Big’ol Sunflower Table!

4 Materials
4 Days

Anyone that knows me or follows me on Hometalk or my Facebook page know that I love stain shading anything and everything I can. For this project I had a table top I had used the legs for on another project and a base that I had sitting around just waiting for a top. I feel it definitely leans towards the primitive style and I just love how it turned out. I have posted a few pictures and a couple videos of the process. Please excuse my haggard appearance in the video, it is 110 degrees in AZ and I am in the garage...
I sanded the top using a 120 grit paper and did not go higher as I like how 120grit leaves the surface for shading a design. It’s not too ruff which makes the stain bleed but it is smooth enough that when I am finished I get a nice clear image and it seals perfect.
Here is the table all sanded and ready for the image to be applied. I freehand the sunflower on top with a pencil, making sure to do it lightly. As I add the stain and finish the pencil marks disappear.
I am all set up to start shading with the stain. Do not do this with a stain that has poly in it as it will not work and you will have a mess.
This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630)
Here is the 1st video. Like I said excuse my apperance
This video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 102630)
Here is the 2nd video, as you can tell I have never done a video tutorial, hahaha, but I think you will be able to see how this done.
First layer of stain is done. I usually go over 2 times.
Finished. I sealead with Varathane poly acrylic, 3 coats.
(These chairs do not go with this table)
I love how it turned out! Here is my Facebook page

Any price and availability information displayed on [relevant Amazon Site(s), as applicable] at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.
Hometalk may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page. More info

Top Hometalk Projects

30 Useful Ways To Reuse Plastic Bottles
Keep Your Craft Supplies Organized With These Fun Storage Ideas
31 Super Cute & Easy DIY Ideas For Your Kitchen
30 Stunning Ways To Display Your Plants
15 Amazing Things You Can Make With Dollar Store Gems
Easy DIY Remedies For Your 7 Most Hated Bugs
3 Easy Ways To Upgrade Your Pillows To A High End Look
15 Amazing Projects To Help Make Your Home Look Fabulous
15 Awesome Projects To Get You Ready For St. Patrick's Day
15 Fabulous Fire Pits For Your Backyard
3 Great Ideas To Easily Upgrade Your Window
These Herb Garden Ideas Will Make You Want To Start One Of Your Own
15 Cute Ways To Decorate Tin Cans Into Planters
Craft Organization Ideas Mom Will Love
25 Fabulous Feather Projects That You Don't Want To Miss

Have a question about this project?

3 of 36 questions
  • Jonnie
    on Apr 18, 2020

    I want to paint a sunflower on a bench to be used outside. What kind of paint should I use for the yellow petals and brown center? I'll need very small quantities. Thanks.

  • Brenda Hembree
    on Apr 25, 2020

    I am loving this project!!! I am wondering how you made the center of your flower come out so well!!?? Thank you for the inspiration!!

  • Karen Tolle
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Absolutely outstanding ! I have the table ready wish I could send you a picture! I’ve been trying to draw the sunflower on paper it’s not so easy. Any suggestions to help me out? You gotta be an artist!

Join the conversation

2 of 173 comments
Your comment...