Once upon a time there was a retail store remodel. At that same time there was also a girl who couldn't help but save all of the unwanted pieces from the scary furniture eating dumpster. Here's the tale of how a dressing room bench was saved and transformed for its new life with the Walters.
This 24x48 plain ol rectangle made it home safely but it hasn't been much to look at lately. It was time for an update and the first thing to do was to take it down a notch. We are using it as a coffee table and I can't stand a table that's too high for me to put my feet up on. What else are coffee tables for??? We chopped off about two inches of leg and a big thanks to Dad (again) for letting me steal yet another tool from your stash!
I finally decided on a pattern (inspiration from here) but had to figure out how to make it happen. There was no time to waste waiting for a stencil to arrive so I did the best with what I had. Contact paper, a few random round objects, a sharpie, and lots of patience.
After a few trials I got the rhythm down and marking up the contact paper took no time at all. (We'll it took some time. But not enough to wear me out just yet.)
The slicing part definitely wore me out AND took lots of time. I quickly realized that contact paper may not have been the best option but it was too late to turn back. (Note to any fellow DIYers... I would use wide painters tape to cover the top next time. The contact paper started peeling back immediately.)
Next up.. paint! I used paint from our leftovers collection in the basement and used a stencil brush to apply the pattern. It seemed to work out pretty well but I was chomping at the bit to peel off the contact paper and see what it actually looked like underneath.
So relieved that it turned out clean, but I wasn't done yet. I wanted a nice clean edge around the top so I brought out the Frog Tape (not a paid plug, I just love this stuff) so I could paint up the rest of the table.
A few coats of Poly after the paint and here we have a new addition to the living room. It feels so much more finished and I'm loving the pop of white in the middle of the room.
Do you have any stenciling success stories? I'd love to hear them. I'm not so secretly terrified of stenciling, but I'm glad this one worked out.