The Table The Table The Table.
Well it all started with a picture that I saw in Oprah magazine of an accent table, it was
incredible beautiful. I thought I can do that. So without knowing anything about it, typical for me, I decided to give it a try.
I thought the piece was painted and I am a painter, I have been one all my life, well maybe since I was three. I tried my luck with a stool. The result although pretty, wasn’t quite right. But everyone loved the little stool. My blog traffic shot up, I heard from people on facebook that I forgot were on my friends list. Hmmm I might be on to something here. I did some research, the furniture looked stenciled. I can do that! I found this beautiful stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils by HGTV Designer Kim Myles perfect!
This particular table I got when my ex-husband spotted it on the side of the road. Honestly when I saw it I almost didn’t take it, I saw zero potential, but a free table is a free table. It was painted in a beige paint that had to go. I wanted to do it the beautiful Royal blue that I did on the stool. But… I found this beautiful blue in the reject pile at Home Depot. Even though the table was large-ish which was slightly intimadating I decided to start it because I could paint it with no stripping involved, or so I thought, so I started. Mmmmm I don’t know about this blue its looking like baby blue, well it’s still a pretty color. It’s looking really really baby blue, well maybe it’s having more of a country vibe, its still pretty. Ok now it looks like it belongs in a nursey, not really, but it’s too baby blue, it’s got to go, bye bye hours of work, time to scrap the blue
and guess what? I decided to strip the table so I could stain the natural wood. So much for not striping. Kim Myles did her table in black and the stencil a warm white. I didn’t want to do black I decided on a dark brown, a beautiful color called Burl from Martha Stewart paints from Home Depot. I stripped I repainted and I stenciled and I stenciled and I stenciled, and I got up in the middle of
the night and stenciled. I stained. I was obsessed, possessed. The table, the table that was supposed to be done without too much prep took at least 40 hours to finish. I took so long partially because I am a perfectionist and was retouching constantly. Fora normal person it would be a weekend project .
When I put the mahogany stain on something unexpected happened. It looked exactly like I wanted, it was looking really snazzy, but besides that it reminded me something I had seen before. I am from Barbados in the Caribbean a very small island. As a girl I had visited the great houses of my island with incredible pieces of furniture that were usually roped off and we couldn’t not touch. I had created one of those pieces, something that glowed warm and exotic.
I prepared to put the final polyurethane coat and finish. I was fussing I seeing where I could retouch . I can’t wait to send this off to its new owner. My next projects will be much smaller I need a rest. My favorite part of the piece are the rosettes that I stenciled then stained over. It took a lot of time but it was worth it -Melissa, till next time.