Honestly, when I first saw this in the store I was doubtful that there was anything I could do to it that would make me like it. It was $5, so I decided to give it a try. It looks like one of those side tables that were popular back in the 80s that held magazines.
I completely sanded the top down to bare wood, then put some Classic Gray stain on it. I wasn’t thinking and didn’t mix the stain first, so almost no color was showing up.
I dry brushed it with some white and gray and kept adding layers until I liked the look of it and painted the base white with a little bit of gray dry brushing.
I found this free printable from Brooke at Start at Home and decided to use that as my stencil. Not that anyone’s going to gather around this tiny side table, but I just really liked the look of the font:)
This was the scary part. I’m horrible at cutting. Like when I go to my kids’ school to volunteer and they ask me to cut things out for them I’m like, “Okay, but you may as well have the 1st graders do it because that’s what it’s going to look like if I do it.” Maybe it’s because I’m left-handed? I don’t know. My writing and cutting are just horrific. I’m just telling you all this in case you think it’s something you can’t do…you totally can! To pull this off I went REALLY slowly. I think it took me about an hour to do this, haha, but it worked! I could really only get a good cut by pulling the X-ACTO 2 Knife With Safety Cap knife in one direction (about 45 degrees down and to the left), so I kept spinning the paper as I cut.
See the oval-ish shapes on each letter? I left a teeny tiny piece of paper to keep those connected to the word…it’s easier than trying to tape down those pieces later.
Tape on the paper. This was another scary part. I wasn’t sure if it would work since I was using paper instead of something more sturdy. I have made my own stencils with manila folders before, but I didn’t want to do that here since the cutting was so much more intricate than anything I’ve done before.
I used a stencil brush, dipped it, wiped most of the paint on a paper towel and tapped it up and down to fill in the whole stencil. Do a 2nd coat, or 3rd if you need. Doing multiple THIN layers instead of one thick one will prevent bleeding.
I think there used to be bars at the base of this piece to hold magazines, but they were missing and I needed to figure out a way to make this functional. Since it had a farmhouse vibe with the wood top, white base and “gather” on top, I thought using chicken wire Chicken Wire might work. The packaging it came in recommended wearing gloves to work with it…it’s definitely very sharp!
I measured to see how much I’d need, then cut out 2 rectangles.
It came with this wire that was securing the roll of chicken wire.
I used it to make an edge where I had cut the wire…
If the bars weren’t curved, I would have put another piece of wood to cover all the glue.
For the bottom, I bent the wire underneath the wood and glued it in place.
All done! Not a bad transformation for this $5 table! The chicken wire was on sale for around $6, but I have enough leftover to make a few more projects, so it was worth it.
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