I've been thinking about this project for months, and I'm so happy I finally did it. The small Rattan Wallpaper stencil from my collection for Royal Design Stencils is totally perfect on furniture. And it's a really simple stencil to work with.
This is what the coffee table looked like before I painted it... it was brown stain.
And here it is after...
Here's how I did it:
1. I gave the table a light sanding (it wasn't a high gloss table, so it didn't need much more).
2. I used a spray primer to get the table ready for a a base coat.
3. I spray painted the table white. 2 coats. This actually took a lot of spray paint. 3 cans.
4. I sanded with a very fine grit sand paper, and wiped the table down.
5. I stenciled in the gray/blue (Silver Marlin from Benjamin Moore).
6. I used a clear coat spray to finish the table.
I plan on having a piece of glass cut for the top of the table so I don't have to yell at people about coasters, but I do think it would be fine to leave it like this too.
The best way to stencil is with a stencil brush which is flat tipped. You can get them here. I dip the brush in paint, and then wipe the brush off on paper towels until it is nearly dry. Barely any paint on it. Then, stipple the paint on top of the stencil.
Royal Design Stencils are super easy to use, they have registration marks on them to guide you.
You can see in the photo above how I use the brush by just tapping it onto the stencil. Super easy, and super fun results!
PS... this stencil matches my fabric from LillyBelle