How To Stencil Nesting Tables Using The Passion Mandala

Rather than toss your old furniture to the curb, we want you to consider giving it a stenciled makeover. What sounds like an advanced project is actually so easy that even a beginner can do it. Today we're sharing a stencil tutorial showing how easy it is to makeover old nesting tables using our Passion Mandala Stencil. Let's take a look...

Let's walk through the steps for completing this project. We had an old set of wooden nesting tables. They were about nine years old and beat up from use.

Rather than toss these to the side, we chose to give them a fresh new look using stain and a Mandala Stencil. We rounded up the supplies needed which included a hand-sander, a two inch dense foam roller, a stencil brush, Benjamin Moore Ben paint in Navajo White, Varethane Stain in Cognac, Varethane Polyurethane in gloss, and our Passion Mandala design.

The legs of the tables were in pretty good shape so we left those alone and only touched up where there were slight nicks. We sanded the tops of the wooden tables to remove the finish and any scratches on the top.

Once the table tops were sanded we were ready to start stenciling. We sprayed the stencil with repositionable spray adhesive. When the adhesive felt slightly tacky but not overly wet (about 5 minutes after spraying) we then placed it on top of the wooden table.

When we were comfortable with the placement of the stencil, we patted it down. The adhesive helped hold it in place. For the larger table, we positioned the stencil on opposite corners. We poured the paint into a paper plate. Then we used a two inch dense foam roller to paint the pattern in Benjamin Moore's Navajo White. The excess paint was rolled off onto a piece of paper towel. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed.

After the pattern was painted, we lifted the stencil to reveal the mandala design.

Now it was time to add a little color to the wooden tables. We chose a stain color that was as close to the original color of the tables as possible. Since we were not redoing the legs, we wanted the top to match the bottoms. We used Varethane wood stain in Carrington. We dipped the bristle brush into the stain and then painted it onto the wooden table. Then we brushed the stain off with paper towel and revealed the pretty pattern. Tip: Use a half of a roll of paper towel to wipe the stain off evenly. It's less likely to leave streaks or finger marks as you wipe.

Next, we sealed our painted pattern using a Varethane Polyurethane in gloss. It's the perfect way to protect your stencil work and ensure that you will get many more years out of your table.

Once it was dry, we stepped back to admire the beautiful Mandala Stencil Pattern. We are about to flood you with some beautiful eye-candy!

We love the exotic flair that this intricate Passion Mandala pattern gives these stenciled nesting tables. Purchase the stencil for this project from Cutting Edge Stencils

Other materials you will need

  • Benjamin Moore Navajo White   (Benjamin Moore Ben Paint)
  • Rustoleum Stain   (Home Depot)

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  • LR
    on Nov 10, 2019

    I'm confused about how to use the adhesive. The adhesive isn't shown nor really explained in detail how to do that part.

    • You spray the adhesive on the back of the stencil. When it feels a little tacky aka sticky you place the stencil on the table.

      The adhesive prevents the stencil from sliding but it is "repositional" so you can move the stencil. The stencil doesn't become glued to the table.

      Based on other stenciling I've seen, you could just tape the stencil down to keep it in place.

      Hope this helps.

  • Suzanna
    on Nov 11, 2019

    I have to say, that out of all the millions of DIYs I've seen, this is the very best. I just wish I had some tables to apply this to. Or the room to house said tables :-) Good job replying to all the questions as well.

  • Donna
    on Nov 17, 2019

    Beautiful! I am glad you added the stain- it brings out the contrast nicely!

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