When I first started Revived I literally jumped at the chance to buy any piece of well priced furniture. I didn’t really think through to my target market and how I would revive it but more “wow what a bargain, I have to have that”.
To begin with it wasn’t a problem as everything that I brought was something that I would probably have in my house so it was kind of easy to work out what people might like it to look like finished as they probably had similar tastes to me.
One fateful Friday night, my husband was out and I was perusing eBay when I came across a beast of a dressing table. It looked in good condition and was based close to me (which is very important when buying big pieces as it’s normally collection only or obscene courier costs). I was getting really carried away with the bidding process and just didn’t think ahead.
I won it and excitingly the seller was coming to Dulwich the next day so he said he would drop it off. When it arrived I think I was a little surprised at the size, but it didn’t matter as it was in good condition.
Normally when I buy a piece I have ideas swarming around me but with ‘The Beast’ I just didn’t know what to do. “What would someone who likes this style want?” I asked friends and family and still I drew a blank.
I initially thought it would suit a funky, bright colour scheme so off I trotted to the shops to buy Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange and Paris Grey. The two next to each other would look fabulous. As you can see in the picture I painted the main part of the dressing table in Paris Grey and added a splash of colour with painting the drawers Barcelona Orange.
I wasn’t happy. I let it dry and left it in the kitchen so I saw it everyday so I could work out what was wrong. I couldn’t put my finger on it and probably still can’t. Not only was the dressing table not my style but neither were the colours and I just wasn’t buying into it.
Also, normally when my friends come over they comment about how much they like the things I’ve been doing but with The Beast they just didn’t really comment and that was a definite concern!!
Eventually my husband suggested that I start again and this time revive it in a style that I would like as then I might fall back in love with it and feel more positive about selling it.
So I did. And I’m thrilled with the result. I initially went to Laura Ashley to buy their wallpaper which I just love. I then mixed 1 part Duck Egg Blue with 4 parts Old White to match the LA colour perfectly. I decoupaged the wall paper onto the front of the drawers while painting the rest of the dressing table with the whitened down Duck Egg Blue.
From start to finish this project took me 4 months until I was totally happy with the finish and I’m now just so so pleased that I didn’t give up. I love it and I think it works really well.
The main lesson I have learnt from this moving forward is to only buy pieces that I love as its so much easier reviving pieces where I feel something!
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