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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Another round.. we go with another round of working on 
a table that 
 will favor ....
Mind you, I am not trying to COPY
DONNA'S table.
First of all, I could NEVER copy her work..

I am using it as a guide for MY table.
These sign/memory tables should be made
using names, images, sayings and etc.
that relates to your life.
I'll tell you all about how I chose MY subjects to stencil....
RIGHT OFF THE BAT this morning,
those dadgum new stencils have a backing on them 
While I was slam-dab in the middle of pitching my HISSY FIT..
.... MR. SWEET calmly  peeled it off with his little knife.
May I just say here...
After we RE-READ the instructions on this can
we decided we had not waited long enuf after spraying the stencils
before laying them on the table.
I nearly passed a kidney stone when I saw the little tiny mess
left behind by the sticky stencil...
but then remembered I was about to use my palm  sander on the
whole tabletop, distressing it to the point that it looked old..
very very old.
THIS little boo-boo was going to fit in with the distressed look JUST FINE....
I just have to keep reminding myself....
I'm telling and showing some of the GOOFS I have encountered with this little table..
Surely, I am not the only one in this world that is TALENTLESS
and doesn't have a clue how to do these things.
Maybe showing you what I have learned will help you with your OWN little table...or
any other stenciling project.
This poor little LONE STAR OF TEXAS
is having a hard time getting all the other 
stencils FINISHED.
*REALLY heavy sigh
...are we having fun yet ?
The little vintage, thrifted table is allowing me to play in


Ali said...

You are not the only one. I am totally hopeless when it comes to DIY and crafts. Just terrible. haha. :O)

I think your table will turn out great, though. You are right, the mistakes will just fit into the distressed look. ;)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh BJ, your table is looking fabulous to me. I havn't stenciled in years, so I am sure I would make all kinds of messes. I can't wait to see it all finished, I know it will be fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

I am not so hot with crafts. I once sewed a sewing project to my shirt and needed to be seam ripped by the teacher :) I think you are doing a great job, it's supposed to be distressed. And now so are you?
It's going to look amazing, BJ!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

It's all good! It's YOUR table BJ, don't rush and it will be done when you say it's done! It's not like you need it for a gift or by a certain date. Smile, see... I am:@)

iSavor the Weekend said...

Hilarious!! What a funny read, thanks for sharing :)

Kathleen Grace said...

Well I don't know abut yu BJ, but I'm having fun! lol, It really is fun to see how you are doing withyour cute project, and you AREN"T talentless my dear! You just watch, you will love this when it's done:>)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am enjoying the process/progress, BJ!

Bev said...

You are providing entertainment, BJ!

Babs said...

BJ, That sounds about par for the course for me. LOL You are sooo funny, and I'm not much of a crafter.
Thanks for the giggles,

Anonymous said...

Looking on the bright side I was thinking there was no way the paint was going to bleed under the great seal. Yu'd have a perfect stenciled letter.

Vee said...

I am! Having fun that is. I've been in giggle fits from the beginning. Hubby's had to come see what the trouble is. Oh, too funny! Thanks for the laugh.

Donnie said...

I know you'll be proud of your baby there as soon as the Labor pains are

Debra@Common Ground said...

bj, I'm really enjoying watching your transformation. It's looking great. thanks for all the info, there's more to it than meets the eye! xo Debra

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I think you are doing a wonderful job BJ! It is going to be great.

Did I tell you how many times I had to rip the seems out of my master bath pinch pleat drapes before they turned out ok? At least 5....seriously. And several trips to the fabric store for more pinch pleat tape, that I keep cutting wrong.

You go girl!

Stacey said...

Like I said, you'll get it done. You have a great partner in crime. :)

On Crooked Creek said...

Oh my, your little table is showing signs of becoming a shining star, for sure!!! You go BJ!!! Now be sure and give that "Mr. Sweet" of yours a kiss & hug for coming to your resuce!He's definitely . . .a keeper!
P.S. On that BREATHE thing...remember to exhale!!!

BJ said...

I just had to drop you a line - it's not every day that I "meet" another BJ! :) I discovered you the other day, and added you to my google reader. I love the idea of what you're doing, and I think that your mistakes will be worth it in the end. Especially for those of us who want do a project like this - we can learn from you. Thanks for sharing!

parTea lady said...

