I found the base at a thrift store. It was in great shape and only cost $9.00 to purchase. I then added a solid wood top from Home Depot.
After a bit of sanding, a coat of primer, and a coat of black paint, I was ready to go!
I wanted the edge of the top to remain black, so I taped it off with painters tape.
I first found the center of the table by measuring in from both sides and making a mark to determine the center of the table. I lined up the center of our 8″ Fiore Tile Stencil over the pencil mark in the center of the table. I stenciled it with white acrylic paint.
I then lined up the outer elements of the stencil with the previous stenciled tile and repeated the design across and down the table. It was easy!
After a quick coat of satin polycrylic (which doesn’t yellow), I was done.
The finished table turned out absolutely adorable!
This is a great stencil for floors, back splashes and walls as well. It comes in 6, 8 and 10″ sizes for your particular needs.
The cool thing about the Freestyle bamboo is that all of the elements are separate so you get to create your bamboo anyway you want. First, repeat the bamboo poles then add branches. For interest, cross some of the poles for even more depth.
Simply cut the elements apart for easier use and then go nuts!
Julie filled the entire wall with bamboo poles and branches which creates a lovely and very interesting wallpaper design.
To get this look on your own walls, create all of your bamboo on a pre-painted wall. Allow the design to dry fully. Then mix a darker version of your wall color with clear, wall glaze, paint over the entire design then blot much of the excess off with a large sponge or old terry towel, allowing the glaze to remain in the deep crevices of the design. This will bring out the extreme detail.
Julie did such a fabulous job and I’ve loved showing her off! Thank you Julie!
Beryl Newell has been a Victoria Larsen Stencils customer for a very long time and I love what she does.
She painted her wall a soft cream color which is the perfect backdrop for wide and thin Aspen Tree Trunks from our Raised Plaster Aspen Tree Stencil Set. I love the soft gray shading at each side of the trunks. That really makes them pop against the wall.
Then adding green acrylic paint to the joint compound, she is able to pre-tint the leaves in a soft green.
As we recommend, she has repeated the trunks right up to the ceiling so that they seem to just disappear above the ceiling.
But the think I love most? The sweet little bird she painted on the branch above the window.
Joni McDonald is a creative little thing. Full of fun and lots of ideas. It even comes across in her emails to me.
Discovering plaster stencils has added to her creative side by giving her yet one more medium with which to create.
She pondered, she plotted and planned, she calculated and experimented, and she finally came up with just the right solution for her new need to embellish. She used a plaster stencil on her metal mailbox! Now what a novel idea and Joni is just the gal to come up with it.
Giving it a pretty patina paint finish, she then added the plaster stencil and painted it copper gold. Lovely isn’t it? Now, just imagine the oohs and aaahs coming from her mailman (or lady) the next time they deliver the mail. Joni delivers them some “beauty and originality!”. Joni graciously let me share this adorable project with you and for that, we all thank her! (Bowing to your greatness Joni!)
Melinda re-did her dining room in a gray palet which is very modern and updated. But those lower panels needed something extra special.
She used our Raised Plaster Flores Panel Stencil with metallic silver paint over the darker gray paint color. Not only did it add a wonderful pattern to the panels, the metallic paint gave it an extra dose of glam!
Here’s what she said about the project:
“Your stencil is amazing and my project turned out GORGEOUS. I had planned to do a dimensional border, silver on cream walls above plain gray panels. But realized that the stencil is exactly the right size for the panels themselves. So instead I did silver paint on gray chalk paint. The result is incredible. Thanks so much”
Remember that all of our Raised Plaster Stencils can also be used with paint for any project you have in mind.
The creative Anna Krause of Collage Design Studio created this luscious canvas art for the walls of Spa Serenity.She used our Raised Plaster Bella Medallion Stencil for the design element. The canvas was first painted using dark paint then the stencil was cleverly layered over the top in different colors. Look closely and you will see the design in blues and brown in the background.
She also has some special advice for all of us when stenciling on canvas: :
“If a customer wants to do the plaster technique on canvas they should stabilize the back (around any stretcher bars) with some 1.5-2” insulation while they are working on it. The canvas, unlike a wall, flexes so it creates it’s own set of issues. I didn’t stabilize when I worked on this piece but I have experience-a newby would be frustrated and unhappy with the product. It would also help to lay the canvas flat.
My own advice is to use a product called “Golden’s Hard Molding Paste” when you’re doing canvas art. This is a product you can purchase at your local art or crafts store and remains flexible even when dry. It won’t crack over time and you can pre-tint it with any acrylic paint.
I love layered designs and this beautiful art just goes to show you how a single design can fill up an entire canvas and used as artwork or to create a beautiful layered wallpaper design.
Barbara Walker is one of my favorite customers. Not only is she super friendly and fun, she has an eye for art that I just love.
Here, she took our Raised Plaster Fleurs D Amour Stencil and used it as a central (wallpaper type) design over rough plaster walls.
Doing a brown color wash over the wall first created a beautiful backdrop for the more colorful design she added. After the joint compound was dry, she painted the flowers a cheery blue and the leaves and stems of the design with a more sage green color. If you look close, you can see that she shaded every leaf on just one side with a deeper green.
Beautiful Barbara! I fell in love the moment I saw it!
Alan Ball, being the creative man he is, decided to try something unique with our plaster stencils.
Instead of simply spreading the joint compound over the stencil as we have been doing since 2004, he used a brush and a tapping motion to give the design even more texture.
Since he wanted to do a design to add interest to his kitchen, he chose our Raised Plaster Brassio Stencil to do the project. He used a border stencil to create uniform frames, then plastered the Brassio Frieze stencil as a twin central design.
Looking close, you can see how his brush created incredible texture in the design:
You can see his “tapping joint compound” technique on youtube.com
Nicole Kulis is a very talented lady who re-purposes and then sells furniture. Her pieces are done with class and style and once she discovered our Raised Plaster Stencils, she said they now sell so quickly and she is obviously pleased with that fact.
I loved this particular project where she re-did a side board.