Your Opinion Needed!
Have you ever started a DIY project and was so excited about it, only to slowly deflate as the project progressed??….Let’s discuss my adventure in the end table makeover…or is it the end table nightmare?!
A couple of weeks ago, I found this cute little end table at a yard sale for $20.00. It’s nothing fancy, but it is sturdy and I like the somewhat oval shape of the top.
I went back and forth, thinking about what I wanted to do with this little guy and finally decided I wanted to do something with a stencil.
Now, keep in mind that I am a stencil novice. In fact, I haven’t even attempted stenciling a piece of furniture or a wall in probably 10 years. There’s a good reason!…I can not do it right! It always bleeds and I make a complete mess.
But, I thought, “Come on! You can do this!”
So I gathered some of my paints and did a little mixing of some gray and yellow…in which case I ended up with basically an off-white/creme color.
I did a light sanding of the top of the table and the drawer front and then put on a coat of Zinsser’s. It’s great because It covers stains and really gives the paint something to which it can adhere. I’ve used it on this chair project and this other end table.
For the stenciling supplies, I headed to Michael’s. Everyone raves about Martha Stewart’s stenciling brushes, etc, so that’s what I went with for the brushes. I also picked up some monogram stencils because I threw around some ideas with doing a monogram, but I didn’t use them. The stencil I chose was from Plaid.
Here we go…
I used Frog Tape to hold the stencil down and began “dabbing” the paint on, which is what the instructions on the brushes said to do.
First, I would like to say that this is very tedious work! I’m really not sure that I have the patience for stenciling…maybe that’s my problem! Plus, I have a hard time with the lack of precision involved. I like a really neat, clean paint job.
But I kept going…
About half way through the job, I got so frustrated with the bleeding and the mess ups that I said, “forget it!” So I grabbed the paint and started painting over the stencil job…and then I stopped…and looked…and thought, “umm. That’s interesting.” So, I went with it..
I finished the stencil on the table top and then layered on some of the creme colored paint using a dry brush. I also used a rag to rub the paint off a little in some spots and then after it had dried, I sanded it in a few places.
It almost reminds me of croc skin!
I am still struggling with the “imperfect” stencil paint job. I just am not good at stenciling! I need to take a class!
I’m considering going in a TOTALLY different direction with it!
I feel in love with this bamboo chest that Kate at Centsational Girl painted a peacock-blue. Isn’t it gorgeous! Click here to see her tutorial on creating this beauty!
What about re-doing my little end table in a color like that?!?!? Granted, my guy doesn’t have the detail of Kate’s lovely bamboo chest, but I was thinking I could replace the shabby knob with an elegant drawer pull…
What do you think?
I think I should go for it. You too?
Oh! BTW…If anyone has some great stenciling tips…SEND THEM MY WAY! Thanks!
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