Your table transformation adventure has been very entertaining (you have a great sense of humor). The finished product will be worth it for sure.

Theresa said...

That's how we learn dear BJ, by making boo boos:) I make a few every time I try to make something new!

Your table is turning out really pretty! Keep at it, don't pull your hair out my friend! HUGS!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh goodness- your table is looking darling already! I wanted to let you know that your link at FNF didn't lead anywhere... I stopped by to visit your delicious looking chocolate cake but it said the post didn't exist. Anyway, thank you for sharing at my party! :)

Anonymous said...

bj, you do make me smile! Your table will look fantastic when you are done. Can't wait to see it.

I sure do appreciate that you are keepin' it real and sharing your trials and tribulations. We will appreciate the end product all the more.


Curtains in my Tree said...

Your table wil look great to the rest of us
because we won't see any mistakes only crafty diy goodness on your repurposed table

looks great so far


La said...

You are my hero for tackling this project and for persevering. I am reading each step with great interest and anticipation. You go, Girl!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Oh BJ this is so cute and funny. I have a serving table with wheels on it I want to paint so I am waiting for you to finish to see how it goes. Enjoy

Anonymous said...

You are SO funny!!! I enjoy your blog daily. I do have to ask, where did you get the sign: I smile because I don't know what is going on? I LOVE IT! Can't wait to see the finished product.

Shug said...

Hi Bj...
You are gonna love your table when you get it all finished...I sure wish I had time to take on some projects like this....a few more days and school will be out, so maybe...just maybe I will get to some DIY things soon..
Can't wait to see the finished product..
Have fun whatever you do...

Kathleen said...

This is worse than labor pains!
Paint the durn thing with blackboard paint and then write what you want on it with chalk. At least you can erase the boo boos!

Sarah said...

Are you kidding? You are the one brave enough to take on this project and doing an incredible job. I'd only dream of making something like this. ~ Sarah

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Oh mercy, BJ. I hope I'm not too late with my comment. I have done quite a bit of stenciling in the past and what you need to hold your stencils down is "STENCIL ADHESIVE"...which is definitely different than spray adhesive. If I'm not mistaken, the spray adhesive you have pictured is like glue and sticks stuff together permanently!

Stencil adhesive is just tacky enough to TEMPORARILY hold your stencil to your project piece. You can find stencil adhesive with the stenciling supplies in Michaels, JoAnn's or any craft store.

A couple other important things to note about stenciling...use very little paint--almost a dry brush (wipe excess on a paper towel) and "pounce" your brush up and down (not side to side). That's why stencil brushes are flat on the bottom. These 2 things will help prevent paint from oozing underneath the stencil and you'll have a cleaner edge when you lift the stencil.

I always enjoyed stenciling and once you get the basic techniques down, it's actually a lot of fun so hang in there! I bet after you finish this project, you'll be going around the house looking for other things to stencil. :)

Debbie said...

I haven't stenciled in years. I used to love it. YOU, my friend, are hardly talentless. I can't wait to see the finished project, but the process has made me giggle a lot so it's really two victories in one.

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

I think you are marrrrrrrrrrrrvelous, to share all the stops and starts of this project. :-)


Yenta Mary said...

What a fabulous, bright, cheerful place! Thank you so much for coming to visit me, so I could find you and happily return the follow ... :)

Emily said...

I wouldn't even go there! I'm sure you'll finish the table and it will be fantastic! Go Girl!

The French Hutch

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

ROFLOL Shoot fire and save the matches! You are so adorable....OMGoodness..... *giggles* Your table is looking so, so good. I want to paint a table...nothing special...because I dread it. I don't want to make it worse than it already is!!!

LV said...

I am sure after all this frustration, you will finish this table in style. I would have given up long before now. One thing for sure, you are a great Texan.

Jeannies Bottle said...

I absolutely love your table.

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You are so dang funny, Miss BJ! And that Mr Sweet is such a doll. ;) I just know your table is going to be every bit as wonderful as Donna's!

Thanks for linking to the party. I love havin' ya join me.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage