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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?!

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  • What a great job! Beautiful!

  • 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. :)

    Melanie Royals
  • 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!

    Mary Ellen

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