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{Celery Flowers} – before & after

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

I saw this technique of painting with celery years ago and forgot all about it until the other day when i ran across it somewhere online.  Its super easy and makes the cutest little flowers :)

My husband Santi found this antique table a couple weeks ago and i kept thinking that i needed to do something different with the top since its kinda a fun accent table.  Its not large enough to be a dining room table (except for a smaller space of course) but it would be really cute in a playroom, patio or even a little girls room.

I figured this would be the perfect piece to try out the flowers.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

I gave the table a couple coats of Snow White Milk Paint and then distressed the table with an orbital sander for the top and a sanding block for the legs.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

After getting the table ready for the flowers, i went to my craftroom and gathered up a couple bottles of acrylic craft paint.  I just poured a little out on a paper plate.  It worked best to take my finger and spread the paint out on the plate a little.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

Then i took a bunch of celery and cut the end off – this will be the flower.  I removed a few of the side stems so the flower looked more uniform.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

After testing the flowers out on a scrap piece of wood, i found it best just to dip the celery right in the paint and then stamp on the table.  When i stamped it 1st on a paper towel, it took too much paint off.  You will just need to play around with it to figure out the best way for you and your project.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

I liked how the colors started mixing together.  I also made sure to move the celery around just a bit for each stamp so that it didnt look to uniform.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

After stamping the entire table and letting it dry for a while, i came back with my orbital sander and distressed the flowers so they were smooth and a little more faded looking.

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

The final step was giving the table a coat of clear wax and then it was ready to go!  The table is so fun and would be a perfect accent piece.  Sometimes i worry about doing things that are so taste specific, but you cant always play it safe with every piece of furniture :)

And this celery stamping would be lots of fun on other than just furniture – how about some vintagey looking flowers on tea towels, or on some canvas as cheap art?!

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

Sweet Pickins Celery Painting

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12 Responses to {Celery Flowers} – before & after

  1. Kathy K July 18, 2013 at 6:12 am #

    Very cute!

  2. Patricia PJ Simpson July 18, 2013 at 6:28 am #

    I love the table! Wish I had a need for one! Did I see on FB that you sell milk paint?

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} July 18, 2013 at 8:44 am #

      thanks!! Yes, i am introducing a line of milk paint, It should be available for purchase
      through my website in a about 2 weeks!

  3. Rhonda July 18, 2013 at 6:59 am #

    Love it! Looks like a vintage sheet- so pretty!

  4. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely July 18, 2013 at 7:28 am #

    So adorable! Great technique for the repertoire!

  5. Shannon July 18, 2013 at 7:41 am #

    Makes me want to try this. I love your table!

  6. Susan @ SunfowerHugs.blogspot.com July 18, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Such a simple concept with a huge impact! I love it!

  7. Amanda July 24, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    This would be a fun craft project to do with my kids (maybe on paper and not on a table!).

  8. christine August 20, 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    That is such a neat idea, celery flowers.
    Thanks for sharing

  9. canvas painting August 21, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    what a great painting pattern!! how creative!

  10. dawn tollefson August 25, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    I want to try your milk paint, and am ordering some right now. I have anxiously been awaiting your Milk 101 Tutorial Parts 2 & 3. Have you posted them and I have missed them – or have you not posted them yet?
    Love your website!!!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} September 22, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Thanks!! I have not posted them yet – im so behind!

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