13 July 2011

Painting.


Last weekend, my friend Edeena gave me this vintage writing table she found in Evangelista. I like things that have been used and loved, so I gladly accepted it. It looked quite sad with its brown stained wood, so I decided to paint it white.


I wanted it to look stressed, so I used a big brush to make texture and retain some hints of brown.


I love how the imperfections of this table add to its charm. I will be sanding the edges to complete the stressed look.


Here it is! My old-new writing table. Tomorrow, after I sand the edges, I shall put those pens in the drawer
and use that container as a vase. This weekend, I shall scour Evangelista for an old chair that will match this table.

Projects like this is very therapeutic for me. Anything I do with my hands give me so much joy. During the entire process of sanding and painting, I have learned that --

there is beauty in imperfection...

it is possible for old, wonky things (and perhaps, people) to still shine...

with enough friction (sanding), old things could become new...

beauty is a matter of perception (and taste)...

some things (and people) deserve second chances...

a mean Yang Chow fried rice and spicy ribs to gorge after an entire evening of painting helps. :D

I'm on a painting spree. I painted my good old brown dining set and will be painting my TV rack, my bookshelf, and my cupboards! Wish me luck! :)

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julai July 13, 2011 at 9:57 PM  

weee,nice kaaju ang result sa imong painting ate, nakaremember ko sa DIY projects ni Elle at Switcheroom. Go Ate, I am excited to see your DIY projects here.

And thanks for sharing the lessons you learned during the painting and sanding. very true and very inspiring. keep up the good work ate. muahhhh

CBB July 13, 2011 at 10:11 PM  

From the pics, your paint job looks professionally done!

Aileen Siroy July 13, 2011 at 10:19 PM  

julai said...
weee,nice kaaju ang result sa imong painting ate, nakaremember ko sa DIY projects ni Elle at Switcheroom. Go Ate, I am excited to see your DIY projects here.

And thanks for sharing the lessons you learned during the painting and sanding. very true and very inspiring. keep up the good work ate. muahhhh

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Thanks Julai! It's heartwarming that you actually appreciate this DIY project. :D

Aileen Siroy July 13, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

CBB said...
From the pics, your paint job looks professionally done!

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Some things are not what they seem. LOL!

Patricia July 13, 2011 at 11:17 PM  

oh, it's so lovely ai! i like the shabby chic effect!

Chelo July 13, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

i love it!!!;-) you are great with your hands;-)

Badeth July 14, 2011 at 10:46 AM  

Hahaha! I love your comment to CBB's comment :-)

But I can indeed see how imperfectly beautiful that newly-painted table is!

Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

a fantastic re-birth! impressed.

E.

Martine July 14, 2011 at 10:20 PM  

Love it! What kind of paint did you use, Aileen? And did you need to sand the wood before painting? I've been wanting to tackle a project just like this! Still looking for the perfect desk, though! What an awesome find. :)

Meikah July 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

I LOVE what you did to this table! G'leng g'leng! :) Can't wait to see all your "painting" projects. hehe

Aileen Siroy July 20, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

Patricia said...
oh, it's so lovely ai! i like the shabby chic effect!

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Thank you, Pat! Coming from you, I am happy! :)

Aileen Siroy July 20, 2011 at 10:25 PM  

Chelo said...
i love it!!!;-) you are great with your hands;-)

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Thank you, Chel! I am grateful for these hands! :)

Aileen Siroy July 20, 2011 at 10:27 PM  

Badeth said...
Hahaha! I love your comment to CBB's comment :-)

But I can indeed see how imperfectly beautiful that newly-painted table is!

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Thank you, Badeth! I've learned to appreciate imperfections. They give so much character. :)

Aileen Siroy July 20, 2011 at 10:33 PM  

Anonymous said...
a fantastic re-birth! impressed.

E.

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Thank you again for the table, E! Love, love it! :)

Aileen Siroy July 20, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

Martine said...
Love it! What kind of paint did you use, Aileen? And did you need to sand the wood before painting? I've been wanting to tackle a project just like this! Still looking for the perfect desk, though! What an awesome find. :)

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Hi Martine! I used an odor-free, latex paint. And yes, I did sand the table before painting. :) Thank you!

Aileen Siroy July 20, 2011 at 10:50 PM  

Meikah said...
I LOVE what you did to this table! G'leng g'leng! :) Can't wait to see all your "painting" projects. hehe

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Thank you, Mei! Just posted more painting projects! :D

Liza July 26, 2011 at 3:36 PM  

I wonder where in Evangelista your friend got this desk. I have an aunt in Evangelista who sells anything used--anything from used clothing to used car. She imports the items from all over the world, mostly from the US and Europe. Most of our furniture and items we have in the house are from there. My mom traveled to Manila regularly, she would pick the items and my aunt would send them to Bohol by boat.

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