How To Upcycle a Wooden Table With The Tree of Life Mandala Stencil

Then, we are going to prime them using STIX Bonding Primer. We find that STIX primer creates the best adhesion!

Then, we are going to paint the legs with a teal color! This specific color is Benjamin Moore’s “Poseidon” in a semi-gloss finish. We want to paint in a semi-gloss finish because we will be antiquing this with a glazing medium. The reason behind choosing a semi-gloss finish for the legs, is because the flat paint does not take glaze well!

We want our mandala stencil directly in the center of the table. We are going to be drawing three chords on our circular table top using a chalk pencil! A chord is basically a drawing between two edges of a circle. We chose chord lengths that are easy to divide in half. So our first chord is going to be 26 inches. Then you will put a mark at 13 inches (which is half).

We are going to take our square and draw 90 degree angles from each of the three midpoints. When the lines start to cross each other, you will see the center of your table!

Stenciling on wood is tough because if might not stick right away. But remember to roll gently or you will get bleed! take your time and remember how amazing your furniture will look once its complete! Because wood is very porous, take a professional stencil brush and pounce the areas the roller could not reach.

When it is completely dry after a few minutes, you can do the next side. Easily align your Tree of Life Mandala stencil with the previously painted area and REPEAT!

You can choose to leave it as it is but we feel a fresh new stain will bring the table together! 

For this table, we used brown water based wood stain. We recommend water based because it adheres to the wood a lot better AND the clean up is much easier!

Now it’s time to antique your legs! You can use brown glaze or make your own. Making your own is super easy. You mix one part Raw Umber acrylic paint and three parts clear glazing medium! Raw Umber is the perfect color for antiquing and the medium will give it the translucency it needs! Be sure to get the glaze in ALL corners and edges.

Check out this super quick video tutorial to see the whole stencil process in action and then follow along with the blog for step by step details!

Sources: Hometalk.com, cuttingedgestencils.com/blog/

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