I know that painting or drawing on wood continues to attract controversy, but today I’m excited to share two* of the prettiest painted furniture pieces I’ve come across recently. First up is this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired table by Jesse Dresbach, owner of the furniture-restoration shop Nine Red. We’ve featured some of Jesse’s skilled restoration work in the past, but this may be my new favorite — the combination of the ultra-dark espresso stain with the rich, earthy color palette is wonderful, and the pattern is a worthy homage to the talented architect and designer who inspired it.
According to Jesse, the secret to this project is Frog tape, but I would have to add a patient, skilled hand to the requirements. If you don’t feel like acquiring either of those, you can always purchase the original from Nine Red. Great work, Jesse! — Kate
*Stay tuned for Part II, which we’ll post in the next hour!
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Time: 8 hours
Basic Steps: I sanded down the tabletop to bare wood, and roughly sanded the sides and legs. Then I stained the top with two coats of Minwax oil-based stain in “Jacobean.” After it was dry, I coated the entire top in a Satin Minwax Polycrylic. I lightly sanded with a 400-grit paper before taping. I browsed my book of Frank Lloyd Wright designs and started taping based on one of his window patterns. Then just paint within the lines, like kindergarten! Remove the tape, clean up any leaks and lightly sand before sealing. I chose to distress this, so before sanding and sealing again, I sanded the edges and rubbed the whole piece in Jacobean again. Then I sealed in several coats of polycrylic. The legs were a simple sand, paint, distress and seal!
My advice: Frog Tape. I repeat, Frog Tape! I ran out, so I used blue tape for this and found myself carefully fixing leaks. Also, sample-sized paints of your color choice will save you a lot of money if your pattern has this many colors! I used Martha Stewart samples, which have a mini paintbrush built in the cap — a handy little surprise! Lastly, a sanding sponge makes all the difference in the world when you distress. — Jesse