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It seems that so far in 2012 all the projects that I am working on (or have waiting in the wings) are being heavily influenced by everything French that’s going on in interior design and decor. I was in Thomas Hobbs a few weeks ago and spotted these french canvas bags that I loved (see my burlap version here) and started wondering where I could find more french mercantile stencils that I could DIY on fabric AND furniture.

I also saw this sign at Target a few weeks ago, and was thinking it would be great to stencil something like this…

Then I found this website: Maison De Stencils… they have tons of great french stencils! I’m using one on this end table that I discovered last August when we went to Vancouver Island to visit my sister and her fiance. I scouted out a few thrift stores while we were there, including a “Re-Store” where I found this table for $10. Doesn’t it just smack of potential?!

I fixed up some of the peeling veneer by removing it and filling the area with wood filler. With a few strokes of my magic wand paint brush… here it is transformed:I used a Benjamin Moore in Ivory and made it into chalk paint using tile grout. For the stencil, I used a soft black paint that I had left over from a sample pot. I kept the original hardware but painted it the soft black as well. I love how it looks now!My son is already crawling inside it and using it to park his trucks!

I’m thrilled with how it turned out!

Linking up here and WOW.