Faux Leopard Table Top

Faux Leopard Table Top
It's time for my second Themed Furniture Makeover Day and as I said before, I am so excited and honoured to be a part of this amazing group of bloggers. This months theme is "Animal". My first idea was to upholster a bench in some faux leopard fabric that I found at the thrift store. But then my animals… cats… decided to stake claim to it… and so I didn't have the heart to take it from them and put a faux fur fabric only to have our cats sleep on it… so on to plan "B"…

So as you guessed by the title, I chose to try a leopard pattern with paint as my "AMIMAL" furniture makeover. I wouldn't even have attempted this, if I hadn't finally found a faux finisher's best friend… GLAZE!

Clear glaze that will turn acrylic paint into semi-transparent water-colour like paint. I have been looking for GLAZE in the US for years and had never seen it at LOWES until about a week ago. Oh JOY! It was kind of like finding the "Holy Grail"! I heard birds chirping, and saw doves flying… okay maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration, but suffice it to say I was sooo grateful to have finally found some! ;o)

Enter this sad little side table that I had found at a garage sale. The top was really scuffed up, but that didn't bother me. It was inexpensive and I could always paint it.
I started out by sanding the top and painting it a buttery yellow. You can use an old white or a beige if that is the undertone that you want. I wanted more of a tan colour, but didn't have any and figured once I added the other colours, the base coat would look more subtle. Choose a medium brown colour for the under coat and then a dark brown, almost black for the spots. Mix the glaze and paint 1 to 1. A little goes a long way. Make sure to feather in the first 4 steps soon after applying and before the glaze dries.

I decided to paint the edges and legs with the leftover blackish brown glaze that I had mixed. You could probably get away with adding less spots. I added a lot of spots in my attempt to have both sides match one another. I wouldn't suggest doing a mirror image for your first time at attempting this look. Of course I simplified and stylized the pattern of real leopard. But there are so many versions to use for inspiration.

Hope I have inspired you to give faux leopard a try. Use your imagination and give glaze a try.
Make sure to check out all of the other "ANIMAL" themed furniture pieces that my friends linked below…


Partying at these locations…

Get Your DIY On @ Confessions of a Serial DIYer
Before and After Linkup @ Thrifty Decor Chick
Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design
Talented Tuesdays @ Home Remedies
Dream Create Inspire @ Vintage Refined
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY dreamer
Swing into Spring @ DIY by Design
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasures
Creative Spark @ Weekend Craft
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Share Your Style @ Common Ground
Feathered Nest Fridays @ French Country Cottage
Creativity Unleashed @ Practically Functional
Fridays Unfolded @ Nancherrow
Shabbilicous Fridays @ The Shabby Art Boutique
Inspiration Friday @ The Painted Drawer
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
A morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Simple and Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme
DIY Inspired @ The Girl Creative
Anything Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House
Upcycled Link Party @ Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Sparks @ Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time @ One More Time Events
Sundays at Home @ Thoughts From Alice
That DIY party @ diy showoff
Inspiration Monday @ Redhead Can Decorate
Something to Talk About @ Spain Hill Farm
Inspire Me Monday @ Sand  and Sisal
The Scoop @ Stone Gable
Creative Spark @ Two Purple Couches


  1. This is amazing! When I first saw it I thought it was scrapbook paper decoupaged! You are one talented lady!!!

  2. I thought for sure that was paper on the table! AMAZING job!

  3. I totally thought you added fabric to the table top! You've got some serious skills! Gorgeous results! XO

  4. Awesome! I thought that was paper or fabric top! Great job!!


  5. You make painting a faux leopard print seem like something I could actually do after seeing your process step-by-step. Your table looks great!

  6. Thanks ladies… I think next time I may just decoupage some paper but I had fun playing with glaze after so many years!

  7. This is stunning! Love your leopard pattern especially with the depth and color variation...super tutorial too! XO-Wendi @H2OBungalow

  8. Wow your leopard print painting skills impressed the heck out of me! Love this table.

  9. Wow, I'm totally impressed you did that by hand! Seriously, it looks like it's either paper or decoupage. Lots of talent right there!

  10. I couldn't believe this wasn't paper or fabric! The paint looks so real. Very creative!

  11. Lucy, this table is awesome - the faux leopard skin looks like fabric or paper. You did such a great job - I love glaze - one of my favorite products to use. Thank you for sharing your step by step with Share It One More Time. Cathy

  12. This makeover is incredible! At first I thought you'd used some kind of printed paper, but to see how you hand-painted it - Wow!!! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing with Creative Spark! I'm featuring your table makeover at this week's party. Hope you'll link up with us again. The party starts at 6am EST tomorrow :)