I haven’t done a piece of furniture in a while now and had forgotten how much I really do enjoy doing the occasional piece for a client. My studio is really too small to do a lot of furniture, so I limit the amount and size of the pieces.
I picked up this coffee table and 2 large end tables from my client. I forgot to take the "Before" shot of the coffee table, so you see it all finished here. When I deliver the end tables I will get some better shots. The rug in the photo will be replaced, so the colors of the table did not need to co-exist with this red rug.
The middle panel… the marble, is real. It drops into a recessed frame. I have a soft limestone glaze on most of the piece, which is not showing up in the photo. The 2 panels on either side of the marble are done with Royal Designs Scroll All Over stencil, as well as the raised panels on the sides of the table. I outlined these 2 panels with a very tiny scroll border from Laser Excel Stencils.
I currently have the two end tables in my studio. Here is the "Before" shot. I primed them both out with Stix. This is a great oil-based primer that sticks to slick or glossy surfaces. I lightly sanded the furniture before applying.
I now have both tables sanded and primed. These two tables will be in the same room as the coffee table, so I will be using some of the same finishes and stencils, but have decided to bring in a medium toned gray. Stay tuned.
Tomorrow I start a new job. I will be doing some stenciling in a living room and a small garden mural in a galley kitchen, plus repairing some damaged painted furniture, so I’ll just be visiting these end tables for quick coats of the base color before or after work for the remainder of the week.