The Table The Table The Table.
Well it all started with a picture that I saw in Oprah magazine of an accent table, it was
incredible beautiful. I thought I can do that. So without knowing anything about it, typical for me, I decided to give it a try.
I thought the piece was painted and I am a painter, I have been one all my life, well maybe since I was three. I tried my luck with a stool. The result although pretty, wasn’t quite right. But everyone loved the little stool. My blog traffic shot up, I heard from people on facebook that I forgot were on my friends list. Hmmm I might be on to something here. I did some research, the furniture looked stenciled. I can do that! I found this beautiful stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils by HGTV Designer Kim Myles perfect!
This particular table I got when my ex-husband spotted it on the side of the road. Honestly when I saw it I almost didn’t take it, I saw zero potential, but a free table is a free table. It was painted in a beige paint that had to go. I wanted to do it the beautiful Royal blue that I did on the stool. But… I found this beautiful blue in the reject pile at Home Depot. Even though the table was large-ish which was slightly intimadating I decided to start it because I could paint it with no stripping involved, or so I thought, so I started. Mmmmm I don’t know about this blue its looking like baby blue, well it’s still a pretty color. It’s looking really really baby blue, well maybe it’s having more of a country vibe, its still pretty. Ok now it looks like it belongs in a nursey, not really, but it’s too baby blue, it’s got to go, bye bye hours of work, time to scrap the blue
and guess what? I decided to strip the table so I could stain the natural wood. So much for not striping. Kim Myles did her table in black and the stencil a warm white. I didn’t want to do black I decided on a dark brown, a beautiful color called Burl from Martha Stewart paints from Home Depot. I stripped I repainted and I stenciled and I stenciled and I stenciled, and I got up in the middle of
the night and stenciled. I stained. I was obsessed, possessed. The table, the table that was supposed to be done without too much prep took at least 40 hours to finish. I took so long partially because I am a perfectionist and was retouching constantly. Fora normal person it would be a weekend project .
When I put the mahogany stain on something unexpected happened. It looked exactly like I wanted, it was looking really snazzy, but besides that it reminded me something I had seen before. I am from Barbados in the Caribbean a very small island. As a girl I had visited the great houses of my island with incredible pieces of furniture that were usually roped off and we couldn’t not touch. I had created one of those pieces, something that glowed warm and exotic.
I prepared to put the final polyurethane coat and finish. I was fussing I seeing where I could retouch . I can’t wait to send this off to its new owner. My next projects will be much smaller I need a rest. My favorite part of the piece are the rosettes that I stenciled then stained over. It took a lot of time but it was worth it -Melissa, till next time.
what an amazing outcome!
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soooo exciting my table was featured on the cutting Edge Stencil Facebook page. Yeah people like it. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151254291241770&set=a.438414061769.226180.130488356769&type=1&theater
Visiting and pinning from Power of Pinterest. Beautiful table!
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Oh I love that stencil! good JOB! Id love for you to come over and share at our party!
Hey Laura thanks for the invite and the encouragement. I’m zipping right over!
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How cool! Thanks so much for sharing!
Awesome job! It looks so pretty! Visiting from the CSI project 🙂
Thanks so much for stopping by and for the Comment Love. I adore it and I learned so much doing it!
Thanks do much for stopping and the comment love.
Thank you for linking up to The CSI Project. Sometimes somethings look amazing and sometimes.. well.. you need to redo it. And I am so happy you decided to go with dark brown 🙂 It looks amazing
It broke my heart to redo the work that I did and the blue was good. It just wasn’t right. Thanks for stopping by
This is gorgeous! I’d just like to ask what paint you used for the stenciling and how did you know the stain would not go through it?
Thank you for the compliment Eva. For this project I used tailor’s chalk from Martha Stewart, it is a warm white. If I was doing it again I would use a craft acrylic from a brand like Folk Art. Because it is more liquid and is better for using a roller. If you roller is almost dry you can get your Stencil on pretty quickly. Thanks for the comment love!
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Awesome! Love that you get the inlay look for less! I can’t wait to make something similar!!!
Thank You Alli and a special thanks for following me over from Hoemtalk. This is an awesome stencil. it has 4 pieces that you can combine anywhich way. I haven’t stopped using it since I got it. Check it out http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/indian-inlay-stencil-furniture.html
I bought it! Thanks 🙂
Awesome! you have to promise to share with me what you come up with. I can’t wait
I have a table that I would love to do this to! Love it!!
well you can do it in day or a weekend. I got a little obsessed. To do it relatively quickly I would use a roller to stencil, a very dry roller. Check out Cutting Edge Stencils tips on how to stencil. The brown is so sophisticated and beautiful. I guess should do a tutorial 🙂 Then i will
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