Fun Times Stenciling with Lace

Stenciling was done with a special plastic sheet with the pattern cut out, or so I thought before this project. I discovered, however, that this is not always the case. I actually found that this is the most awesome way to stencil ever, at least if you can remove whatever object you are working on into a well ventilated area outside of your home! All you need is lace and some spray paint! You can absolutely transform a piece from drab to fab in a fairly short time! If I can do it, anyone can!

My dad came to my house recently and was taking a gander at the things around that had changed recently.  He noticed the little formerly oak coffee table and commented that I’d gotten a new table.  I informed him that no, I had simply painted and stenciled it.  I am so proud of that piece.  You can see it above.  I’ll give you the directions which are fun and easy to do.  I also used this same technique on a bookshelf which can be seen in my last blog post, House of Crazy Gets a Makeover!

What you’ll need:

spray paint  — I prefer Valspar gloss from Lowe’s.  It is easy to use and goes on very                                             smoothly and evenly.  Just pick your accent color

paint brush — unless you can spray the piece you are working on or are leaving it as it is

your favorite color paint –chalk paint is great if you don’t want to have to sand it, but you will have to then go over it with wax .  I used latex, high gloss and I love the color white for a clean, fresh look

glaze —  if you choose to use latex paint, I highly recommend glazing your piece with a polyurethane sealant to help seal it and prevent it from getting damaged from normal wear and tear.  Read the directions, but usually you will need to apply 2-3 coats and let the piece fully dry for several hours in between each coat

sand paper — I like to use those nifty little sanding tools I find at Lowe’s.  You can hold them in the palm of your hand and are angled to help you get into the areas that otherwise drive me crazy!

Lace — Get going to the fabric store and pick out your lace.  Measure your furniture piece     before you go so you know how much lace to buy.  I always look at the sales rack first.  If you’re just going to spray paint over the lace, don’t pay a fortune for it!  Make sure you have enough to cover the piece you’re working on.  You get one chance.

Now you’re ready to start!

Once you have sanded and painted your piece of furniture, you are ready for the fun.  As I said, if you are simply stenciling on a piece that is not being painted first, you save yourself that whole step.

First, lay out your lace over the area you will be stenciling and secure with painter’s tape where stencil will not be seen.  You don’t want the tape mark to show up instead of your pretty lace pattern.

Next, grab that can of spray paint and with steady and even strokes, spray back and forth over your lace making sure to cover all areas evenly but not too much or the pattern will bleed.  Once you have that accomplished, carefully pick up your lace.  Let it dry completely then seal it with the glaze.  Voila! See, I told you that was easy!

Again, if you have questions, just ask me!  I’m always happy to answer them.

Thanks for reading!



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