How to Paint Over Stain: Old End Table Transformation

White couch with white end tables and grey accents

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Over ten years ago, these dark, espresso stained end tables were a big buy for my new little apartment. The whole place was white from the walls and trim to the tile floors and ceiling. So, the brown provided a great contrast.

I had a whole retro thing going, because I found a warehouse with discounted surplus hotel furniture. It was Florida – everything was 80s neo-art-deco.

Now, the tables are still sturdy. But, they are super scuffed from several moves, a house fire, a basement apartment flood and the trials of everyday life.

While I’ve seen some great projects with chalk paint that don’t require sanding, the deep stain on these made me revisit the old-fashioned way of transforming furniture.

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How to Paint Over Stain

Painting over stain starts with understanding the original materials. Most wood stains are made from oil, resin or alkalyd. They are often sealed with a resin or polyurethane.

You can’t just take a topcoat paint and put it on that resin. It will bubble or smear.

To get the best finish, you’ll need a physical bond and a chemical bond. That’s where the primer and sanding come in.

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TIME REQUIRED: 2-3 Days with Drying Time

COST: MINIMAL

TOOLS:

  • Paint Brush (I used a small sable brush and a foam brush.)
  • Sandpaper (I used 100 grit.)
  • Rags
  • Drop Cloth

MATERIALS:

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Once you gather your supplies, you’ll need an area that can remain undisturbed for a few days. This one takes a lot of waiting to do it right.

1. Sand the Tables

Start by sanding the table in slow circular motions. The goal is twofold. First, you want to smooth over any areas that may have been nicked or dented over the years. Second, you want to rough up the sealant. This way the primer can actually sink in for a strong bond.

2. Wipe Clean

Using a damp rag, wipe off any residue and dust. The surface should be perfectly dry and clean before you apply the primer.

3. Paint First Coat

After you test the primer in an inconspicuous area, add your first coat carefully. It will be pretty thin and you will see the stain through it.

Don’t worry about streaks. As long as the layer is thin, you’ll get a nice smooth finish by the end.

4. Paint 2nd and 3rd Coat

Add a second and third coat by following the directions on the primer can. Typically this is 30 minutes to an hour between coats. If it feels tacky, wait a little longer.

Also, if you have any drips or thick spots, sand them flat between coats.

5. Add Touch-ups

Before adding the topcoat, look for small areas that might need a touch up. Apply thin amounts of paint to these areas to make sure everything is smooth.

6. Paint Topcoat Color

Now that your primer is perfect, it’s time to add the topcoat. I opted for a simple white. However, you can add any color to the top. Just make sure you pick something compatible with your primer.

7. Consider Sealing

If you want a good seal, you can use a polyurethane or a wax. It just depends on the wear and tear you expect for the piece.

8. Dry for 7 Days

Before you start using the table, try to let it dry for 7 days. This allows the maximum time for the paint to bond and harden.

Old End Table Transformation

Although I love quick changes, I’ve been burned by repainting furniture too fast in the past. That’s why I was really careful to prep these pieces properly before I applied paint over stain.

As a result, I have a bright white change.

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I’m slowly working to transform my old living room pieces to update my home. Stay tuned for more projects in the future by following my Insta.

 

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The Easiest Way to Make a Perfect Pom Pom Tutorial

The easiest perfect Pom Popm Tutorial

Pom Pom projects are everywhere! These little puffs form the base for so many cute crafts. I’ve wanted to test out the many methods for a while. So, I put together this little tutorial with my favorite tips.

The Easiest Way to Make a Pom Pom

There are many methods to make a pom pom but, I found this one to be the easiest to use. Also, it works best when you want to use multiple colors of yarn and layer them. It’s easy to make the board and then you can curl up with this craft anywhere.

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This may have some of the cheapest supplies ever.

