For Little Jo’s 9th birthday, she asked for a bedroom make-over. Since she truly doesn’t need any more “stuff” we thought this was a great idea. As part of this make-over, she got a loft bed from IKEA and under it, she wanted a futon to hang out on with her friends. There was just enough room beside the futon for a little side table. Trying to conserve some money, I decided to repurpose a table we already had in the basement. It was a simple, black, metal folding table that she could easily move around or even fold flat to get it out of the way if needed. The only problem was that black didn’t go with her new look, so I decided to paint it.
I started with Americana Multi-Surface paint in Cottonball. I just squirted a blob right onto the table, no need to dirty a palette.
I used a small foam roller to spread the first coat on lightly and evenly. Once this coat dried, there was a lot more “tooth” for the paint to adhere to, so the other coats went on like a breeze. Since I was covering black with white, it took me three coats to get the desired coverage.
Once the white completely dried, I was ready to stencil on the tie-dye effect. I placed my stencil in the middle of the table and tacked it down with tape. (A note on the stencil — this was a pre-release version I received from DecoArt. The stencils will be available soon and I will update this post with where when you can purchase them.)
To paint the center part of the stencil, I loaded just a little bit of Blue Lagoon Multi-Surface paint onto a cosmetic wedge and lightly dabbed it through the stencil. I made sure to blot off any excess paint so it doesn’t ooze beneath your stencil, or else it will blur your lines.
After covering the middle, I started making my way out to the edges, gradually changing to Turquoise Waters paint as I went.
I could have left it like this but… I didn’t want to! I placed the stencil back on, rotating it slightly and repeated the process. I had to be careful not to add too much paint in the middle, or it would have turned into a giant blob. I focused on the edges, and kept rotating the stencil until I had a filled in circle.
Little Jo and I both love how it turned out. It almost has the look of a tie-dye snowflake! Little Jo said it looked like a table that Elsa would have in her bedroom. I think I agree!