I bought a coffee table from Salvation Army for $20 a few years ago. I tried to give the surface an aged copper treatment but wasn’t happy with the results. I never got back to the coffee table until recently. This week I used a stencil and paint to create an Upcycled Sunflower Coffee Table.
Materials for an Upcycled Sunflower Coffee Table:
- Apple Barrel Paints- 20432E Nutmeg, 20407 Hunter Green, 20408E White, 20404 Black, 20471E Bright Yellow, 20401E Bright Red, 20359E Harvest Orange (I didn’t use the small bottle of 21186E Golden Sunset pictured)
- brushes- 1/4 angle, small round, 0/0 liner
- Waverly stencil
- clear tape
- Plaid stencil paints and brushes
- Aleene’s Acrylic Gloss Spray
- measuring tape or ruler
- colored chalk (any color will work, as long as it contrasts with the painting surface)
As I mentioned earlier, several years ago I tried an aged copper treatment on my coffee table. It looked great on terra cotta and metal, but not the coffee table.
Before you begin, measure the table horizonally and vertically to center the stencil. Tape the stencil corners to the table with clear tape. Next, peel the protective covering from the stencil colors you’ll be using.
Tap the stencil brush in the green paint, holding the brush in an upright position. If you have multiple brushes, use a different stencil brush for each color. I used green, orange, yellow, then red.
For the outer part of the stencil, create an ombre effect by blending orange in red, then yellow into orange.
Gently remove the stencil. It will take the stencil several days to dry.
Time to paint the sunflowers! Print a sunflower pattern from Pinterest. You can print my pattern here. Rub colored chalk on the back of the pattern, then trace over the main parts of the pattern with a pencil or a mechanical pencil without the lead. When you remove the paper there will be a removeable chalk pattern on the table.
Paint the flower centers Nutmeg with the 1/4″ angle brush.
Paint an oval circle with Black and the small round brush.
Mix Nutmeg and Bright Red and use the round to shade around the Black oval. Paint White dots on the flower’s center. Wiggle in the leaves with a mixture of Hunter Green and White and the 1/4″ angle brush. Paint the stems and leaf veins with the liner brush and the same Hunter Green/White mixture.
Paint the first layer of flower petals with Bright Yellow and White and the round brush.
Paint the second layer of petals with the round brush and a mixture of Harvest Orange and Bright Yellow. Then paint a third layer of petals with Harvest Orange
I plan to spray the acrylic sunflowers with Aleene’s Acrylic Gloss spray in several days when the stencil is dry.
You’re all finished! I hope you enjoyed my Upcycled Sunflower Coffee Table.
While I was upcycling my table I also painted a Sunflower Watering Can for my ETSY store.
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