How Spray-Paint Stencils Saved a Tableclothcomments (6) April 25th, 2009
In my house, tablecloths are on the table, not in the linen closet...even the good ones! As careful as we try to be, spills happen. Even though I run them down to the washing machine promptly, sometimes the stains don't come out. And sometimes I wish I had a little color on my table (I tend to buy vintage white table linens). I was in a craft store looking for some inspiration for future CraftStylish projects, when it occurred to me that I could use spray paint to camouflage the stains and breathe new life into some of my tired tablecloths. I decided to create a daisy border stencil and a couple of individual blooms to dot around the inside of the border...some to cover up past disasters!
I have to admit up front that I've never stray-painted anything before, so it took a few times to perfect my "painting" technique. I think the less is more rule that works for most things also works for this. All and all, I'm really happy with the results, and I will be making more! If you like the daisy design, you can click here to download a pdf of it.
Here's what you'll need:
- A tablecloth that has seen better days
- A design to use to make the stencil (download mine or draw your own)
- Plain white paper
- Oak tag or posterboard
- An X-Acto Knife
- Small, sharp paper scissors
- Spray paint in the color(s) of your choice
Draw or trace your own design or download the design I used to make my template. Transfer the design to a piece of oak tag or posterboard, repeating it to make a template for a border.
Here is my design. I cut out all the flowers and leaves with scissors and an X-Acto knife. Position the design along the center line and trace it onto the oak tag. Continue to position the design along the line and trace it until you've made your template as long as you would like.
I repeated my design three times.
And here is my tablecloth, old and tattered around the edges. I couldn't part with this one because it's basically in good shape except for this boo-boo. I decided that it made a great candidate for my first attempt at stenciling with spray paint.
If you need to trim some of the edges as I do, draw a guideline parallel to the edge all the way around the tablecloth—make sure you leave enough room for a hem when the stencil is finished. Then you can line up the bottom edge of the stencil with the guideline to get an even border.
I wanted to use a few colors in my border. The flowers are blue, and the leaves are two shades of khaki. To create a multicolored border, I covered up the leaves with pieces of oak tag when I was using the blue spray paint.
After the flowers were painted, I "spot sprayed" the leaves with khaki.
Here is my first attempt at using spray paint with stencils. After some practice, I got better at using an even amount of color.
As you reposition the stencil along the edge of the tablecloth, make sure the design matches up and you don't have any overlap in the design.
After you've worked your way around the edge of the tablecloth, creating a beautiful border, it's time to sprinkle some of the designs in the middle. If there are any stains, you can use the stencil to cover them up!