Cutting Edge Stencils Shares a Step by Step Tutorial For Stenciling A Polka Dot Play Table
Good Morning, my DIY friends! One of our favorite things about DIY Magazine, besides having THREE stencils featured in the latest issue (read all about that here), is their exuberant use of color! From front to back, the bold pops of color are like eye-candy for a color enthusiast. Now if you’ve had a hard time tearing yourself away from those colorful DIY projects then you’re gonna love what we have in store for you today. We are keeping our love of color and stencils alive with a stenciled play table.
Meet Karen, the crafty DIY mama behind the blog A House Full of Sunshine. Karen is a stay at home Mom with three active kids and she wanted a pint-sized activity table to keep them entertained on their days off from school. She had spotted a plastic table at a local toy store but it had a $220 price sticker attached to it. Karen had a hard time justifying the price of what looked like a plastic tub with legs. That’s when Karen’s creative light bulb went on and she decided to make her own play table. She found a second hand coffee table for $40, added some splashes of color, our Polka Dot Stencil and the rest is history!
We bet you love what you see and you want to know how to recreate it! Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Polka Dot Stencil
- Solid Wood Coffee Table
- plastic under-bed storage tub
- Stix Primer
- Benjamin Moore Paint
- Dense Foam Roller
- scotch brite pad or fine grit sandpaper
- Paper Towel
- Foam Plate
Here are the Simple Steps to Stenciling A Play Table:
1. Prep: When stenciling on furniture, you want to make sure the paint will stick to the piece and not peel. If the item has a varnish or a glossy finish you’ll need to scuff it. You can do this with a scotch brite pad or fine grit sandpaper. Lightly sand the surface and then wipe down the piece with a damp rag.
2. Prime: Next, apply the primer to the table to insure good adhesion. Karen used two coats of primer on her table.
3. Paint: Now that the table is primed, it’s ready to be painted in the color of your choice. Karen chose fun, playful colors for her table that were similar to Benjamin Moore’s electric orange 2015-10, pink ladies 1347, purple hyacinth 2073-40, and stem green 2029-40.
4. Secure the Stencil: Secure the stencil with your painters tape. Pour your stencil paint in the foam plate. Karen used a color similar to Benjamin Moore’s bone white.
5. Stencil: Now we’re ready for the fun part! Coat the roller with paint and start stenciling. Be sure to roll off the excess paint onto your folded paper towel until the roller looks almost dry. It is key to use as little paint as possible when stenciling. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed and smudge.
6. Complete the Pattern: After you’ve painted the stencil, wait about 2-5 minutes to remove the stencil from the table. Then reposition the stencil, if needed, to complete the pattern.
Once it’s all complete, add your plastic play tub, some toys, and watch the fun happen!
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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew
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