This past summer, I picked up two blond wood step tables for less than $10 for both. They were not the typical “country” look but rather, a sleek look with nice lines and angles. Very MCM / Mid-Century Modern! However, they were not especially sturdy or heavy duty. Regardless, they have survived years and I was smitten!
I hummed and hawed about how to paint them. Two-toned? Two toned with dark and light stained wood? Plain single colour?
I tried out a few MCM patterns in Photoshop but they didn’t grab me.
After some research on Google and Pinterest, I found the perfect inspiration I needed!
Check out this super cool Mid Century Plant table.
I loved the black level and decided to use narrow painters tape to tape off the angled lines and let the wood show through. Then add colour in random triangles.
To begin, I stripped the tops and stained them with my go-to walnut stain to darken up the wood. I just love the rich brown it produces. Then rather than trying to plan a pattern in Photoshop, I just grabbed the roll of tape and went to town, randomly taping various angles. The result is the two tables are completely different.
To get crisp lines, you must ALWAYS paint the base colour over the tape to seal it. But since I wanted wood to show through and not paint, I used Mod Podge to seal the tape edges.
I love the cool tone of SW All Purpose Enamel in 6990 Caviar, which I used to paint the base colour. For the splash of colour in the random triangles, I used craft paint in MCM colours I had on hand. Finally, I topped it all off with a couple coats of Varathane Diamond non yellowing finish.
I just love how they turned out!
Mr. Nice thought they were brilliant!
If you are in the Toronto area, they are for sale! Email me.
Or they may go in Miss Nice’s first apartment when she leaves university residence.