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Topic: Stenciled Turquoise Coffee Table (for covered porch)  (Read 1675 times)
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« on: July 16, 2016 11:10:53 AM »

My husband and I just bought our first house at the end of May.  Smiley  We've been slowly working on setting up our space, and one of the spaces both of us have loved working on is the porch.  The previous owner had a roof put up and installed a ceiling fan to help with the southern heat, and even put up a shade on one side to battle the glare of the setting sun in the evenings.  I wanted to make the space one that we could have friends over to enjoy, but not spend too much money on it.  We got a great loveseat from Target on sale over Memorial Day, and I've been slowly picking up throw pillows and lanterns and such on sale.  But I had the hardest time finding a coffee table I liked.

With the very sedate white banister, brown deck, and brown wicker furniture, there just wasn't much color going on out there, so I looked high and low for a brighter coffee table.  The ones I liked best were all things like distressed trunks from India, for $300+.  Something I just wasn't willing to pay, especially for an item that will be exposed to the elements.  While searching I bumped into a great stenciled bench tutorial on Cut Out + Keep.  I loved her use of bright colors and the fun of the stencils.  So, I looked for a plain, unfinished pine table on Amazon for $80, with free shipping.  

Then I picked up a bright turquoise water based paint for $9, and a mandala stencil for $5, plus a sanding block and some polyurathane for $10, all from Home Depot. Here it is in its new home.


I used the whole mandala stencil in the middle, and a portion of the stencil on each side, simply taping off the areas I wished to avoid.  If anyone wants more details on how to do it, I suggest checking the tutorial I linked to above, on Cut Out + Keep.  All in all I spent about $110 on the project, including the table and all the materials, and I'm thrilled with the results.


And here's a close up of the center stencil.


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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2016 07:36:23 PM »

What a fun an inviting porch. I love your new coffee table.
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« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2016 07:51:11 PM »

Nice job on the stenciling. That can be tricky. The gold and the turquoise complement each other nicely. Lovely table!
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2016 05:07:09 AM »

Thanks ladies!  And you're so right about the stenciling curiousfae.  The gold craft paint did not want to give much coverage, so I had to do a thicker coat than I would have liked.  That led to slightly imperfect lines, but I'm pretending that just adds "character" to my work.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2016 05:23:10 PM »

You have found the perfect solution! Your porch is so inviting and charming and I bet you'll love your table for seasons and seasons.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2016 06:48:21 AM »

Beautiful table! I love that color!

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2016 06:59:23 AM »

Love it! It's the perfect pop of color.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2016 08:04:23 AM »

Excellent and very professional-looking coffee table customization!  I know they're mandalas, but the blue coloration of the table makes me think of winter and snowflakes (I have Disney's Frozen perpetually on my mind).
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2016 08:14:03 AM »

Wow! That is beautiful!
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2016 09:58:36 AM »

That looks so professional! And the perfect accent to your porch - I love the bright pop of color. Lovely job  Smiley
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