Coffee tables are a dime a dozen, right? Not so fast! A gorgeous stenciled coffee table is an easy way to add unexpected panache with color and pattern. It's also one of the best ways to pair fashion with function in your living room. With an almost seemingly endless array of coffee table options, you can create your own one-of-a-kind piece with stencils from Royal Design Studio! Sarah from Offbeat + Inspired had this same inspiration when she decided upon transforming a garage sale find for her living room - and she shows you exactly how to get creative coffee table style with stencils!
Sarah found this nondescript table at a local garage sale. After trudging it home, she found that it was hard to decide in which room it would fit in perfectly. To make matters worse, she wasn't fully pleased with any of the paint finishes she kept trying on it. Once she spied the Small French Floral Damask Stencil from the Allover Damask Stencils Collection though, it was all over. She says of the table, "Frankly, it’s uninteresting and doesn’t have a whole lot of character...I knew this design would make my coffee table anything except boring".
Sarah first started by painting the piece with Paris Gray Chalk Paint® on the legs and Old White Chalk Paint® on the table top. Then, using a stencil brush with the Smoked Oyster Stencil Creme, she stenciled in the damask pattern. With this method, she was able to avoid paint bleeds. "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. My strongest recommendation, however, has to be the stencil brush. If you are going to do any kind of stenciling, buy one of these so you can avoid the headaches I’ve experienced from using other brushes." Thanks, Sarah! Please be sure to visit her incredible stenciled coffee table tutorial.
After distressing the painting and stenciling, she finished off her coffee table with Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax followed with a light coat of Soft Dark Wax. The coffee table now oozes sophistication and is a unique piece that personalizes and adds character to the living room. Sarah loves her table -- not bad for the table's Plain Jane beginnings! Tell us, are you now inspired to makeover that drab furniture piece you haven't known what to do with?
Photographs by Laura Lee Photography
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