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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bamboo Sofa Table

I just finished up work on a sofa table that a customer fell in love with. Here's the before picture:
Solid wood, and originally done in a sort of dirty wash.  I stripped it, sanded it, and removed all the hardware.  I really wanted to test out minwax's color stains, and let me tell you, it was love at first...  stain? Haha. This stain was great, easy, and water based. I put two coats on this table and it was perfect!  This is Minwax's Green Tea.
Take a look:
After the stain set, I hand cut two sets of stencils.  The bamboo poles, and the bamboo leaves that would layer on after.  Here's a tip if you ever stencil: I sprayed the back of the stencil with spray adhesive, then let it dry. This makes a tacky, almost sticky note surface so the stencil adheres perfectly.  This worked like a dream... I did it for the leaves and not the poles though, however, I like how the poles came out foggy here and there:

There you have it! The customer really likes it, I really like it, we are happy.  This was a really fun project to do, it was seamless from start to finish.  I love it when everything seems to just go well, with no surprises!  Hand cutting that stencil was really fun too, I can definitely recreate this look any time.  Have a great day!

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  1. Love this. I have been wanting to try the colored stains. Gonna have to give it a go.

  2. I love the color and the bamboo is perfect on this table! Well done!!

  3. I've been considering their stains because they are so vibrant. What colour is this?

  4. Do it! I'm in love with these stains. This was two coats of green tea. It was very easy! I used an old T-shirt to rub the stain in, and buff out. Twice!

  5. Thanks for all the great comments!

  6. Did you put anything over the stain once you finished? I'm thinking of refinishing my kitchen table and have never done anything like this... Thanks for all the tips and ideas. Love the stuff you create!

  7. Thanks! I sanded the table down, then I did the stain, twice. Since it's a water based stain, I wasn't worried about it leaking into the paint or anything. Plus, I was using black. Then to protect the table I used Watco Satin Wax, that stuff is really nice and easy to use! Made a soft finish...

  8. I'm a first year art student and I feel I just have to pass on a tip my professor told us. He said not to worry if you can't find a stain in the exact color...just used watered down acrylics. Wipe it on and wipe it back off! If you really feel it needs to be a bit more "durable", put a clear coat over it.

    However, he said he's come back to wood that he stained with acrylic at a wide variety of time later (like, ten years variety) and it hadn't faded!

  9. That is really great to know! Thank you! Interestingly enough, I wanted a more lime green in this situation. Sure, I'm happy with how it came out but in my mind BEFORE I did it, I was totally seeing lime stain with a black wash, and black bamboo. Oh well!

    Thanks for the tip!

  10. OMG....I had no idea these came in different colors. I'm totally going to use them this weekend. Love the color too ~ great job.

    (here from YHL ~ I put your blog in my favs) =)

  11. Thanks Reenie! Welcome to the world of colored stains, they are amazing!

  12. I'd love to see a tutorial on how to hand cut the stencils. What materials did you use? Thanks!

  13. Great Idea! You got it - next time I stencil I will make it into a tutorial. Keep an eye out for that!

  14. Bravo on the staining! Do you know where the sofa table come from (or did you build it yourself)? I love the tropical/casual accent while being a good solid piece. Allen @

  15. Thank you! I don't actually know, but I got it from a friend so let me try and find out!

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