When my husband and I moved into our house, I knew the living room was going to be my “blank slate” decorating project. I didn’t have any existing furniture for that room so I was able to start from scratch. The only problem? Furniture is expensive.
This wasn’t a room that needed to be functional right away, so I figured I could take my time (which is really challenging for an impatient person like me!). Rather than rushing to making purchases immediately, I’ve been scouring garage sales, consignment shops and the side of the road for pieces that would work without breaking the budget.
The latest addition was a coffee table I purchased at a garage sale down the street. This table has been a continual upcycling experiment. It’s gone through a few painting revisions and has been moved from room to room because I never really knew what I wanted to do with it. Frankly, it’s uninteresting and doesn’t have a whole lot of character – and my initial attempts at redoing it weren’t helping.
A couple months ago, I started looking through Royal Design Studio’s stencils and found this beautiful French Floral Damask stencil (small size). I knew this design would make my coffee table anything except boring – though to be honest, the elaborate pattern scared me. I’ve not had much stenciling experience, but I have made a mess before when the paint bled or the stencils didn’t seem to line up correctly. Thankfully, I didn’t have any of those issues this time around.
Photo credit: Laura Lee Photography
The stencil itself was easy to secure using a few pieces of painter’s tape, and the pattern lined up perfectly when I had to move the stencil over. I used Smoked Oyster stencil creme which went on smoothly and didn’t bleed as I painted.
Royal Design Studio has helpful tips on their website that I highly recommend checking out, especially if you’re a beginner like me. My strongest recommendation, however, has to be the stencil brush. If you are going to do any kind of stenciling, buy 0ne of these so you can avoid the headaches I’ve experienced from using other brushes.
Do you enjoy hunting for furniture at places like garage sales and thrift stores? I’d love to hear in the comments below about any great pieces you’ve found or transformed!
Stenciled Coffee Table
2. I stenciled the small French Floral Damask pattern on the top of the table using a stencil brush and stencil creme in Smoked Oyster. For in-depth instructions, visit Royal Design Studio’s “How To Stencil” page.
3. After all of that dried, I lightly sanded the table top so it was completely smooth.
5. To create a bit more of a distressed look, I sanded the edges, corners and select areas of the table to allow the wood and old layers of paint to come through.
6. Lastly, I wiped off excess dust from sanding and brought my newly finished coffee table into the living room.
Royal Design Studio provided me with the French Floral Damask stencil, brush and stencil creme for review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% my own. When I feature products, I thoroughly test them and only post about those items I really love.