Can you hear the tapping?
Doing a happy dance for 2 reasons !!
Reason number 1. It’s furniture makeover day!
Reason number 2. I learned a trick with my silhouette cameo and it was easy!!!
Today’s furniture makeover is animal theme. Each month I’m proud to be a small part of a creative group of super duper talented ladies who do stunning furniture makeover. At the bottom of this post you can peruse all the animal themed projects.
This month was a tough one for me. I remember redoing a very shabby chippy chair with a leopard print covered seat many years ago! But I didn’t do that this time.
Instead I wanted to stencil elk antlers on to???
Then I found the perfect thing. A tray table at my favorite thrift store. I even “scoped” the shopping adventure. I brought it home and then thought…do I stencil right on the woven top??
So I asked my readers for their opinion. You can read the great ideas here.
Now for my drawing. I drew these basic antlers on keynote, Apple’s presentation app. Not sure why I drew in red? 😕
Now the number 2 reason for the happy dance. You can now add a .jpg file to Silhouette cameo. If you’ve ever tried to draw on Silhouette…let’s just say…don’t bother. I will be sharing the steps to add your drawing or .jpg file in a future post.
A silhouette is a machine that you hook up to your computer just like a printer. It works like a printer except it has a tiny blade.
This is my stencil cutout! It has some rough areas but I can work with it.
I cut a circle from a piece of quarter inch MDF to use as an insert in the tray. Easier to stencil. Plus I want the stencil to be dark. The stain of the table is dark. To draw a circle, use a paint stick. Drill a hole in one end for a nail. From the hole measure along the stick to one half the size of your circle. Notice above I made an 8″ circle measuring 4″ from the nail hole for a hamster wheel makeover!
Yep, not a typo. Hamster wheel!
The inside of the tray is 15 1/4″. Above I drew a 15 inch circle measuring out 7 1/2″ from that nail hole. I use a jigsaw to cut. Then used the vertical wheel sanding disk on the table sander to actually make my cutout round. 😕
The circle was painted with 2 coats of a putty color chalky type paint. Then I centered the antlers and made a couple of chalk marks…while watching Karianne’s Periscope. 😀
Using painters tape I added a “plaque” for the antlers.
I’m not a great stenciler.
But I’m okay with the results. It’s hard to tell in the photos, but the tray table was purply mahogany stained. I didn’t think the purply would go with the putty gray. I used a walnut gel stain on the entire table and tray.
The tray had worn areas in the center and the gel stain covered great.
Now for more animal theme furniture makeovers.