Tuesday, July 15, 2008

. . . revived a POS

As promised here are some pictures of the P(iece) O(f) S(hit) bookshelf that I was asked to repaint. I think it's an improvement. I should have taken some "before" shots, so that you all might see the difference.

I wanted to try the black-and-white checks, but I didn't want to stencil it, so I used the square end of a sponge make-up wedge to paint them on top. It wasn't quite random, but pretty close.
You may notice a slit of light coming through the back. . . the top piece of the back is warped and has come loose from the shelf in places. I wasn't hired to repair the stuff so I left it the way it was. The owner can decide whether to remove or repair it, or just leave it as is.

I painted black stripes down both sides, with added pinstripes of white that are not visible in this picture. Subtle.

So much for the Chinese red/mid-Century modern (you can tell from the legs)/country French bastardized bookshelf. And I just noted that you could all see my filthy rug that needs to be replaced, too. What a treat for you all. Let's just say this is not my proudest moment as an artist, and leave it at that.


Martha Marshall said...

Wow, you are on your way! Yessss!!!

Mary Buek said...

Martha, you've got to be kidding...where am I going? I hate this more every time I see it. And I hate that I'm painting furniture . . . so instead of bitching about it, I guess I'll try to be creative about, right? thanks for the support, anyway.

Martha Marshall said...

Yep, just have fun with it. He did give you poetic license, right?

Well, here's the rest of the story. My effusiveness comes from the fact that about 15 years ago a friend and I decided we were going to paint on flea market furniture and try to sell it -- at the flea market!! We had an absolute blast coming up with really cool designs on the pieces, and we did sell some. But our storage space quickly ran out. So we ended up abandoning the whole idea.

But to have someone who would consign pieces that you've painted sounds like a dream to me!

(I dunno, I might not have stuck with it long enough to hate it.)

Mary Buek said...

Martha, your last comment gave me such a boost, I can't even tell you how much better I feel. I think I was just so frustrated at dealing with finishes on furniture pieces that wouldn't respond the way I expected them to. I also think it would be a lot of fun to have someone else around to liven up the process a bit. Some kids came around yesterday and added a little entertainment (see today's note). Thanks for helping me see things in a positive way.