Saturday, 5 October 2013

Gaston



Gaston was named with inspiration from Beauty and the Beast...as it is a beauty...but it was a beast to repair.
I know there was a great debate between my followers on whether Gaston should be painted or not, and then not long after Miss Mustard Seed also came out with a post about painting Vs. not painting furniture.
I totally agree there are times when something shouldn't be painted- Fine wood pieces made from burled Walnut or Cherry for example that have intricate carvings or curves. I do work hard to preserve those pieces.
Gaston had been stripped and restained in the past (not by me). When that took place, all the glue that held him together was stripped away and he required some major repairs. Painting him was an easy way to cover up those repairs.
Gaston is also made of oak, so the grain is very course and not all that elegant. As well, the home he is going to belongs to a young lady about my age with a gracious home. To put a piece like Gaston in unpainted would over-power a room and look very heavy. By painting it, it has a new elegance that is not "in your face" in a room. It is being totally reloved, which is, in the end, the whole point of what many of us do when we refinish furniture.  
If you like it, thanks so kindly. If you don't like it, I can understand why and have no hard feelings.






16 comments:

  1. Love it...would be a keeper in my house for sure!

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  2. so gorgeous!!!! I just had to pinit!

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  3. Visiting from MMS - I think it is lovely! Well done!
    Robin

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  4. What a find!! The carvings in this piece are amazing!

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  5. It is beautiful:) What paint type and color did you use? Any special technique?

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  6. Hi Danielle!

    You've been caught having done a fabulous furniture piece and I featured this today. I hope you stop by and check out your feature.

    Have a wonderful creative week!

    Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations

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  7. I totally love it! I have an old, dark bedroom suite that I want to finish in a similar manner.

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  8. It is beautiful and I'm usually one of those who votes don't paint when asked. But I guess if I could do as gorgeous a job as you do, I'd vote for painting. You may have just caused me to rethink future projects.

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  10. Beautiful piece! What color did you use?

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  11. I understand chalk painting that ugly 70's dark furniture but this lovely piece I can't wrap my head around. Look how the natural grain of the wood whirls and lives in the piece. I understand you could see his, less than professional, repairs. I have a vanity like that. I call them stretch marks. It's just part of the pieces life. Well I guess really bad plastic surgery is now part of this guys life. Carry on.

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  12. Its It's perfect!

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  13. I would be nervous painting a piece like this but you did a wonderful job. I think if it could talk, it would say "look at me, I'm all dressed up and look young again". I like that you left the top natural. I have a dresser that I rescued from the end of someone's driveway. You gave me the answer to what to do with it. I'm going to paint it but just stain the top. You did a wonderful job.

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  14. Wow, what a fantastic piece of furniture made exquisite by your exceptional handiwork. Bravo!!! Would be proud to have this piece in my home.

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