Toddler Table Make-Over

We have needed a little table for my almost-two-year-old to use for a while.  We found some cute ones at Ikea and opted to buy an unfinished set because it was a lot cheaper.  I was just going to stain it, but then decided to paint some designs on it first. I made stencils for the elephants and birds.  The leaf designs I found a stencil for in a really old book from the 70's.   

So this is a look at the table after I finished painting the designs with acrylics. 


Next, I applied 3 coats of Polycrylic  finish, sanding in between coats.  I chose this water-based finish because its safe to use over acrylics. 

Here's how the table looks now- all painted and protected and ready for my son to make messes on.


  1. Oh my! That is the most adorable table I've seen. Great job!

  2. Wow Elise! I REALLY love it! We got the exact same table for Spencer in May. It is still completely unfinished and now has crayon, yogurt and who knows what else all over it. I'd love to steal your idea of stenciling, but I'd have to buy all the paints. You have definitely inspired me to get working on it though!


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