When I first worked on this piece of furniture, I saw it very much as a small side table.
After painting it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite, I stencilled a border around the top and along the legs with the Rajasthan Border stencil using Country Grey.
I left the centre of the table top plain and put it up on my Etsy shop. It has been around for a while.
Earlier this week I was rearranging the furniture in my shop when it popped into my head that I needed to stencil the remainder of the top as well. I set to work with my Neemrana Border and Agra stencils adding the additional pattern. I now think that it would also make a fantastic bench in a hallway, a bit like the beautiful wooden benches that you find in India.
When I was still working in the fashion industry, there was real pressure to design at high speed in order to meet deadlines. One of the many joys of what I do now, is that there is time for ideas to evolve. I’m not suggesting that I sit around contemplating because I’m always working on something. I do believe though, that as a designer there are definitely times when you need to be able to walk away from a piece, returning to it at a later stage, in order to make it the best it can be.
You can find the Devi Table/Bench here