Saturday, November 24, 2012

Kitchen Table Makeover

I have to admit this is the first time I have ever straight up copied a project from another person…but I liked the idea SO much and the final outcome of the project was so awesome I just couldn’t help it! (Well, there are SOME things I did a little differently. )  I wanted to have a table for the screen porch where we could eat out there, play games, etc.  and I was looking for something that would seat 6-8 people. After much searching for just the right table, I found this one on Craigslist. It’s just what I was looking for…patience is a virtue! It has a leaf that is attached and folds up underneath the table, so it’s easy to use if we need to accommodate for a bigger crowd.

The table was pretty beat up, I mean…well loved by a lot of kids…Parts gouged out by a pencil, colorful magic marker drawings and the gloss finish was slowly chipping away. Exactly what I wanted! My dear friend, Ann, is so sweet and brings me her “Better Homes and Garden” magazines to flip thru and I just so happened to find a teeny tiny little coupon on one of the pages for 25% off a stencil from: Cutting Edge Stencils .
It was so ironic b/c that’s the same website the other girl got her stencil from. I looked at all the stencils, trying not to copy this girl to a “T”, but turns out the Paisley stencil was my favorite one too… it’s just so darn cute! And the stencil is awesome, no bleeds, easy to clean, I was very pleased!
First to prep the table I sanded it down and took all the original finish off the top of it. Then I wiped it down to get the wood dust off. 
after it's sanded
 And it was ready to stencil, that easy! I use white latex outdoor paint and a mini roller-I didn’t use a foam roller because they tend to hold more paint and I didn’t want it to bleed under the stencil. You don’t have to press down too hard…just a light pressure and I did 2 coats.  I layed the stencil in the middle of the table to get started and then I went out from there. 

One mistake I made was turning my stencil because I thought it would look neat not to have a “repetitive pattern” welllllll they are smart and made the stencil to line up and look never-ending..so don’t turn your stencil! Just keep painting, just keep painting... (let it dry, takes about 2 min to dry) and then line it up and paint the next section. Since I turned my stencil, it obviously wouldn’t line up so I had to wait for it to dry and then sand the paint off. Not too big a deal-just a 10 minute detour. 
if you make this mistake, the paint sands off really easy
ran the stencil down the middle first

almost done...


 Another thing I did was wrap the stencil around the edge of the table…I didn’t want it to look like there was a defining plain border going all the way around the sides of the table. 

done stenciling!
When the stenciling was done and the paint was dry, the next step was to stain it. That’s right, stain over all the hard work you just did! Trust me, you’ll love it! I used Minwax-All American and it turned out pretty dark since the wood was sanded down to the raw, so I’m glad I didn’t go with my Kona stain. Make sure you wear latex gloves-staining can get messy and have an old rag to wipe the stain off. I did two coats of stain because I wanted it a little darker in some places.
my sweet hubby helping me :)
After staining
I painted the legs and sides of the table a teal color- the same color I used on the China Hutch. I did two coats, my rule of thumb is two coats of paint on any and every thing you are going to paint! It always turns out smoother and covers any spots you may have missed the first go around. 
I waited 24 hours for the stain to really dry and then put on a semi-gloss poly-urethane to seal it.  
It gave the table a pretty little sheen and it will help protect it some from the elements.
And here she is, in all her lovely shabby farmhouse glory! Don’t yah love it!?


here's how we wrapped the stencil around the edges/corners
 It’s probably been the easiest project I have done so far and I’m SO happy with how it turned out!


31 comments:

  1. Found this one Pinterest. It's beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. looks great. you had me worried with that dark stain. but alas, it was not ruined:)

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    1. I'll be honest with you...after all that hard work and then the dark stain, I had myself just a little worried. :)

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  3. I ADORE this table! I'm attempting a version of this on an old craft table to be used as our new kitchen table. How did the teal paint hold up? We have kids and I get nervous when I paint furniture because of the kid dings. did you just prime and paint the legs? This is my first furniture makeover.

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    1. Hi Dawn, thank you so much! Sorry it has taken me a second to get back to you. The teal paint has held up really well so far. I didn't prime them, but normally I would (I just got anxious), I definitely recommend priming. Also, when you are done painting you can seal it with a poly-urethane. I used a Minwax and it hasn't yellowed. How's your table coming? Good luck!

