Yard Sale Coffee Table Transformation via Martha Stewart’s Decorative Paint Line by Plaid

Aug 31st, 2011

My neighbors are the best! My neighbor Reagan called me to tell me about her yard sale a few days before the actual event! I love when this happens. I love to see the merchandise FIRST!! :) Well, I acquired this cool coffee table awhile ago and it has been sitting in my garage (with the rest of my junk “to do” projects) ever since.

I think  it is a sweet table, and it is SOL-ID! It is heavier than heck though, so I had to have the hubsters help me move it around.

I loved the spindly legs and cool rounded(ish) edges.

I was stoked to be able to try out Martha Stewart Crafts Decorative Paint Line by Plaid

This new paint line is available exclusively at Michaels and is designed to be used on all crafting surfaces including wood, metal, glass, ceramic, terra-cotta and fabric.  It is indoor/outdoor safe, and dishwasher-safe on glass. Think of all the projects you could do with this stuff! 

By the time I got my pack of goodies (from Martha and Plaid), the coffee table had already been painted with KILZ and Krylon white spray paint, but I am SUPER excited to try the new spray adapter with the Martha Stewart paint line. I love the variety of colors that is available in the new Martha paint. Spray paint colors are always limited, and this concept of being able to use ANY of their 160 colors as spray paint is kind of awesome.  

So I took my handy dandy pack of stencil brushes and got busy.

I chose the color aquarium with a pearl sheen for this project. I liked the pearl sheen because it had a fun pearly affect in the paint.

Then I got my stencils and began stenciling the coffee table.

I used painter’s tape to secure the stencil on the table because I didn’t want to pull off the white paint.

Since stenciling is not a new concept here at All Things Thrifty, I learned (the hard way) in previous projects that it is VERY important to hold your stencil brush perfectly straight when you are stenciling on the paint. It is also VERY important to dab off the paint onto a paper towel prior to stenciling your project. It helps eliminate bleeding underneath the stencil. If you have too much paint on your brush, you will be sorry because your project will not turn out with a crisp line around the edge of your design.

I am pumped with the result. I purposely stenciled the fun design in a swirly pattern on the coffee table, and I love how it turned out!

I love creating unique home decor items and I am super pumped to do more experimenting with the new products. You should check out the new line HERE.

The pictures do not do this coffee table justice!!! I get so mad when that happens. The lighting in my house is not good and the pictures aren’t showcasing it as well as I want them to! The paint is almost metallic so from certain angles, the paint shines. It’s pretty cool.

Maybe if you click on the photos you’ll be able to see it better. :)

I hope you like it!!! See full post disclosure here.


  1. Love it!

  2. Oh my gosh! It's so awesomely pretty! I'm so jealous of all of you guys that have already gotten to use these paints!

    Dawn @Eventually Cottage

  3. Adorable!!!!!

  4. So Cute!

    Carmen and the Primcats

  5. It looks great. It's amazing what a coat of paint can do.

  6. This is way cute. Good work!

  7. fantastica idea!!! y bellisima!!!!

  8. I think it turned out gorgeous :) I would be honored if you'd like up to my Mommy Monday link party! http://momommamoney.blogspot.com/2011/08/mommy-monday-with-momomma.html

  9. Ameiiiiiiiiiiiii ficou muito lindo!!!!

  10. That looks beautiful. What a fun project~

  11. That came out so cute… I love the stencil you chose and how you arranged it… You have vision!

    Rainey @ The Project Table

  12. Very cute!! Are you going to glaze the bottom or leave it as is?

  13. Love it. I'm actually wanting to paint my kitchen table white and that stencil would be a lot of fun. :)

  14. brooke, I love you !! you rock my frugal world!!!!

  15. That is soooo cute.

  16. Oh wow! Such a transformation!

  17. This is great! How thrifty.

  18. I love this!! Great job!

    I was just in Michaels today and drooled over her line. Only got a few of her acrylic paints (40% off) for my canvas project. I do think that I should go with my coupons each week and stock up on the stencils and brushes. They look awesome!

    Thanks for showing us this!

  19. Very pretty!!!! Projects like this are what makes you my hero!

  20. Great restyle! The table has been given a second chance at life :)

  21. The Yoder's Four says:

    Fab!! Love the stencil and the colors!!

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    Have a beautiful day.

  23. kelsdeliciouslife says:

    That is adorable!

  24. I wanted to try a table but I didn't have the time. Or a table! Hahaha! I love this – it's gorgeous!!

  25. Beautiful transformation!! I love it!!


  26. Love how it turned out!

  27. I have been pouring over photos to find the right look for my new old $10 awesome coffee table. I looooove this. I also love the sofa pictured. I would love to find that pattern! Did you purchase the sofa with that fabric or have it covered? Did I mention “love” enough? ;)

  28. I have been pouring over photos to find the right look for my new old $10 awesome coffee table. I looooove this. I also love the sofa pictured. I would love to find that pattern! Did you purchase the sofa with that fabric or have it covered? Did I mention “love” enough? ;)


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