Table Makeover | Stenciling On Wood | Garbage to Gorgeous Episode #4

I found a table for five bucks! It wasn’t pretty but I’ll show you how stenciling on wood tabletops can completely transform a piece of furniture and take it from drab to fab!

I’m pretty sure it was going to end up in the garbage but wanted to make sure I saved it before it did! It is the perfect size for a cute little accent table!

By the way, if you are into garbage picking or thrifting, be sure to check out my post 5 Garbage Pick Items You Should Always Grab!

Stenciling Questions

If you are new to stenciling, you may have some basic questions. In today’s project, I was stenciling on wood for the table, I found, but you can stencil on so much more!

What kind of paint do you use for stenciling?

Back in the day, they had a creamier paint that came in little jars that were stencil paint. You don’t see it very often anymore. I always preferred using acrylic paint. You can actually use any paint that isn’t too watery. You can even stencil with spray paint.

How do you paint with stencils?

There are two basic stencil techniques that I use when it comes to stenciling:

  • Dabbing
    • You use your stencil brush and just tap and dab it over the stencil until you have filled it in as much as you want.
  • Swirling
    • You use your brush in a swirling motion to fill in the stencil as much as your want for the effect you desire.

Table Makeover Supplies

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Table Makeover | Stenciling on Wood Video Tutorial

Here is a short video taking you through how I went through giving the table this fun makeover!

Everyone Loves a Good Makeover!

I have done a bunch of makeovers that you may enjoy, so be sure to check them out!

Table Makeover | Stenciling on Wood Directions

Step 1: Prep

When getting ready for the table makeover, it is important that your table is as clean as possible. Some paints don’t need you to prep or prime but you still want to clean your table. If you use acrylic paint you might want to clean it, sand it and/or strip it.

Wood stable after being stripped

Once dry, you are ready to get started!

Step 2: Tape & Paint

Tape off the top of the table with painter’s tape. Then, paint the legs, sides and trim around the top. Plan on it taking two coats for good coverage.

Painters tape on top of wood table
Starting the table makeover by painting the table legs and sides turquoise or aqua

Step 3: Tape it, again ~ You are halfway to your table makeover

Once the legs are dry, use painter’s tape and tape off the trim and paint gray on the tabletop. Plan on it taking two coats.

Paint top of table gray for table makeover and base for stenciling on wood top

Step 4: Remove

Remove the tape and allow it to dry.

remove painters tape from edge of table

Step 5: Stencil

Tape your stencil to the top of the table. Take your white paint and a stencil brush. Drip your brush into the paint and rub most of the paint off onto a paper towel. Begin tapping the brush down vertically or you can do the swirl method.

DO NOT brush from side to side. You don’t want the paint to get under the stencil.

stenciling on wood table top with white paint and trellis stencil

TIP: Depending on the look you are going for, you might not stencil it solid. If you want a more weathered or faded look, like mine is, you just go light with the paint.

Pull the stencil off immediately when you are finishing and allow it to dry.

Line up the stencil and tape it in place. Repeat until the table is covered.

Step 6: Protect it!

Once dry, put two coats of protective finish on it. Be sure to read the directions on the label of the product you are using, to see how soon the second coat can be applied.

holding can of varnish to be painted on the table over

Now Just Chill

Hang out and chill while you watch paint dry. 😉

That’s it!

Thanks for stopping by! Go redecorate the world!

Table makeover after stenciling on wood top

Have fun with it! I’d LOVE to see what you make! Be sure to share it over on my Craft Klatch Facebook Group! It’s Free! ❤️

Everyone Needs an Accent Table

Like I said, everyone needs an accent table! Here are some beautiful accent tables that I thought you might enjoy! I have an eye on a couple of them myself!

Be sure to PIN IT for later!

Table Makeover | Stenciling on wood | before and after

Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!


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