In this post I’ll be sharing How to Repurpose an Old Table with Stencils.
I wish I could tell you all, that I found this table on a curb or it was bought at a garage sale, but nope this awful mess of a table is ours, and is the epitome of what a slippery slope looks like.
It’s pretty embarrassing, and I’m ashamed to say that I did that to it.
However, this table has a redemption story which you’ll see in this post on How to Repurpose an Old Table with Stencils.
My husband and I received this table from his family shortly after we were married.
It’s been in his family for a while, not really sure how long.
When we got it, the middle leaf wasn’t in the table.
My husband took it upon himself to sand the leafless table down and router a new edge on it.
He even went as far as putting the legs on a lathe and sanding them down as well.
Then the leafless tabletop and legs were re-stained and sealed.
Shortly after all that work went into it, the middle leaf, was given to us.
We put the leaf in on occasions, but it always looked so awkward because it was a different edging, thickness and color than the rest of the table.
One day I was painting something while standing over the kitchen table, and I accidentally got some paint on the table, but thought, “Oh well, it needs to be refinished anyway to match the leaf.”
Let me tell you that one little paint job was a slippery slope that lead to painting pieces of trim, frames and any other project I could think of, with the thought process that it would be ok because it needed to be refinished anyway.
After much time of it being covered with tablecloths, to hide all the paint marks, we finally got around to sanding the entire piece down together, so the middle leaf is the same height as the rest of the table.
My husband also put a new router edge on the entire table, so that it matches.
With the sanding and the edging finished, it was ready for a coat of Espresso stain. When the stain was dried, I stenciled a beautiful vine pattern around the top edge.
After I stenciled it, I distressed the stenciled area with a 220 grit sandpaper, and then applied more stain over the areas I had hit with the sandpaper, including the stenciled part.
The excess stain was then wiped off.
Then 4-5 coats of polyurethane were applied, sanding with 220-600 grit sandpaper between coats.
I ended up sanding and painting the skirt and the legs of the table with “Natural Tan” latex paint. I should have distressed the legs a bit because they’re already distressed in areas where little toddler hands have tried pushing the chairs in, and missed. ;)
What do you all think? It’s obviously a vast improvement from the sloppy painted look, but do you like the new look?
I feel like I’ve absolved my horrendous mistake of using our kitchen table as a drop cloth, what do you think?
Would you consider stenciling your kitchen table?
Thank you for sharing this project on How to Repurpose an Old Table with Stencils!
A little about Repurposing Junkie:
I started using stencils on furniture in 2015, just a few months after the blog began. I had given a white table a makeover, and painted it orange to be an accent table in the living room. Even with the bright color, the table was missing something. I applied a stencil that I had bought at one of my favorite craft stores to the table to give it that something extra and sure enough it really made the table stand out.
After seeing the transformation the table took by adding the stenciled flowers, I was hooked on stenciling. I loved how adding just a bit of detail made the piece stand out and took it to a whole new level.
Adding this detail and seeing the results was all I needed to be convinced that stenciling was the way to go, and thus began my love for all things stencil.
I love how a stencil design can add detail and beauty to furniture, wall art, clothes, mugs and other accessories, walls, floors and so many other things.
It’s fantastic how easy it is to make something beautiful become exquisite and eye catching just by adding a stencil overlay.
After stenciling for a while, I started designing my own stencils in 2016 to cut on my awesome Cricut Explore. It took some time and learning but it was so rewarding being able to cut my own custom designs right in my home, and use them on repurposed and DIY projects.
I went on to write some tutorials on cutting stencils using the Cricut machine:
–How to Make Extra Large Stencil Oversize Stencils in Cricut Design Space Using the Meeting and Overlapping Methods
I also wrote a few tutorials on designing your own stencils and the tools needed to create and make stencils using the Cricut:
Creating Stencil and Printable Designs:
After getting comfortable with cutting stencils on the Cricut and learning how to create my own stencil designs, I began offering stencil cut files for cutting machines on my blog.
I have found a passion for design and strive to create unique and fun designs that can be used in a variety of settings, such as home decor, furniture, wall art, fashion design, accessory items, and so much more.
My eye has always been drawn to the details, patterns, and embellishments in such things as home decor and clothing, so it’s a real joy for me to become part of the design process of such things.
Stencils are a great and easy way to add that something special to a piece whether it’s repurposed furniture or wall art or a brand new canvas or wall.
I share on my blog how I’ve transformed repurposed pieces using stencils:
I like to add stencils to furniture and wall art pieces.
Some of my favorite stencil projects include refinishing a curbside table, upcycling a piece of canvas wall art, and making an extra large stenciled wall art piece, just to name a few of my favorite stencil projects.
I also have some repurposing projects that I hope are fun and inspiring. I love taking old “junk” and turning it into something completely different:
You can check out the repurposing projects here. I have projects using ceiling fan parts, old frames, and furniture.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I hope you take your time and look around, and I hope you find the blog posts, projects, tutorials, stencil cut files and printables resources to be useful and helpful in your DIY projects.