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Yellow and black painted side table

For this project I decided to try something new.  I am not that experienced with placing images on freshly painted or distressed furniture, but I read a couple of weeks ago in a DIY magazine  a cute idea about tracing a bird on contact paper, then cut it out and press it onto your furniture.  Paint it, and when dry carefully move the contact paper to reveal the design.  Sounded doable to me so I searched on the graphics fairy website and found a nice image of a bird on a branch:

I cut it out (contact paper):

In the meantime I painted a fairly large side table a lovely “decisive yellow” from Sherwin Williams.   It took a couple of coats to cover the wood completely.   When the table was dry, I attached the image onto the top:

Used Rustoleum high gloss paint and gave it about two coats:

I let it dry for at least two days and then I carefully removed the contact paper.  I gave the table one more black coat:

Here is the end result:


To finish it off I glazed the yellow part  with Ralph Lauren Tobacco Glaze to give it a more antique look.  I then rubbed (and wiped off)  the entire table with Watco oil (natural).

I hope you like it!


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  1. Love the bird and LOVE that happy yellow!

  2. Very nice looking table. I like the site!

    Garrett @TheGrowingPatch

  3. What a neat idea. I am about to redo a dining table that is similar to this table. I will have to think about this 🙂

    • Thanks for your feedback. It was not hard to do and I did not have to run to Michaels to get materials! Good luck, Sara!

  4. This is so beautiful, and what a clever way to get that design! Love it!

  5. Thanks for your feedback Karen! It was a nice project.

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