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Published on January 11th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


a paint job can turn trash into art

diane turned this bench (the name, anyone?), salvaged from the trash, into a little piece of art.


she first transferred the design, taken from an Art Nouveau book that she had and drew it on the bench with white colored pencil. then, she coloured it in with acrylics.
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10 Responses to a paint job can turn trash into art

  1. Robj98168 says:

    File I am not a fan of painted adornment (it’s only paint cybelle-it can be removed); I say congratulattions to you on a great piece of furniture that you took out of the trash and did up for your own! Very green very fresh!

  2. phillygirl says:

    I disagree with cybelle & Anon, I think it makes the piece looks much better and may just be a matter of personal taste that would make it impossible to appreciate the work done.

    I do however understand the comment of painting making pieces look cheaply crafted I hate that too, just don’t think it to be the case with this piece.

  3. Andrea says:

    Well, I think the paint job is pretty. Cybelle and anonymous cybelle backer, you should chill out. It’s not like it was a precious antique. It was an old IKEA coffee table that someone threw away! And I don’t think the paint job makes it look cheap, I think it looks customized, fun and original.

  4. Anonymous says:

    cybelle is correct. sad to see this happen to such a nice table.

  5. Cybelle says:

    It’s sad, a simple varnish could have restored this great bench. Instead it was painted and is not the modern piece it once was. I never liked adornment. It never makes the pieces more beautiful, it makes them look cheaply crafted.

    It was nice as it was.

  6. diane says:

    Thank you for featuring me in this fantastic blog! :)

  7. Anonymous says:

    WOW! how pretty, great job.

  8. Anonymous says:

    It’s the taller part of a two section, sort-of-stackable coffee table set… can’t recall the name of it. I don’t think they make it anymore. Bottom level was wider and lower, and slid underneath this part. Beautiful paint job! I have the same set in my garage somewhere… maybe I will haul it out and be inspired.

  9. Jennifer says:

    it looks like it’s from the SVANSBO family like my old coffee table. i loved that coffee table but it was too big for my new apartment :-(

  10. M2JL says:

    Nice paint job!

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