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Compass Rose Reverse Stenciled Table

I hope you liked my big nursery reveal this weekend.  I have a few projects that went into that space that I still haven't shared yet, so please bear with me.

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:  

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  1. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRoseNovember 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Yes the red does look great on the table! the entire room is terrific


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