See how a flower stencil solved a problem in this end table makeover all using stencils to recycle items in their homes.
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
Quite a while back. Actually longer than I'd like to admit, we broke the mate to our living room table set.
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.
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.
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.
I chose this stencil, no surprise, due to my love of flowers, though there were several other flowers to choose from.
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.
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.
I moved the stencil around the table top, adding flowers on different areas, and a few off the edges.
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.
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