Sunday, July 10, 2011

It’s not a table

Hello, everyone! I am ‘back’ from Bella’s Vintage Market, and it was a lot of fun. And a lot of work. And a lot of HOT! This was only my second market, and I never really considered the whole pack-everything-up-on-a-hot-July-afternoon angle!

I promise there are pictures, but I haven’t even looked at them yet! So I thought I’d share another makeover that went with me to the market.

I found another set of three oak barstools (you can see my other sets here and here):

P1000270

Since I’ve been on a French typography kick lately, I had a grand idea to transfer three vintage French ads to the tops of these stools. I had read about Mod Podge transfers and Citra Solv transfers, so I had high hopes of getting one of these methods to work!

It wasn’t mean to be.

I tried Mod Podge transfers at least three times, and I always ended up with something that looked like this:

Bellas 003

or this:

Bellas 004

Really charming, right?

When I tried the Citra Solve transfer…I got nothing.

So, it was on to “Plan C.”

Yes, I resorted to my now famous technique using the overhead projector!

I found three different chocolate ads from The Graphics Fairy. I pulled out portions of those ads that seemed to fit well on a stool top, and painted them up!

French ad barstools

This one is my favorite. As with my other projects, I distressed the lettering to make it look old and faded. And to help hide my mistakes!

typography stools

I think this one is my least favorite, although it may be growing on me. I was free-handing the various flourishes, and they could be better!

French barstools

I think my flourishes were better on this stool! Actually, this one may be my favorite. I don’t know.

vintage ad stools

Here they are as one big happy family!

French stools

These went home with a great couple that drove two hours one way to purchase a French coffee table I haven’t shown here yet, as well as another not-a-table typography project yet to be revealed! I thought they had great taste!

Hope you like them too!

Linking up to these great parties!

47 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

those are fabulous, korrie! in the end it all worked out for the best, and i am so glad they found a happy home!

Thrifty Crafty Girl said...

Those are amazing!

Elizabeth said...

I love these little stools. I hope the show was a great success! If I can be nosy and ask, can you post on the details of the show?

Carol said...

Love them!!! I have a stool I want to try something like that on.

Biała Korona said...

Good work!

Stephanie said...

The stools turned out so GREAT!

Maddie Kertay- The Domestic Anarchist said...

Great projects.. and as a note I have had good luck with using TAP and ironing onto wood.

Maddie, over from the GF

ReFresh ReStyle said...

These are wonderful! Love them!

Linda said...

This is a wonderful, inspiring project! Thanks for sharing it with us!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

These are stunning!! Love them.
XO Marie

Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy said...

they are so cool, Korrie! Can't wait to see your pics!

ImSoVintage said...

these turned out great, Korrie. Glad you had a successful day despite the heat.

gail said...

love 'em! I can't imagine going to market on a day like WE are having today. I hope it was a great success!
gail

Ido said...

The stools are gorgeous, If I had to pick I wouldn't know which one! I'm so sad that I couldn't go to the market on Saturday, had visitors from California and wanted to go North kayaking sigh! hope it was great for you and can't wait for the pictures!
Have a wonderful week!
XXX Ido

Green Willow Pond said...

You've definitely mastered lettering on wood! Love your "new" stools!

Connie @ Sensible-Redesign said...

Those look great!! Just got the citra solv was hoping to try that technique. Probably not on wood then ;)

HomeDefined.com said...

CUTE! I've been looking for something to do with our bar stools.. I might have to try this one. :-) I'm glad you commented on mine, so I could find you! ;-)

Debra
http://homedefined.com

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

these are very cute.. love them

Terry said...

Really loaded with personality. Love these.

bj said...

O, darlin' girl...I am your NO. 1 FAN. I simply love every single thing you do. You are so gifted...
The bar stools are fabulous. Wish I could find some like these...already done with your cuteness added. :)))
xo bj

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

I am soo stealing this idea for our stools!! thanks so much for sharing this!!

Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com said...

I LOVE these and chocolate. Haha. :)

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

Love love love these stools.

c.w.frosting said...

Love the stools, but my favorite part is that you use an overhead projector =)

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Prissyville said...

Prissyville.blogspot.com

Very nice. Love how they are painted, but you kept the seats in the natural wood. I need to get myself an overhead prjector!!

Paige @ Lucky Me Studios said...

I think we will be seeing a lot of that French Chocolate image! I do love it, and it gave a whole new level of good taste to some (before) uninspired bar stools. Gorgo - painted with panache !

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

Love these, Korrie. You know I have been wanting to do your french lettering/stained thing for a while. Well, I had the whole piece ready to go and then when I applied the stain it was so damn dark it you couldn't even see the time consuming lettering, ugh!! Should have tested the stain out first :(

Lori said...

I just found you last week. I think you are terrific. You are the closest thing I have found to my style on any of the blogs I follow. I had a shop that became a little like selling my soul to the devil and I am ready now to do my own thing. I am now a fan & follower. I have been woefully negligent in keeping my blog up, but in seeing your projects in your own authentic style has inspired me to get my tail in gear. Thanks!!

Lori
Chasing Claire de Lune

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I have those exact same barstools and have been trying to figure out how to transform them. These are stunning. I don't know if I can do this or not, but it sure is food for thought. I love them. Hugs, Marty

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Another masterful job! I could learn a lot from you! This post is inspiring!
Yvonne

B.B. said...

I love your stool and the Graphics is perfect! You have given me a great idea! Thanks for sharing this!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Another AMAZING transformation!! Girl you are gooood!! Just became your newest follower! Martina

Julia @ 551Eastdesign said...

Those are gorgeous:)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

You have been really busy, Korrie! The stools are amazing and I am not surprised they sold quickly. Thanks for joining the Open House party!
xo,
Sherry

Kim said...

Love 'em!!!!!

Miss Char said...

Great look and ya gotta love the Graphic's Fairy. Thanks so much for sharing your project.

Honey at 2805 said...

You know I think these are fabulous! You are brilliant!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

Another beautiful project! I love the french touch!
susan

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

They look fabulous!

Evie said...

Wow, these are great!! Love them!

Deborah March said...

FABULOUS...of course!! ;)

Debra said...

They look so nice! Great job. :)

Mimi said...

Those are beautiful! I really love what you did. And thanks for the heads up on the transfer stuff. But they turned out wonderful - I'd love to try this just don't know if I have the patience:)

Funky Junk Interiors said...

I'm truly in LOVE here. Gorgeous execution! The dark legs marry up the lettering so awesome.

Shared this on FJI Facebook for SNS 90. :)

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Donna

Heaven's Walk said...

LUV these great stools! LUV the stenciling job on them, too, Korrie! I'd love to try this on an old table I'm making! Thanks for the inspiration!

xoxo laurie

Meg said...

Wow, you did a wonderful job free-handing! I'm so impressed. And anything with chocolate (word or otherwise) is always on my list! Love it!

katecreativesalvage said...

Hi:
I'm Martha from katecreative-katecreativesalvage.blogspot.com

love your stools, I need to try the technique "overhead projector" they are stunning.

I would love to feature them on my blog if you like,

thanks again beautiful work

martha