I came across this little side table the other day at the Habitat Re-Store. It’s nothing like anything I’ve ever seen before, and for $7, I really couldn’t pass it up. You can see why it caught my eye: So fun! I hit ‘er with some Semi-gloss White Rustoleum spray paint, and did those fabulous pulls with some ORB. Then it sat, needing something. But what? Then I saw this post yesterday from Jenifer of The Magic Brush. She added some pizzaz to a jewelry chest with a great harlequin stencil on the top. Hellooooooo inspiration! But I didn’t have a harlequin stencil at 6pm last night when I decided to do this project! (As my kids and/or Spongebob would say) BARNACLES!! I turned to the internet where I found some great tips on creating a harlequin pattern. I graphed out my harlequin design (see the how-to below) and hand-painted it with a flat brush and some acrylic craft paint. With some post-painting distressing, here’s how she turned out!
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So here’s some tips if you’re interested in creating a harlequin pattern like I did. First, I drew lines from top to bottom and side to side to find the middle point. I found out online that a the diamonds in a harlequin pattern should have a 1:2 ratio of width to height. For my table top, I decided I would make the width 2 inches and the height 4 inches. Once I had the middle point, I began to graph out the table top in 2 inch by 4 inch rectangles, like so: I then found the mid-points of each side of the rectangles, like so: Then, connect all the mid points to make your diamonds, like so:
I marked the diamonds I wanted to paint, so I would screw it up after all of that. 🙂 Then it’s just a matter of doing the painting. It was a little tedious, but worth the effort, in my opinion. Here’s another look at the fabulous finished product: Lots more to come in the near future!!
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