How To Stencil Dot a Table

Yesterday was “Valentime’s Day” at our house.

At least that’s what the twins have called it for the last seven years…..

 …..“Valentime’s Day.”

And around here…..Valentime’s Day is a momentous occasion.

First, I surprised them with these painted dressers covered with pink dotted flowers.

Then we had a Valentime’s Day party with a Valentime’s Day cookie cake and streamers and heart marshmallows and gave each other Valentime’s candy in heart-shaped candy boxes and played Buzzword…..which has absolutely no association with any Valentime’s of any kind…..but is totally fun.

And each time they said it…..I smiled to myself…..

……and never corrected them.

Those tiny blue-eyed girls with their long blonde curly hair and smiles that would light up the darkest day….this was their day.  I laughed as they giggled at their brother’s jokes and stuffed heart marshmallows in their mouth and clapped their hands with joy when they got a Buzzword right and tried to present the best argument I have ever heard for a second piece of cookie cake.

And I was so happy.

And my heart was full of joy.

That for one more year……

 ……”Valentime’s Day” reigned supreme.

How To Stencil Dot a Table

 How to Stencil Dot a Table Top

 

Table Before

Step 1:  Start with a bright yellow dresser

Cute.

But really bright.

Maison Blanche Paint

Step 2:  Paint it another color that’s not so bright

I painted it Antique Blue.

My sweet friend Shannon gave me some paint samples to try….and I figured that Valentime’s Day was as good a day as any.

It took 2 1/2 coats and it is such a pretty color.

Paint Project

Step 3:  Buy a flower stencil from Wal-Marts

Wal-Marts?

You might have heard of it.

You can buy a lot of left-over Valentime’s  Day decorations there.

And while you are there….pick up a paint pen, too.

Flower Stencil

Step 4:  Dot around edges of stencil

Following outline of the stencil….simply dot paint pen to create an outline.

Do not let the paint pen touch the stencil.

It turns blotchy and watery and totally messes up the dot rotation.

Flower Stencil With Paint Pen

Step 5:  Continue dotting the outline of the stencil

Repeat step 4 until your stencil looks like this.

Remove stencil.

Repeat flower pattern all over the table top until you get the pattern you want.

With this chalk paint….I then distressed the dresser and then added a coat of wax to protect the surface.

Table Top With Flower Stencil

It is such an easy way to add a simple design to a table top.

The entire project took me only 3 hours from start to finish, including painting, stenciling and waxing.

Which was a good thing.

I mean….I didn’t really have a lot of time….I was too busy reading Valentimes…..like this one…..

I Love You Mom

After I admired that amazing, incredibly life-like drawing of myself….

I told her I loved her…..

…..Efinity + one.  🙂

PS  Thank you so much to Shannon for the paint samples!

If you want to see many more colors and paint ideas or have any questions about Maison Blanche Paint….be sure to visit her website.

Comments

  1. Image for Vee Vee

    Darling description of your day with your darlings. I'd say that your daughter created an amazing likeness of you! I totally recognize you! Sweet project, too!

  2. Image for marti rippy marti rippy

    ....that sweetie pie of yours totally captured you...what talent! Like mommy...like daughter! You will always cherish these moments....

  3. Image for Brenda Rhodes Brenda Rhodes

    I love it! The table and Valetimes day! My son used to call it that when he was little and it was precious! You are so right to not correct them! They grow up too quick. Oh, one other thing. Y'all may have WalMarts in Kentucky, but in Arkansas we have WalMarks and K-Marks! Aren't we lucky?! Love your blog and your house!

  4. Image for debra @ homespun debra @ homespun

    I got heart shaped marshmallows for my grandkids ! :) AND the little one ( 3 ) says "SMARSHMALLOWS" and I don't want to correct him either. He still says "Lello" for "Yellow" and I know as soon as we start correcting these things he'll be too grown up :( Meanwhile that's the best darn Valentine that I've seen an awhile ! Little artist there! :)

  5. Image for Judy Judy

    you mean it's NOT valentime's? all along i thought it was!! (LOL)! i called my 38 year old son last night and reminded him that he and his sister always said "valentime's day" ....he didn't thing it was funny (why is that?) sounds like you had a day of love and laughter...so happy belated valentime's day!

  6. Image for betsy c betsy c

    So sweet! I want a T-shirt that says, "You can not top efinity" :-) I think that will be my new slogan or motto or whatever.

