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 :)