Which is why I am now going to post a project that I'm not entirely in love with. When I started this blog, I thought I would be posting projects that would knock everyone's socks off, but, I suppose that's not reality. Sometimes projects just suck. Color choice is hard, ideas don't pan out the way you want...that's Emma's cue.
I picked her out of my neighbor's garbage. (see post http://stellarjunk.blogspot.com/2011/07/turd-polishing.html) Sometimes I just can't turn down free. It's a problem, really, because truth be told, quality in means quality out. And even though my husband said this was a monstrosity straight from 1985, gold lacquer piping and all - I decided to take her on. (I love a challenge, and the hub's comment was only fuel on the fire.)
He may have been right. I'm sort of happy with it. But it's not like, a love affair where I am sad to see her go, or feeling like hoarding her all to myself. I think I did the best for her that I could. I am reminded of several expressions - of course I have already referenced turd polishing, but also the old adage about putting lipstick on a pig. I'm curious to hear your thoughts, 6 wonderful followers of mine. Am I being too hard on myself? Or poor Emma?
Here are the before & afters:
Before - You see her in all her garbagey glory. Glass inserts which interestingly enough, were intact when I found her, but I broke one. Grrr. So they needed replacing. And I wasn't about to spend the $14 the local glass company was charging. So my wheels started turning. I had a lot of grandiose ideas, but, I didn't know if I wanted to invest the time in custom building planter boxes or whatever.
So I had two pieces of wood cut to size at Lowe's and painted them to match. A little stencil action on top (not usually my style, I haven't stenciled since I was probably in elementary school, but I think the tops needed something special.)
I think it's pretty cute, actually. Here it is all set up in my house.
And here's a few close-ups of the details.
Voila. Hideous 80's table meets farmhouse chic. So what do you think?