M&M Embellishments
M&M Embellishments
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Stained Art - Sunflower Table

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1 Week

Sunflowers happen to be one of my favorite flowers. It reminds me of my younger son, who has always loved them and wanted to have them planted!

I've done a handfuls of sunflower tables, but this one I'll be sharing with you is a little different!

This is my first one I created, and was my favorite of all of my sunflowers. Until now... now, I can't decide which I prefer.

We just had the release of our new Wise Owl seasonal colors, and one of them is Goldenrod, so I decided to use it on the base of the table.

For the aged look on the base, I used MinWax oil-based stain and  sealed the base with our Wise Owl Varnish in Satin.

I had decided to use this table at our local festival here in Franklin, PA, to do a demonstration on my staining technique. This was what the design looked like at the end of the two days of staining during the festival.

I had a lot more detailing to do, but when I got it home and started really looking at it, I decided I wanted to try some COLORED stain on this one before I went in with the detailing! I used General Finishes Dye Stain in Yellow for the sunflower.

At this point, I still wasn't sure about the leaf/ stem. I didn't have any of the GF dye stains in green, but I DID have a different colored stain that I had never used before and decided to give it a try. This one was made by RePurpose. I was pleasantly surprised with the stain.

Once the water-based stains had dried enough, I went in and did a lot more detailing with my oil based stain. When the sunflower was complete, I wasn't liking the raw background.

I used a walnut stain for the background and added some of the ebony around the edges.

When the stain was all cured, I applied our Satin Varnish for protection.

Isn't she lovely?! Sunflowers are definitely a favorite! This one sold pretty quickly.

Now, tell me - which do you prefer? The colored or the raw?  

 Since it really wasn't fair to use the middle picture as a comparison since it didn't have as much detailing, I added another finished piece without color to help you decide.

If you would be interested in a custom design, send me an email or connect with me on Facebook, and we can come up with a one-of-a-kind design!

Here's a sneak peek of what I'm working on right now - almost complete! It's a show stopper!!

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  • Sheryl Levine
    on Jan 2, 2019

    Hi there! Your handiwork is absolutely beautiful. I'm jealous of your talent. What did you use to remove the dark stain on the top of this sunflower table? Thanks.

    • M&M Embellishments
      on Jan 4, 2019

      LOL, I'm so sorry... I thought you meant there was a stain on the wood. Like A STAIN, like soething had been spilled on it. hahaha.. Yea, I stripped it down. I use Citri Strip or another one I get at home depot. After stripping, I sand it down.

  • Lisas Rexstar
    on Jan 5, 2019

    Color! Definitely color! I keep seeing everything turning to shades of gray. Must all the vibrant colors of our beautiful world be washed out? Live sunflowers are bright yellow!

  • Lainey
    on Feb 4, 2019

    So impressive, what a great job!! Absolutly beautiful and inspiring!

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