Big’ol Sunflower Table!

Misty Gaines-Johnson
by Misty Gaines-Johnson
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.
Here is the 1st video. Like I said excuse my apperance
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

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  • Jonnie 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 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 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!

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  • Bea Johnson Bea Johnson on Oct 22, 2022

    Stunning work! Thank you for sharing. :)

  • Sandy Sandy on May 31, 2023

    Thank you for the videos. I've been wanting to try this for a long time but I didn't know how to get started. I thought the stain would run. Thank you for helping to try this.