Memories Coffee Table
by Tim Gould
Painter in Residence Tim Gould used paint layers, stencilled text and imagery, highlighted with gold leaf, to create a table inspired by the marks it had gained over the years.
Tim had this coffee table for years. The idea came from the many stains and marks the table has gained over the years and the memories that they’ve left behind.
Tim created word and image stencils on a computer, printed them on to vinyl, and applied them to the table surface. Instead of the traditional stencil, where the letters are cut out and paint is applied, Tim did the reverse; laying the letters in vinyl on the table top. He then painted layers of Chalk Paint® in Pure, Emperor’s Silk, Provence and Graphite over the designs. He lightly rubbed the paint down between coats, leaving a wonderful textured patina.
Using Brass Leaf and Gold Size, Tim highlighted areas around the text and imagery. Once dry, Tim carefully peeled back the stencils using tweezers, exposing the letters and shapes. The areas that were covered with the stencils are left as bare wood as if the design has been cut-out of the paint.
To finish the piece, Tim covered the legs and sides with more Brass Leaf. The piece is sealed with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax and a little Dark Wax.
Photos by Ben Hawley.