Saturday, October 20, 2012

Handpainted Houndstooth Pattern

 I do love a great before and after set of photos!
We found this great little piece on a recent trip to an outdoor fair...
It had lots of wear and tear ---unfortunately one piece of the corner trim was completely missing.  So I had to take all the trim off...
I bought some milk paint at the Country Living fair in September and this was the perfect piece to try it out on...
 I mixed half French Gray and half Cream for the body of the piece and used straight Cream for the details....
 The gold color is acrylic paint....
 Originally I planned to only do the cream thinking that the pale gray would be enough of a contrast...
But once I got it done I just wasn't happy with the way it looked
...something just wasn't quite right.
 The gold was just the thing it needed to really make it all come together.
I love doing this kind of stuff....
It just feeds my need to create 
--and when I see it all finished up like this it is so satisfying.
Hopefully this lovely little piece will have a whole new life for many more years to come


  1. What a great job Rachel. Love the houndstooth pattern and your color choice. It's so much fun to create and be thrilled with the finish product!!


  2. Two of my favorite colors. Love the design on the top. Great job creating the distressed look.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

    1. Thanks Donna! I think those colors together ended up great....kind of preppy kind of girly all at the same time!

  3. I love this piece and the houndstoothing is awesome. Found you through Miss Mustard Seed - am a new follower.....

    1. Thanks Cathy! I love houndstooth...never tried painting it before though so it was kind of cool to see how the pattern worked. Lots of graph paper first to get it figured out!!!

  4. And you also did a houndstooth top? This and the argyle are so cool! I also really appreciate that you created the patterns.

    1. :) yes i did! Again kinda preppy and I LOVE the handpainted stuff... what can I say I used to be an art teacher!!! To me it's all playing...