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!

  1. carla says:

    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!

  2. Chichichick says:

    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!

  3. Sing says:

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

  4. m3 says:

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

  5. says:

    I love those colors together! So brilliant:)

  6. iris says:

    Haha, love those Hasbeens peeking out in Justina’s cabinet photo!

  7. frances says:

    kind of busy.

  8. Alice says:

    so fresh and cheerful!!!

  9. Anna @ D16 says:

    Woah! That cabinet is all kinds of insane, but I love it.

  10. Madhavi says:

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

  11. max says:

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

  12. Jamie says:

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

  13. 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!

  14. ChellBellz says:

    I love the dresser! I love mixing strips and patterns.

  15. Marlene says:

    This piece is fantastic! Where did you get the fabric?

  16. kitt says:

    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!

  17. starr says:

    I like this change. Thank you for sharing

  18. starr says:

    I like this change of the dresser, really cool. Thank you for sharing

  19. German says:

    A piece of perfection! I feel inspired!

  20. paula says:

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

  21. tunie says:

    I also would love to know where that fabric is from


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