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Meet Tricia, an interior design enthusiast and one of the creative DIYers behind the blog Suburban Bitches.? About ten years ago she purchased an all white table from Crate and Barrel.? She had hoped this table would survive through the destructive years of her three active kids.? It was a true battle between the kids and the table; and let’;s just say the table didn’;t win.?? So after about four years, the table top was wearing off in huge patches leaving a yellow and ugly surface.? Here is what the table looked like before.

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Unfortunately, it was such a sore sight that she covered it with a table cloth.? Rather than toss the beaten item asidepillow cases vintage, Tricia decided to give it a facelift using stencils. She used our Outside of the Box Craft stencil and grabbed her no-fail favorite paint, Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paint in Golden Pearl.? Glittering gold and a geometric pattern, how can you go wrong with this combination?

Before she could stencil the tabletop, she first stripped the table with Citristrip Stripping Gel.??? Then she primed and painted it in a white semi-gloss using a mini-roller.

Next it came time for a stencil.? Tricia taped off a border using painters tape. Then she positioned the craft stencil on the top of the table and used a bit of painters tape to hold it in place.? If you’;re trying to recreate this, pour your paint onto a plate or paint tray.?? Tricia used?Martha Stewart Living Metallic Paint in Golden Pearl to paint the pattern.? Dip your dense foam roller into the paint.? Roll off the excess paint onto your folded paper towel until the roller looks almost dry. The key to stenciling is using as little paint as possible.? Too much paint will cause the design to bleed and smudge.? Next you will paint the design onto the table with the dense foam roller.? To complete the pattern, you’;ll need to reposition the stencil.? Simply pick up the stencil, align it, and continue painting the pattern.

Tricia finished off the table with a coat of?of?polycrylic “;in hopes of giving the table top a fighting chance against her children’s impressive destructive abilities.”; Voila, here is her stenciled table!

This is what the stenciled table looks like in her kitchen area.? So much better now, don’;t you think?

And here is a closeup of her gorgeous stencil work.

Make sure you hop on over to Suburban Bitches and enter the $50 stencil giveaway that’;s taking place.

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We’ve found a new way to it a lot more fun to practice math. This is one of the easiest and least expensive DIY projects you can do in the classroom. With only three supplies needed, you’ll have this math center activity prepared in less than half an hour. Psst: You can use it for reading and spelling, too!

This week’s Wings On Wednesday welcomes Steph Ackerman?with her mixed media stretched burlap project, which she called Dreams Canvas.