This charming side table began life as an Early American style nightstand. I painted it a cool grey and created a faux marble surface on both the top and lower shelf. On the upper surface I depicted a delicate trompe L’oeil china cake plate with a butter knife, as if crackers and cheese had just been consumed. I left the back corner of the top marble surface free for a lamp as the client asked. On the lower shelf I painted my favorite children’s book, a little battered with love just as my own copy is. (To my delight, my toddler granddaughter tried very hard to pick it up!!) Serendipitously I found a graceful vintage handle to replace the original clunky wooden one. I think it matches my plate perfectly, don’t you agree?