Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table

Today I'm sharing one of the easiest furniture makeovers I've ever done. Why? Because most of the work was already done for me!

That's right, Mr. Frugalista found this tiered Art Deco side table on a local online auction site, which has become a go-to source for furniture. It had already been chalk painted in Duck Egg Blue, distressed, and dark waxed and was selling for a very good price. Sold to the highest bidder!

All I had to do was inject some personality to make this Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table sing!

Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table Makeover

Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table Makeover

This is where I normally add a before picture but I was so excited to dig into this makeover that I completely forgot. You can get a pretty good idea of what the top looked like on the bottom shelf.

Art Deco Side Table chalk painted Duck Egg Blue

Like I said, the distressing was already done for me and I didn't mind the original dark stain showing through.

Harlequin Art Deco Side Table with distressing

The first thing I did was grab an art brush and paint Pure White chalk paint inside the grooves, not being fussy about getting the lines perfect.

Distressed Harlequin stenciled top on Art Deco Side Table

I knew my Distressed Harlequin Stencil would be perfect to add some personality to this table.

Tip for applying stencils
For those of you who haven't stenciled, the trick to not getting paint bleed is to load the paint sparingly by dipping just the tip of the brush into the paint and dabbing the excess off onto a paper towel. 

Another important factor is having the stencil lay perfectly flat against the surface. You can do that with either repositionable stencil spray adhesive or good old fashion painter's tape.

Some people prefer to use a stencil pouncer and dab the paint on. Others prefer using a mini sponge roller. My personal preference is using a good quality bristle stencil brush and applying it with very little pressure in circular motions.  

Duck Egg Blue Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table

Using 220 grit sandpaper, I lightly sanded the top to distress the harlequin pattern.

Distressed Harlequin stenciled top Art Deco Side Table

If only all my furniture makeovers were this easy! If you like my Harlequin Side Table makeover please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.

Distressed Duck Egg Blue Harlequin Art Deco Side Table

Are you a pouncer, roller or brush kinda gal (or guy)?  

If you haven't stenciled before or haven't had much success in the past, has my Distressed Harlequin Art Deco Side Table inspired you to give it a try?

Rather than an allover stencil, start small with just a single stencil like I did on our Dining Room Headboard Bench and a client's Birds of Paradise Coffee Table. Perhaps try using a stencil as a border like I did on this Arabesque Night Table. The possibilities are endless and I promise that it gets much easier with practice.

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