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How to Stencil a Polka Dot Play Table

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.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil a Polka Dot play table. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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:

Here are the Simple Steps to Stenciling A Play Table:

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil a Polka Dot play table. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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.

A $40 thrift store table that was stenciled and painted into a play table.  http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

2. Prime: Next, apply the primer to the table to insure good adhesion. Karen used two coats of primer on her table.

Learn how to prep a table to stencil and paint it. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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.

Learn how to stencil a play table using the Polka Dot Stencil. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil a play table using the Polka Dot pattern. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil a play table using the Polka Dot pattern. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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.

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil a play table using the Polka Dot pattern. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

Once it’s all complete, add your plastic play tub, some toys, and watch the fun happen!

Cutting Edge Stencils shares how to stencil a play table using the Polka Dot pattern. http://www.cuttingedgestencils.com/polka-dots-stencils-nursery.html

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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew

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  • JaneEllen

    Now this is an incredible re-use for a table. That poor old table might have been junked if she hadn’t rescued it. She did such a great job on the table and love all the colors, beautiful. Kids will have great time playing, creating art, whatever on table, smart Mom and blogger.

  • CESteam

    We agree Jane.
    We really enjoy any kind of furniture restoration project using stencils. This came out really nice!! :)

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