My furniture-painting-guru friend, Jess from Blue Hydrangea Furniture looked at it one day and said, "You should replace the glass with a wood top!". Uhhhh...DUH! Why didn't I ever think of that?! (Story of my life.)
So I enlisted the help of...you'll never guess. Yes. My husband. He found some thin wood in the garage that wasn't great but would serve our purpose. I had an idea of what I wanted to do but wasn't 100% sure, but I started with staining the wood dark walnut.
Like I said, this wood wasn't high quality by any means, and when stained it took on this tiger stripe appearance. I honestly kind of liked it but felt like I should be appalled, so I was unsure how to proceed. I decided to go with my gut and continue on with a stencil, which I'll get to in a bit.
While I was staining the top I was also repainting the table itself. I have been in a crisp, white, clean farmhouse-cottage-sort-of-mood so I made this table match my other end table with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure White. I was a little nervous that all the nicks and distressing would be lost and therefore the character of the table with it, but after painting two legs I knew I'd be happy with the end result.
After painting the underside of the table, I flipped it and did the top, then sanded smooth and clear waxed it to protect it. Then I went back over the crevices with a dark wax to give it some age and depth. I didn't want to dirty this Pure White, just define the details a bit. It was the first time I dark waxed so Jess will have to tell me how I did. (You'll see after pics soon...!)
Next was to stencil the table top. I fell in love with this stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils, but with a $55 price tag and the uncertainty of using it again, I decided to go with this version from Martha Stewart. It's actually a silk screen, which I'd never used, but it was easy and I was really happy with the result! (Had I gotten the all over stencil from Cutting Edge it could have happened in less steps, but again...$55...)
I photo copied the silk screens that I liked, cut them out and figured out an arrangement that I liked. I didn't want a "pattern" but something more random and organic. This was what I came up with. Once I had it where I wanted it, I used painter's tape to secure the pieces to the board.
Normally I would probably use an inexpensive acrylic craft paint for this type of project, but I wanted the white and blue to match the furniture that I was painting in the living room, so I used the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint instead. I started with the big lacey paisleys because I knew I loved them (was uncertain about the bandana-looking ones).
Using a stencil brush (and later for the smaller paisleys some art brushes from the kids' stash), I dipped in the paint, dabbed the excess away on scrap paper, and dabbed the paint over the stencil.
I was so excited at how it looked that I had to snap a pic after the first set was done! I was tempted to do the entire thing in the "lacey" paisleys because I just love them, but decided they'd stand out more and would be just as pretty with the contrast of the ones that have a border. And I wanted to incorporate blue, so I planned to do the scalloped edge ASCP Provence (which, by the way, will coordinate with my coffee table which is near completion, too!).
I couldn't wait to get it waxed and in place once it was done!
I'm in love with it...tiger stripes and all. :)
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