Shady Lane- Peacock Table

peacock table

Peacock End Table

This older side table has been in my home for over forty years.  And when I got it, it was considered old.   I really wish they still made tables like this.  Side tables are becoming harder to find.  The top of the table finish had worn off.  Since this was a working table, by that I mean we actually used it, not just admire from a far... it really could use an upgrade. 

Flower petals are often designed with stain using a shading technique.  I got the idea that a peacock plume may be created using the same type of design and decided to give it a try.  Now, I do realize that the actual peacock feather should be long and graceful.   I decided to go with the short plumes since this table is a small style.   If I ever do another peacock I would like to try my hand at the long feather of the peacock.  But that is for another day!

After sketching out the peacock itself, the plumes took on a life of their own.  The shape and size continued until the entire table was filled.  Each 'tail feather' offers a deep rich look

 

I was shocked how fast this table was to stain. The "petals" are easy to stain and a couple hours later and I was sealing the top with hand rub poly.

While I am sure the design is not for everybody, it brings a smile whenever I walk into the room.

not all art needs a wall   :)

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