Stenciled Animal Table for Kids
I’m showing you a table today that you’ve seen before. You may remember this table having a cow stenciled on it. Then it was a checkerboard. Is it starting to look familiar? This is one of those table that I just keep coming back to, and changing, not that I didn’t like the other finishes on it, but it wasn’t being used as it was, so it was time to change it, so it could hopefully get a lot more use out of it than just every once in a while.
We’ve been remodeling 3 rooms in our house over the past month, and 1 of those rooms is the craft room. I’ve been working furiously trying to get the furniture refinished that will go in the room, and this little table is one of the pieces.
This sweet kids table will be for my little girls to sit at and color and create in the craft room. I really wanted to make a space where they could be creative with coloring, paints and other mediums.
Here’s what I did with this piece: First I took all the tile pieces off, and sanded all the paint off until it was bare wood. It wasn’t until I did this that I remembered I had put caulking in some holes that were on the table when I was doing the cow makeover on it. I didn’t have any wood filler at the time, and we had caulking on hand, so I used it. Besides I was painting it so it wouldn’t be seen, until now, so that’s what those random white spots are on the table.
I could’ve sanded the table until the caulking was gone, but I honestly didn’t know how deep it was in the wood, and didn’t want to risk having a thin sheet of wood as a table, so it’s a bit marred, but my girls don’t seem to mind. 😉 I sanded the legs and skirt of the table just a little, and then painted them using Satin Latex Paint tinted to Natural Tan.
Before I stenciled the design on the top, I stained it with Dark Walnut stain. I was recently asked if the paint adhered well on top of stain, and it does. Sometimes I’ll stencil before I stain, and other times I stencil after it has been stained and both ways everything works out well (btw, the stain is dry when I stencil).
Anyway, after the table was stained and stenciled, I put several coats of satin polyurethane on the stained portion of the table. The animal stencil files are available in my Resource Library as part of the Alphabet Series, which is a bonus to email subscribers.
I was actually inspired by my friend Katrin to design these guys. She has been making the cutest woodland animals for her daughter’s room, like the cutest, and I decided I wanted to try my hand at making my own little animals.
I used flowers and leaves that I have hand drawn to design these little guys. What do you think? My daughters were the testers on these designs; I would say, “Hey girls what does this look like?” and if they answered, “Monkey” or “Lion” then I knew it looked like it was supposed to, lol.
I’ve also designed some other creatures using some of my different hand drawn elements, and those too are in my Resource Library.
So out of the 3 table makeovers do you have a favorite? Do you like what I’ve done with this? Would you ever consider stenciling animals on furniture? Don’t you think these guys would be cute on a pillow case, tote bag, t-shirt, or as wall art?
Thanks so much for sharing!!