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Just for us!

You have probably heard the story about the shoemaker’s barefoot children. If you haven’t, the story is that the shoemaker keeps all of the other village children in shoes but his own children have no shoes and go barefoot. Sometimes we feel like the shoemakers kids…we end up selling all of our upcycled furniture to other people and our own house is often bare.

Such was the case with this table.

Hand Painted Roses on Table pic 3

I painted this during the summer and Cathy said that she would like it for our house. She loved the design and felt that the painting represented some of my best work. Well, as the story goes, the table is no longer in our possession. It is gone as so much of our furniture goes. Cathy parted with the table but has never let me forget that she wanted to keep that table. She didn’t exactly “rub it in” but I always knew that she was unhappy about it.

So, when I saw this table on one of our thrifting trips

I bought it with the plan of painting it with the same basic design and giving it to her to keep. That is the plan and this time I am going to stick to my guns.

This table had several things going for it. It is in wonderful shape with no repairs needed to the top or to the structure. It also had a pleasing shape and some wonderful architectural elements including that cute finial in the middle. And, the price was GREAT at only ten dollars.

So I snatched it up and it sat for a while but a few weeks ago I decided to tackle this painting. Cathy and I decided that we would paint the table with a different color scheme than the original blue one that we no longer had. We have plans to redo our living room this summer so we wanted the table to reflect those changes with a lighter base color. Also, I enjoy the movement and interest that comes with a slip slapped background where many colors co-mingle to create an interesting backdrop for painting. Here is a picture of the table with the applied slip slap treatment.

Next I applied the floral treatment following the same basic design that was on the original table but with a different color treatment and different painting technique on the roses and leaves. I couldn’t be happier with the results. In fact, and please don’t take this as a brag, this is my personal favorite painting and I feel that it represents my best work. The color passages are more interesting and the relationship between the flowers and the slip slapped background resulted in a finished product that is very pleasing. I hope you enjoy this piece as well.

(Note from Cathy who inserted the photos: This is very photo intensive as I love how Paul’s table turned out and had to show it off to you. I hope you don’t mind.)

Here’s the table in use. (Don’t you just love the funky, over-the-top lamp on it!!)

Close ups of the table top:

The flowers in the front:

The flowers in the back:


And here’s the bottom of the table:

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