Hello beautiful friends and welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day! If you’re new around here, welcome! The fourth Thursday of every month I get together with some very talented ladies to bring you furniture flips, so be sure to look for five more awesome makeovers from my friends at the bottom!
I knew this day was coming, and I also knew that I had very little to work with in terms of furniture in my stash, so I set out a few weeks ago to look for something I could redo for this occasion. That was the day I found all these goodies:
The only piece of furniture I came across out of the five thrift stores I visited that day that was worth anything was this gate leg drop leaf table:
Can you see it has a wonky leg hanging down there? I spied this at the thrift store closest to my house the week before priced at $55. I wasn’t interested in redoing a huge drop leaf table so I passed on it. Then when I returned a week later, it was still there and had been marked 50% off. Now ya’ll know I love few things better than finding a clearance deal at the thrift store! Of course it was probably because of its bum leg. That’s more my price though! I figured I could repair it and so for $28, I brought it home.
When I got it unloaded and looked further, the leg was cracked worse than I thought, so I decided instead to remove the legs and side pieces altogether:
Now I was left with a perfectly good and better-functioning table!
Although the table was much more stately with the leaves intact, there are many more uses for a petite table like this.
How about as a cute desk:
Luckily this had the same edging all the way around so you can’t even tell it had two leaves attached to it at one time. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
For this table I decided to have a little fun on the top using a stencil:
Isn’t she perty??
The nice people from Stencil Revolution offered to send me some of their stencils to try out, and one that I chose was this beautiful damask floral stencil. I was thinking it might be a possibility for our master bath walls. We have yet to do anything in there and this sparked a few ideas.
I decided to give it a try on this table first. By the way, I am under no obligation to share my thoughts on their products, but this is a very nice quality stencil.
I love the white and blue combination in this print:
For the base I used my beloved Sunken Pool by Behr made into DIY chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.) I had a few holes to fill from where I removed the extra legs first, and then I gave it two coats of Sunken Pool.
I usually paint in the garage, but with an outside temp of 20º, I decided to move things into my office.
I wanted there to be some separation between the legs and the stencil so I decided to add a white border all the way around the top with the help of my favorite FrogTape:
I painted the edges in two coats of Bit of Sugar DIY Chalk paint, also by Behr, then removed the tape while the paint was still wet:
I was so determined to finish this the other night that I stayed up late and worked on the stencil in our living room while I was watching TV. I centered one of the damask patterns and taped the stencil in place with FrogTape.
Then I used a roller made for stenciling to fill in the stencil using my Bit of Sugar chalk paint:
See how big the stencil is? Perfect for creating a fun wallpaper finish in any room.
Here’s what else I used to complete this project… a paper plate with a little paint poured onto it and another plate with a few paper towels on it for blotting the roller:
This worked great. I just rolled the roller in the paint and kept rolling on the paper towels until it was just barely damp with paint. Now normally I would use a spray adhesive to hold the stencil in place and then fill them in with a small brush, but this stencil was just too large since it is really meant to be used on a wall. This method worked great too.
I had to wait for the paint to dry before I could match up the stencil and keep going. That was the hardest part. Nothing like watching paint dry!
The sander made it look a bit worn in places and I like that look.
I sanded the legs by hand and used Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal them.
I have had that same brush for easily five years. I wrap it in Saran Wrap in between coats, and then I wash it with warm water and a little dish soap when I’m done with it. That keeps it working like new.
The paint was building up on my sanding disc on my sander and I ended up taking up a couple of tiny patches of paint…
But I decided they looked chippy and intentional and they added a little character, so I left them be.
Now I have some extra pieces to play with too!
There were several of you that mentioned to me on Tuesday that you too have a drop leaf table awaiting a makeover. Maybe this is an option for yours?
Don’t forget my Furniture Fixer Upper friends have furniture flips to share with you today too! Visit the links below the image to see how their projects turned out. I always look forward to seeing them myself!
That’s another project done from this group!
I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with the Picture!
UPDATE: See what I did with the picture now HERE! 🙂
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