics at mine.

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  4. I absolutely LOVE the colour... and the addition of that map on the top is just perfect. I'll be tackling an old dresser for our nursery soon and I'm trying to come up with something fun to paint on it aside from just making it one colour...

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  5. RachelB9:38 AM

    Looks awesome! Love the gold touches. I never would have thought of that!

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  6. I love the unexpected touch of the map. Nice job!

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  7. I love the unexpected touch of the map. Very nice!!

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  8. Sorry for the double comment! I apparently haven't fully woken up enough to realize my first comment posted.

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  9. Mr. Goodwill Hunting9:55 AM

    This is a great color. I really love the world motif on the top. How creative and inventive. Im not sure what you currently have in your home, but you could try frame pieces of fabrics that have the blue color and adding prints to the top of them. Ive used that technique quite a few times. Keep us updated on the progress.

    Mr. Goodwill Hunting

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  10. Holy moly - that rocks! Love it, love it, love it!

    xo,
    Sherry

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  11. Brit Mccanna10:04 AM

    Looks awesome! What paint color is that? LOVE it!

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  12. Bekwales10:05 AM

    So cool. I'm a sucker for maps on just about anything.

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  13. My bad.. I guess I could have read a little more.. just read the paint color ;)

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  14. BAM!!! Love it! The "worldly" part is so you since you guys travel often! I'm still trying to find a fabric that works with mine. I'm just going to add 2 Chiang Mai dragon pillows to my sofa! Not sure if they will work in your space, but I've been craving some of that fabric for years!

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  15. Awesome! I would've never thought of the blue & gold combo... it's amazing!

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  16. Love it love it love it.

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  17. carrie @ brick city love10:18 AM

    The painted map is so clever. Looks great!!

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  18. Ms_Bright10:20 AM

    This looks super awesome. Great job, as always. Never would I be brave enough for the map thing...it's stunning though and fits so well with you...from a stranger's perspective! :)

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  19. Very pretty! The brass and blue and that map - so lovely! Great job!

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  20. I think it turned out beautifully! Well done. The map was a really fantastic touch.

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  21. Kristal10:27 AM

    Holy cow this is amazing! So creative, and stunning to boot. What a killer statement piece for that room!

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  22. Ooh la la! Such a creative way to add your stamp on the piece.

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  23. Claudia10:30 AM

    omg I absolutely LOVE this! the turquoise is so lovely and saturated, and the map - I swear I am getting a major jones for painting a map on a piece of furniture!!!

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  24. Kevynlynnphotography10:33 AM

    Love this piece...you did an awesome job! Love your blog and your home!

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  25. LOVE IT!!! No i dont love it, i am IN love with it! I will forgive you for not painting South Africa. love the colour! Definitely now considering that colour for my dresser.

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  26. Stacy@RedDoorHome10:38 AM

    Incredible! The world map is such a clever idea and I just love the paint color.

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  27. Judith @Creating Balance10:42 AM

    LOVE the plumage blue! Blues are so hard to pick...I will have to go pick up a quart!

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  28. I LOVE it. Seriously, that has got to be my most favourite colour ever! LOVE the map... this is re-fabbed gold!!!

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  29. So lovely! I liked the unexpected touch of glitz. It seems perfect for you since you enjoy traveling the world. I have a couple of pieces of furniture with sentimental value that I'm considering sanding and painting/staining and this has definitely inspired me ... how much time would you recommend setting aside, say, to sand and refinish a small side table?

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  30. great job!! It really looks fabulous! I loved painted furniture! Here is a link for Joann.com online fabrics...I think it would look great as an accent pillow. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat2143&PRODID=xprd943938

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  31. Love this piece - great job! I love painted furniture. Here is a link for a fabric I think may work nicely from Joann.com. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat2143&PRODID=xprd943938

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  32. Nina Patricia11:08 AM

    Wow, that is just amazing. Must find a similar dresser for my own

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  33. Looks amazing! Love it!
    Cheers!
    Shelly xo

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  34. What a great idea! Totally digging it!

