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Martha Leone Design. A furniture redesign company specializing in turning each piece of furniture into a sophisticated statement piece with the use of paint and design. This approach produces versatile pieces that are relevant, even as your taste evolves over time.

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Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Asymmetry and Transparency

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86 by Martha Leone Design86i by Martha Leone Design86h by Martha Leone Design86g by Martha Leone Design86f by Martha Leone Design86e by Martha Leone Design86d by Martha Leone Design86c by Martha Leone Design86b by Martha Leone DesignThis is one of those tables most people would pass by at a thrift store. It was beat up and ugly to most eyes. But when I saw it, I smiled at its size and long peg legs on such a petite piece. I took it home to practice my technique of masking and painting asymmetrical designs. I'll keep this one... the lines aren't as crisp as they should be. Design Exploring these ideas: - Asymmetry and balance in compositions (design doesn't have to be centered and symmetrical). - Transparency and opacity in the use of paint on raw wood.

Process - Sanded the entire piece with an orbital sander. - Masked off design with Frog Tape. - Determined which sections to paint then made the mistake of painting the entire top. - Used Wet Ones to remove paint from the areas that were originally intended to be left unpainted. The wipies did a great job but didn't remove all of the paint. A nice light tint of white remained and I liked it!

Lessons Learned Almost all of my design mistakes become avenues for new ideas and solutions. The mistake on this piece solved another design dilemma I was facing on my next waterfall dresser. More to come on that later.

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