How to Stencil a Table Top with Cutting Edge Stencils

Happy Friday guys! I’ve got a great tutorial in store for you today – how I stenciled my Rustic X Table top. It was so incredibly easy. I ordered the Paisley Allover Stencil from Cutting Edge Designs, but you can use any stencil for this project. I just love Cutting Edge products because of how thick the plastic is and the clean edge they give you. Ready for the tutorial? Here we go!

• Prepped piece of furniture (sanded and base coat on)
• Stencil of choice
• Tape
• Small Roller (I used the stenciling kit from Cutting Edge Designs but any small dense roller will do)
• Contrast color paint

Step 1 – Prep your piece

Project supplies: Tape, stencil, roller, Golden oak stain, Valspar’s Grey Mist test pot, Howard Feed and Wax furniture finisher.

I started by sanding my console with 60 and then 150 grit paper. Once it was smooth, wipe off any dust and stain or paint. I stained this with one coat of Minwax’s Golden Oak stain. Once dried, I dusted down the top.


Step 2 – Prep your stencil and paint

I poured out some paint onto a paper plate, and loaded my roller.


Step 3 – Place your stencil

Since I was working on a flat, horizontal surface (not a vertical wall) I decided to skip the spray adhesive so it wouldn’t mess with my stained finish. I placed two pieces of tape onto the bottom of the stencil, and placed it on my table top. I held it in place with my left hand at the top, and rolled with my right. As my table has a rustic finish, I wasn’t worried about any bleed issues or inconsistencies. I actually encouraged it. But this stencil was of such high quality that even just loosely holding it in place kept it from bleeding.

Pretty, right?!


Step 4 – Move down and repeat

The stencil is very easy to line up. I know the instructions said you can immediately place the stencil lower, but I decided to wait for the first layer to dry to prevent any unnecessary smudging or transfer since I was working on a stained surface not a flat painted wall. Once again I taped the lower edge down, then held the top down by hand. A quick roll with the stencil and repeat!


Step 5 – Finish stenciling the top

Once you’re done stenciling, let it dry and cure for a few hours before finishing. I chose to use the Feed and Wax on the main body of the piece, then a coat of polyurethane on the top. Please Note: I used an oil based stain, followed by a latex paint. These do not mesh well together without a topcoat! The paint will peel up and distress easily. If that’s the look you like, go for it! If you’d like it to last longer, either add a polyurethane top coat or use oil based paint. I’m just not sure how well the stencil holds up with oil paint, probably not well. Your best bet is to use a topcoat.

Check out the detail! Beautiful, right? I love the weathered areas of the wood with the stenciling on top.

Total time for this project was a breezy 30 minutes. Not a bad investment for such a pretty outcome! If you’ve never stenciled a piece of furniture before, I highly urge you to give it a try. I bet you’ll be pleased with how simple it is! To check out more tutorials, visit the Cutting Edge Designs YouTube channel here . You can also visit their blog for some great ideas here  And swing back by tomorrow for a chance to win your very own Cutting Edge Stencil!

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