Tim Carney (www.timothyswoodworking.com/category/furniture/) started making artistic live edge tables 18 years ago before they became trendy. Now there are 100s of woodworkers turning out live edge slab tables without regard for the design of the pedestals, or the piece. They just use a slab on hairpin legs, or whatever. I appreciate the old-world craftsmanship and design of Timothy's Fine Woodworking, where each design element has a reason to be there -- it's not just bling.
Dining roomTara painted her grandmother’s dresser to use as a sideboard in the dining room. The Danish Wishbone dining chairs were a splurge, but Tara compensated for the spend by updating other inexpensive pieces with a coat of paint. The candlestick was an ugly acid green before Tara painted it a soothing grey, and the oak pedestal table also got a brand new white coat.
IKEA makeover? "a few coats of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Napoleonic Blue. To be honest...I wasn't too happy with my paint choice...the whole thing looked very dull and lifeless. But after some distressing, a new knob, and a coat of clear wax I was completely won over. The soft sheen of the wax made all the difference.