Time Required: 20 Minutes

Cost: Free or Minimal

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Cup

Materials:

  • Yarn
  • Cardboard

Instructions

Putting together these pom poms is easy once you make the weaver. That takes a little time but, you get to use it over and over for each pom pom.

Step 1: Trace Your Circles

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Trace two circles on cardboard. I used a cereal box as my base. A cup can be used as a stencil when you trace.

Step 2: Cut Out Circles

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Cut the circles out of the cardboard. Then, layer them and cut into a C shape as pictured below. They must match.
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Once you’re done, you’ll have two identical C shapes of cardboard.
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Step 3: Set up and Weave

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Place one length of yarn in between your two pieces of cardboard. For this one, I left my string about 10″ in length. You need it to be long enough to stick out the sides for easy tying.
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Start wrapping the yarn around the C shape. Once you get a few wraps, it will hold itself in place. Continue wrapping until the yarn gets thicker.
The thicker the wraps, the denser your pom pom will be.
I wrapped this one until it was about 1.5″ thick.
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Step 4: Separate and Cut

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Trim around the C shape, slicing all the pieces of yarn in half. As you cut, tie the interior string into a little loop. Tighten this loop as you cut. Once you finish cutting, you can tighten the knot completely.
Double knot it. Remove the cardboard rings.
Then, you can trim any stray ends to smooth the shape.
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You can trim the interior strings to finish the piece.

Pom Pom Projects  Start Here

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All the cute projects start with a perfect pom pom. Just spend a few minutes on Pinterest and you’ll quickly see all the possibilities. You can string them together to make a garland. Or you can use them as a base for a puffy wreath. The possibilities are endless!
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Final Tips:

  • Use up scraps from other yarn projects by wrapping them in layers. Just trim the uneven ends after you are done.
  • To make a larger pom pom, just make your ring larger. You can use a bowl or dessert plate as a template for a larger one.
  • Keep the center strings long if you want to tie the pom pom to something. This makes it easier to use on a project like a garland.
I’d love to see what you do with your perfect pom poms. Everyone can find a unique use for these little nuggets. Show me your favorite pom pom projects in the comments!

How to Make a Felt Star Mobile (Tutorial)

Felt star mobile for Baby Room tutorial

If you are only going to make one project for your baby’s room, this is it!

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Baby’s Eye View of the Mobile

When I thought about decorating my son’s nursery, my DIY spirit tempted me to take on a long list of projects. Realizing that I should focus on simplicity over quantity, I opted to commit to a single project.

What project inspired me most?

I liked the idea of my baby peacefully enjoying a unique mobile that created just for him.

I selected this project after some disappointing shopping. I didn’t see a single mobile that I liked. To begin, I wanted something with a nice look both from the side (for me) and beneath (for baby). Also, I wanted soft colors (for my clean aesthetic) but something eye-catching (for the baby). I wanted it to feel organic but, I needed it to be motorized.

The resulting project was my solution.

How to Make a Felt Star Mobile

Time Required: 45 Minutes

Cost: $30

Tools

  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sharpie
  • Pencil

Materials

  • Mobile Hanger (model pictured)
  • Mobile Motor (model pictured)
  • White paper or thin cardboard
  • White string
  • Royal Blue Felt (2 sheets)
  • Dark Grey Felt (2 sheets)
  • Light Grey Felt (2 sheets)

Instructions

Making a felt star mobile requires a trip to the craft store and a little online shopping.

Step 1: Cut Out Stars

I traced and cut out stars on white copy paper. However, you could buy pre-cut stencils for any shape.

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Step 2: Cut Felt Stars

I cut out the stars from the selected felt colors. You’ll need 2 sides for each shape. So, I cut the following:

  • 20 small light grey stars
  • 20 medium dark grey stars
  • 10 large blue stars

Make sure you keep the fabric scraps in a pile to use as stuffing later.

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Step 3: Create the Blue Stars

These stars hang at the bottom of each strand. Using your scissors, poke a hole in the middle of 5 stars. Then, thread the white string through. Stuff each star using fabric scraps and seal it with hot glue. In the end, you should have 5 strings with a big blue star at the bottom.

