18″ x 36″ Finally I created something just for me! I do a lot of art to put in the galleries and art to give to friends, but hardly ever make something with myself in mind. Over the summer I’d gone to a fundraiser for my favorite animal shelter and had seen a coffee table that I fell in love with. But it was too big for my tiny livingroom. So I left without it. The image of it stayed in my mind though, as I’m sure happens to a lot of artists. So, when I found a new salvaged computer desk for my son at Goodwill, I bought it for $20. Then I took the old one that he’d had and started changing it completely. This desk had been used and abused by two teenagers and before that, it had been my office desk. Plain, varnished pine, scratched, carved, drawn on and yes, gum underneath. Thought I had taught my kids better! But now:
I cut down the legs to coffee table height, then painted the legs black, and several coats of various colors on the top. Yellow, red, blue, green. I couldn’t wait for them to dry so I could begin attacking it! Then with scraper, electric sander and lots of stress relieving pressure, I distressed the top until it made me happy to look at.
Finishing with two coats of poly and sanding to oblivion, I brought the table in. But something wasn’t quite right. Today, I fixed it. Two inches off each leg. Ahh!!! With feet up, I post this entry for Art Every Day Month. It took a good deal longer than one day to make, but since I chopped off the legs today and can finally completely enjoy it, I feel it fits the requires for my participation in this wonderful group.
By Heather Brush. NOT for sale.