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  35. I love the color. I'm going through a crush on different shades of teal and peacock right now so I really, really love it. And the gold, especially the handles, just looks spectacular with it.

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  36. I really, really LOVE this! That gold map makes it!

    p.s. this is off topic, but where did you find the sputnik light for shore home bathroom? I've been doing som research and want to purchase one. : )

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  37. Akindre11:35 AM

    It looks great! Me likes :)

    ...Wondering what you meant by "top coat"? Thanks!

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  38. Beautiful! And so appropriate for you two world travelers. You should mark all the places you've been : )

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  39. Seriously that is too awesome. Looks great. Fabric ideas: http://www.brunschwig.com/pop.php?type=fabric&id=3055
    http://www.brunschwig.com/pop.php?type=fabric&id=3509
    http://www.brunschwig.com/pop.php?type=fabric&id=2997
    http://www.brunschwig.com/pop.php?type=fabric&id=3116

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  40. Renee C.11:49 AM

    The blue in this pillow looks similar to your blue. Might not be an exact match though!

    http://www.pier1.com/catalog/browse/0600.rugs-pillows-windows/tabid/514/CategoryID/144/List/0/catpagesize/0/Level/a/ProductID/6937/ProductName/Embroidered-Multi-Damask-Pillow/Default.aspx

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  41. WOAH! LOVE THIS! The world map = Genius! It really went from Nana-ish to OMG. Great work! Keep the ideas coming!
    xo
    Mindy

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  42. you did an amazing job! I love the world map on top! The whole room looks amazing. You could add blue candles to the table or big blue vases in a corner?

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  43. Love it! I have a nightstand project in mind, and that color might be just the ticket (I was going to use a sky blue milk paint, but I'm reconsidering.

    For fabric, you might want to check out Alexander Henry's Fulham Road collection -- Oxford Butterfly in Blue would look gorgeous (I really want a yard of Regent Peacock in Indigo for my LR but I can't find it in stock ANYWHERE).

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  44. Oh my gosh! That tuned out amazing! I love the color and the map on top is perfect!

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  45. Wow - how creative to add the world map to the top! It looks amazing!

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  46. That looks beautiful, the Map on the surface is such a lovely, unexpected, incredibly creative surprise!

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  47. Centsational Girl12:50 PM

    YOU.
    ARE.
    FABULOUS.

    xo
    Kate

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  48. Absolutely stunning! Bravo, Mrs. L., bravo.
    What grade sandpaper did you use for sanding? I'm wanting to paint some furniture but have never attempted it except on bare wood and don't want to find it peeling in the future.

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  49. Looks great! Two questions - do you use an additive when you paint furniture to get that "brushless" look? And did you do the whole thing with the roller, or did you use a brush?

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  50. Oh wow, it is GORGEOUS!! Love the world map idea!!

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  51. ashley @ pure + lovely1:39 PM

    AWESOME.

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  52. Marnie1:40 PM

    Very nice, love the map idea.

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  53. Marisarhode2:15 PM

    Wow! Beautiful! I would have never thought about using the overhead projector or add something to the top. Makes it so much more interesting and feels whimsical, yet still serious in shape. Really nice!

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  54. What an awesome idea! and the color is wonderful!

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  55. Beautiful!
    That blue color is so perfect, and the map! wow! soo cool!
    the photos of the room are gorgeous and the curves on that dresser...so much better dressed in blue!

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  56. Maggie2:25 PM

    Ah-Mazing work! I'm new to this blog and I'm loving everything I see on here. I feel so inspired and will be borrowing some of your great ideas.

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  57. Crazy love this!!!!

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  58. Brooksdnf2:38 PM

    It looks great.

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  59. Insanely gorgeous..so jealous!

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  60. Olivia@swanwhitecurtain3:40 PM

    How cool! I love the unique detail you added. I have been obsessed with teal, so I will be taking note of that paint color. :o)

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  61. Elmelati3:48 PM

    I have similar chest drawer/sofa table (what ever you called it) Bought in Manhattan flea market a long time ago. It has yellow finish but really it is more like cream color because of too much of sun exposure. When saw this project posted by Centsational Girl ; I fell in love all over again with that piece and this is such an inspiration. Thank you...ohh by the way we are about to moving in to a new house, so this drawer project will be a make over for me in the new house. Thank you to you and Centsational Girl for posting this ! It is really beautiful....!!!

