In preparation for my Christmas Show, I wanted to illustrate different types of finishes to furniture pieces viewed in room settings. I was over the moon delighted to land these two identical adorable round side tables which were the perfect before and after pieces!
Here is one of the tables, with the legs and top finished in a fresh coat of pure white. The mid section received a different treatment for a kick in personality. (tables are people too!)
Mod Podge time! I scavenged inside my piano bench for a music book with slightly age-toned pages. Fun!
I ensured each exposed edge was torn for a softer affect. Mod Podge was applied to one side of a torn area, then to the table, then stuck together, then on top of the paper as well. The area was carefully burnish to press out excess glue. (make sure it’s very wet so you don’t rip your paper) After a bit of drying time, I trimmed the edges with an exact knife and scissors and went over the piece edges again with mod podge.
The last photo illustrates what happens if you leave excess glue underneath the paper. I was able to burnish it in time to remove the wrinkle.
I then aged the piece, giving it more dimension with glazing. The edges of the legs and table top edge got the most. I worked with the piece as if it were a painting, taking note where light would naturally hit the object. You CAN improve on mother nature! Where there would normally be shadow, I left more glaze in those areas to create depth.
Here it sits in position beside my bed in the White Trash Bedroom. Curious on how I placed that plant underneath? Beds of today are incredibly high and older tables are short. So rather than spending big bucks on one tall table…
… I simply stacked them! I thought about finishing the lower one, but I think this tells more of a story for show purposes. Plus, crazy as it sounds, it anchors the room, and actually works with a darker lamp base on top!
The added height is awesome. Your lamp shines a bit brighter when placed higher, as well as the stacked idea allows for a display area AND productive area! You can also watch for two very low rise tables to make this idea work.
When I mentioned furniture line in a previous post, this is sort of the idea I had in mind. Finding certain looks that work on different pieces and expanding the line. This is the ‘symphony line’. Another line is the ‘numeric’ series, so far both winter white. Or may french vanilla… still sorting some fun titles out. 🙂 Each piece would be developed on a reclaimed find, keeping the technique unique and interesting each and every time produced, to create one of a kind pieces!
I want to thank Miss Mustard Seed for her encouragement in enhancing simple furniture pieces. I’ve been watching her incredible work and knew she was a superstar early on. Although I’ll never achieve where she is in the hand painted realm, I’ll slowly develop my own flavor at what I can achieve. And will show you what I come up with along the way for your valuable feedback for me, and inspiration for you!
So, what do you think of this kind of decorating on furniture? Think there’s a market for it?
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