Monday, May 21, 2012

Stencilled Leather Top Console Table - How To

When shopping for furniture, I find myself drawn to tables and chairs with curves, scallops and pretty carved detail.  I tend to choose just one or two colors for the makeover and accentuate those details with a little distressing and dark wax.  I almost passed this old console table by with it's chunky, straight legs and simple design, however I was attracted to the sturdiness and size of it.  The leather top was heavily distressed with lots of little nicks and pock marks and the finish on the legs was worn away.  The man selling it said to me, "if you know someone who refinishes furniture, this could be a great piece."  I love it when people say that to me.  I just nod and smiled.

I have been anxious to try a stencilling technique that Annie Sloan demonstrated on her U.S. tour.  The leather top of this table was the perfect candidate.

Annie said to choose three colors, a light, medium and dark. The medium color is the one you use to paint the first solid layer. I used a 50/50 mix of Paris Grey and Old White and painted the whole table in it.

I started stenciling by positioning the stencil at odd angles, half hazardly, to create an uneven, imperfect pattern. 

 For my first layer of stencilling I used straight up Paris Grey.

For the next layer I stencilled with Old White, overlapping with the Paris Grey in some spots and continuing the uneven pattern.

I continued this layering, alternating with the two colors until I had a look that I was happy with.  Once it was dry, I did some light, random distressing with a sanding block.  Lastly, I completed the finish with clear and dark wax all over.

This wonderful chippy old pottery vase was a yard sale find last week.  It is such a lovely vessel for the last of my Tinkerbell dwarf lilacs!  I am going to miss their fragrance when the blooms have all withered away!

I am so glad that I didn't pass on this simple, old table.  The stencilling technique was easy and fun and I just love the end result.  Thank you, Annie!

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