Do you guys know that distressing a painted stencil makes it look so much better? A stenciled distressed design that’s perfectly imperfect is the goal. If you’ve been here very often you’ve heard that before.
Stenciled and Distressed
I’m going to take you through the whole process of stenciling the Bingo Table.
The stencil is from Old Sign Stencils and is a layered stencil….two parts.
I taped the first part of the stencil to the table using Frog Tape painters tape. I eye-balled centering it on the table. No perfection here. Do you see the two triangle shaped cut outs at the top of the stencil? Those are register marks. I used a pencil and marked the location of the triangles on the table. Those marks come in handy later.
I applied Beyond Paint in off-white to the first stencil layer. You can find all of my stenciling tips here and more stencil tips here . The most important tip is to use a very, very, dry paint brush….meaning wipe most of the paint from the brush before you stencil. That’s why you see the shop towel to the side there.
One layer done.
Now it’s time to add the second layer which includes the “Bingo” and “Free Space”. This is where I aligned the triangles on the second layer with the pencil marks I made on the table from the first stencil. Makes it easy to keep everything lined up.
I decided on the pretty Imperial Red I painted Rudolph’s nose with for the second “Bingo” layer.
The JTS took a few pictures for me. He walked into the workshop at just the right time. You guys should see me holding a camera in one hand and a paint brush, or drill, or sander, in the other. The life of a DIY blogger.
He got this shot of me pulling the stencil up. It’s important to remove the stencil from the project before the paint dries. If not you might remove some of the paint with the stencil.
How pretty is that! If you like the straight regimented look then this is perfect. If not, you can distress the stencil like I do.
I used 150 grit flexible 3M sandpaper and lightly distressed the whole stencil.
Then I heavily distressd the edges of the table and some of the inner areas too.
This is how the table looks after being distressed. The paint is a little hazy in the distressed areas. We are going to fix that.
I applied a coat of Howard’s wax in golden oak to age the paint and stencil just a little. The wax also takes care of the hazy look. You can use a neutral/clear wax instead of the colored wax if you don’t like the aged look.
The distressing on the stencil isn’t really noticeable until you compare it to the before.
stencil before distressing
And that’s the whole process. A lot of steps but a really quick technique. I didn’t time the stencil process but I would say it took less than an hour including drying time. The thin layers of stenciled paint dry really fast. You can also speed up the drying time by using a hair dryer.
If you liked this project you should see my beachy dresser here…..Stenciled Blue and White Beach Inspired Dresser.
That’s it girls and boys. Hope you have a great day!
Products used in this project:
Howard’s Wax – Golden Oak
3M Flexible Sandpaper
Old Sign Stencils
FolkArt Imperial Red Paint
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