Decorate a table with a Fornasetti print
Create a showpiece with paint, podge and a print.
Finish with a coat of Jabtex Silky Varnish to protect
1 Find your favourite high-resolution Fornasetti image online and have it printed to fit your table; we found ours at houzz.com.
2 Lightly sand the table to prepare the surface for paint; fold a piece of sandpaper around a wooden block to make it easier.
3 Paint the legs in the Brushed Metal paint; three coats were sufficient for a solid finish. 4 Cut out your Fornasetti print and fix it to the table using Jabtex Podge Medium (available from craft stores); this product allows you to move the image around on the table top until you’re happy with its position and ensures the least amount of bubbles. Then paint the podge over the top and leave it to dry.
Did you know?
Piero Fornasetti was a 20th century Italian painter, sculptor, interior decorator and engraver. He created more than 11 000 items, many featuring the face of operatic soprano Lina Cavalieri as a motif. He is well-known for his pen and ink drawings. Today, you’ll find Fornasetti’s style in fashion and décor accessories such as scarves, ties, lamps, furniture, china plates and tables. His work can be viewed online at fornasetti.com.
Shopping list • high-resolution Fornasetti image printed to size • folding table (upcycle if you don’t want to buy new) • Fired Earth Brushed Metal paint in the colour Cosmopolitan (available exclusively from Builders) • Jabtex Podge Medium • Jabtex Silky Varnish • 180-grit sandpaper Tools • scissors • sponge roller • paintbrush • paint tray
This side table was in dire need of a little TLC; by adding a striking Fornasetti print and jazzing up the legs with Fired Earth’s trendy Brushed Metal paint, it’s been transformed into a talking point.
Eaton folding table, gold Urban candleholder, Michael Chandler framed illustration set (20 x 25cm) and tripod spotlight all from Mr Price Home
0860 284 533, builders.co.za 0800 212 535, mrphome.com