Dec­o­rate a ta­ble with a For­nasetti print

Cre­ate a show­piece with paint, podge and a print.

Home Paint It - - CONTENTS - By Mar­gaux Tait and Ger­marie Bruwer • Pho­to­graphs Char­lene Schreuder and Mar­gaux Tait

Fin­ish with a coat of Jab­tex Silky Var­nish to pro­tect

your hand­i­work.

Here’s how...

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

Be­fore

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

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