Debra
Debra
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Asked on Jun 17, 2013

Stenciling small coffee tables and side tables

DebraMargaret DillardStiltskin Studios
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Can someone give me some ideas on what kind of stencil I could use to stencil some small coffee tables and side tables. My mind just isn't coming up with any ideas right now. I want to do something simple and small so that it can go in anyones home as I would like to sell these items when I am finished. I want more of an under statement rather than a over powering one. Any idea's????? I will really appreciate any help that I can get. Thank you
Debbie
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  • Vintage Storehouse & Co.
    on Jun 17, 2013

    Hi Debra, this might not be what your looking for, but have you ever checked out http://www.graphicsfairy-diy.com/. It's a free site that allows you to download french typography to use as a stencil on whatever you want. She also shows you some techniques on how to apply graphics to furniture, fabric and other various things w/o buying a stencil. Just an FYI, stencils are pretty expensive... at least the ones I've personally found... so if you plan to sell your pieces (hopefully for a profit), using a stencil eats up a lot of that profit... also you don't want to end up using the same stencil on every single piece of furniture. Using a site like the graphics fairy and investing in a tracer projector like http://www.walmart.com/ip/12347716?wmlspartner=wlpa&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&veh=sem or investing in a higher quality projector gives you more flexibility with your furniture! Hope this helps... Good luck!

  • Debra
    on Jun 17, 2013

    Thank you for your reply. I do visit the Graph Fairy and I have also transferred some of her images to furniture, which turned out pretty well. I have made some home made stencils which also worked pretty good. You are right that the stencils are expensive. I would really love to stencil a wall in my home but those stencils are really expensive, some day I will do that. I can make a stencil big enough to have it be time effective. I think on one of the tables I am going to paint strips but leave a small stencil in place so that it shows the wood through if you understand what I mean. Well I am going to try any way. I am new to repurposing furniture and have been self teaching through trail and error (but I am getting a lot better). Thanks you for your help. Have a great day.

  • Dani Mcelroy
    on Jun 17, 2013

    I like the idea of using doilies from the dollar store. just tape doilies to surface & spray paint. Look like lace on your table :)

  • Debra
    on Jun 17, 2013

    thank you Dani, that is a good idea

  • Check out Cutting Edge Stencils.com. They have a line of stencils that are smaller scale for arts and crafts projects. Be sure to look at all of their designs for inspiration. A stencil can be used for ANY surface so just because it says that it is a wall stencil doesn't mean that it cannot be used for furniture, fabric, floors, etc. There are endless applications.

  • Stiltskin Studios
    on Jun 18, 2013

    Hi Debra, we prefer Royal Design Studio stencils, brushes, and stencil cremes. If you are new to this type of project, they have wonderful tutorials on their site. Good luck and have FUN! www.royaldesignstudio.com

  • Margaret Dillard
    on Jun 18, 2013

    I think tone on tone is simple too. Pick a color just a little lighter or darker then the tables for a subtle look. Good luck

  • Debra
    on Jun 18, 2013

    I like that I did that to a wood tray that I had and it looks really nice. thank you for your comment

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