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  62. Kate S.4:00 PM

    Gorgeous! It immediately had me wondering what I could paint on the top of the buffet I'm about to refinish!

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  63. Jokaj4:01 PM

    I don't like it I LOVE it !!! Fantastic job and the map GENIUS !!!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

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  64. I Love the Creativity you put into it and you're so energetic too! I want some of that!

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  65. I Love the Creativity you put into it and you're so energetic too! I want some of that!I

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  66. Wow that turned out so cool! I would have never thought to put a map of the world on top - so perfect for you and hubs since you travel so much.

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  67. The Countess of Nassau County4:28 PM

    I'm comment #66, I think that says it all.

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  68. Looks awesome! How about this fabric? Seems to have colors that work in that room. http://www.calicocorners.com/product/designer+fabrics+for+the+home/shop+fabrics+by+color/aqua+and+teal+fabric/pabo+seafoam.do

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  69. Love, love, love how this turned out. The gold world map is genius! It pulls in the gold from your chandelier. Sorry no ideas about fabric for the rest of the room. But I do think this piece turned out super special.

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  70. Kara @ Kara Paslay Designs5:29 PM

    I absolutely LOVE it Stefanie! Fantastic Job!

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  71. Wow! What a great project. I just love how it turned out!

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  72. Oh, I love this makeover. What an awesome idea to add gold!

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  73. I wish I had an ounce of your creativity! :)

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  74. carmel7:53 PM

    I love the gold accents on that teal - so pretty!

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  75. Plain & Fancy Living8:32 PM

    This is a very unique idea. I am always impressed with your originality. Great job!

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  76. Love! Especially the gold accents.

    How about the P Kaufman Luca Teal?
    https://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=bb36e9f5-2bdf-49fe-a54a-1ee58666dbeb

    or Dwell Studio Vintage Plumes?
    http://www.dwellstudio.com/modern-home-decor/home-decor-fabric/vintage-plumes-jade.html

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  77. Emily@Decorchick8:47 PM

    Ahhh this is just AWESOME!!! The map is gorgeous on it and Plumage is a beautiful color too. I'm diggin' teal lately too. :) Great job girl!

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  78. Cochranja19:56 PM

    Amazing!!!

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  79. Megan {Honey We're Home}10:34 PM

    So fun! I love the shade of blue! I can't believe you painted in your living room- my hubby woulda had a fit:)

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  80. laura @ the shorehousechic10:53 PM

    Love, LOVE! It came out amazing. Have you checked out any of the Annie Selke fabrics? Not sure if any of her blues are teal enough but worth a look!

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  81. Amanda10:53 PM

    I love how you added your travel love into the piece. It definitely fits and completed it.

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  82. Helloloverofbeautifulthings11:04 PM

    I love the blue and gold mix and I think the top turned out great!

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  83. It's pretty crazy, yet totally perfect. I love it - it's amazing!

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  84. Cassie [hi sugarplum]11:30 PM

    I think it's gorgeous and I'll def be painting my armoire plummage now!! Thanks for the test run! :)
    I don't have any blue in that exact shade in my living room, but it looks great with the lighter shades I do have.

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  85. This turned out fabulous! The map is the best part!

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  86. Linda@Lime in the Coconut4:35 AM

    {Long low wolf whistle}

    La la la Limestone...ya did it again!

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  87. StatelyKitsch8:35 AM

    I love the gold with the teal! Have you considered marking all the places you have been on the map?

