Ooo ooo oooooo! I have a new stained project for you today! With the craziness of this past year and the new house, I haven’t had much time to throw around stain on my favorite canvas… WOOD! But Della’s school was having an event with a raffle, and they asked if I’d like to donate anything for the raffle. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to carve out some time for my art. And I had the perfect little piece of furniture to use. I snagged this little end table at a yard sale awhile back for 50 cents!
Since this is such a small piece, I opted to sand the finish off rather than strip it. Mostly because my orbital sander was accessible, and all my stripping tools are packed in a box somewhere. I used 80 grit to completely remove the seal and stain, and then went to 120 and ended with 220 for a super smooth finish. Do you like my accidental yin-yang?!
Look at that raw. beautiful wood grain!
I wanted to try staining a flower that I hadn’t done before. But I also didn’t want to get too crazy and experiment on something that’s going to be raffled off. So I decided to go with a magnolia flower! They’re so pretty, yet simple and classic!
I found an image of a magnolia online. If you were staining a piece to sell, I would ask permission to use the image as inspiration. But since I’m not making any money off this thing, I’m not worrying about it.
After printing the image, I put a transparency over it and traced the flower on. My thin sharpies are all packed, so I used a basic pen. It’ll do.
I laid the little end table on its side, and used my overhead projector to project the image of the magnolia onto the end table. You can move the table closer or further away to make the flower just the size you want. Then trace with a pencil!
Time to get staining!
I used the pic of the magnolia flower to take note of where the deep shadows are, and put the stain on heavy in those spots. I left the lighter spots completely unstained.
I used a cheap little stencil brush to blot on the stamens (is that what they’re called?), and I love how organic it looks. I couldn’t have pulled that off with just my finger and a cloth!
I loved the natural hues of it just as it is. I added a little black in the darkest of shadows to add even more depth and contrast. And stained the rest of the table solid brown. But I didn’t like how it was difficult to differentiate between the leaves and the petals of the flower.
So I decided to add a little green to the leaves. And some more shadows around the perimeter of the flower.
I love how it turned out so much!
I know some of you will wish that I had added the pink to the petals, but I really liked the idea of it being a white magnolia flower. And since it’s going to be for a raffle, I didn’t want it to be tooooo girly.
I painted the base of the table a glossy gray, but totally forgot to take a pic of the whole thing finished. So you’ll just have to picture it in your little noggin.
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