This graceful small side table was brought to me by a client to embellish with Trompe L’oeil pearls and shells. She handed me a piece of striped fabric to guide my color scheme and I was off and running. I used a favorite bug pin from my own collection as a model for the ‘clasp’ on the casually piled string of pearls. The gold and garnet fly also represents my signature insect. The table top (27″ X 11″) is painted as faux marble in soft greens with just a few delicate lines threading through it. To keep the illusion of real marble, I even painted the underside of the tabletop, so it would look like an actual piece of stone when you turn the table upside down. Loose pearls of various natural hues sit in a shell on the lower shelf which is painted a solid Sea-foam blue.
This table is painted to appear as if the top is inlaid with a variety of stone tiles fitted together like an old crazy quilt. The lower shelf is painted as a single slab of Marble. All of the faux “stones” are based on actual stone found in nature. Subtle colors of grey, camel and gold were chosen for the legs from frequently used colors in the stones. The table top is 16″ square, the lower shelf is 12″ square. The table stands 27.5″ tall. It is available for sale at $180 plus shipping.
A Monopoly game board is actually very pretty, and so is a Scrabble board! I painted both sides of a 22″ X 22″ piece of wood which was custom cut by the client to fit a table that originally came with a two sided insert of chess board/Backgammon designs . I simplified the two games as far as I could without affecting the play of the games. I added a little visual texture to the flat colors that are in the commercial designs, giving my version something special.
This small side table was painted for a middle school young man with football aspirations. I used his team colors for the uniform as well as his own jersey number. The background field is deliberately out of scale so it emphasizes the ideal football player as he ‘flies’ down the field. On the lower shelf I painted, in the Trompe L’oeil style, a couple of index cards with diagrams of football plays because, well, fool the eye is what I like to do!! The table stands 20″ tall and the top is 14″ X 16″ .