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How to Stencil a Table Top

How to Stencil a Table Top

This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.


I am beyond excited to share today's project with you!!! If you've been following along with DIY beautify for awhile, you may remember a post where I needed your help deciding what to do with the top of a plain white folding table. I found a solution!






I got many wonderful suggestions from you, including decoupaging it with pretty napkins, sheet music, even old photographs and lace, painting a chevron pattern or French graphic. I seriously considered several of those ideas...

but none of them felt quite right.

Then this week while on Pinterest I spotted a graphic stenciled wall in a bright green and it triggered something in my brain...and I knew I wanted to stencil the top of the table!

I think the reason none of the above ideas got me excited was because I was initially thinking in terms of black and white. The room where this table resides (our bonus room) is kind of bland...greige walls, neutral carpet, neutral sofas and lots of dark furniture. I've brought color into the room through accent pillows and spring green accents. One of the pillows is multi-colored and I used that as my inspiration piece.

The table needed color! That was the answer!

I decided to paint a large damask stencil* onto the table in spring green. I laid my stencil on the table and taped it in place. I poured a little bit of paint into a paper plate and on another paper plate I laid several layers of paper towel.

I used a small high density roller* and loaded it with spring green latex paint and then rolled it onto the paper towels about 8 times, rolling most of the paint off (very important when stenciling so you don't get seepage).

Then I slowly rolled over my stencil, back and forth until I had even coverage. I never had to refill my roller! Then I  peeled my stencil off. The whole process took about 10 minutes!

Here are some pictures of the above process:

This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.

Once it was dry, I lightly sanded the top with my favorite sanding sponge*. Picture #5 above is how it looked at this point. I decided it needed some more color to add depth and interest (think 'inspiration piece') so I grabbed 3 acrylics that coordinated with the pillow....red, blue and navy.

Using small brushes and just tiny amounts of paint, I painted small lines and swirls and dots, doing one color at a time. It looks complicated but it really was very easy and just took me a few minutes. I had no plan really, although I was careful to repeat each element on both sides to keep it uniform.


This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.


I gave it two coats of clear wax* once it was dry, to protect the top from drink spills.

I am in love with my table because it is totally unique! It's got kind of a bohemian vibe...the Moroccan stencil and the jewel-toned colors are not normally my style but it totally works!

It adds a great pop of color to a room with a lot of neutrals. It's definitely not boring!

This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.


Stencils are so easy to use, washable, reusable and I hang mine up on a pants hanger and store it in my closet between uses.

When I went to stage this picture (below) I forgot all about this little area rug I have...I was delighted to see that the colors coordinate perfectly!

This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.

You might be interested to know that I've used this particular stencil on curtains. I've also stenciled an entire wall in my master bedroom. Doing it myself has saved me a boatload of  money!


This stencil makeover only looks complicated! C'mon over to DIY beautify and see how I created this Moroccan-like pattern with just paint and a stencil.


Have you stenciled anything recently?



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13 comments:

  1. This is such a great idea and the table turned out looking so pretty!

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    1. Thank you Alicia, I'm glad you like it and so glad you took the time to comment! Have a great weekend ;)

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  2. I love it! Very fun and creative, love the colors that you chose, they look fantastic.

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    1. Thanks Nikki...it's bolder than I normally go but I really like it!

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  3. I could not love this table more! Awesome job, Cindy!

    And yes. My mind goes nothing...nothing... POW! Often too many POWs to keep up!

    Please share this on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!

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    1. I'm so excited to see your project on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party! Thanks for linking up with us!

      ~ Ashley

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  4. This turned out beautiful Cindy! What a difference a little paint and creativity can make! I would love it if you'd link this up to the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop. It just went live a couple minutes ago & I know our readers would love to see this. Thanks!

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  5. Very elegant. I love the mix of colors. This makes me want to redo my little living room table. Thanks so much for sharing on Snickerdoodle sunday!

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    1. Hey, you should redo that little table :) Go for it! Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Guess what?! I am so excited to tell you that your project us being featured this week on Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!

    We would love for your to share your creativity again with us! The party starts each Saturday morning at 8:00 am EST.

    ~ Ashley

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  7. Great pattern. I love how it matches the pillows and rug! I really enjoy stenciling. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks Jann, it's a nice pop of color in my mostly neutral home.

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