How many of you use stencils? I love to create my own stencils to use on my furniture, etc. and have done this several times before. You may remember my clock and these great coordinates pillows but today I am using stencils on a sofa table.
Creating And Using Stencils
This is a post for the Furniture Refresh Challenge and boy did this table need an update. I love this challenge and I thank Michele from The Shelstring Blog and Sue from A Purdy Little House for putting this together and making the nice graphics for us to use. It is hard work and time consuming to maintain a challenge every month.
I have always loved this table but the green bottom part just wasn’t what I wanted any more. You know I have been trying to lighten and brighten our home and this was the perfect opportunity to make over this dark table.
The theme for this month’s Furniture Refresh is acrylic paint. We are supposed to use acrylic paint somewhere on our project. I didn’t want to paint the legs with acrylic paint so I thought that stencils would be the perfect solution. And they would add something special to this table.
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Stencils Or a Silhouette Cameo to create stencils
The first thing I did was dust off the table and clean it up. Then I gave the bottom portion a couple of coats of the chalk paint. This paint covered nicely but I felt it need a few coats.
I sanded in between coats to help create a smooth finish.
Then I created the stencils using my Silhouette Cameo. It is really easy to make your own stencils if you have a machine like this. The Cricut would do the same thing.
I swore in my last stenciled post, the Irish Blessing Table that I would never use the vinyl to create stencils again. But I tried it this time and it worked like a dream. I am not sure why I had such troubles before.
The three stencils I made this time were simple and easy.
- live simply.
- dream big.
- laugh lots.
I used Times Roman font and tried to make them all about the same size in length and height. It is easy to manipulate the size with the Silhouette Software.
I was able to cut them all out of a 12 x 12 sheet. This is the screen shot from my Silhouette program.
The cut settings were set to vinyl and I had the blade set on 2.
After weeding out the letters I stuck them carefully to the table starting with the center stencil. This helps to get things centered.
The black acrylic paint was perfect for this part of the project. Remember with stencils to always wipe most of the paint off your brush after you load it each time. It is easy to get it under the stencil if you have too much paint.
Let the paint dry completely then sand and distress if you like that look. I like the distressed look so I went for it.
What It Looks Like Now
The wood top against the white linen paint really brightened it up and gave this table a whole new look.
This new table looks much better in the space than it did before and I am in love with it1
If you like it be sure to pin it for later! And Follow Michelle James Designs on Pinterest!
Be sure to stop by everyone’s blogs and check out their acrylic paint makeovers as well. Here are all of the before pics.
I am excited to see what they look like now. The links are below. Have fun and enjoy!
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