Thursday, April 26, 2012

Sneak Peek at Modern Primitive Elements

This post is written in honor of a little primitive table
that is embarking on a new life as a bedside table in
 my in-the-works "Modern Primitive" bedroom.

It was left in the storage shed of a home we moved into a few houses ago.

It's very crudely constructed.
 We used it as a work table for painting supplies.
We were painting most of the house.

Then it went back out to the storage shed and stayed there.

When we moved, we took it with us. And we used it again
as a painter's helper table in the next house.

Back then, it was natural wood with no finish and a nice array of paint drips.
At some point, I don't remember why, but I painted the base white.

Maybe I had a soft spot for it, since it had been so helpful.
But for whatever reason, it made the cut, and moved with me to 
this house. It's been out in the storage shed here, too. Poor baby. 

One night while trying to fall asleep, 
I got the idea to organize my stuff differently. 
I began rearranging furniture in my mind.
Do you do that, too? Then I couldn't fall asleep.

I began dividing up all my "white things" into categories.
There were cottage-type feminine things.
There were industrial things.
There were funky vintage things.
There were modern things.
There were garden things.
There were elegant things.
And there were primitive things,
like this unusual Mexican pottery piece.

I've never seen another piece this color before.
And I have a box full of blues, rusts, yellows, etc.

That little part of me that likes unexpected combinations
of unrelated items and offbeat color palettes got excited.

I wanted that beat up Mexican plate in the same room
as that slick and shiny modern glass vase!

It is a good way to exercise the principles of Gestalt.
My common denominator will be color - whites, grays, creams.

Now he has gotten a good cleaning, sanding and 
a new coat of dark stain on his natural wood top. 

And now, this unassuming 
little workhorse of a table
will enjoy a life inside the house, 
next to hand carved pieces,
slick and shiny modern pieces and 
anything else I think looks right.

Note: this is just a sampling to illustrate the style
I am going for. It is not where things will go permanently.
But I still have other projects to complete before
I show you a finished reveal.

This was just a momentary diversion 
while I wait for help to finish removing
windows from my living room!

Word for the Day:

1 Corinthians 1:27-29
27 But God chose the foolish things 
of the world to shame the wise; 
God chose the weak things of the world 
to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly 
things of this world and the despised things—and 
the things that are not—to nullify the things 
that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.

May you always know your value
to the only one who's opinion matters!

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Something Nice and Pretty said...

I love your style and I do that to and can't wait for morning to come so I can do it:)


Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

I love your rustic little table and it has such a great story behind it!

Marsha said...

I like that little table! Your design is very nice. I am noticing so many neutral palettes on blogs. They are starting to grow on me!

A Mother and A Daughter said...

Glad you kept the little table! And I fall more and more in love with that white chair everytime I see it! Wouldn't it be great if everything we thought about when we were supposed to be sleeping would be done when we got out of bed the next morning! ~ Barbara

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Hey Revi--
like this setting!
The chair looks comfy...although I'd need a cushion! I like the dark and light of the table.
It's like a hobo table...just thrown together and traveled far and wide!

Can't wait to see more of your style-- I don't know if the those windows are a blessing or a curse. The longer they stay in, the more of your 'other' rooms and projects I get to see!


outjunking said...

That little table is moving on up the ladder of success, but you know me it's my favorite piece in the room. I have a love for primitives.

farmhouse-story said...

your little table is full of rustic charm, revi! i've never "counted" furniture at night--i think it would only lead to more project ideas,and i have plenty of them during the day-haha!

Donna Wilkes said...

I have a soft spot in my heart for little primitive tables that have a homemade look and toil for years until someone discovers their worth. Isn't it just like with people? My second favorite in your vignette is that soft colored Mexican pottery. Followed over from The Shabby Nest.

Distressed Donna Down Home

for the love of a house said...

hi Revi! It all looks wonderful. I love the Mexican plate (reminds me of my Texas roots;) and really LOVE the white chair!!
happy weekend!

Unknown said...

Totally Perfect!!! I'd love to have you share at my JUST opened!!!

XO, Aimee

Eileen @ cottage beach house said...

I love the wall color used with the whites. That little table is darling too. I like the white legs and stained top.
Lots of character.

All Things Chic 2 said...

What a great post love the table too!!!
Blessings Lori

Cassie Bustamante said...

i love that mix! and you know i love the chair already. :)

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

What a great mix of styles and pieces!


Beautiful place!