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two more tables i just finished

2012-05-18 - 8:46 a.m.

art tables I made
© 2012 by elaine radford

Two more foo-foo end tables join the great room. The table up-top was our answering machine table for years and beers. For some reason, deeply embittered that we no longer had a landline or an answering machine, its former blue-sponged-over-white paint job had yellowed badly. Time for a change...

The second was a little more work because it had been heavily butchered by kids wielding knives to play tic-tac-toe. I used old maps to papier maché the two shelves. On the bottom shelf, I also added in old tickets from a variety of transport methods -- domestic first class boarding pass, international business class boarding pass, Macau Turbojet and Hong Kong Star Ferry ticket, Metro and Underground tickets from London, Paris, and Munich, bus and train tickets from Amsterdam, whale watching boat tickets, even an elevator up to the top of a tall tower in Munich. Since I knew the very top shelf would hold a fancy TV dinner tray, here I reverted back to a simple texturing technique to give it the look of old distressed red leather. I covered the surface with heavy torn paper in the typical papier maché pattern and then painted it black, finally overpainting it in the Chinese red, which I then lightly stomped to let some of the black show through.

The table up top is exactly the opposite. I first painted it Chinese red, then stomped on the thinned black paint. In this way, I can continue the theme of Chinese red/black which is a big theme in my great room, yet I avoid having the pieces be too matchy-matchy.

Check out the details of a few of the tickets from my various adventures. This table has come a long way from this dirty, dusty, scratched-up piece that the neighbors were considering for the scrap heap:

Interesting note: Because I sold yet another table from the neighbor's discards for $20, and I spent $15.14 on supplies for the three projects -- don't forget my nifty desk -- then I actually turned a miniscule profit if you ignore our labor.

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