“Love Birds” end table

My parents celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary this year.

Their anniversary date is December 25th.

I don’t know if you recognized it right away but they have to celebrate their anniversary on Christmas.

So….there would be a lot going on this day of the year and many times their anniversary would go by without much fanfare.

I wanted this year to be different.

I told my mother to pick out a piece of furniture  and I would paint it for them.

It was harder than I thought it would be because I wanted it to be special.

First I did this…….

Which was pretty but I wasn’t wanting to leave the top the original color. It was actually prettier in the photos than in real life.

I wanted to accent the legs and spindles of this piece with white and felt like too many things would be going on with the top left stained.

So, I painted the top and accented areas white and distressed the whole piece.

It was sweet but it wasn’t “special”. I wanted sentimental…and I just wasn’t feeling it.

So, this table sat in my garage for a couple of days while I tried to figure out what I wanted.

I have really wanted to try to “paint” vines, flowers or something on a piece and I kept wondering if this is the piece I should try it on.

My parents would be the perfect guinea pigs. My mom had acted like every art project in my life was a Mona Lisa and my dad would proudly wear his “Worlds Greatest Dad” hand painted t-shirts in front of anyone……so why not test out my “artistry” skills on them.

I wanted something different…something romantic.

I started envisioning this look after seeing it on Pinterest.

CUSTOM PAINTING Turquoise Birds on White Original Impasto Painting by Luiza Vizoli $175.00

OK…….let’s get this straight…….

I am NOT an artist like Luiza who painted the beautiful birds that were my inspiration….and I’m embarrassed to show you my finished product.

So….lift your right hand…face it towards the screen with your fingers spread open….now place it on the screen so that you are peeping through your fingers and will just get a “sifted version” of what I’m going to show you…..Kk?


Ok…here it is a little closer……

I wanted “Love birds” for my mom and dad.

The piece was “worn” and “loved” but I wanted it to tell a story.

A love story……..
They loved it.

I’m not sure that I will be attempting this again anytime soon but it was fun to attempt for my parents.

I wanted the two branches to meet in the middle. I painted both branches to wrap up each side of the end table and come together on the top where the two love birds sit.

I was so nervous when I gave it to them. A few of my sisters and brothers and their families happened to be there, which made me even more embarrassed and I kept saying over and over that they were love birds. I must have belted that out like ten times when anyone said something about “the birds”. Then I went on and on about how it really didn’t match their living room. Then I rambled about the macaroni frames and greatest dad tee’s. I also must have said over twenty times that I was two months late with their anniversary gift. Then I kept showing them where I messed up…….and I just kept talking….and talking…and rambling and rambling…….

Yeah…it was a precious ceremony.
I’m a dork.

But for some reason, I think that “me” being “me”………

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Made it even clearer to them that it was a gift from my heart.

Or made it clear that I definitely talk.too.much.

Either way. I did it. It is finished. It is done. It is sitting in their living room taunting me every time I go over there now.

Did you get the whole love bird look? Do I dare ask?

Have you ever dared to paint art?

Some of my readers are the most talented artists.

I envy them.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

I think.



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0 thoughts on ““Love Birds” end table

  • March 1, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I love it. I am sure they are honored to have your artwork in their home.

  • March 1, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I love it too. Every time they look at it, they will smile.
    You sound like me, always offering up the reasons that something maybe isn’t ‘perfect’, kind of talking it down as you give it, just in case……but you know, they loved it, and they will always love it, because not only is it gorgeous and beautifully painted, it tells them how you see them and feel about them and that is worth so much.
    Just lovely

  • March 1, 2012 at 10:24 am


    Its Perfect! Great job you are a artist! I would LOVE to have that piece in my house.


  • March 1, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Awe, Reb I love it. I am sure they did too. I would love to have been there listening to you ramble about it tho lol. Last year at Denny’s mom’s funeral, everyone was saying how she was now with his Dad, whom everyone knew was the love of her life. After the funeral, we drove up the driveway and on the garage roof, sitting looking right at us were two love birds. It was sweet!! Love, Joni

  • March 1, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I LOVE it and I think you did an amazing job! You should be PROUD that you painted this! How special something is when it comes from the heart!

  • March 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    I think it is fabulous and all the more special because it was made by you in love. Handmade items aren’t supposed to be perfect – that’s what makes them special! Great job!

    -sara @ applestonedrive.blogspot.com

  • March 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    I know they love it. I started a quilt for my parents’ 50th, but dad only made it to 48. I don’t have the heart to finish it. Maybe for my 50th.

  • March 1, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    It is fantastic!!! You gotta own that artistic ability, girl!!! 🙂

    I hope you will do more on other pieces!! It’s very sweet and I especially liked how the branches intertwined.

  • March 1, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    You did an amazing job! I know they love it…and I am sure your being so humble made them love it even more. I would love to be able to paint something like this…

  • March 1, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    It turned out so nice! Your very sweet, that is a gift that can never be purchased and I’m sure your parents will always treasure it!

  • March 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Are you kidding me? Those birds are perfect! Stop putting yourself down, girl! You got it and we all know it! Time you did, too! Now, about that TV show……

  • March 1, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    The birds are wonderful. I love the way you used the seam for the branch. I’ve had mixed results trying to do hand painting. Oh well – it is just paint!

  • March 2, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Ya did good Reb! Serially 😀 texture great, love the strength & flex of twigs, like real love takes. IMO. BEEYOOTIMOUS!

  • March 2, 2012 at 2:47 am

    I would be so pleased beyond words to get something my daughter (who is artistically talented and just isn’t doing anything with her gift) painted for me. She sketched me a rose. Once. Your table art is gorgeous, dahling!!


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