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Martha Leone Design: The blog is where I share thoughts on the creative process and share lots of pictures of each finished piece of painted furniture. Critiques are always welcome!

Brass Caps.

Martha Leone

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Design idea This is a beautifully designed piece of furniture with great legs. Most intriguing part of this table were the brass caps. So I studied their curves and "drew" curves on the table top with Frog Tape then painted it a dark contrasting color to the raw wood.

A note about photo editing Before having children, I was an art director in a corporate communications firm. I would spend lots of time whittling down scores of photos from a photoshoot to the one or two that worked the best. One shot would almost always prevail. However, there were those times when it was nearly impossible to make a choice. Well, after taking the photos of this piece, it was nearly impossible to select the few that would best represent it... should I include the props in the background?? I couldn't decide so please forgive me... I've included more photos than I should... the progression with and without background props:

Progression without props in background Case MCM4 at MarthaLeoneDesign Case MCM5 at MarthaLeoneDesign

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Progression with props in backgroundCase MCM9 at MarthaLeoneDesignCase MCM8 at MarthaLeoneDesignCase MCM11 at MarthaLeoneDesign

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Process • Sketched ideas... a must. • The entire top was sanded to the raw wood first. • Taped off design with Frog Tape. • Painted Benjamin Moore Aura black. No primer was needed since I sanded the piece to the raw wood. • It will be sealed with Varathane Satin finish. • Restore-A-Finish was used on the legs.

Sketches Brass Cap Table Sketch


This piece is for sale (SOLD) at Peg Leg Vintage, a fantastic vintage shop in my area. Their collection strikes a perfect balance between the timeless design of Mid-century Modern and industrial with touches of traditional throughout the store.


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