into the woods.

I’ve been seeing a lot of articles recently about the mental health benefits of spending a little time communing with nature.  I don’t know about you, but I’m 100% on board with that idea.  I always feel more centered after a walk in the woods.

Mr. Q and I are lucky to have a beautiful wooded park just a few blocks away.  It is 200+ wooded acres and has a couple of miles of walking trails.  We try to get out there at least 4 or 5 days per week.  We made a special effort to stick with it this past winter and with the help of some good long underwear, an ankle length down coat and some great Sorel boots I made it through most of the winter (until I fell on the ice in February and we decided we should wait until the ice on the paths melted to return).

I have to say it is kind of magical to be out there when there is a full moon and some snow cover to reflect it.  Our park has some Great Horned Owls in residence and we would hear them calling to each other while we walked.  One evening we even saw one perched in a tree just over our heads.

I wish I could claim taking that photo, but no, I grabbed it from allaboutbirds.org.  Plus it was dark and we couldn’t really see him in much detail, but I’m sure he looked pretty much like that 😉

I will admit that it’s much easier to get out walking now that the days are getting longer, the snow is gone and I don’t have to wear four layers of clothing though!

At this point you might be wondering how I’m going to segue this into a post about painted furniture.

Well, the Fusion paint I used on today’s piece is in a color called Lichen and the Prima Marketing transfer is called Fern Woods.  So it definitely has a woodsy theme.

Here is the ‘before’ version of the table.

It’s just your basic 60’s end table.

It’s another piece that I picked up last summer at a garage sale on the cheap.  After I brought it out to work on it, I decided that the finish on it was really in pretty good shape and it might be fun to leave the tops alone and just paint the rest.

So I sanded the sides and legs lightly, cleaned them and then painted them with two coats of Lichen.

Then I pulled out the Fern Woods transfer.

You could use this transfer as one solid design, but instead I randomly cut out various leaves and applied them to the table wherever I thought they looked best.

I also swapped out the knob on the little drawer.  The original knob seemed a bit small to me.  I happened to have a wood knob that matched the table top perfectly.

I think the size works much better than that dinky original knob.

I couldn’t help nestling the table in my blooming Scilla to get some woodsy looking photos.  The Scilla is always the first thing up and blooming in my garden in the spring.  I have the white version shown above, and also the gorgeous deep blue version that you saw last week in my post about white washed clay pots.

Anyway, I think this is the perfect little side table for someone’s cabin.  It makes a great spot to stash your bird watching paraphernalia.

What do you think?

If you’re wondering where to purchase the Prima Marketing transfers, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.

If you’re wondering where to buy the Fusion paint, check out their ‘where to buy’ page.

And finally, if you happen to be local (Twin Cities, MN) and in need of a woodsy themed side table, check out my ‘available for local sale’ page to see if this one is still available.

16 thoughts on “into the woods.

  1. Lichen is such a beautiful colour and the fern transfer really upgrades the end table. This reminds me of some of the pieces you did a few years ago. I think your decoupage and transfer work is outstanding.

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  2. LOVE THIS! And there is even a term called “forest bathing” to increase well-being. It originates in Japan. Marine Folk school currently has a class on forest bathing! The boys school is in the Wilder Forest/900 acres and it’s just sooo good for them. Perfect timing for a springy project 🙂 Also, was the scilla already growing at your house or where did you find it? I need to plant some of that, it’s beautiful!

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    1. I’m going to have to check out ‘forest bathing’, sounds right up my alley. As for the Scilla, the white version came with the garden when we bought our house 30+ years ago. I planted the dark blue version myself. It is a bulb. I think you can probably find it at most garden centers in late summer with the tulip bulbs.

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  3. Beautiful woods and I need to get out in them more often! The table is outstanding, too! I like that transfer and you made such great choices on placement. There’s some beautiful wood there, too.

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  4. Sorry this one is just not for me. I like the idea but it’s not my taste. But if you have the right place to put it, like a porch or green house, it would look good. Guess I can’t love everything.

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  5. Hmmmmmm……..I’m not sure about this one Miss Quandie……..but your execution with painting and transfer if primo!!

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