By now you can probably tell that we love adding details to furniture pieces. Fun knobs, pretty paper lined drawers, and of course painted graphics. But what if you don’t have an overhead projector or the inclination to hand paint a graphic? Enter: the stencil. That’s exactly what we used to create the script detail on this table.
We found this pair of tables at our local thrift shop and wanted to do something fun with them. They’re actually particle board and not solid wood, but they were still in fantastic shape.
Because the surface was really slick, I decided to give the tables a coat of Zinsser Shellac prior to painting. We used Annie Sloan chalk paint and painted the legs in “Coco” and the top got a couple coats of “Old White”.
We decided to use Coco for the stenciling as well. We used the pouncer brush that came in our Stencil Essentials Kit and it worked perfectly. After dipping our brush in the paint, we unloaded a bit onto a paper plate so we could control it better.
It helps to tape the stencil onto the table so it doesn’t shift around while you’re working. Dip your pouncer brush in some paint, then unload some of the paint by dabbing it onto a paper plate. You don’t want to have too much paint on your brush or it’ll bleed under the stencil. Pounce and brush the paint over your stencil, then pull it up. It’s best to wait until your paint is mostly dry before moving to the next section so you don’t smear it.
Here’s Vicki demonstrating her stenciling skills.
And here’s what it looked like when she was done.
We used a fine grit sanding block to do some light distressing. Both tables then got a coat of clear wax and a bit of dark wax.
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