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Ninth day...Ketterley's kitchen tables

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Ninth day...Ketterley's kitchen tables
I'm not as happy with these as the other pieces. I had no less than six goes, and several printings, trying to get the marble to look right, and it still doesn't - the edge of the paper is too obvious. (It should really be inset, but I didn't want to cut into the tabletop). Having said that, in situ, with the table covered in utensils and dishes, and in normal lighting, the jump between the paper marble and the wooden table-top is a lot less obvious. I've ordered more cup handles! I used three intended for this table on the scullery table - originally, I wasn't going to put them on that one, but it looks so much better with them. I'll add the missing ones to these tables as soon as they arrive!
Posted by Brooksey on January 3, 2016 Full Size| Slideshow

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8 Comments

Rosemary
3:49 AM on January 5, 2016 
The cup handles really transform the tables.
Zoe H
2:25 PM on January 4, 2016 
More marvellous marble. Terrific table too.
Brooksey
9:51 AM on January 4, 2016 
Sarah says...
These look really good Julie - I think we're always more critical when at the making stage but it'll look great with all the dishes etc. on. I like the way you stain your pieces - never a solid colour but make it look a bit worn in places giving a more realistic look.


Thank you, Sarah! The shading is more a happy accident, than any great skill on my part, but I agree, it does add character to the furniture. It's partly caused by these whitewood pieces being made from different woods for their different parts, so the stain is taken up differently by each bit - the carcase, legs and drawer fronts appear to be different woods in these tables - and partly by my "secret technique" of sloshing and daubing when applying the stain!
Brooksey
9:36 AM on January 4, 2016 
lallyp says...
This is excellent as usual, Julie & you are right about the marble not noticing once cook is rolling out pastry on it! After all it is a nod towards Lanhydrock not an exact copy!


Thank you, Valerie! The table with the marble really does look quite different in Ketterley's kitchen than in the glare of exposure in this photo!
Sarah
9:22 AM on January 4, 2016 
These look really good Julie - I think we're always more critical when at the making stage but it'll look great with all the dishes etc. on. I like the way you stain your pieces - never a solid colour but make it look a bit worn in places giving a more realistic look.
Brooksey
8:58 AM on January 4, 2016 
Jan says...
The cup handles really transform the pieces and like the colour of the wood stain. The marble is fine does it stop half way.


Thank you, Jan! The stain is by Johnstone's paints, "Quick Drying Woodstain, Satin Finish" in "Walnut". It's water-based, so easy clean-up and no solvent fumes. (I got it cheaply in B & M!).

Yes, the marble does stop halfway. These two tables, placed together, are a representation of the one in the kitchen at Lanhydrock. About one quarter of its tabletop is a marble inset, which is used when pastry-making. A URL to a pic of Lanhydrock's inspiring table is included in the caption under the previous photo.
lallyp
5:13 AM on January 4, 2016 
This is excellent as usual, Julie & you are right about the marble not noticing once cook is rolling out pastry on it! After all it is a nod towards Lanhydrock not an exact copy!
Jan
4:11 AM on January 4, 2016 
The cup handles really transform the pieces and like the colour of the wood stain. The marble is fine does it stop half way.

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