Reverse Stenciled Bird Coffee Table

When my family was dealing with my grandparents estate there was a lot of stuff to deal with!  They had a good sized home that was full of furniture.  A lot of the furniture ended up staying in the family including my grandfather’s poker table and an oak queen-anne drop leaf coffee table.  My grandfather was funny he loved birds and poker and hated squirrels!

Queen Ann Drop Leaf Coffee Table

A friend bought the matching side tables but I wasn’t ready to part with the coffee table quite yet.  I felt like this table was destined to be more than every other oak table you come across.  So after sanding the table down I did the same thing I did with the vintage industrial bar stools and the chairs for the elevated feeding station I put it in the garage.  And then had fun moving it from one side of the garage to the other for about a year and half.

Then one beautiful Sunday morning Matt had a come to Jesus talk with me about my hoarding storage of unfinished projects in the garage.  I told him I had plans for the table but the truth is I didn’t I could not for the life of me decide which direction I wanted to go with this cool table.

Fast forward to a month or so later and one random evening while Matt was at work I got a wild hair and drug the coffee table into the house and started painting it Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue!

Bird Stencil on Table

As I was painting the table I realized that it needed something to break up the color on the table.  Thinking back to my favorite paisley stenciled table and my grandfathers love of birds, I felt a bird stencil was fitting for the table.

Bird Stencil

Using the same bird stencil that my niece Josephine and I had used on the Mother’s Day pillows last spring, I traced the outline of the bird stencil onto the coffee table.  After the bird stencil was traced I was able to paint around the outline.

Bird Stencil Coffee Table

When the table was dry I lightly sanded the edges and carefully sanded down any raised areas around the bird stencil.  Since I used a high quality chalk paint the dry time was super fast and the table was very easy to distress.

Coffee Table

I love how the table turned out!  Matt came home the next day to find the finished bird coffee table and quickly surprised me by not only loving how I let the natural wood peek through but he loved the duck egg blue!  Talk about win win – not only do I get to keep my grandfather’s coffee table but I was able to repurpose it into something that fits our home!  So for now we will happily use this as our every day coffee table girly bird stencil and all!

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  1. Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos says

    Your table is so cute. I love the color and that little bit of wood grain in the birdie is just right. I turned out great!

  2. says

    Your coffee table turned out beautifully. I love the color and the bird. I don’t think it’s too girly at all. I’d love it if you would share this at “What We Accomplished Wednesday,” at Green Willow Pond. It is live right now. Have a great week!


  3. says

    The coffee table turned out great! I have that exact same stencil. Right now I’m working on redoing a chair and haven’t decided exactly how I want the chair to be. I might just use the stencil in the same manner that you used yours. I love the way it looks. Visiting you from WOW. Come by for a visit any time. :0)
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  4. says

    This is one of the best things I have seen in a LONG time! Abso-stinkin’-lutely LOVE this. I can’t wait to find a table to do this to. Thanks for sharing the tips and inspiration. Pinned it, memorized it, new follower!

    Jen @ Noting Grace

  5. says

    I loovvvve the reverse stencil idea, Jacque! What a unique way to dress up a piece of furniture! Beautiful job, girlie!

    xoox laurie

  6. says

    Your table turned out beautiful. Love the color and the woodgrain bird stencil. It’s so sweet that your grandfather loved birds and you were able to incorporate that feature into the table.
    Thanks for sharing,
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  7. says

    I love that color choice and I love the cute doggies in the pic up above! BTW – I have an iPad KIC Mount giveaway going on right now if you would like to come enter.


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