    My kitchen island and the inside of my dining room hutch are painted almost that same exact color (although I used a historic paint color). I just made valances with the fabric below that has teal in it (although it is probably not right for your house). Fabric.com had several nice fabrics that I considered.

    the one I used in my Victorian:
    http://www.fabric.com/home-decor-fabric-designer-home-decor-fabric-premier-prints-home-decor-fabric-premier-prints-geometric-abstract-fabric-premier-prints-elizabeth-chocolate-natural.aspx?cm_vc=756b1813-cbc1-43b3-84bd-29889bf8fb7b

    paisley with teal highlight:
    http://www.fabric.com/home-decor-fabric-drapery-fabric-premier-prints-home-decor-fabric-premier-prints-paisley-fabric-premier-prints-paisley-chocolate.aspx?cm_vc=756b1813-cbc1-43b3-84bd-29889bf8fb7b

    Dwell has a nice bird fabric with a teal background:
    http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=429ea5a2-de0b-4bb6-865e-4018d99a1ec6

    Willliam Morris Fabric:
    http://tonicliving.com/productsDetails.asp?categoryid=26&productid=1185&currentpage=1&onsale=0

    Floral/Paisley w/ gold metallic accent:
    http://tonicliving.com/productsDetails.asp?categoryid=26&productid=1893&currentpage=1&onsale=0

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  88. Looks awesome! Especially love the gold map on the top-what a great idea!

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  89. Jordan@the2seasons9:56 AM

    This is beautiful I just love the color. The idea of the map on top is also so creative. Ahh just love it!

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  90. Terry Cohen11:26 AM

    beautiful piece!
    Judy Ross has some beautiful blue (and expensive) pillows that might work.

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  91. Simply....Stunning!!!

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  92. Laurie12:01 PM

    Seriously beyond cool, I'm telling ya, you simply amaze me!!

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  93. Stef, this is GORGEOUS!! What an awesome way to bring your love for travel into the room.

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  94. I love that. Very cool idea. I wish I was crafty like all you crafty people.

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  95. Ericaeblackburn1:54 PM

    Perhaps you should check Ikea. I just did a search on the site, and there were 66 pages of gorgeous and affordable fabrics (tons with your blue included!). Hope that helps! Love the dresser, by the way.

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  96. Akslesar2:23 PM

    Plain and simple(not the piece itself, of course), I love it!!!

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  97. Lkennedy953:58 PM

    that is genius! This has my creative wheels turning now.

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  98. You are so talented! Did you draw that free hand? Love it!

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  99. Oh wow look how that turned out. Using the overhead projector was so "Macguyver".

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  100. Debe149:49 PM

    WHO would have thought that would look so great...only you! What a very cool idea!

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  101. One word - gorgeous.

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  102. Love the gold accents with the teal! I used almost the same color on my kitchen island and built in dining room hutch. I just made window valances with a fabric with a teal accent. It probably isn't quite right for your house but here are a few I looked at.

    I used this one for our victorian home:
    http://www.fabric.com/home-decor-fabric-designer-home-decor-fabric-premier-prints-home-decor-fabric-premier-prints-geometric-abstract-fabric-premier-prints-elizabeth-chocolate-natural.aspx?cm_vc=756b1813-cbc1-43b3-84bd-29889bf8fb7b

    paisley with teal accent:
    http://www.fabric.com/home-decor-fabric-drapery-fabric-premier-prints-home-decor-fabric-premier-prints-paisley-fabric-premier-prints-paisley-chocolate.aspx?cm_vc=756b1813-cbc1-43b3-84bd-29889bf8fb7b

    William Morris Print w/ teal:
    http://tonicliving.com/productsDetails.asp?categoryid=26&productid=1185&currentpage=1&onsale=0

    Floral/Paisley w/ blue and metallic accent:
    http://tonicliving.com/productsDetails.asp?categoryid=26&productid=1893&currentpage=1&onsale=0

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  103. After-Dinner Design1:41 AM

    Wow! This looks phenomenal! The overhead-projector/map is pure genius... and I love how the hardware really pops with that extra dash of gold.

    Really fantastic work. I'll keep my eyes peeled for some fabric suggestions...

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  104. jssait2:38 AM

    Fantastic job (even if my homeland didn't make it on :) ). You might find some fabric you like here http://www.premierprintsfabric.com/lultrt.shtml

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  105. brilliant idea! you're so creative!

