Do you remember the houndstooth table that I stenciled? Well, the time came to redecorate it (sob sob). I wanted to continue the oriental theme of an attic room that I've been decorating at The Stencil Library. So my table and tray have changed from this
Coincidently Helen had given me the Japanese looking wave pattern stencil a couple of weeks ago and I thought that it would work really nicely on the table top in similar colours to the stencilled wall. This is how I did it;
To begin with I had to give the table 2 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White to cover the previous stencilled pattern and provide a base colour that matched the walls. I re-used the same Dulux pale green/teal colour combination which was used to stencil the willow pattern motifs around the attic room. This was the first layer of colour that I applied through the wave stencil and I used the stippling technique.
I find that using the stippling technique on a fiddly stencil is easier than a swirling brush stroke. Swirling can some times push paint underneath the stencil and that’s not what you want! I really wanted to give the table a bit of a visual lift so I went for a metallic sky blue to blend in with the teal carefully using the swirl stencilling technique.
Now, I will say that using a surface that is smaller than the stencil can be rather tricky as there are a lot of parts you need to hold down which don’t lie flat as the pattern runs over the edge, that and its weight means you’re also battling with gravity ( it didn’t help that the spray mount was useless on this occasion). Therefore, I conclude that being an octopus would hugely facilitate the ability to make this stencil a one man job so I could hold all said fiddly bits in place whilst stencilling over them, but sadly I’m not and had to ask Helen to hold some of the areas in place for me and use some low tack tape but remember to go over the tape outlines afterwards!
After blending the shiny, metallic blue over parts of the matt colours below it I felt the table still needed a little something else and so I used a shimmering, pearlescent white paint to highlight the froth on the top of the waves,
the great thing about the metallic paints is they are not too vibrant, I didn’t want to take attention away from the stencilled walls as they are the main feature of the room. The sheen from the highlights in the wave pattern work really nicely as they’re only visible from certain angles in the light. Now I know I say this every time but it looks absolutely fab, normally I find that the stencils that are more complicated bring the most rewarding outcome and I absolutely love it!
To complete the look I painted round the edge of the table top using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in a dark blue called Aubusson and edged it with a very fine gold coach line. I masked off areas using low tack tape to create neat, crisp lines. I repeated this colour combination on the lower shelf of the table by stencilling an Aubusson coloured rectangle outlined again by a thin, gold coach line.
Because the stencilled table is intended to be a permanent fixture it was given a coat of acrylic floor varnish in order to prevent any typical surface damage. However, be warned I would recommend to varnish the Aubusson Blue parts separately as the varnish seemed to smudge it despite drying overnight.
So that’s it, it was a surprisingly quick job actually but it looks great and fits in perfectly despite introducing a sky blue to the original colour palette. The crisp lines give it a really clean pristine look and I couldn’t be more chuffed with it!