End Table Makeover: Recycle and Stencil Challenge

Today I’m sharing an end table makeover, as part of a recycle and stencil challenge, hosted by my friend Maria, of Simple Nature Decor. Maria asked us to find something that we already had in our homes and give it a makeover, with the use of a stencil purchased from cuttingedgestencils.com.

End Table Makeover

Recycle stencil challenge for an end table.

Quite awhile back. Actually longer than I’d like to admit, we broke the mate to our living room table set.

Living room end table with marble top.

Here’s what the original looked like. The marble top broke and I have no idea what we did with the base, because I have been kicking myself about it. I know I could have found a way to create a new top for that base. So around the holidays, we went out looking for something to put on the other side of our living room couch, since we host Christmas Eve, and we even had a great lamp, (sitting on the floor) for the space.

Metal end table for living room.

We ended up purchasing this metal table from Hobby Lobby for around $50. I doesn’t match the other table exactly,  but it fits well in the space, and the price was right.

Nick in end table.

One problem. It had a pretty visible nick on the top. So when Maria challenged us to recycle and update something we already had, using a stencil, I got an idea.

Floral stencil for recycled end table makeover

I chose this stencil, no surprise, due to my love of flowers, though there were several other flowers to choose from.

Stencil on edge of end table.

I placed the center of the flower right over the nick on the table so that the paint would fill in and mask the imperfection.

Adhesive spray from stencil

It worked great!

What didn’t work great was the heavy hand I had with the spray adhesive. I use sprayed adhesive when stenciling instead of tape, because frankly, I’m not that good at it. The glue helps every part of the stencil stay in place so that the paint doesn’t bleed underneath. Just be sure to spray it very lightly.

Stenciled end table with gold paint.

I moved the stencil around the table top, adding flowers on different areas, and a few off the edges. 

Finished stenciled end table top.

Once the paint dried, I went to work with Goo Gone and nail polish remover to clean up the extra glue.

Then I spray a little polyurethane on top to protect the finish.

Stenciled end table with lamp.

I like the way the gold flowers tie in with the lamp, and the gold tones in our couch.

 This stencil challenge was just what I needed for this end table makeover project. 

Who knows how long it would have sat there looking dull and damaged.

Now see what the others have done with their stencils.


Carole: Garden Up Green


Karen: To Work With My Hands


Maria: Simple Nature Decor


Joyce: At Home With Jemma


Bon Bon: Farmhouse 40


Susan: Momcrieff


About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Good Morning Patti,
    Your table turned out so pretty!
    Have a wonderful week,

  2. I love what you did with your table, Patti, and your method of covering up the imperfection is just brilliant. Hanging a few flowers off the edges is fabulous too – great project! I so enjoyed working with you again on this challenge.

  3. This is so pretty Patti. I love how the flowers hang over the edge. Really nice touch.

  4. Love your end table! It’s amazing how a little love will bring new life to an item. I’m embracing upcycling and reusing items and am so tired of buying new ‘stuff’. This is a great example of using something you have to create something you love!

  5. Love this and you’re right – great minds think alike. When I first saw those snippets I just had a feeling it was you. Love this project such a great way to add a simple artistic flair to a room.

  6. Wow it turned out real pretty! The color of the table makes the design pop big time! I love it! Its been a pleasure being in this challenge with you!

  7. I love your table and it is so unique. I will need to try something like that myself. I know I have a lot of furniture with nicks!

  8. Your table turned out great! What kind of paint did you use? Also — do you know the brand of spray polyurethane you used to seal it? Thanks. Have a great day.

    • Hi Mimi,

      I used DecoArt Metallics in Splendid Gold.

      The poly spray is semi-gloss interior/exterior from Ace Hardware.

      So glad you liked it.
      Thanks for stopping by,

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