Every night for the last two weeks I’ve told myself that I would write about this table, and every night one of three things happened instead –
- Judah cried all night. He just turned four months, but I swear that boy is teething.
- I instead spent hours online researching stuff for the new house. The last few nights have been all about windows. How are there so many options? Why are all the reviews contradictory? Someone please just tell me what to get already.
- I’ve fallen asleep on the couch. As in laptop open, hands on the keys, head slumped over asleep. See number 1 for an explanation.
Anyway…I stenciled a table. It’s been awhile.
It turned out gorgeous, but admittedly took me forever to do since the stencils comes in a bunch or small pieces (which also makes it super versatile).
I remember a few of you asking if you could use this on a round table, and at the time you couldn’t. Since then Cutting Edge has come out with a round version of this stencil (two actually). As great as that news is, it gets even better….it doesn’t come in a million pieces. LOVE IT.
So a few months ago I found an old table top for a few dollars and picked it up, knowing it would be perfect for the round inlay stencil. It didn’t come with a base, but I figured a cheap base would be easy to find (spoiler alert – they are not).
It was pretty beat up, so I went about prepping it for paint by first filling the holes and dents with 3M patch + primer. This is the best filler ever, BTW…don’t even bother buying anything else.
Then I sanded it all smooth…
and painted it gray.
This color is “Pavestone” by Sherwin Williams, which is a neutral gray that my three-year old son Levi picked it out. I took him to the store, pulled out about ten gray samples, and we talked undertones for a while. Then I asked him to pick a gray without any, and he pretty much nailed the dismount. I try to instill the best traits into my children…honesty, integrity, compassion…and a true and deep understanding of undertones.
Then after the paint was dry I grabbed all my supplies.
(That little bottle in the paint tray is pearlizing paint)
The hardest part of this project was finding the exact center of the table. I suppose some handy-dandy math would have helped, but I pushed all that out of my head the day I finally passed college algebra. Best day of my life.
Once you have the center, stencil one side, rotate the stencil 180 degrees (don’t flip, just rotate), and go again. I also used spray adhesive on my stencil because it helps give you perfect lines, but it’s not completely necessary.
I wanted the finish in it to be really matte, so I sealed the whole thing with wax.
Isn’t it pretty? It’s looks like I spent way longer on it than I did.
While doing this project my mom was over playing with the three boys (and saving my sanity). I was telling her how pedestal table bases are crazy expensive new and nonexistent used, and I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with the tabletop (it’s just sitting on top of smaller table in the above picture.) She said “I think it would look great on the wall above my bed.” Done. I wouldn’t have ever thought to just hang it on the wall, but I think it’s a great idea.