Today's project is a side table that was formerly a nightstand in the master bedroom. I bought it (and a second identical one) about 10 years ago at an unfinished furniture store. Of course I forgot to take a decent "before" photo, but you cans see it here, right next to the chair:
It was solid pine, with a really light stain, and I loved the wood, but I just didn't like how it went with the rest of the room. I knew I wanted to paint it, but to make it more "nautical" I thought I would stencil a compass rose on the top.
I didn't want to paint the entire dresser and then stencil another color on top, so I decided to 'reverse stencil' it, by blocking out an area where I did NOT want paint. To make a stencil (since I still don't have a vinyl cutter) I printed out a compass rose on Freezer paper (You can run freezer paper through a printer if you cut it down to 8 1/2 by 11.)
I used freezer paper since it is waxed and the paint won't penetrate it like cardstock or white paper.
I then sprayed the back of the paper with spray adhesive and used a razor blade to cut out away everything but the BLACK printed area of the stencil.
I sanded the table and used the leftover Benjamin Moore Raspberry Truffle tester paint I had to put on two thin coats. Because the table wasn't primed, the grain of the table showed through, and it almost looked like it was a colored stain:
I then peeled away the stencil, revealing the plain wood beneath:
There was a teenie bit of seepage, and a vinyl stencil would have been much better, but I was working with what I had on hand. I really love how it came out. Eventually I would love to replace the drawer knob, but for now it is good enough:
Here it is staged with my thrift store accessories:
And here is the impact it makes on the room. The 'before' was okay, but the red really kicks it up. Totally worth the small amount of work I put in: