Saturday, September 3, 2011

Loving stencils...again...edited at bottom...

So I had this table...she was in such a sorry state when she came to me...

Get to work! Gorilla glue and clamps to the rescue!

Now some wood filler...well...a LOT of wood even out the edges...then careful sanding, with coarse, medium and fine sand paper...

A bit of paint...Annie Sloan Old White of course...a current favourite!

Aaahhh, she's looking better already!

Now...had a vision for this old girl...but the stencil design I wanted to use was just not big enough. (sad face here please). It's 3 3/4" by 2 3/4." What to do? LIGHT BULB moment! I scanned the actual stencil, which is one of the very first Dreamweaver stencils I acquired...several years ago...and still very much a's the Leaf Heart (LL 318). I used this stencil as part of a fund-raiser several years ago...if you're interested, you can see that right here.

Whenever I use this stencil, I think of a dear friend, "Dr. Debbie." Do you remember particular reasons and particular people when you use your craft supplies? That's a frequent occurrence for me...connecting art supplies to particular people...I digress...

Okay, so I enlarged the scan to the size I needed, printed several copies...

...printed them...did my image transfer with the pencil method...SO easy...just scribble pencil in several different directions on the reverse of your image, then tape the image to your working surface (pencil scribble size down) and trace over it...

...then I painted with a light grey paint. I also further enlarged a PART of the stencil (the top swirls), as you will see here. I was looking for subtlety for this old she is, all painted...with soft grey...and sanded to further dilute the image...then gave her three coats of Minwax Polycrylic for protection...

LOVE her! She'll have a little lamp in the centre...what do you think?

Now, as an added incentive, this re-do is part of a blog hop, happening between Dreamweaver and Woodware designers...check all the details right could win a stencil!
Updated: Today is Sept. 4th., and we've drawn winners for our stencils!
To visit everyone's blogs to see if YOU'RE a winner, just check this master list over at the Dream it Up Blog. For this draw, selected comment # 12 of the 17 comments left here to date. That comment was entered by Lauren, who posted:

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...
Okay so two things I learned here: I need to get clamps like yours and THAT is a great way to transfer a design!! I have a LARGE round table I'm getting ready to paint and it will require a large graphic -- this method is going to work for me I think! Thanks very much!
CONGRATS Lauren...a small token of appreciation for participating in our blog hop will be coming your way, so please send along your postal address.
I've posted another project for the same little giveaway, so make sure you check here too!
I'm still partying with these fine bloggers. Thanks so MUCH for visiting me today. I wish you a day filled with the things you love to do...and people you love as well...


  1. So cute, great job on the top that looks like a lot of work, but so worth it!

  2. Great way or returning that table to something beautiful

  3. Wow you'd never think it was the same table!!Gorgeous idea!

  4. Lovely job. Your stencil choice is really pretty. What a nice transformation. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. It`s fab to give something a facelift, but your table Deborah sure has had a MEGA facelift !! FABBY DO !!

    hugs Diane xx

  6. Deborah, it looks wonderful. I would have trashed that table, and look what you did with it!

  7. Gorilla glue huh? If that is an actual brand name...then I want some. That is an amazing transformation of your subject for creation. Just amazing!!! LIke the stencils too. LOL!!

  8. This is a beautiful recycle project -- a new way to use some of the Dreamweaver wonderful stencils.

  9. Deborah this table is just beautiful and you sure put a lot of work into it. I'm glad to see somone besides me recycles old pieces. I have this really great table with magazine holders on the sides that I will redo at some point.

  10. So cute! I have two table exactly like that that need a lot of TLC as well! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Lovely table and what a great idea with the stencil. Love Kimx

  12. Okay so two things I learned here: I need to get clamps like yours and THAT is a great way to transfer a design!! I have a LARGE round table I'm getting ready to paint and it will require a large graphic -- this method is going to work for me I think! Thanks very much!

  13. Amazing transformation! I can relate to your clamps! What a job!!! The table doesn't look the same! I love the graphics! Great project!

  14. You did a lovely facelift on your table. The stenciling is really pretty and unique!

    Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday and helping to make it a success! I appreciate you and hope you wil link up again next week!

  15. Wow! This turned out fabulous, you are a very patient person!

  16. This is a happy table now!
    Thank you for visiting me!

  17. So cute! What a great after!
    Thanks for sharing with us :) Happy weekend! XO

  18. Oh, sooo pretty!! Great work :)

  19. Love the table - the clamps are a familiar sight around here!!!

    The stools are also great!

  20. Wonderful makeover!
    Thank you for joining me at HSH!

  21. The table turned out amazing. If you get a chance I would love you to link your table up to More the Merrier Monday. It lasts through Wednesday so you have plenty of time to stop by. See you there.

  22. Now thats trash to treasure. what a remarkable change. I love how you did the stencilling.

  23. What a lovely stencil and adorable table! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing it at the Tuesday To Do Party last week! Can't wait to see what you link up this week!