Thrift store side tables to French decor with Mark Montano
Thrift store side tables to French decor with Mark Montano

Thrift store side tables to French decor with Mark Montano

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Hey DIY decorators, I’m Mark Montano. You might remember me from shows like While You Were Out on TLC or My Celebrity Home on the Style Network, where I decorated homes for everyone from celebrities to unsuspecting family members. One of the big things I learned on these shows is that people don’t like to throw anything away and I’m kind of the same way. Especially when it comes to little pieces of furniture.

Thrift store side tables to French decor with Mark Montano
Thrift store side tables to French decor with Mark Montano

So today, I’m taking two 1970s side tables and giving them an update with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint and some beautiful stencils from DecoArt. What I love about Chalky Finish paint is that I can be done with this table in no time because there’s no sanding, no prep. All I have to do is dust off the table and make sure it’s free of dirt and I’m ready to paint. You guys are going to love this project.

Thrift store side tables to French decor with Mark Montano

You’ll notice that I’m painting these metal knobs here, and that’s because Chalky Finish paint is multi-surface. You can paint anything with it. Glass, wood, metal, you name it. Now that the paint is dry, I’m going to give this an antique look by taking a fine sanding block and rubbing over the edges to expose some of the wood. You guys are going to love how this looks. Now we’re taking our French-themed DecoArt stencil and centering it on the tabletop. Once it’s centered, we’re going to tape it down with a little bit of masking tape so that it doesn’t move. Now we’re ready to stencil. We’re going to be using Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Carbon.

We need a little piece of cardboard because what we’re going to do is take most of the paint off of our dobberas we stencil. You can always add more paint later. But if you start off with too much paint, it could seep under the stencil. The paint dries pretty quickly, so we’re just going to take our stencil off . And you can see what it looks like. Pretty amazing. And if you want to, you can rough it up a little bit with your sanding block, so that it looks aged just like the rest of your table. And when you’re done, you’re just going to dust it off and we’re finished.

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