How To Stencil Nesting Tables Using The Passion Mandala

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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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  • Susan QC Susan QC on Nov 11, 2020

    First of all...beautiful makeover on these tables. I'm confused by this tip-" Use a half of a roll of paper towel to wipe the stain off evenly. It's less likely to leave streaks ". Could you explain what you mean? Are you actually cutting a roll of paper towels in half? Thanks.

  • Joyce Blackburn Joyce Blackburn on Nov 15, 2020

    what size stencil did you use ?

  • Charlottezosmith Charlottezosmith on Oct 06, 2022

    Not finding the color I have for small ,(6x9) oval wood antique picture frames. What can I use to make my own color???

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  • BARB BARB on Nov 10, 2020

    Your tables are nothing short of FABulous!

  • Bek Bek on Nov 10, 2020

    You know, this isn't really fair. I could so easily blow the budget right out of the water with Cutting Edge stencils! I love every one of the projects that your company has presented here. I regularly go to your site and just drool. Copiously.