Pretty Handy Table Rescue

Here's a tale of trash to treasure with the help of a Pretty Handy Girl, stencils, and the ever popular Chalk Paint® decorative paint-the ULTIMATE paint for fast and easy furniture transformations.

Chalk Paint® and Royal Deisgn Studio Lisboa Tile stencil transform a dumpster table 

Pretty Handy Girl Brittany spied this table by a dumpster and transformed the abandoned ugly duckling quickly into a painted swan with the help of the pretty Lisboa Tile Stencil from Royal Design Studio and trendy Chalk Paint® colors.

Visit Brittany's paint and stencil post here for all the details and see the basic 1-2-3+ below.

1. Use shellac or a shellac-based primer like Bin to seal any exposed raw wood (in this case table top) and prevent any knots in the bare wood from bleeding through the Chalk Paint®. 

2. Paint the tabletop with two coats of Old White Chalk Paint®.

3. Paint the table legs with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®.

4. Use low tack ScotchBlue Painter's tape to tape off a "frame" around the tabletop edge and paint inside with Duck Egg Blue Chalk Paint®.

5. Find the center of the tabletop and center the Lisboa Tile Stencil there. Use a foam stencil roller and stencil overall with Old White Chalk Paint®.

6. Stencil the main tile centers and additional details with Cream Chalk Paint® for added interest and dimension. Add some hand painted details here and there with Versailles Chalk Paint®.

7. Distress all with a light pass of an Orbital Sander. Apply Antiquing Glaze. Seal.

If you are not as lucky as Brittany to find an awesome FREE table laying by a dumpster, you can easily find this sort of 90's-era table for sale at great prices at thrift stores and on Craigslist. Remember! One girls trash is another one's treasure-especially when you have awesome Chalk Paint® and stencil patterns at your fingertips!!

Inspired to try a painted trash rescue for yourself?!


Royal Design Studio
Royal Design Studio

February 27, 2017

Hi Jodi – Yes you can use Annie Sloan Soft Wax over our Royal Stencil Cremes. It’s great for sealing your stenciled furniture!


February 25, 2017

Beautiful. Can you use the Annie Sloan wax over creme paint?


September 27, 2014

What a great job! Beautiful!

Melanie Royals
Melanie Royals

March 19, 2013

Hi Mary Ellen-please see Step 4 which calls for you to tape off a frame around the tabletop edge and paint it Duck Egg Blue. :)

Mary Ellen
Mary Ellen

March 13, 2013

I believe there is an error in the instructions. If you paint the table top old whit AND stencil it in old white, the stencil won’t show!

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