Sten­cil a table­top

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A white painted pine ta­ble gets a whole new look with eye-catch­ing sten­cilling. This is an easy project,

pro­vided you take your time.

Here’s how…

Pre­pare the ta­ble be­fore­hand by clean­ing it with a warm soapy cloth; al­low it to dry com­pletely. If the white paint is a bit scuffed and you’d like to re­new it, give the ta­ble a fresh coat – we rec­om­mend Du­lux Pearl­glo Wa­ter­based. For this project we left the ta­ble as is, with the pine show­ing through in places.

1 Se­lect a sten­cil at a craft store – ours is from home­ol­ If you’re con­cerned about how it will look, test the sten­cil on a sheet of white pa­per. 2 Tie a piece of string from one side of the ta­ble to the other as a guide to keep your sten­cilling straight and neat. We made loops at each end of our string and stretched it over small nails tacked into the ends of the ta­ble. Tip Tap the nails in un­der­neath the table­top so you can’t see the holes af­ter­wards, or fill the holes with wood filler.

3 If you want pre­cise sten­cilling, plan care­fully (de­cide on a start­ing point to en­sure a sym­met­ri­cal end re­sult) or sim­ply start at one end and get stuck in! Roll the sponge roller in the paint and coat the bot­tom of the stamp – don’t im­merse the sten­cil in the paint or it will get too wet. Care­fully sten­cil from one side of the ta­ble to the other. 4 Move the guiding string along ac­cord­ing to the width of the sten­cil and re­peat step 3. Re­peat un­til the table­top is com­pletely cov­ered with the sten­cilling.


• If the ta­ble top is un­even, the sten­cil won’t trans­fer the paint evenly ev­ery­where but don’t worry as this won’t be so no­tice­able once the whole ta­ble is com­plete – just per­se­vere.

• Wait un­til the PVA paint has dried and seal it with a prod­uct such as Stiro Bond­ing Sealer from New Spec­tra Paints – ap­ply at least three coats to en­sure that the ta­ble top is wash­able and scratch-re­sis­tant.

Clin­ton Fried­man scat­ters from Gar­dens & Roses; cut­lery holder, wa­ter carafe, cake stand and bird cage lanterns from Mr Price Home; Stu­dio W salad bowl and white can­dle vo­tives from Wool­worths; vase from Wey­landts; nap­kins and straws from In Good Com­pany

You will need • tape mea­sure • acrylic PVA in the colour of your choice • sten­cil • string • a few small nails • claw ham­mer • sponge roller • paint tray • New Spec­tra Paints’ Stiro Bond­ing Sealer

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