My original idea was to distress and possibly paint this piece. However, when I "googled" the "How To's":
I kept seeing this...
Step one: Make sure your piece is not a valuable antique. Changing the finish could destroy its worth.
So, I "googled" antique phone table and everything else similar, but I couldn't find it or anything close to it anywhere. I thought about it a little more, and because I didn't want to ruin this piece and because it already matches the wood in our living room, I decided I would restore versus redo.... for now! :o)
I mixed up 3/4 of vegtable oil and 1/4 of vinegar courtesy of a post I found at Miss Mustard Seed's Blog and applied it with 000 steel wool very gently. It was already in such great condition, and this process made it look even better!
I thought a fun pillow would be a nice accessory for my phone table. This is wall art in our house... but if you look close, it could be a great stencil too!
I used a white canvas like fabric (it's softer than actual canvas), turned my wall art around so my paint wouldn't ruin it, and mixed up some green!
I had some left over burlap from a previous project, so I "framed" my art with it. I didn't get too fancy here. I just used hot glue!
I also added some twine on the inside of my burlap with hot glue. Then, sewed my pillow with a fun brown, tan and green trim.
As a side note: This was my first sewing project! I took Home Economics in high school, but was never good at sewing and did very little. My mom brought my grandpa's sister's old sewing machine to me over Christmas and I told myself I was going to learn. I found and bought the manual online and I'm so excited to start sewing!! I broke 3 needles on this project!!!! Yes, I said 3 needles... on a pillow!! I'm a beginner for sure!! :o)
I'm pretty thrilled how everything turned out!!
It's like it was made for this spot in our home!
If anyone knows more about this "antique" I would love if you left me a comment or emailed me about it!
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