A wood table with a damaged finish isn’t always worth stripping and refinishing, and those who would rather do something unique to restore a table can add a stenciled design to completely recover the top. A stenciled table can be designed to match specific colors or patterns in a room, and it’s a great way to repair a table that might otherwise end up on the burn pile.
Those who don’t have a table with a damaged finish can search local flea markets, yard sales, and resale shops for used tables to stencil. Once you make one stenciled table you’ll definitely want to make more, and you can make money selling these unique and practical stenciled works of art. Decorating options are virtually endless, and your stenciled artwork will last forever – if you know how to make a stenciled table with a durable finish.
Unique Decorating Ideas
Any stencils can be used to make a stenciled table, and you can make your own stencils using tracing paper, a small utility knife, and cardstock or cardboard, but you can also find an endless variety of stencils online. You can create a stenciled table embellished with flowers, unique shapes, scrollwork, starbursts, moons, dragonflies, and anything else you can dream up. Backgrounds can be solid in color, stippled, or sponged, or how about a nighttime sky dotted with millions of stars? A light blue sky with white billowy clouds would also make a nice background for a stenciled table. The sky is truly the limit when you make a stenciled table!
To make a stenciled table you’ll need stencils of your choice, high-quality white primer, base paint in a color or colors of your choice, and clear satin protective finish. You’ll also need blue painter’s tape, fine-grit sandpaper, a stencil brush, and a small brush with an angled edge. Optional supplies include accent paint, rub-on metallic finish for table edges, and smaller fine-tip brushes if necessary.
Once you have all of the necessary supplies, sand the top of the table. Remove all of the old finish and any nicks or scratches. Vacuum and dust away all of the wood debris before continuing.
Next, prime the tabletop, allow it to dry according to product label instructions, and apply a base coat of paint for the background. Allow this coat to dry according to product label instructions before stenciling.
Once the base coat is dry, protect the edges of the table with blue painter’s tape, and tape down the stencil in the first location you want to decorate. Use the stencil brush to apply color to the tabletop. Once the first area dries, move and tape the stencil as necessary. Once the entire table is covered, you can sponge paint a contrasting or complementary shade over the stenciled shapes using the same method you previously used. This will give the design more depth and dimension.
Once the paint on top is completely dry, paint the edges of the tabletop with a complimentary or contrasting color by first taping off the top edge of the table. Once the edges are dry, apply metallic rub-on glaze to the edge using a rag. The color beneath will show through, and the metallic glaze will give the stenciled table a rich and decorative look.
After the tabletop is completely stenciled and finished to your liking, protect it with a coat or two of clear satin finish. Follow product label instructions for best results, and allow the finish to dry at least 24 hours before using your newly stenciled table. You’ll absolutely love the results!