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.

Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan

It went from this sad, water-stained (but functional) round…

My Used IKEA Lazy Susan

To this happy, decorative centerpiece!

Contact Paper Stenciled Lazy Susan

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.

Priming and SandingFirst Coat of 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.

Design Before Enlarging

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
the circle.

Enlarging Stencil Design and Tracing onto Contact Paper

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).

Cutting Contact Paper StencilCutting Circle Sized to 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.

Half the Stencil Revealed Ready to FlipApplying Contact Paper Stencil

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.

Contact Paper Stencil Applied

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
big reveal

Removing Contact Paper Stencil

…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.

Touching up Edges with Brush

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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3 Comments for “Contact Paper Stencil Lazy Susan”

This turned out beautifully. I’ll be searching for a lazy susan now. =) Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

To stop the bleeding, brush on some diluted acrylic medium (found at Hobby Lobby or Michaels). Let it dry. It is clear and will “seal” the stencil.


Thanks for the great tip!! Now let me get this straight — we apply the stencil, then brush on the diluted acrylic medium, let that dry then apply the paint after that?

Can’t wait to give it a try.

Appreciate your visit,

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