A Current Project

I turned 40 in late November.  At that time, I swear, my warranty on my body must have run out.  Since then I've battled severe sinusitus, a bad back injury, and most recently, a serious case of bronchitis.  If you've wandered why I haven't been posting that much lately, now you know.  I've spent most of 2012 so far in bed, curled in a fetal position and sobbing over my lost youth.  Anyway, I'm finally on the mend and back at work.  I thought you might like a sneak peak at a project I'm finishing up.

The clients are a couple in their 30s with three small children.  They got a great deal on a fantastic mid-century house with some great original details like an irregular white marble and terrazzo floor intact.  They've finished the renovations and called on me to help put together a clean, but eclectic mix of furnishings that stays true to the house's mid century aesthetic, but reflects the collected look the wife prefers.  All done on a tight budget.

Here's a look at the dining area off the kitchen, part of an l-shaped living and dining room that wraps around the now-open kitchen.  This will be their only eating area (apart from the island), since they've decided to turn the formal dining room into a pool room.

I started with the table, World Market's tradesman table.  This table is a great deal, and I actually love the finish.  However, the pale yellowish wood didn't work with the gray tones necessary in this house because of the marble floor, so I gave it a gray paint job.  Mixed with wooden chairs, it's a nice counterpoint to the shiny chrome light.

I'm working on a custom large scale art piece to inject some color in the room and to tie together the palette of white, gray, brown, and black.  It's only about 50% done at this point, hence the cans of paint in the corner of the photo.   Eventually, there will be a built in floating bench that runs underneath the entire painting on the brick wall. I'll keep you posted on how it all comes together.


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

It looks great! Love that chunky dining table. Oh, and belated Happy Birthday!

Anonymous said...

Wow! This is looking great. Impressive.

Anonymous said...

Hi I have this same dining table and would much prefer it to be a dark brown. I read that Poplar wood which this is made of is very hard to stain properly. Can I ask what method/materials you used to color it and what you would suggest in my case? Thanks so much.

Sara said...

Please please let me know how exactly you 'gave the table a paint job'. I have this table and the color doesn't work with my chairs.