Thursday, May 23, 2013

That Which We Call a Rose...

 I was going through some boxes and stumbled across an old project that I'd nearly forgotten about. This started out as a basic white commercial table, which I covered with books and accessories. The tablecloth got a bit bent out of shape while the table was in storage, so I have to fix that , but otherwise it was a fun discovery.
 The table has a bit of a botanical theme. When I made it, I pictured this table in a whitewashed summer house. As a child, I spent hours exploring, and would often bring back plants to identify, press, or eat!
I made the magnifying glass out of a fancy turned toothpick and a bit of brass tape. I seriously underestimated the number of books I'd have to make for this project! I just kept making more, until finally the stacks started to look appropriately messy!
I got a little carried away distressing this table! The original white finish was nearly bulletproof, but I finally did manage to get down to bare wood in places. I added several other layers of paint over the top, then sanded most of it off again. The book propping up the table leg is one of my favorite details, though I don't think I could ever abuse a real book in that way!


  1. Dear Eliza,
    What an adorable table scene. I love the books and what a perfect magnifying glass!
    Hugs Dorien

  2. Hello Eliza,
    It is stunning. The accessories on top are wonderful, but the sanded down table is gorgeous and very realistic.
    Big hug,

  3. Ha quedado genial, me gusta mucho la cantidad de detalles que has puesto, una preciosidad.
    Un abrazo.

  4. I like this scene. The accessories on the table are fantastic.
    Bye, Faby

  5. I can imagine you had to make a lot of books, but they are made beautiful and detailed! It is a fantastic scene!
    Hugs, Ilona

  6. Prachtig al je boeken op tafel en daarnaast ook nog een loep en klaproos. Mooie scene.

    Groeten Xandra

  7. Love the scene. The books and flowers I like very much.
    miniature greetings

  8. Hi Eliza! Love the book under the table leg! That is the kind of thing that I believe really give the extra bit of Special to a scene! A great idea!
    Your tablescape of the piles of books, both closed and open, the poppy, the writing paper, pen and ink well and the delightful little magnifying glass are all wonderful details that help to tell a good story! I am so happy that you showed us this past project. I really hope that you will be able to use this wonderful little table soon!