  7. Image for Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined Kimberly ~Serendipity Refined

    The eyelashes and the red lipstick are fab..and I love what you've done with your hair! ValentiMe's day will live on in your home as "two turtle DUCKS" has lived on in ours, ...long after your darlings have grown up. Memories to last a lifetime! Your table is adorable! What a fun way to use a stencil...I wouldn't have thought of that but I'm pinning so that I'll remember. Oh...and "efinity" T-shirts (and those shorts) are gonna be hot new trends for spring, I just know it.... so if you're having them printed, put me down for one...in pink! xo, Kimberly

  8. Image for Pinky Pinky

    What a BEAUTIFUL portrait, it should be in a frame! How blessed you are!!! How old are the twins? PRECIOUS memories. I will always think of them on Feb, 14 as Valentimes girls:) XO, Pinky

  9. Image for Linda@Coastal Charm Linda@Coastal Charm

    Okay...now I will always think of this day as valentimes's day:) This is a darling idea that you are sharing today...gotta keep this one in mind when I pull out the paint brush. Blessings, Linda

  10. Image for Elena @ `a casarella Elena @ `a casarella

    The table is darling! And I can relate to your love of "Valentime's Day." For years, my oldest child, could not pronounce the word "ornament." She called them "oinaments," which sounded a little like "ointment" but I didn't care b/c it was so cute. Now that she's older, I like to correct her when she says it properly. And then she humors me. (It's the little things...) Happy belated Valentime's Day! Elena

  11. Image for Shannon Fox Shannon Fox

    We have Valentime's Day too. And we had Yew Nork (New York), caffasino (casino) and a few others ;) All silly. All warm memories. It goes by so fast. You are smart to cherish every Valentime's you can. Austin is taller then me and man sized now. I don't know when it happened? The new look is definitely an improvement. That yellow was a tad bit bright ;) lol Such a sweet stencil project, what a great idea to do the dots! Have a super weekend - Shannon

  12. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    That picture your daughter drew is perfect...she captured your red lipstick!! Now, what if you don't have a bright yellow nightstand? Will the polka dots still work? It's a conundrum! "You can not top efinity!" How wonderful! ;)

  13. Image for AnnaM AnnaM

    I hope they continue to call it Valentimes Day for a long time to come. My granddaughter calls the linen closet the lemon closet and it never fails to melt my heart. I know she will stop saying all the cute things she says one day, but I hope it's a long time until that happens. Love and enjoy all these wonderful days with your kids. They are the best part of life.

  14. Image for Anne Anne

    Hmmm loving that color!What a super cool idea with the stencil! Looks so pretty! Um......wait......isn't that how you are supposed to say Valentimes day??? Hope you had a great one! LOVE your daughters portrait of you too <3 xx Anne

  15. Image for tara tara

    i'm digging the portrait she made of you. you should see the ones my girl churns out of me. if i look like she draws me, heaven help me! great, easy project. love the color you chose!

  16. Image for Audrey Zumwalt Audrey Zumwalt

    Thanks for sharing your Valentimes day. Now you have everyone in Blogsville saying Valentimes. Love it !... The table is so cute too. Blessings, Audrey Z. Timeless Treasures

  17. Image for Heidi @ Decor & More Heidi @ Decor & More

    First of all, LOVE the project -- like a dot-to-dot on a table top! Only 10 times cooler... I mean cool times "efinity". Valentimes rocks... you can only imagine what I hear in my preschool class! But I for one, am happy to be enjoying a peaceful glass of wine in front of the fire tonight. Mardi Gras and Valentimes in one week? Exhausting. times efinity. :-) cheers! xo Heidi

  18. Image for Erin Kaven Erin Kaven

    My 14 year old still says Valentimes, and I never correct her. But this year my "little" girl had a boy split his Chick fil A sandwich with her. His mother had brought him La Chick, with two drinks and fries, so I guess splitting the chick is like two straws in the soda? She promptly informed me she wasn't "interested" in him or any of the other boys who brought her such treasues as a full size Hershey bar, but it was bitter sweet that my little girl had admirers other than an adoring little brother and daddy.

  19. Image for debbiedoos debbiedoos

    How sweet! Now you are going to have us all saying Valentimes day. You know I love to stencil, and I sure do love the Lecrai pant as well. Our fireplace mantel turned out fantastic. So nice not to prime. That piece sure was yellow. Have a great weekend.

  20. Image for Tiffini Tiffini

    hey girl:) i can't believe you have so many ideas in your head..they are all so amazing! this is really simple and sweet. love your heart....happy sunday xo

  21. Image for Carmel Carmel

    I literally laughed out loud at Wal-marts - hahahahahaha! I hear that like 20 times a day ;) You've inspired me once again! I'm just slightly obsessed with dots right now and I know just where I want to replicate this!! Thanks girl!

  22. Image for Ann@brusheswithaview Ann@brusheswithaview

    Walmart ! they have great craft supplies and at great prices. Love the table and the paint . Its now on my to do list . Thanks for sharing

  23. Image for Karen Karen

    My children, ages 33, 31, and 30, wrote me notes like the one above. *sniff* I keep them in various dresser, and nightstand, bathroom, and desk drawers. Every once in a while, I find one. My heart and eyes overflow and then I'm reminded to pray for the one who'd penned that little treasure. Of course, you can't pray for one and not the others. :o) And their Daddy, with whom I get to age. Thanks for sharing your blessings and reminding me of mine, KeriAnne.

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