Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Stenciled Side Table

I've been keeping an eye out lately for a small table for my craft room. I need a little spot to keep all of my packaging supplies for my Etsy shop together in one place. The other day, I finally found what I was looking for! This little guy was sitting at my local Goodwill shop just waiting for me.

Awhile back I ordered this Rabat Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I intended to use it to stencil an accent wall in our master bedroom, but haven't quite gotten around to that project just yet. But, I had an inkling it would be a perfect addition for my table!

Rabat Allover Stencil by Cutting Edge Stencils

But, first, this guy needed a paint job. Badly. In his former life, I believe he was a dark wood. Somebody attempted to brighten him up with white paint, but it didn't seem to work out in their favor.
Before- Badly in Need of a Paint Job
I had some leftover paint (Canary by Eddie Bauer Home's Lakeside Cottage collection) from my Spring Pallet Art that I recently created. It's just the right pop of accent color that I wanted. But, I still needed to find my base color. The Lakeside Cottage collection has so many gorgeous colors and it took me awhile to decide... but the winner was their Seed paint color. It's a very light gray-white color. (whray? grite? hmmm....)

I set up shop on our back porch, so that the kids could play outside while I painted.

The first thing I did was wipe down the table. After the table was clean of dirt and grime, I painted on the base coat.

After- with a fresh coat of paint (Seed by Eddie Bauer Home's Lakeside Cottage Collection)
Only one coat was needed, since it had been "painted white" beforehand.

Next, I lined up the stencil design to my liking. It was getting rather windy out, so this part was a bit tricky. I held down the stencil in different places with painters tape, which helped a lot.

It took a little while, but I finally finished painting the stencil in Canary yellow. I let the table dry.. and that was it!

This is my first time painting a piece of furniture, and I am by no means an expert. But, I love how this project turned out! I'm thinking I may go over it with a sealer before I use it. We'll see!

It makes me smile every time I look at it. :)

{And now, I must share my "making of" story with you. This project was NOT without its follies. First off, I accidentally locked myself out of our house while I was gathering all of my supplies outside. Did I mention that my 18 month old was running around inside unsupervised? For over an hour? Yea. That happened. Oh wait... there's more! After my husband came home from work (I had to call him on my neighbor's cell phone to let me back into the house), my little guy managed to grab ahold of my paint can and dump it all over himself and me. I barely had enough paint left to complete the project. Oh, and after we showered to get all of the yellow paint off of us (how did it get in his ears?) I stepped in dog pee. In our kitchen. Monday wasn't my favorite day this week.}

Have you ever painted a piece of furniture? Or stenciled anything lately? Please tell me that I'm not the only one who has had a "No Good, Very Bad Day"?!
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  1. I LOVE this table! I think it was made for me - it matches my Lemon Tree Dwelling blog and would fit perfectly in my home! Let me know when you get tired of it (or I guess I could make my own - lol!!) :)
    Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    1. I'm glad you like it, Kathy! I'm a big fan of yellow, myself. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  2. Such a cute idea! Love the yellow too :)