Painting Furniture: Ginkgo Leaves Table

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Ginkgo Leaf Table

I can’t stop painting furniture!

Ugh, look at those scratches! Aww, look at that doggie!

In this post I will explain how I saved this banged-up end table from a landfill fate with some craft paint, scraps of cardboard and an Exacto knife.

First, I just did a quick image search for “gingko leaves.” I drew them in the size I desired on scraps of cardboard (these came from a box of soda cans).

ginkgo leaves

They are pretty easy to draw.

Next, the hard part: Cutting out the shapes with the Exacto knife. It takes a lot of patience, but it’s well worth it.

Careful with sharp objects!

Once you cut out the shapes, you then have ginkgo leaf stencils! You can start to paint! I used different shades of yellow and green for my leaves.


I laid down one base coat using the stencil, and then applied a couple of coats of paint to make the leaf more opaque. The good thing about this type of wood laminate furniture is that if you mess up, you can scratch the mistakes off with a fingernail.

After placing the stencils in a random pattern, with some leaves overlapping each other, just seal the deal with a few coats of matte varnish.

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Happy crafting!

-Mariana :)


Painting Furniture: Not Your Grandma’s Sewing Table

What it is supposed to look like.

What it is supposed to look like.

     I spent a whole day putting together a sewing table. As it started to take shape, I realized just how drab it really was. I had a grandma’s sewing table. Don’t get me wrong: grandmas are dope, but their sense of decor usually isn’t. I’ll be damned if I don’t personalize everything I own some way or another, so I decided to spruce it up with some craft paint.

Painted handles

Green is a very hip color.

The handles were easy enough. Instead of leaving them a dull black, I applied a few coats of green craft paint and sealed it with matte varnish to keep it from chipping.

Masking tape is essential.

Rub the masking tape so no paint can get under it.

For the panels: After bordering the areas I wanted to paint with masking tape, I laid down a base coat of white acrylic and later two coats of different shades of green paint in an alternating pattern. To top it off, I applied a coat of matte varnish.

Lookin' good!

Looking better already.

Almost done! Doesn’t it look better already? I’m thinking of adding polka dots in different shades of green in that boring space above the painted panels…