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  106. Nicole_gt7:36 AM

    LOVE the color you chose- I think it looks perfect in that room and really will be awesome with some extra touches of that blue in pillows. I also think the extra gold handles were a great touch as it picks up that bit of sparkle in the room that keeps things from looking too drab. Personally, I wouldn't have done the map on top, but it does add another layer to the room, and again, I think that the room needs soom sparkle. Keep working on this room- I love seeing each new addition!!!

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  107. Lori and Ethne (wom-mom)11:20 AM

    I love this! Adding the map in gold to the top "made" this dresser. I am definitely going to "steal" this idea. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

    Lori
    www.wom-mom.com

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  108. Shareen11:34 AM

    It turned out so beautifully!

    I shop at www.quilthome.com often - there are so many fabrics and designers to choose from (Amy Butler, Joel Dewberry, and Valori Wells are some of my favorites)!

    There's one by Valori Wells here http://quilthome.com/product_info.php/products_id/7976

    and another by Anna Maria Horner here http://quilthome.com/product_info.php/products_id/4635

    that could be nice. Regardless, there's a lot to look through there!

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  109. Holy crap this is like the BEST DIY project I've seen anywhere! Its not even like a DIY project, it looks like something from a fancy store that cost thousands- LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!! I think I might have to re-blog about it- you know with the wedding coming up I need lots of things to keep my readers busy and this is amazing!

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  110. Doris3:07 PM

    that. is. so. cool! i hope you're getting all the comments notified because mine will be way down at the bottom. awesome color.

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  111. doris3:08 PM

    Also- how in the world do you have an overhead projector handy?

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  112. Oooh, lovely! I love the addition of the map, definitely a keeper :)

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  113. Carrie @ Dittle Dattle7:21 PM

    this is awesome! What a great project to do with my home school kiddos :D

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  114. Christina3:08 AM

    Great story. Love the bit about the overhead projector simply popping up -- do you own one?

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  115. Jackie9:50 AM

    You've turned this into a very interesting piece!

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  116. WOW! It looks gorgeous. I will admit I was a bit skeptical about the gold map at first but seeing it in the room..it is perfect. It adds a little edge to it that it unexpected. LOVE that color.

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  117. Sarah Devaney-O'Neil12:10 PM

    I'm glad to see that you went bold with the color it came out great! I also enjoy the touch of gold on the top with the map. This is so funny that you posted/have this particular sideboard, I have the EXACT same one! I was just talking to my husband the other day about how much I hate it and want to paint it! So, thank you for the inspiration. I'll have to post a picture when I get around to painting mine to get your feedback.

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  118. BonnieJean2:19 PM

    I love the creative idea of the map!! :) Thanks for sharing!!

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  119. I just love this! What a fantastic idea :)

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  120. Britt6:52 PM

    This Dwell Studio pillow from Target looks like it will match the blue... http://t.co/XJq9ODG

    I bought it for my bedroom makeover and I love it. It is my color inspiration for everything. I even found Oops paint at Lowe's that is a perfect match.

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  121. Angela4:51 AM

    I love it!! The color is really nice and it looks like a good piece of furniture.

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  122. Elizabeth9:03 PM

    Absolutely Stunning!!! You are so very creative, please, keep giving me inspiration! We are currently saving for our dream vintage home (in the South)! Reading your blog reminds me of why we are sacrificing so much for our dream.
    Warmest Regards,
    Elizabeth of LizzieLuxeVintage.etsy.com

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  123. I have the identical dining room set that I grew up with and inherited. It is by Drexel Heritage and my mother bought it in the 50's. It's fruitwood and I have been too timid to paint it as you have. It looks great...what was your inspiration for color/design? The table and sideboard both need some love and I've been struggling what to do with them.

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  124. Scribbler4:33 PM

    I love it! It's been a while since I have visited to see what you are up to in the Limestone, and I see that I need to catch up. This is such a novel idea, and it works so well.

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  125. Mommahenscoop7:36 PM

    This is really pretty. I'm not a fan of gold but this makes me change my mind! Great work :D

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  126. love it! Try Mod Green Pod for some organic cotton (lovely) fabrics.

