Pair of Queen Ann Magnolia Stained End Tables {First of the Pair}

M&M Embellishments
by M&M Embellishments
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I came across a pair of Queen Ann style end tables and I had a vision...
***UPDATE*** You can find the 2nd of the pair of these magnolia tables (different design) on another post here:
I went to work stripping and had a mighty hard time with this! I don't know WHAT finish was on it, but it certainly didn't want to give way to the new vision I had in mind. After I had gotten half way through this stripping process, I wish I had just painted over them, but it was too late now, so on I went with too many hours of stripping and sanding!
I pulled out my Velvet Finishes Paint for this project (my fav!). I used Rococco for the top and Cosmopolitan for the base, which is a really subtle mint hue.

To learn more about Velvet Finishes paints, you can use this link:
I transfer my designs using carbon paper. Then I do a light coat of paint to get rid of the harsh carbon marks.
I got started on my artwork. I used Minwax Ebony Wood Finish stain for all of my artwork, but this time, I decided to use two different stains, as I thought the Ebony would be too dark/ harsh for these feminine pieces. So, I used a Minwax Grey as well.
One of my many helpers was by my side! :)
At this point, the design was done except for more shading. You have to let the stain dry enough before adding more shading, otherwise, you end up with a mess.
Can you see the added dimension in this picture from the picture above with the added shading - it gives the whole piece more depth and makes the petals pop off the base.
Now, the final decision - do I distress the base?? Undecided as of right now, but leaning toward a slight distressing with a glaze.

Hope you enjoyed!

Starting it's matching piece with a complimentary Dahlia design.
Suggested materials:
  • Velvet Finishes Paints
  • Minwax Stain
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  • Denise Denise on Sep 14, 2020

    Did you paint the table tops before you used the stain to make the flowers?

  • Patt Patt on Mar 28, 2021

    What are the leaves

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 21, 2022

    What tools do you use to apply the stains?

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  • Lakshmy Lakshmy on Feb 26, 2021

    I saw the Sun pattern for side table I can't find now anyone know

    I love the Sun

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on May 22, 2022

    Just absolutely beautiful. Your work is amazing. I appreciate all your hard work. Also love your 'assistant'. Thanks for sharing your great project.