We had a glass table.
After having kids, I started to resent the dining room table for never being without fingerprints.
I know many people say that this stage will pass, but for me, it was therapy or the table.
I decided that it was ultimately cheaper to stencil a new table.
I am addicted to HGTV magazine and any of the shows on HGTV. Frankly, I secretly dream of what it would be like to host my own show and I maybe have even interviewed myself for the spot. Maybe therapy would have been worth it, but here is the point of the story.
I saw an article about stenciling a dining room table. I have never been big on using stencils but I loved the pictures of their project and thought that I could give it a try.
First I had to find a table that I could attempt to transform without spending a fortune. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money in case the effort was a flop.
I ran into Goodwill and they had the perfect wooden table which had one leaf but had the capacity to extend another 2-4 feet which would allow me to have an eight foot table when fully extended.
It has always been a dream of mine to have a table that would seat twenty so I could host that picture perfect Norman Rockwell holiday meal. You know: the one with everyone sitting at one table with beautiful dishes. I think I still have scars for having to sit at the kid table well into my twenties.
Our last 800 square foot house could barely support twenty people period. Forget about sitting down for a meal. Being a social person, this was disappointing because I love hosting huge gatherings.
The dining room in our new Victorian home is much larger and I still find myself giddy over the extra room. This new table was going to be the perfect addition if only I had those extra leaves and the table wasn’t so, well….ugly. It really did mess up the vibe I had envisioned.
I have a very handy husband that is often lovingly coerced into helping me with my designing visions. He is all left brain and has happily been adjusting to living with a right brain for nearly 10 years. We’ve learned that joining forces has produced great things…like our two little ones (wink wink):
I asked him to use his engineering skills and design leaves to extend the table. He still had doubts about my stenciling idea that would come next. But in his continual effort to keep me happy, he did his part and left the rest to me.
The man exceeded my vision. He not only designed two leaved which fit perfectly, he built me a removable extension that also increases the width by three feet that allows me to sit sixteen people comfortably around the table.
You know that feeling when a dream comes true? Well, sixteen people around the table is close enough to my dream (numbers really haven’t ever been my thing anyway). I’m ecstatic! The high quality oak-veneered plywood that he purchased has a nice smooth surface which calmed my pain of rough-cut 4×8 sheets of plywood that used to serve as the family dining room table at holidays.
If I, the right brain, would have been left with this task, there would have been a gap where both tables joined since there is a slight curve to the original table.
My man, the left brain, matched the curve on both the leaves and the extension perfectly.
So…back to the stenciling: he had doubts. The left brain could not imagine why you would paint a wood table and how something so ugly could fit as a centerpiece in the dining room.
Trusting your gut is a good thing. Even against such doubt, I asked him to drag that table outside so that I could transform it while he was away at work. Yes, we had to eat without a table for two days while I worked my magic but the results were worth it.
Our new dining room table is one of our favorite pieces in the house. It feels like you have been transported to a Parisian Bistro when you enter the room. It’s just the pick me up I need when flying to Paris just isn’t on the itinerary for that day.
A few special design choices have spruced up this room which was once an eye sore. We added a chandelier and stripes on the wall which you can read about in another post.
Here is what I did to transform our sad and tired table in the chic and wonderful dining room table.
- Stencils (one of ours was made by American Decor which can be purchased at Michael’s)
- Anne Sloane chalk paint (choose two contrasting colors)
- Anne Sloane soft wax (choose a clear or dark color depending on the look you are trying for)
- Masking tape or Frog tape for the best edge
- Small paint roller
- Stencil paint brush
I painted the original table with two coats of Anne Sloane chalk paint with Napoleon Blue.
I purchased a Parisian stencil by American Decor at Michael’s for $9.00 and another decorative stencil with a vintage triangle pattern for $8.00 to add as a contrasting pattern. I wanted the dining room to have a European Parisian vibe and this stencil was going to rock.
I used Frog Tape to tape off the edges to make sure that my pattern would be straight. I measured the table and taped off where I would use the Parisian stencil.
Side note: I did end up eyeing up the stencil a few times….the left brain was away at work so I could put the measuring tape away. Old habits die hard.
After figuring out where I would use my contrasting stencil, I inserted the three leaves to make sure that they lined up as well.
I used Anne Sloan Chalk Paint in Antique White as my accent stencil color. The contrast is perfect.
I used a roller brush and a stencil brush for the project.
When working with a larger stencil pattern, a roller brush can save time but the stencil bristles are needed for the details in the corner.
If repeating a pattern multiple times, wipe of the paint on both side before using it again.
I am glad that I used a bigger stencil for this big project. Truth be told, this was a huge project for a first time using a stencil. I am really glad I had a big stencil because I think I may have quit if it would have been smaller.
When the paint is dry, go over it with a coat of Anne Sloane wax. This will add some more texture and will protect the surface.
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