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Friday, December 2, 2011

Frank Lloyd French

I just finished up this sofa table. It was an experiment, and I like it! I wanted to do another table where I mixed the wood and the paint design, similar to the Hexagonal French Provincial from a few weeks ago.  I have always really liked the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and I had wanted to do something geometric on this anyway.  Originally I wanted something sort of Native American, so this design and color scheme worked out perfectly for both.  Here's my best before shot:
I forgot to take a picture before sanding, so that's the tabletop in the raw...  Here's the after:

I liked it so much I put a bird on it! Haha... Portlandia reference.  This one is for sale, and I'm going to do free shipping.  Luckily the legs come off very easily, so it won't have to go show up in a giant box! On the horizon I have another Sakura table, and I'm about to finally get the ball rolling with the string art wall tablets. Have a great weekend!

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  1. Wow...this is just fabulous!!! I always know I love something when I can't stop looking at something...just beautiful!

  2. Wow, it's spectacular! I love the juxtaposition of the french look with the modern top (same goes for the hexagone table - LOVE it!)

  3. I like this a lot, but I keep seeing the Transformers logo... not a bad thing, just funny to me. (Great blog, I also keep seeing you pop up on Better After!)

  4. Hi. I LOVE THIS!!! Do you mind telling me how you painted it and what kind of paint you used? Thanks!

  5. Thank you all for the compliments! @Rose: Now that you mention the transformers, I can see it too! Haha!
    @Jax: of course I don't mind! So, after sanding and staining the top, I sealed it with minwax polycrylic. This helps prevent the stain from leeching up into the paint eventually. Give it a rough sanding, then tape off your design. I ran out of frog tape here, but I should have gone and bought some. It's worth it. I used blue tape. Then I used Martha Stewarts sample paints because the jars are small, and (surprise!) come with a little paint brush attached to the cap. That probably saved me an hour or so in clean up! After removing the tape, I gave it a distress job and ran another coat of stain over it. Then sealed the whole piece in polycrylic. The legs were a simple sand, paint, distress, stain and seal! Send me your project, I'd love to see it when you're done!

  6. Absolutely fantastic. Thank you so much for linking up.

  7. I just saw this on Design Sponge!!! Wow! I just saw it last night on my blog. This is huge, major congrats are in order, that Kate at Before and After is tough judge! This table is so deserving of being there.

  8. Hi. I'm going to attempt a similar project and it will be my first refurb! Might be a bit ambitious, but well see how it goes! I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of stain and paint you used? Was the paint oil or latex?


    1. Hi there! Certainly - I use Minwax oil ased stain in dark walnut I believe. I like the oil based because it gives you plenty of time to work with it. I do NOT like "Polyshades" as it has the top coat INSIDE of it, and that stuff dries too fast and blotchy for me. Personal preference though! I recommend the oil based if this is your first time. As for paint, After I stained it, I sealed it with a water based poly crylic. Then, I taped off my design, and used just regular latex paint. One tip I've learned - after you tape your design, go over it again with the CLEAR. This makes sure that if there ARE going to be leaks in the tape, that it will only be clear leaks, and wont matter. Then paint your colors in, then carefully remove the tape. After everything was dry, I went over with a few more coats of minwax water based polycrylic and she was ready to go! Good luck, send me pictures!! 9redinfo @ gmail . com

    2. Thank you! I will let you know how it goes!


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