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Step 4: Add the Grey Stars

Add the grey stars one at a time. They can be spaced about 2 inches apart. You can measure them evenly or vary them for an organic look.

Keep each star in place on the string with a dot of hot glue. Then, glue both sides together around the edges.

Repeat this until you’ve added all the stars for each strand.

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Step 5: Assemble the Mobile

In the end, you should have 5 strands with 5 stars on each. Hang these from your mobile kit by tying a knot on each end. You can hang them evenly or vary the heights.

I chose to vary the lengths for a more whimsical an organic look.

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I attached the mobile to the ceiling using a 3M hook. The small motor plays music and spins the motor. This light-weight mobile spins with the breeze or when the motor is on.

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In the end, I created an simple felt star mobile that my baby loves. You can see how this concept can be changed for different colors and shapes. It’s light-weight and whimsical to perfectly match the feel of the room.

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My Calm, Minimalist Nursery

I’d love to see how you decorated your child’s room. Leave a link to your favorite projects in the comments.

100 Ideas to Use Extra Paint

If you love to craft and create, you know that most projects leave you with leftover supplies. These bits and bobbles can pile up. Previously, I posted about ways to organize your work space, which includes using old supplies. In that post, I mentioned that one of the most common leftover supplies is extra paint. While some paints, like watercolors, keep over time, others dry up or turn sour. Below are some ideas that use small amounts of paint that can use up your extra stores.

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  1. Teal Bust from P.S. I Made This
  2. Painted Lantern Lights from The Merry Thought
  3. Floral Painted Vases from Mark Montano
  4. Shell Tic Tac Toe from P.S. I Made This
  5. Sea Shell Checkers from P.S. I Made This
  6. Unicorn Paper from Mark Montano
  7. Painted Planters from Cut Out + Keep
  8. String Paint from Cut Out + Keep
  9. Block Paint from Cut Out + Keep
  10. Bubble Painting from Cut Out + Keep
  11. Travel Keepsake Box from Pop Shop America
  12. Painted Magazine Files from Cut Out + Keep
  13. Painted Wooden Hangers from Cut Out + Keep
  14. Spray Paint Art from Cut Out + Keep
  15. Candy Colored Jewelry Display from Cut Out + Keep
  16. Wooden Candle Holder from Burkatron
  17. Painted Wood Placemats from A Bubbly Life
  18. White Dash Doormat from Deliniate Your Dwelling
  19. Rainbow Desk Organizer from A Kailo Chic Life
  20. Bauhaus Inspired Mobiles from A House that Lars Built
  21. Watercolor Japanese Windsocks from Handmade Charlotte
  22. Dotted Throw Pillow from Delicious and DIY
  23. Brushstrokes Painted Glasses from A Kailo Chic Life
  24. Painted File Sorters from Drawn to DIY
  25. Bubble Paint Tea Towels from Average But Inspired

Jewelry

 

  1. Bubble Necklace from Cut Out + Keep
  2. Marbled Wood Beads from Mark Montano
  3. Painted Shell Earrings from Cut Out + Keep
  4. Feather Earrings from Make and Fable
  5. Hand Painted Button Rings from Cut Out + Keep
  6. Beach Ball Necklace from Crafts by Courtney
  7. Geometric Paint and Glitter Pendants from Cut Out + Keep
  8. Hand Painted Wooden Bangle from Cut Out + Keep
  9. Hand Painted Tribal Earrings from Cut Out + Keep
  10. Oriental Bangle from Cut Out + Keep
  11. Diamond Pendant Necklace from Cut Out + Keep
  12. Birdie Keychains from Handmade Charlotte
  13. Hippie Wooden Bead Necklace by Efzin Creations
  14. Polymer Clay Necklace by Lia Griffith
  15. Wood Monogram Keychains from Damask Love
  16. Wood Bead Tassel Necklace from Party Har DIY
  17. Donut Bangle from Do It Make It Love It
  18. Gold Spatter Paint Necklace from A Kailo Chic Life
  19. Chic Keychains from Domino
  20. Concrete and Gold Gem Earrings from DIY in PDX
  21. Wood Bead Keychains from White House Crafts
  22. Splatter Paint Earrings from Mohntage
  23. Wood Wire Bracelets from Made In A Day
  24. Wood Bangle Bracelets from DIY Projects for Teens
  25. Neon Wood Painted Earrings from Crafted Sparrow

