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From Koi Pond to Wonderland: A Demi-Lune Side Table Transformation

I love when things work out...almost to the point of being emotional over it. Let me tell you the story of this demi-lune koi pond table turned whimsical wonderland side table...and just how perfectly it worked out!

from koi table to wonderland table by Traceys Fancy

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The Koi Pond Table Backstory

I painted this demi-lune koi pond table just for kicks...hoping someone with a river house or lake house would find it amusing and the perfect pop of color and whimsy for their entry.

koi demi lune side table by Traceys Fancy

I posted it on my website as available, I shared it on all my social channels and I even placed it in my booth for a year!!!

No bites....pun completely intended! LOL!

When it came time to close my booth, I offered this table to a few people I knew and found a taker in my daughter-in-law's mother.

She's been using it on her covered back deck as a decorative pop of color.

This Demi-Lune Table Finds a New Home

Fast forward many months later.....and that same daughter-in-law, Tiffany, mentioned to me that she's looking for a "half round" (aka demi-lune) table for the hallway just outside her Wonderland classroom door.

I reminded her that I had given a table shaped like that to her own mother! I wish you could have seen her eyes! She couldn't get in her car fast enough to drive over to her mom's and load that table into her car and bring it my way for a face lift!

The feeling I get when I am reminded that even something as simple as the process of furniture painting is also filled with God's wink. I have no doubt...when I found that table at a local garage sale...and painted it as a Koi pond...and tried to find a buyer....left it in my booth for a year.....brought it home.....and finally GAVE it the mother of the person that it was most likely intended for.....was no accident.

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Wonderland Side Table Comes to Life

The process of this face lift was simple!

I simply scuff sanded over the original koi fish transfers. They are so thin that it isn't necessary to fully remove them.

I painted two coats of Caviar Black to cover them fully.

Wonderland Stencil

Using a box of stencils that I purchased at the craft store, I taped up the word WONDERLAND and sprayed a quick dusting of white spray paint over them.

wonderland stencil on side table

I didn't even mind the light overspray that I could really plays into that wonky wonderland feel.

Wonderland demi lune side table with thrifted whimsical lamps and checkered bunny by Traceys Fancy

I have also always loved the rawness of a spray painted stencil look!

Whimsical Design Transfers

I then chose two new transfers that I had in stock.

The Roses are Red.... and the Pink Pampas & Dried Wilds were the perfect pairing to add a whimsical garden feel.

wildflower and rose design transfers on whimsical side table

I loved mixing the vibrant blooming red roses with the withered and dried wildflowers.

I even popped the white rabbits pocket watch into the mix!

pocket watch design transfer on black side of table with black and white stripes

Top coated the transfers with a coat of satin and viola!

Swap of Color...and Done!

The only other thing I did was to change the bright orange rectangles to a vibrant and bold pink.

Wonderland demi lune side table with thrifted whimsical lamps by Traceys Fancy

I completed this makeover in under an hour!

The Finished Look: Whimsical Wonderland Side Table

THIS is what this table was meant to be!

THIS is what it was supposed to look like all along!

Wonderland demi lune side table with thrifted whimsical lamps and checkered bunny by Traceys Fancy

I just didn't know it yet! Sometimes it takes awhile for the message to fully come through for me but when it does, I hear it loud and clear!

And it ALWAYS feels right and good! And THAT is when I get emotional!


Welcome to Mrs. Johnson's Wonderland!

This is Tiffanys first year of teaching. She accepted a third grade teaching position at a school where her classroom offers some of the children the only inviting space they know.

She's worked hard to provide them a safe place to feel loved, inspired and creative! She calls it their Wonderland. Check out some of our other wonderland classroom decor projects.

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More Inspiration: Wonderland Inspired Furniture

It's no secret that I LOVE all things Wonderland! Here are more of my unique styles for your inspiration:

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