Sofa Table Rehab

I am excited to share my latest makeover with you today! I have been planning this one for a while, and I finally had a few moments to put the finishing touches on it today.

We have had this little pine sofa table for quite a while.  I believe my husband used it in his office many years ago, and since then it has been a desk, catch-all, and most recently a workbench in my garage.

I began with a few good coats of flat white spray paint to cover the old, bare pine (you know I like my spray paint) and the search for a new stencil design.  I popped into Jo Ann’s recently and found this awesome set of high-quality stencils from none other than MS herself! 

I was pretty impressed by the quality and price as well.  I paid full price for them (I know, I know, at least I admitted it!) and they were only $12 for 12 stencils.  See, not a bad deal even at full price.

I used just a regular pouncer with a bit of mid-brown acrylic paint loaded onto it for the stencil.  I applied the stencil down the center first, then on each side, just eye-balling the placement on each side.  This was much easier by doing the center first. 

Yes, that is a sea-sponge.  Do you want to know how many years I have had this sponge? Since we were all watching In Living Color and listening to Color Me Badd.

How many of us had your entire kitchen sponge-painted in lavender and teal? Come on now, I’m not alone!  And I had forgotten about the man-shoulder pads (note the purple and yellow suits in above phote) Ok, back on topic.

It was hard not to stop right here because I loved the way the top of the table looked. But this will be a narrow table behind my desk, kind of a mock-credenza and I want the desk I refinish to be the focal point in the room.  After the paint dried, I sanded the table all over and mixed a little bit of black into the brown I used for the stencil onto damp sea sponge and applied it to the table top, using circular motions.

I wanted to top of the table to contrast slightly from the legs, and have a very old look to it.  I used just a small amount of paint that was fairly watered down from the sea sponge so just a thin film of the mixture ended up on the table.  Now we are cookin’!

And with a few of my office pretties that I have been gathering, it is beginning to come together. 

Yellow is happy, oh so happy, I love it.  Bright yellow, mustard, I’m not picky.

While I work on the larger pieces (mainly a large oak desk which will be my first experience with chalk-paint), I have a couple things done now for my new home office.  Getting closer!

I want it to be pretty but not too girly, with a good mix of modern, vintage, shabby and whatever else looks good together.  The thing I probably enjoy the most about decorating is that our homes can be a changing inspiration board of things we enjoy and are interested in. 

Do you have a space like my home office that has been bothering you for a while? It’s just not very functional and you don’t feel inspired upon entering that room? Start a Pinterest account if you don’t already have one, and create a board for that room.  Search for inspiration and begin to save everything to that board that you could think of doing in that room.  Don’t worry if there is a unicorn, a waterfall, and a few of Ryan Gosling’s “Hey Girls.” I have a few too 🙂 It will set your feet in the right direction. 


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  1. Love it! The table, the stencil, the paint finish, the Color Me Badd reference (come on, overalls were awesome!), the Pinterest advice, everything!

    It sounds like your vision for your office is a lot like the vision I have for my next office 🙂 I can't do a lot to change the one that I have now, but I certainly have my eye on some other rooms and furniture that I love.

  2. Great job and great post. I was totally with you: although I liked the bold look of the freshly painted stencil, I really like the muted look of what you ended up with. Very nice.

  3. I love the top of this table, great job!!

  4. This table looks amazing and you did a great job! Kudos.

  5. This is gorgeous, Tanya! You did a great job on the tutorial too!

  6. What a beautiful table, wow!

  7. This turned out so pretty! Great job!!

  8. I love how your table turned out, and really like that you added the stencil. I have a table I will be doing to this now, so thanks for your inspiration. Also thanks for taking the time to let me know you like my two tone charmer buffet.

  9. Tanya, lovely touch to your table. It gives it a lot of charm in a subtle way. gorgeous!

  10. This looks really beautiful! Love the stencil you chose, great job!

  11. Great job! I am loving that soft stencil effect. Beautiful. Just dropping in to let you know that Freedom Fridays is up and running. So hoping to see you there again this weekend:)

  12. Tanya, I love the aged look of this table, and the tips for how we can achieve a similar look! Nice work. 🙂

  13. This is absolutely gorgeous!!

  14. That turned out great!

  15. This is gorgeous….so subtly elegant!

  16. What a wonderful transformation!

  17. Beautiful work as always Tanya. Thanks so much for sharing and joining in the newbie party.

  18. I haven't tackled a piece of furniture yet with stencils but this has totally inspired me … it turned out so pretty! Thanks for sharing your great tutorial with us at the {what's shakin' link party}!!

  19. I know I commented on this once but I had to comment on the Color Me Badd reference! HAHA too funny!

  20. WAY Pretty!!! I have been wanting to do this SO bad!!! I just haven't found the right table yet!

  21. That really does look SO good! Nice job! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  22. This is a great idea and it turned out awesome! I love the Color Me Badd album… that takes me back! Thanks for linking up to my party at

  23. so pretty! and i love the very subtle colors of the design!

  24. Gorgeous, Tanya! I just did this same thing on a little folding table using pink, cream, and gray ASCP. Love the way you aged and distressed it with that final technique. 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  25. its so lovely great job
    thanks for linking up this week at Get outta my head please

  26. Love the design of the stencil. And while the table was pretty with the initial treatment, I do like it much better with the soft wash of color on top.

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursdy again this week, Tanya.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  27. Love the table. It really turned out beautifully. The stencil was a great choice…perfect pattern!

  28. I don't think it could have turned out more beautiful!!

    Thanks for sharing at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

  29. Oh, I love how this turned out! The soft contrast of the patterns is beautiful. (And I'm loving that pillow, too!)

  30. Seriously pretty! So soft and subtle. Love the stencil and the layered look 🙂

  31. So nice! I love it. Thanks for linking at Wow Us Wednesday.

  32. What a fantastic makeover..and yes…I remember watching In Living Color!! ;)Thank you for sharing at uncommon, featuring this on our FB page!

  33. This is fantastic! Great idea, I'll have to pick up some of those stencils…


  34. Love it, and pinned it!
    Fondly, Tami

  35. Thanks-a-mundo for the post.Thanks Again. Keep writing.

  36. ZOLgRv Wow! Thank you! I continuously needed to write on my blog something like that. Can I take a part of your post to my site?

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: And these awesome parties: