Side Table Painted in Provence Blue with White Glaze

Side table painted in Provence with a white glaze.

Today's project is a do-over. I picked up the side table at an auction a while back. I painted it black and added a French stencil to the top. There was a lot of interest but no buyer. I know that stencils can make the piece more buyer-specific, so I decided to bring it home for another makeover.


Before


Side table before.
Before
First I sanded away the stencil and then chose a brighter color scheme. I painted Provence over the previous black finish. (Want to create a similar look? I've included a supply list for your convenience at the bottom of this post.)

Painting Provence over Graphite.
Painting Provence over Graphite.
I painted the top in Old White.

Base painted Provence blue and top in Old White.
Base painted Provence blue and top in Old White.

Oh but I missed the French Stencil! Call me crazy, but I decided to add it back. I used Old White over the same color on the table top for a subtle effect. The additional layer of paint creates a slightly raised finish.

White-on-white stencil.
White-on-white stencil.

But I wanted to give it a little more dimension, so I decided to dry brush Provence over the stencil to tie it into the base color.

Dry brushing Provence Blue over stencil.
Dry brushing Provence Blue over stencil.

I sealed the new paint with soft clear wax. To add just a bit more dimension to the color I applied a white glaze. I used a sponge brush to apply the glaze and then wiped off the excess with a shop towel.

Adding a white glaze over Provence blue.
Adding a white glaze over Provence blue.

After

Well it still has the stencil, but it has a new color scheme! I think the new look is soft and pretty.

After: Painted in Provence blue.

The stencil itself is subtle and not too noticeable from a distance.

Top painted in Old White. The base is Provence blue.
Top painted in Old White. The base is Provence blue.


My photography skills don't do the stencil justice, but here is a closer version of the stencil.

Stencil on table top.
Stencil on table top.


An even closer shot gives you a better view of the stencil. It was difficult to get a shot of the stencil with the right amount of light over the white without washing out the photo. So I moved the side table unto its side on top of a larger table. I'll post soon about the pedestal table that it is resting on. It has a French Provence color scheme.

Behind the scenes: photo shoot.


French stencil.
French stencil.

I will take the table back to the booth soon and offer it up for sale again. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the new color scheme is a winner!

Supply List


Below are the supplies I used for this project. Some links are affiliate links which  means I earn a small commission if you make a purchase. It doesn't cost you extra, but it helps support the time and effort of maintaining the blog. Thank you for your support and understanding!


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