Who doesn't love Sunflowers??

I have been wanting to do a sunflower stained design for such a long time, but never had the piece that seemed right for it.  I came across this oak Queen Anne accent table and I thought the oak would be a good opportunity. Being that oak has the yellow hue, I thought I would be able to work with that and try to make a sunflower come to life.

 

 I stripped and sanded the finish off of the top.  The legs were already dismantled from the table for me to be able to haul it home, so I sanded the finish off of the legs and used General Finishes Java Gel stain on the legs and the apron of the table.

 

I was then ready to tackle the detailed image of a sunflower.  

 

I also decided to try out a new product.

 

 At first, I was really excited about this new product, General Finishes Ebony Dye.  But, the more I worked with it, I decided to go back to my "go-to" stain to finish the design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Once the design was "finished" with the basic design, I went back in and darkened key areas with the GF Ebony dye.  And much MORE shadowing was done to create more dimension.

 

 

I attached the legs and applied multiple layers of Varathane to seal the image onto the wood and to give the table protection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 I am so pleased with the way it turned out.  Every time I finish a piece, it becomes my new favorite!

 

 And just that quickly, she was sold!  The new owner is starting a new chapter in her life with her wedding in just a few weeks! I know she will love it as much as I do!   I do believe another sunflower will be in the near future to be added to my portfolio! I really loved the way this one turned out!!

 

More to come after our big show Sept 10 - 11 at the Wild Winds Art Festival in Warren county.  If you are looking for something to do that weekend, take a road trip up and say hi!  

 

 

Hope to see you there!

 

~Michelle

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