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Project

Garden-Print Stenciled Tabletop

Introduction

Each component is placed separately, one after another, so the asymmetrical design evolves organically. A subtle faux finish, known as strie, is painted over the muted gray and green tones, giving the piece an instant vintage, heirloom quality.

A table painted in a medium tone, such as the gray we used, works best. When stenciling, pat the sponge in a dab of paint, and blot excess on the palette. Then apply paint in thin coats, taking care that it doesn't drip or pool, until the area is covered. If a design requires several colors, use a separate sponge for each. You may opt to adjust a paint's transparency or mix hues.

 

 

Materials

  • Table painted with latex paint
  • Drafting tape
  • Small sheet of glass (palette)
  • Palette knife
  • 5 to 7 ounces acrylic paint in green, gray, and white
  • Floral stencil kit
  • Natural sea sponges

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For a rough guide, mark a uniform border with drafting tape 3 inches from table's edge.

  2. Step 2

    Prepare palette with each paint, blending with palette knife to create additional shades of green and gray if desired. Place large peony stencil 6 inches from table's edge; secure with tape if desired. Use sponge to apply white paint to stencil. Let dry 2 minutes. Stencil 2 more peonies, equidistant from each other and from table's edge.

  3. Step 3

    Starting with 1 peony, incorporate leaves and smaller flowers, positioning stencils so stems conform to round garland shape. Using a different sponge for each color, paint according to above procedure. Flip stencil if desired for variety. When using multiple colors with 1 stencil, cover areas not in use with tape.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2008

Reviews (13)

  • Chinaali 21 Mar, 2014

    Royal Studios mskes Mylar stencils and a lot of floral. I bought the large and small chevron. The karges are fot walls ceilings and all large areas with marks that guide you through evert step. They sell a lot. Some of them for a one time use and so if you want quality abd decent prices too. Royal Design Studio is for you. They do custom I think to. For all sufaces and creme oaint brishes amongst other accessories.

  • MelanieJade 26 Dec, 2010

    @wim73 - To paint on a tablecloth, you can buy fabric paint medium in the craft paint section of a craft store. A few drops of it turns any acrylic paint into fabric paint.

  • wim73 4 Feb, 2009

    If this idea were to be used on a tablecloth instead of stenciling directly onto the table, what kind of paint would be appropriate to use?

  • mariah81766 13 Sep, 2008

    WHOA! $240 for the stencils? They must be made of platinum. I think I'll go get some regular stencils that cost a few dollars each.

  • farnorthstamper 13 Sep, 2008

    How about using the acrylic paint with stamps? It would look just as good and would be so much easier and CHEAPER! I know Stampin' Up! sells sets of flowers that would look great for this.

  • farnorthstamper 13 Sep, 2008

    How about using the acrylic paint with stamps? It would look just as good and would be so much easier and CHEAPER! I know Stampin' Up! sells sets of flowers that would look great for this.

  • farnorthstamper 13 Sep, 2008

    How about using the acrylic paint with stamps? It would look just as good and would be so much easier and CHEAPER! I know Stampin' Up! sells sets of flowers that would look great for this.

  • Anna_Marie 13 Sep, 2008

    This is beautiful....if someone couldn't afford the pricey stencils, they could buy stencilling velum pages and cut out something similar using a flower photo for a guide and an exacto knife. Thanks for the stenciling and sealing instructions. I sometimes paint designs onto furniture, but this would be a quick way to embelish them with predictable results.

  • kristenaderrick 13 Sep, 2008

    This is just gorgeous, but those stencils are crazy-expensive! I would definitely make my own out of acetate.

  • giannileen 13 Sep, 2008

    Get a grip of reality Martha! I could almost buy a new table for the price of the stencil package!

  • maryjbond 13 Sep, 2008

    Charming, but pricey. And a huge amount of work.

  • bentbrissel 13 Sep, 2008

    you want a lot of money for a stencil. way to much
    for the common crafter. do you know how many
    other projects one could do for $240????

  • juicy77301 13 Sep, 2008

    $240 for the set of stencils??? Are you kidding me???