Monday, May 21, 2012

Animal Print Silver and Gold Leafed Side Table

You may remember the small turquoise table I did a little while back I decided to be a bit crazy with it's mate (although now they don't go together at all!). Such a simple, classic mission style table.
..until I finished with it! Now it's a truly, unique, one of a kind (ooak) side table.

Parts of it are silver leafed, parts are gold leafed. The top was transformed with a zebra print stencil. The legs and drawer were accented with leopard print. The entire table was glazed with a warm brown glaze. Once dry, I polyurethaned the table for durablity, two coats on the top. I used an old cabinet knob and upcycled it by priming, painting, silver leafing, glazing, sealing, then finished it off with black diamond Swarovski cystals. Talk about a blinged out table!! Do you think I'm crazy?! I would love to hear your opinions on my furniture transformations.
Here are the step by step instructions for this table. First I sanded the table and wiped it down. I base coated it with a chocolate brown, furniture grade priming base coat. Color here is not terribly important since I'm covering it with gold and silver leafing. A little color peaks through here and there, but not much. It's classic to do a red base an let a little more color crack through. Here's how the leafing size looks going on. It's milky white but dries clear and sticky.
I did the silver areas first. Once they were leafed, I came back and did the gold areas of the table. After all the leafing was complete, I added the zebra stencil to the top only. 

I used a black glaze for this step because I didn't want it to be solid black. A little more sheer suites my taste better.
Next, I added the leopard stencil to the gold legs and gold drawer face. I think I've mentioned before, I actually hand cut this leopard stencil, many years ago using an exacto knife. I really need to get a new one. There are many places online that will custom make stencils for you. I must do that soon.

Once the stencil design was complete and dry, I glazed the entire table with a warm umber glaze. Love the way this gives the foil a slightly tarnished looked with years of aged beauty and dimension. (Wish I could rub it on me for aged beauty :) ) Since I used oil for this, I let it dry several days before I varnished with an oil satin varnish. The finishing touch on this piece was the upcycled cabinet knob in silver leaf and black diamond Swarovski crystals!

So once again, here's the finished piece.

It's heading over to the Dilworth Blacklion this week. It will be in Booth 409 Eeeklectic Town,  It's already listed on Etsy at Shipping on this piece is included. Here's a sneek preview of another clockface table already listed and heading to my booth this week as well. It will be in one of my upcoming blogs!


  1. Yeah, baby, yeah! Your new table is absolutely AMAZING! I love how wild it is. I don't usually have animal print in my decor, but I would definitely make an exception for this piece . . I love funky, fun & bold :)

    Thank you for following my blog - It's always wonderful to meet new people & see what they are up to!


    1. Thanks Corrine for all of your kind comments! And thanks for following. It is fun to meet new friends out in here in cyber world! :)

  2. Great, It looks new and so elegant!!!

  3. You are so talented! Thank you for being my co-host this week and Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster


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