Magazine article Sunset

Making Waves

Magazine article Sunset

Making Waves

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Pep up a tired piece of furniture with an easy comb-painted finish

* As this striking green and yellow coffee table demonstrates, decorative painter Erik Seniska's technique is a quick way to bring a new look to any room. He used notched rubber squeegees, which he designed, to "comb" the intricate geometric patterns through wet paint. "These painted finishes go beyond faux to produce more textured, pattern-- oriented effects on walls and furniture," he says. "The look is stylish and sophisticated without being overly ornate." He achieves precise edges with masking tape.

You can approximate Seniska's technique by using the rubber paint combs available in arts and crafts stores. With a little practice, you'll easily get satisfactory results.

TIME: 2 hours, plus drying

DESIGN: Erik Seniska, San Francisco (415/646-0583)

1. Paint an unfinished or stripped old table with a base primer of your choice (we used an olive green) and allow it to dry thoroughly. Using masking tape, 2 inches in from the table edge, tape a 2-inch-wide border around the tabletop, with a crisp miter line at each corner.

2. Apply a contrasting color (ours is yellow) outside the border. …

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