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October 6, 2015

Delightful Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover

The coffee table I'm sharing today was going to be one of those quick and easy, done in a few hours kind of furniture makeover. I should know better by now not to make that proclamation. Thank goodness for a visit from my adorable six-month-old grandson, Grandma needed that diversion from this project.

Considering it was such a stubborn piece to work on, you're probably wondering why I would call it a Delightful Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover. More about that later in this post.

Aqua Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover


Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover


I got this and the Black Old World Map Coffee Table arched cross leg base coffee tables at a local online auction. This is what the table looked like before the makeover...

Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Before
Disclosure: Affiliate links are included in this post so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. If you make a purchase through the links, there is no extra charge to you and I will receive a small commission to support my blogging wardrobe with a fresh new set of pajamas (don't judge). See my full disclosure policy.

I was so eager to start this project that I forgot to take a picture before I patched the dents and scratches with Dynamic Dyna Patch (*affiliate link), the only filler compound I use on furniture.

Look how pretty those arched cross legs look now after a fresh coat of white paint...
Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table painted Simplicity White

Once sanded to a smooth finish the entire table was painted in three coats of Simplicity white chalk paint. Normally you get full coverage with just two coats but I was getting tannin bleed from the wood. Why? Because it was the weekend and I was being lazy and didn't bother applying a coat of shellac (*affiliate link) first.

After a quick brush of shellac followed by that third coat of paint, no more bleed but my frustrations didn't end there.  

Quatrefoil Stenciled Arched Cross Leg Coffee Table Makeover

In the wee hours of the morning clad in my pj's with a fresh cup of Italian roast, I tip-toed down to the workshop to slap a quatrefoil pattern stencil (*affiliate link) onto the top of the table. Operative word being "quickly".

Quatrefoil Aqua Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover

Getting to the why I called this table a Delightful Quatrefoil Coffee Table - because that's the name of the aqua color chalk paint I started stenciling the quatrefoil pattern.

The first row stenciled without a hitch but somewhere between row two...an empty mug of coffee...and row three, Mama's eyes went a little wonky. Let's just say I had a hot aqua mess on my hands.

After a refill on that coffee and a few deep breaths, I decided to repaint the top white and start again. That is now five coats of paint on the top.

First row - perfection.

Second row - same thing.

Third row...what the heck??????

For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what went wrong when I was so diligently following the pattern repeat on the stencil.

...or so I thought.

Quatrefoil Stenciled Top Coffee Table Makeover

Long story short, I painted the entire top Aqua - that's now two more coats of paint for a grand total of SEVEN.

I was able to follow the pattern repeat much easier by stenciling it with white paint and by laying the stencil vertically rather than horizontally.

Coffee table painted aqua and white with Quatrefoil Stenciled Top

I will admit that it was one of those oops that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I like the softness of the white over the aqua much better.

Delightful Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover

Now this Delightful Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table with a seven coat painted top needs a new home.

Quatrefoil Stenciled Coffee Table Makeover
Had it not been for the distraction from my adorable grandson, I probably would have tossed this table out the window. Sometimes, just like in life, you need to walk away to gain a fresh new perspective.

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