Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan
Here’s a fun, DIY makeover to help freshen up your tabletop. I’d read here that Contact Paper makes a good stencil material, so I thought I’d give it a try and make over our well-used IKEA lazy Susan.
It went from this sad, water-stained (but functional) round…
To this happy, decorative centerpiece!
First I slapped on two coats of a stain-blocking primer, sanding in-between coats. I covered that with two coats of a fresh, green acrylic paint. This is coat one. Before the second coat, I toned-down the brightness by mixing in some darker green.
I sketched out a batch of simple stencil designs (wish I had a stack of lazy Susans!). I settled on this design — a leafy-twig pattern I call “Thyme.” You can download and print a copy of the pattern here, and then enlarge it to the size of your lazy Susan.
I flipped over my lazy Susan and traced the outside edge on the front of my plain white Contact Paper. I used an artist’s projector to enlarge the pattern by projecting it onto the wall, where I had tacked up the Contact Paper. Here I am tracing the pattern inside
Then with my trusty X-Acto knife on a self-healing cutting mat, I cut out the leaves, twigs and circles of the stencil pattern. (Adults if the kids are involved, please do this step yourself). Then I trimmed the Contact Paper with scissors to the circle-size I had previously marked (the size of my lazy Susan).
Next I carefully pulled back half the backing of the Contact Paper and folded it. With only this half of the adhesive revealed, I flipped the contact paper over and slowly aligned it and applied it to one-half of the lazy Susan. I started at the outside edge and worked in, removing what air bubbles I could.
Then I pulled off the rest of the backing and adhered the second half of the Contact Paper stencil. I carefully rubbed down the edges of all the stencil shapes. Here is the Contact Paper stencil applied. Then I filled in the stencil shapes with a Linen White acrylic paint that I had on hand.
I only let the white paint dry slightly (maybe 5-10 minutes) before I carefully removed the stencil. This prevents the stencil designs from peeling off with the stencil. So here’s the
…And the little bump I hit in the project road. The stencil “bled” a bit around the edges. Probably I should have used a stencil brush, rather than the flat artist’s brush, and I shouldn’t have painted the white so thickly. (Goes to show the hurried crafting-
The solution? A tiny, pointy artist’s brush I used to stroke on a second coat and to clean up around the edges.
I’m quite happy with this little transformation. Now I think there are some bigger things in our kitchen I should paint….
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