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  4. This is gorgeous!! I love this stencil (and your table). Where did you find the stencil?

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    1. Thank you! I ordered the stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/. They are great quality stencils that can be used over and over again-really easy to clean.

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  5. I'm curious to know how the treatment on the table leaf is holding up.... I also have a table with a self storing leaf and I'm nervous the paint/stain with stick together when I don't have it in use and it's folded and stored. (We live in a hot weather zone) Didn't know if you have stored the leaf or just left it open... Thanks!

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    1. Hi Aurora,
      I haven't had any trouble with it sticking together. My table leaf folds up on itself and underneath the table, which is the way I have it stored now and there's not a problem. We also live in a humid environment and I haven't had any trouble. Thanks for reading! :)

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  6. Would a different color paint for the stencil still work? I love this but i think i might want something more unique or roughed up looking. Has anyone tried a different color?

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    1. Hey Wanda,
      Yes, a different color paint for the stencil would definitely work, I would either do a light color paint with a dark stain or a dark color paint with a light stain. Good luck and have fun!

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  7. I also shamelessly stole this idea from the same blogger. I used the technique on a solid oak end table, and it turned out beautiful. I just sanded down the top, applied an off white paint with a stencil, stained over it with Minwax Provincial, and gave it three coats of Minwax polyurethane, (lightly sanding btwn coats.) I painted the rest of the table a robins egg blue, antiqued with Rustoleum Weathered Gray stain, and sprayed the brass hardware with Sherwin Williams gray. I sanded to give a worn patina and went sealed with polyurethane. This table has a soft French country look. It's my 1st project; I'm hooked. I will use Minwax polycrylic in the future b/c it doesn't yellow over time. I also use tack cloths to pick up debris btwn coats. They're inexpensive and work better than damp towels, imho. Something I remember from my dad.

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  8. so beautiful!
    I have 2 questions:
    1. Did you wipe out the dark layer immediately after applying it?
    2. Did you wipe each layer of the dark stain separately, or colored both layers and only then wiped it?
    thank U!

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    1. Hi Hila, thank you!
      1. I didn't wipe it off immediately, i let it sit on there for about 45 sec to a min. The longer you let it sit the darker the stain will be.
      2. I wiped the layers of stain off separately. That helped me decide if i wanted to do another layer or not, depending on how the color looked.
      I hope this helps you, good luck!

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  9. What type of white paint did you use? Was it acrylic, primer, latex interior?...Is the stain used an oil based stain? Also if you were going to use a wood conditioner would you use the wood conditioner first, then white paint, and lastly stain?
    Thanks,

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    1. Hi bbpainter,
      I used a latex exterior paint that i had left over from painting our house. I wouldn't use primer, but acrylic and latex interior should both work fine.Yes, the stain is an oil based stain. I have never used wood conditioner before but after reading about it it seems i would do it in that order. :)

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  11. I really do like that effect. I also liked the Indian Inlay as well from the site you linked. Both are really an attention getter. The only problem child is that darned extension leaf. Its width just doesn't match the repeat of the stencil pattern, so its impossible to have a perfect match with it removed, unless it is done separately. Since the leaf is going to be inserted less than one percent of the time, the later could be the best overall match. But that's a preference call sort of thing.

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  12. Looks fantastic. Can you tell me if it's smooth to the touch or can you feel the ridges from the stencil?

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    1. Thank you! It's pretty smooth, you can barely feel the ridges.

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  13. Who is the original blogger you took this from?

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    1. I honestly can't remember, I was just surfing the Internet one day and came across it. It's been almost 3 years, sorry!

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    2. The original blogger is Domestic Imperfection - just discovered it myself:
      http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2012/05/paisley-stenciled-table/

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  14. This is so beautiful! Can't wait to try it!

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  15. This is GORGEOUS! Great job, thank you for sharing!

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  16. I love this deign! I don't have enough money for the stencil though :( do you think if I attempted to make it using card it would work? Really want to try this out on a coffee table in our kitchen! :D And the stain kind of yellows the white to make it more of a cream shade? :) Should I prime? sorry for all the questions! :)

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  17. This project is still well loved. Plan to do it in October and was wondering about the legs. Did you sand them before painting? Wish me luck... Karen

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