Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meet Veronica, Before and After


I met Veronica on the streets. She started off a little worse for wear. She was homeless when I found her. Outside, the luster had faded, there were quite a few battle scars.....but then that's what life can do, isn't it? I took her home. I thought all it was going to take was a little TLC, right? I thought I could get her back on her feet in no time. But after a couple of weeks (or was it three?) of hard core therapy....after some tough rehab, I did start to wonder if it was all worth it.

But then..... after peeling away the layers of dirt....after scrubbing clean the signs of age...I could see we were getting somewhere. I could see definite signs of improvement. It was time for a brand new coat...or several. A little color to top her off. And Viola! She is ready to face the world again. And she was definitely worth the effort.




There is more about her here.

34 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Veronica is lovely! I'm especially fond of the color you chose for the top!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love it in white!

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Katie, you did a GREAT job! It turned out amazing. I even love how you pick up the aqua table top with the candy eggs. Do you have a photo of the room? Would love to see it amongst your other things! Lynn

maison21 said...

good job, katie! and thank you for rescuing the poor thing from the streets- it's a hard life out there, and i don't know she would have survived...

Alkemie said...

Katie, WOWWWW. You are Brilliant woman! It looks Amazing! I adore faux bamboo furniture and you really made it looks so beautiful. I love that you topped it off with a different color than the rest of the piece. Just brilliant!

Karen

Suzy said...

She's lovely!

Cote de Texas said...

this looks really great - especially the top, what a great idea! And the lamps and the bowl and the candy. Your tablescapes always inspire. Good work!!!

Fifi Flowers said...

FUN... I love before and after... I've got a post lined for Friday about them.

It's amazing how different a makeover can be!

SGM said...

Beautiful! I am so jealous.

Mélanie said...

that looks terrific ! I love this kind of bamboo furniture

Mrs. Blandings said...

Gosh, Katie, you did a great job - absolutely terrific. Sometimes my diy projects end up worse than they started. This looks great!

Poppy said...

Beautiful! Is that an aqua top, or reflection?? It is just lovely!

Poppy said...

Beautiful! Is that an aqua top, or reflection?? It is just lovely!

katiedid said...

Thank you all so much! There is something very satisfying about the whole DIY thing....when it is all over and you are enjoying the efforts. She is a pretty thing I think. :)
Oh! And the little robin's eggs are carved out of wood. I think they are sweet....and I love the color!( I guess you could tell.)

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Lovely job! Very inspiring, indeed!

LondonCalling said...

It looks FABULOUS!

Pigtown-Design said...

Terrific job! I love that colour blue... i just found a robin's egg shell when i was walking the dog the other day...i had to save it, because it's just such a wonderful colour.

Again, great job!

mandco said...

Love Veronica! What a beauty! Good work on that one!! :-)

annechovie said...

Veronica looks smashing! She could not have had a more successful makeover - well done, Katie!

Annie Empiric said...

stumbled upon your blog today while googling designer jane hallworth. have already added you to my blog roll and look forward to curling up with some wine and reading it from the beginning. finding a new blog is as good as the day the new issue of a favorite magazine arrives in the mail. yay!

Kate said...

What a great job! I'm getting ready to paint 2 side tables white and can't decide on a color - what color did you use here? any other color suggestions (creamy, white) for wood furniture?

katiedid said...

Hi all!
Hi AL! Coming from you that's a great compliment. Thankyou!

Thanks LC and Meg!

Thanks for the visit M&C. I will be paying you a visit too. :)

Anne and Annie. I am so glad you visited! Annie, I will hop on over to see you too and thank you very much for the link! Much appreciated.

katiedid said...

Hi Kate, and thanks for visiting. I wish I could claim to have used a Benjamin Moore or Farrow and Ball paint, but because of the nooks and crannies on this table, I used a spray paint from Home Depot. White and Sky Blue for the top. Very pedestrian, I know, but it got the job done. And at the end of the day, I am very happy with Veronica.

Marie Louise said...

Lovely! I am a huge fan of robin's egg blue and love it on your table. Good job - I have two table slated for painting. You're has inspired me to get them finished!

Style Court said...

Kudos Katie! All of your therapy was well worth it. She has a new life and looks great.

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

Love this table! Before and after's are my favorite to look at!

Ann said...

What a great job you did to Veronica...I bet she's now so proud of her new looks. And from the lovely compliments she is getting from us all now.

the House of Beauty and Culture said...

Just like My Fair Lady.

{this is glamorous} said...

Katie, it turned out beautifully! Love the fresh white, and your tablescape is just lovely.

Kate said...

you should be happy - it really does look amazing!
BTW: I just discovered your blog - and I love it!

That Girl Designs said...

what a great before and after. i'd love to find a piece like this!

katiedid said...

Hi Mary Louise! And thanks for stopping in! I hope your project turnsout for you! I'd love to see it when you are done. :)

Thnaks Courtney! I love you table too. Very classic!

Hi Melissa! I appreciate your visit! I love before and afters too, so I will be trying to post more of them whenever I can.

katiedid said...

Hi HoBC! Haha! I like that.

Thanks TIG.:)

Hi Kate! Always nice to meet another Kate. Thank you for visitng and for your kind words!

Hi "that girl"! I watched that show alot growing up. I wanted to be her! :) Thanks for visitng.

Kristin said...

Great job! May I ask where you got that lovely lamp?