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  127. MrsLimestone9:20 AM

    Well it would definitely depend on the shape its in but a small table shouldn't take more than a couple of hours (spaced out over several days). Good luck!

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  128. MrsLimestone9:20 AM

    Oh thank you - i really like that fabric!

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  129. MrsLimestone9:20 AM

    Hi Joi - thanks. The sputnik light fixture came from ebay. Just do a search and you'll find one seller that has a ton of them. (He also has brass ones which I love but just didn't work for my bathroom)

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  130. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    Thanks Liz. We thought of that but because the map cuts off a lot AND it needs to be sealed (so we can't update it), we thought no. But we are always talking about getting one of those pin maps.

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  131. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    Thanks Pam. I used medium grit sandpaper - mostly because its what I had left from another project. I think its the right kind ot use anyway but not 100% sure.

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  132. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    Nope, no additive. (Didn't even know there was such a thing). I used a roller for most of it but a brush for the parts a roller can't get to. You can't see any brush strokes on the blue part.

    The gold has a lot of texture from the brush - thats just how that gold paint works. I think it adds to the interest but I wouldn't even know how to get that gold paint smooth short of using a sprayer.

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  133. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    ha! The hubs wasn't too happy about it either but without an alternative, there wasn't much discussion.

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  134. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    I own one :)

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  135. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    Yep, ours is from DH as well. Lucky you that you have more than one piece!

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  136. MrsLimestone9:21 AM

    Yep, I got one for Christmas a few years ago. I only pull it out once in a while but it proves to be handy.

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  137. Woah. That looks amazing! Crazy what a coat of paint can do. Great job.

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  138. Great colour, it's such a focal point in the room!

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  139. Julie8:06 AM

    Very cute & original! Love the color!

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  140. Shannon10:37 AM

    So creative! Your house and the updated sideboard are gorgeous! Did you do the molding on the walls too?

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  141. MrsLimestone10:54 AM

    Thanks! The molding came with the house (although some bits of it required a bit of rework, can't take credit for it.)

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  142. Karri8:33 AM

    This is beautiful!

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  143. This is lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas!

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  144. I may have to try me some Martha... I am still mad they discontinued Ralph so I have been boycotting. You are making me convert to the other side! Love the gold touches! Gorgeous!

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  145. Debbie9:34 AM

    This is gorgeous! I normally don't like gold hardware but it looks stunning with the blue. The map is such a great touch! Love!

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  146. stumbled over from centsational girl. i'm absolutely in LOVE with this! i think that's my favorite color combination!

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  147. Hey- this might be a silly question, but seeing as you painted this piece in your house, how did you keep your cat from jumping on it/messing it up? My younger cat is on my furniture everyday, so I always paint stuff in my garage, but sometimes it is a pain to bring things down and then back up the stairs. The piece looks beautiful and I love the peacock and gold combo! -Anna

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  148. Fantastic! I love the teal and gold together!

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  149. MrsLimestone8:44 AM

    Its not a silly question but I dont have any suggestions really. My cat jumps on everything but for whatever reason, he doesn't jump on anything that has just been painted. I assume he doesn't like the smell? He'll hang around me when Im painting so I keep an eye out then but when its drying, he doesn't really want to be on it.

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  150. Ada @ New York6:10 PM

    I love how u added the world map on top .. picking up the color of the handle. Bravo!!! 

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  151. I can't beleive I've only just seen this now!
    It complements the space perfectly- I absolutley love every thing in that room !!!

    xo
    Elle

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  152. Natalie Wagner3:06 PM

    Wow, this is a really neat idea, especially for a globe-trotter such as yourself! :)

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  153. West Furniture Revival12:57 AM

    Would love to feature your sofa table on my blog please let me

    Know if this would be ok with you Lauren

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  154. Wow, I LOVE this!!!! I love maps already...

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  155. Ann Hulshof9:22 PM

    What a great idea!  I love the blue...I love the gold...especially the map!
    Your room is really beautiful.

