Apologies upfront, I really need to start this post with a little boast, I am so pleased with the finished product here! Sometimes I dive into a project and halfway through I can tell things just are not heading in the direction I had beautifully dreamt up in my head.
Once I began scraping and sanding away the years of neglect and revealed such natural beauty I was pretty sure that no matter how I chose to finish it I wouldn’t go wrong. The stain I ultimately selected was a dark cherry. Normally I’m not a fan of stain with any tint of red or orange to them but I thought the cherry would be perfect with the black stenciling I wanted to do.
The wood had dried for a day or two after the sanding and so the stain soaked right in. Two fairly heavy but even rounds of stain were applied with just a little dry time in between.
While the second coat was drying I designed and cut my stencil. I wanted to stick with the idea of some type of company logo look for the stencil and settled on a fun grilling company family logo.
I used scraps of fabric that were ready for the trash and masked & covered the rest of the table to shield it from the overspray. I didn’t want to use a glossy black and I had a small amount of a black chalkboard spray on hand which I thought would be perfect to do the stencil.
For me the trick to stenciling is to do small, light and even spritzes of paint around 8 inches away from the table. When the wood is grainy it’s sometimes tough to get a seal right around each letter so I like to do just a couple letters at a time and give them a nice press with my fingers right before spraying them. You can see in the photo above how I started with the “ING”
And in a few minutes on a sunny spring day the paint was dry and I peeled the stencil way to reveal the finished product. I may seal it with an overcoat of something here within the next few weeks but I haven’t decided what type of product I should use on top. I want to maintain its rustic and somewhat dry/aged appearance and don’t want it to look shellacked. Maybe one of my brilliant readers will have a perfect suggestion for me, one more great reason I should take a little time and think on it…