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Add a stencil design to a dining table

Here's a popular trend for adding a stencilled design onto a dining table. It's a great way to add flair to a reclaimed wood or old fashioned dining table.

Using a stencil that you can make yourself using acetate sheets, or buy online, it's so easy to add a unique stencilled pattern to a plain dining table. Click here for instructions on how to make your own stencils

You can even add a stencil design to a plain, painted dining table. Paint a table flat black for maximum impact with an off-white or pale grey pattern.






1. Sand

If your table is sealed or varnished, lightly sand back the finish to de-gloss to prepare for painting. Tables that have been oiled or waxed need to be wiped down with Woodoc steel wool and mineral turpentine to remove the finish.

2. Paint

You can use any acrylic paint - or spray paint - to add a stencilled design to your table. Make sure that the stencil is absolutely flat against the surface before applying paint. Carefully peel back the stencil to remove once finished.

3. Protect

All tables need protection, so finish off by applying a couple of coats of clear, polyurethane varnish over the surface. Rust-Oleum have a spray varnish in satin and gloss that is easy to apply and leaves a finish that is free from brush strokes. Find the full range of Rust-Oleum products at your local Builders Warehouse.

The design you choose can be flourishes and florals, a Moroccan- or Indian-inspired theme, or you can opt to go for a more modern look with geometric shapes.

Using a stencil is a wonderfully inexpensive way to dress up a plain table, or give new life to old furniture. Choose a design that reflects your own personal style, or be quirky and go over the top and make any table an eye-catching, conversation piece.

You can have so much fun with stencils, or use your imagination and paint furniture to fit in with the theme of a room. There really is no limit to what you can do with a little paint and an idea. Click here for instructions on how to make your own stencils


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