before & after: peaches’ figurine + justina’s side table

if you caught peaches’ diy project yesterday, you are well aware of her love of color and unusual objects (i loved the male bust vase, it was like a giant floral chia pet). this quick figurine makeover is another awesome idea; with a little glue and paint, this headless matador has been brought back to life, and looks like he’s having a lot more fun. you can see more of peaches’ recycled creations on her site. great project, peaches! -kate

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i have to admit i am a huge wimp when it comes to adding mixed patterns in my house. it’s embarrassing to watch me hem and haw over patterned accessories;  they sit on my desktop for months until i chicken out and buy something plain that ends up boring me immediately. it’s not cool. when i saw this end table project by justina of compai creative in la, i wanted to kick myself. i love how fun this pattern is, not to mention the fact that she upholstered this piece with fabric and upholstery tacks. genius. i love how it pops against the robin’s egg blue wall and the green plants. why can’t i be brave like this? i plan on looking at this project when i need a kick in the pants, not to mention justina’s blog, which is packed with a similar love of color and fun. thanks for the inspiration, justina!


this is great, i just moved into a new house with some old furniture left behind in it, i was going to throw it away but now i think ill crack out the paints and give it a revamp, more of this please!


That little cabinet looks fantastic. Typically I would just paint it, never would have thought of upholstery and with such a bold fabric….looks great!


Wow that credenza is crazy but I love it. I need one bold piece like that in my home.


Love the idea behind the matador, but honestly the little guy is kinda creeping me out.


simply loved the cabinet. SUPER DUPER WORK. Been planning to liven up my work area, but not got around to it, now i will.


Side table issimoly amazing, but this figurine…sorry guys, not my type at all ;)


Justina I love your table and your shoes. Silver swedish hasbeens sandals I’m uber jealous.

Justina Blakeney

Thanks for all of the feedback! I love how many people noticed the Hasbeens- totally my faves of the mo’! I actually agree that it’s a little bit busy, but it’s the only wowed-out and wild piece placed in an ensemble of solids at the entryway to my studio Offish. This was fun! Thanks so mch for posting, D*S!


Wow! Justina your side table rocks! So bold and colorful and happy! But I can’t help wanting to paint little freehand horizontal black stripes on the handles and all black feet under the legs. If you do it, repost!


WOW…what is the name of and where did you get the fabric? Great project!