I found this nice end table at the Goodwill store a few months ago. The leg wobbled a bit when I found it, but I knew the screws just needed tightened and it definitely needed some paint for a fresh new look. But, for only $4.97, how could I resist?!
I knew that I wanted to try something different on this table. I used Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan. Chalk Paint has been my go-to paint lately because it coats so well and I can paint inside the basement. I chose to use Cream and Aubusson Blue as my two colors. I painted the base coat in the blue and then layered cream over top of it. I bought some stencils at AC Moore and decided I liked this graphic stencil the best to go along the edge. I’m sure I was inspired by the original woodwork of the table.
I definitely discovered that stenciling takes some practice, and less paint on your brush is better. Needless to say, I ended up with a less than perfect stencil, but I didn’t really care. I knew I was going to distress the table, so the stencil lines didn’t need to be too crisp.
And, you can see they definitely weren’t crisp!! But, for some reason I liked it. 🙂
I used sand paper to distress the whole table. I think it makes the imperfections blend right in. I liked seeing the layers of color and the natural wood peaking out.
After I distressed the able, I cleaned it all up and then got out my wax.
I coated the whole table with clear wax and buffed it to a shine. I like using a t-shirt to apply and buff. It works well for me.
Ahh, these pictures were from a few weeks ago…I miss those pink flowers!!
The distressing really made the detail on the legs pop too.
I love how the stencils took this from a very average end table to an interesting and unique piece of furniture? Have you ever painted with stencils?
This unique table is for sale at Thrifty Elegance.