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  156. I love this project, I wish more folks would restore great old furniture like this.

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  157. Carole2:00 PM

    Try Calico Corners for blue fabric.  Lots there which would work well.  They make it easy, too....you can search by color.  Good luck.  Room looks terrific.  Dresser is smashing.  

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  158. Dixie Redmond7:28 AM

    What a pretty transformation.  Found you through Pinterest.  :-)

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  159. This is inspiring ... and here is what we made
    http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/8895/worldmaptrunk.jpg
     

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  160. MyCraftyHomeLife6:52 AM

    Very cool!

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  161. Hi!  I am enjoying your blog - especially your DIY projects.  I love  this sideboard into a worldy sofa table.  I have a blog - mainly dealing with decorative painting projects - and I have found that when I am working outside my home a lot, my blog suffers.  But then I later have a lot to blog about - with lots of before and after projects.  How do you manage and organize your time?  You, like me, are not an organiized person by nature.  I have to learn to come up with some simpler DIY projects - so it fills up the blog (while waiting for me to finish the larger projects I have going).

    Love your ideas and I love the way you write.  I have to come and scour some of the places you mention in Brooklyn.  I live on Long Island - so not a bad drive to your lovely borough.That could be a blogpost for me as well. 

    So glad I spent some time on your blog today.

    Linda

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  162. Thanks for reading Linda.  I may not be very organized with my things (my closet can attest to that!) but I'm very organized with my time.  I work full time so I have to have a plan for my 'free' time.  That said, I blog about my life - so I don't really do projects JUST for the blog.  I figure if its not something I would use or want, there isn't much point in bothering to post about it.  Thats why you'll see sometimes I have more projects going on during one point in the year than another. 

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  163. This is amazing! I just love the map on top.

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  164. decoguy9:30 PM

    It looks beautiful! great work, the colour of blue and gold, along with the other parts of the room it just looks amazing. I was wondering what brand of gold paint did you use? and did you seal it with a primer?

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  165. I am also wondering what type of gold paint you used..... Thanks!!

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  166. Theresa12:40 AM

    This is fabulous! I LOVE it. The map is interesting and original. I am getting ready to paint two old pieces so like Lia, I am wondering what type or brand of paint you used. Also was it like a "satin" finish?

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  167. Gorgeous. I've pinned it as inspiration for my living room. I'll be mentioning this piece on my blog this Friday. Thanks for inspiring me.
    Christa from www.controllingcraziness.blogspot.com

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  168. Maritza Bermudez3:01 PM

    If you don't find fabric to match, get canvas cloth and paint it yourself with the same paint as the sofa table.  You can cover cushions or do a painting and frame.

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  169. Durrill712:28 AM

    Oh my word...I LOVE this.  LOVE.  Awesome job and thanks for the inspiration!

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  170. Thomson_710:32 PM

    what did you use to paint the handles gold or were they already gold?

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  171. They were metallic but not quite gold so I added a very light rub of gold paint.

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  172. Jason Pereira6:05 PM

    U... r a bad-ass MF b*tch! I would have never thought to put the world on that dresser, but it works amazingly with that color! you absolutely killed it...

    I'm sure u missed my islands of Samoa... they always end up on the edge of that map layout. But hell, still a sweet idea!

    My bad for the vulgarity, but that's how tuff this looks & the work u do. I'll be keepin' an eye on u...

    Talofa lava...
    JP out in California

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  173. henry202212:25 AM

    Very nice post. I
    really enjoy the reading. I come here from the google while searching for
    some good article.Thanks
    kitchen and bath remodel Vail, Colorado

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  174. what are the measurements on the sideboard? btw, looks awesome

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  175. Gorgeous. Aside from the dresser (which is great), what a lovely apartment! Lots of character. I LOVE the floors. And are those pocket doors? Nice moldings and not painting to the ceiling really make the color pop. Great Job!

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  176. Gorgeous. Aside from the dresser (which is great), what a lovely apartment! Lots of character. I LOVE the floors. And are those pocket doors? Nice moldings and not painting to the ceiling really make the color pop. Great Job!

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