So I found this library table at a flea market last month. To my delight, it was already painted white. One less thing to do!
The only problem is, it was too plain.
So I decided to put stripes down the middle. First I measured for their placement and used a straight edge to draw them in place. Then I used the pencil lines a guides for the painter's tape.
(If you look closely you can see the pencil line for the bottom edge of the stripe)
Once it was taped off, I started to paint. I used ASCP Emperor's Silk. Two coats was just enough to get a great red stripe.
Well that little stripe needed some help, so I decided to put smaller stripes on either side. I used the same method as above to mark and tape off the stripes. Then painted them in!
When I pulled the tape off I had the coolest grain sack-inspired stripes!
I loved it! But it was still lacking something. So I decided to follow through with the grain sack motif. I printed out (in reverse) a design I worked up on my Silhouette and copied it on a toner-based machine. Then I taped it face down in the center of the table.
I used a blender pen to transfer the image and burnished it with the back of a spoon, working one small section at a time so it wouldn't dry out. Here's what it looked like when I finished.
The transfer worked great but I wanted it a little darker so it could compete with my bold red stripes. So I grabbed a Sharpie marker and started filling in the design.
Darker is definitely better!
I was careful not to color in each area completely so it would have a more distressed look.
It turned out exactly as I had hoped!
Does it look like a landing strip?
Or racing stripes?
This is yet another piece I would love to keep if I had room!
I bet this one won't last long!
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