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During my time in Canada I did this custom order for a client in Vancouver BC. The lady in question had painted a small table in this beautiful rust colour and then felt unsure about how to accentuate the table top. The piece reminded me of a gambling table, so I decided on a decor of squares like a board game.
A sad, worn piece of furniture it was when I found it at a charity garage sale somewhere in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Its appearance improved considerably by applying paint and an interesting design – but the colourful lines hold unhappy memories. Continue reading Upcycling furniture: table
Upcycling with paint: the design for this small table, well-proportioned but bland, was created by masking off successive parts of the beech wood table top and painting it in different colours. I wasn’t thinking of a particular motive, but I began to see an image which I best describe through a poem:
Deserted place, trees stretching toward the horizon. Dust on the sidewalk, dappled with sunlight. Curtains drawn to block out heat. Branches yearning for the cool of concrete.
This image reminds me of a still and brooding Sunday Afternoon, which I chose as the name for this table.
Sunday Afternoon Beech wood, acrylic paint, varnish. 1999. 64 x 64 x 74 cm