Clothing/ Accessories

 

 

  1. Paint Splatter Jeans from Delineate Your Dwelling
  2. Eye Spy a Button Down DIY from A Beautiful Mess
  3. Color Block Wallet from Cut Out + Keep
  4. Painted Leather Purse from Kraft and Mint
  5. TopShop Inspired Denim Skirt from Isoscella
  6. Watercolor Sneakers from P.S. I Made This
  7. Watermelon Painted Soles from Cut Out + Keep
  8. Chanel Inspired Slingbacks from Beauty Dojo
  9. Painted Polka Dot Flats from Cut Out + Keep
  10. DIY Rainbow Woven Tote from A House that Lars Built
  11. Striped Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
  12. Painted Reusable Bag from Cut Out + Keep
  13. Galaxy Print Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
  14. Color Block Wedges from Cut Out + Keep
  15. Swallow Bag from Cut Out + Keep
  16. Peacock Shoes from Cut Out + Keep
  17. Heart Flats from Cut Out + Keep
  18. Striped Nautical Tote Bag from Damask Love
  19. Turban Headband from Cut Out + Keep
  20. Monstera Leaf Backpack from We’re Going to Make it
  21. Device Covers from A Beautiful Mess
  22. Back to School Tote from PMQ for Two
  23. Flamingo Stencil Tote Bag from Do It Your Freaking Self
  24. Ice Cream Cone Button Shirt Makeover from The Makeup Dummy
  25. Painted Rainbow Sunhat from A House that Lars Built

Other/ Seasonal

 

 

 

 

  1. Painted Stick Nature Craft from Crafts by Courtney
  2. Painted Wooden Toy Bowling Set from Color Made Happy
  3. Watercolor Splash Gift Tags from Coffee and Vanilla
  4. Galaxy Wrapping Paper from Mama is Dreaming…
  5. Magazine Art Journals from Mark Montano
  6. Large Colorful Dice from Delineate Your Dwelling
  7. Painted Love Stones from Mark Montano
  8. Painted Rocks from Cut Out + Keep
  9. Puzzle Blocks from Delia Makes
  10. Swirly Paint Christmas Balls from Cut Out + Keep
  11. Outdoor Dominos from Delineate Your Dwelling
  12. Painted Guitar Picks from Cut Out + Keep
  13. Junk Drawer Bags from Dream Green DIY
  14. Folded or Sewn Books from Cut Out + Keep
  15. DIY Customized Notebooks from Enthralling Gumption
  16. Watercolor Easter Eggs from Cut Out + Keep
  17. Gift Tin from Efzin Creations
  18. Dotted Rainbow Easter Egg from Cut Out + Keep
  19. Paint Splatter Notebook Covers from Your DIY Family
  20. 80s inspired Gift Wrap from Club Crafted
  21. Ring Toss Game from The Crafty Gentleman
  22. Wacky Arm Clothespin Dolls from Handmade Charlotte
  23. Bead and Tassel Drink Stirrers from Club Crafted
  24. Summer Postcards from Delicious and DIY
  25. Rock Animal Giraffe Puzzle from We’re Going to Make It

Ideas to Use Extra Paint

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As you can see, a lot of projects use small amounts of paint from your leftover supplies. So, what are your favorite ways to use extra paint? I’d love to hear about them.

Add your links in the comments!