Wow! The last two weeks have been crazy hectic! It’s been that long since I’ve posted anything at all. I totally skipped out on last week’s PINspiration blog hop. But I’m back today with something totally fun and something I’m really (REALLY) proud of.
One of the very first things I ever pinned on Pinterest was an awesome stenciled table done by Ashley over at Domestic Imperfection
. She has had some of the coolest home improvement/DIY projects, but her awesome paisley stenciled table
is my all-time favorite. So I took the idea and added my own Disney twist.
That’s right! There are hidden Mickeys on my table!
This project started as a total fail. Times two! I had this cool table with 6 chairs that I purchased off of Craigslist about five years ago. It had great bones and was nice enough as it was. The chairs are a creamy color with beautiful rush seating, and the table base and legs are that same beautiful color, but the tabletop color just wasn’t right. The flooring in our home is a dark walnut, and the table was a very light-colored wood. So I sanded it down, stenciled it, and stained it with a Minwax walnut stain/polyurethane all-in-one deal. The stencil was awesome, but the color ended up being the exact same as what it started out as. (FAIL #1…but not really my fault.)
So I sanded off the polyurethane coating to try a different stain. Or at least I thought I did. This time I tried Rustoleum’s dark walnut color. The color was perfect, but evidently I hadn’t sanded the entire table because the stain didn’t absorb everywhere. I had a blotchy table. (FAIL #2…TOtally my fault.)
Well they say that practice makes perfect. Instead of just sanding this time, I decided to strip the whole thing down to the wood…stain, paint, and all. I searched my trusty friend Pinterest for tips on how to strip furniture, and I came across this post on 2 Little Superheroes. I actually picked up two tips here. The first was a recommendation to use the product Citristrip . I was able to find it in a spray can at my local WalMart. I tell you this stuff smells good enough to eat! But don’t.
I put a plastic dropcloth underneath the table and then taped another plastic dropcloth around the legs of the table because I didn’t want to mess up the paint there. I sprayed the entire surface of the tabletop and then covered it all with plastic garbage bags. Yes, plastic garbage bags. (That was tip #2 by the way.)
Evidently it speeds up or intensifies or does SOMEthing to the chemical reaction. I was skeptical, but I tried it. I remember watching my mom strip furniture when I was a child. It took her hours, if not days to do. I waited an hour, removed the bags, and took a plastic scraper to the table. Five minutes later (FIVE MINUTES!!!) it looked like this…
No paint, no stain, no nothing. Just raw wood. (And did I mention that it only took me five minutes to scrape it off? No, NOT exaggerating!
At that point, I washed the table in mineral spirits to remove every last bit of residue. After a few hours of letting it dry, I sanded it down, making sure to stay in the direction of the grain. I used a dry towel and then tack cloth to clean off all the dust particles, and then I stenciled. I used a stencil that I purchased from Hobby Lobby with a 40%-off coupon and white acrylic paint which I applied with a small foam roller. Here it is post-stencil, pre-stain.
The stencil had lots of little circles throughout that made it super easy to add hidden Mickeys. I used a pencil eraser to add the ears. There are six Mickeys on the table, one placed in front of or near each of the six chairs.
I let the paint dry for about an hour and gave it a quick and light hand sanding. I applied the stain with an old sock placed over a latex glove…much easier than using a brush. The Rustoleum brand didn’t have the stain and polyurethane in one so I ended up having to add a couple of coats of poly separately. Waiting is so hard. But sometimes, it’s SO worth it.
The dark stain really muted the white paint to a beautiful subtle color. Just gorgeous if I do say so myself.
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