Picnic Table Makeover

My son has a little pint-size picnic table.  It used to be a nice bright yellow but after a few summers in the sun and a few visits from the backsides of our chickens, it definitely wasn’t looking too bright (or sanitary) anymore.  With spring here and summer weather on its way (I hope) I decided it was finally time to give this little table a facelift.

Before:

The paint was chipped and cracked so I gave it a good sanding before I started to paint.

Next step was to use a spray primer for a solid base coat before the color went on.

I used a few coats of a bright glossy green spray paint (Valspar Gloss Lucious Green) until it was nicely covered.  I then used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the stencils for the letters.  I  used a foam roller to apply a light gray/blue for the lettering.  After everything was dry I used a couple of coats of Valspar interior/exterior gloss clear protector to protect the finish.  Tada!  Here’s the new table… pretty darn cute I think.

After

Okay summer, we’re ready for you!  Chickens, you are not allowed anywhere near this table from now on!

 
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Stenciled Furniture Inspiration

I love the look of stenciled furniture.  Stenciling can take something plain and ordinary and make it one-of-a-kind.  I’ve been wanting to try this technique out for a while and have been looking for inspiration.  Tons of great ideas out there!  I have my own piece in the works that I hope to post this week but for now here are some of the great things I’ve found while perusing cyberspace.

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Better After

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HGTV

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The Lovely Residence

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Hawaii Dermatology

Elle Decor

 

Mural Maker and More

 

Cutting Edge Stencils

Anna, Nova Scotia, Canada

Cutting Edge Stencils

 

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Cutting Edge Stencils

 

 

Dessert Tray

I saw the cutest idea for a dessert tray on Pinterest (from Joy’s Hope) the other day.  I thought it would be a perfect thing to make for Noah’s 4th birthday party.  The colors for his party were blue and yellow so I used those for the tray to keep with the theme although you could use any colors you wanted for your project.

I started with some silver trays and glass candlesticks from Dollar Tree.  Only $5 baby!

 You’ll want to prime these first to help your paint stick. Zinsser spray primer is a great choice.  It takes a little extra time, but really makes a big difference!  Now go crazy with any color combination you like!  I used some glossy spray paints from Valspar which I just happened to have on hand.    This would even be fun to do in all metallic paint for a more sophisticated look.  Fancy!

 After both sides have been well coated and the paint is completely dry, it’s time to glue them together.  I used The Original Super Glue Fix-All Adhesive.  This product worked like a charm.  It’s also available at the Dollar Tree so you can pick it up when you buy the plates and candlesticks.

I put a tape measure on top of the tray after all the pieces were glued together to weight it down.  I kept the weight on overnight to make sure there was a nice tight seal on each layer.

That’s it!  Just be sure to only put wrapped food or cupcakes in papers on the tray because it is NOT food safe!