A Questionable Find

Amanda is back!! And shares a not so simple,

simple restyle of a table that probably saw better days,…

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I recently relocated to Tampa from Chicago. A neighbor, who has since become my friend, saw me working in my driveway. I believe it was a dresser I was keeping for my son. She was on her way home from her morning bike ride and came over. She introduced herself and we talked for a little while. We found that we were both from the midwest and both loved old junk. From this moment, I knew we’d be friends. I mean who doesn’t want a friend that you can take into questionable neighborhoods for your next find. And that’s exactly what we were doing when I found this table.

My friend and I went out exploring a stretch of road in Tampa. These weren’t your traditional retail stores. Some were slightly scary. I’m not quite sure how these places have passed building inspections but I didn’t care. They had some amazing things in there.


What am I doing?
I decided to paint this in Annie Sloan Graphite. I was using this color on a few pieces at this time. So, I was drawn to it. When it dried, it just wasn’t enough. I also just did a piece with a harlequin pattern on it. I wanted to see if I could do it again, but faster. What I realized is, there’s no such thing as a quick harlequin pattern.

Taping it off
I wanted my lines to be clean and precise. I was hoping to find a stencil that could accomplish this, but I didn’t find one. The two different colors were not the same size on a stencil. The only other way I could think of doing this was to tape it off. I found Scotch Blue Painters Tape in my stash.
I always think about the final details, sometimes too much. I feel very strongly that they can make or break a piece. Especially something with straight lines. I wanted the pattern to be centered on the table top. I accomplished this by letting the tape to do the work. I used 2 different painter’s tape widths (1 twice the size of the other). First, I used the smaller tape. I had the edge of the tape go all the way through the center of opposite corners. Next, I followed the edge of the smaller piece of tape with the larger piece on the side that didn’t go through the corners. Once the large piece is in place, remove the smaller one. Now, covered the piece with just the larger tape. I covered the piece lining up the edges of the tape. Once the top is covered with the large tape in a diagonal, it’s time to repeat the process going the opposite way. There was now two layers of tape.


To get the harlequin shape, I took a metal ruler and a razor blade to cut the tape. I followed the edge of the top layer of tape with the ruler to cut the bottom layer of tape. I held it down on the edge and traced it with the razor. I repeated this process along every piece of the top layer. I carefully removed the top layer of tape. I then took off every other piece of the harlequin shape to get the checkered pattern. When the harlequin checkerboard is revealed, I painted it in Annie Sloan Old Ochre.

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When the paint was dry, I pulled the tape off to reveal the harlequin pattern. I added a few more little details to the legs in Annie Sloan Old Ochre. I distressed in a few areas of the piece. Then used Annie Sloan Dark Wax to add more depth and seal it.

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It was so fun going out looking for this table. It’s funny the things I see when I see a piece I’ve worked on. I see shopping in a questionable neighborhood with a new friend. It was a good day.

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6 Comments

Shirley Moorhouse

I love how the table turned out I love working with Annie Sloane paint.

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Judith Carr

This is spectacular! You are very talented and creative!

It would be great to have you or your friend for a friend! Annie Sloan helps us look so good!

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