Upcycle your own stenciled coffee table on the cheap!

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Ever see an image on the internet and think,"Hey, that would look cool on a coffee table, or end table, or even a wall"?  Well after paying $50 for a high quality laser cut stencil, I figured there must be a way to make one for a lot cheaper.  And this is what I did:
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Step 1: Materials

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Screw driver (or paint can opener)
Wood stain
Spray adhesive 
Scotch tape
Boxcutter or knife
Sharp scissors

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Sheet of plastic or vinyl  (thick plastic page covers or plastic file folders can be cut open and used)
Printer paper

Step 2: Choose an image, choose a piece

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Choose your image.  I chose a vector stencil of a stag.  If you look at the positive space, (the black) it is mostly all connected, which makes for a great stencil.  You can do an image with multiple separate pieces, but it makes for lots of measuring and spacing when it comes time to adhere it to the piece.  

Just as important as the image is the piece you choose to put it on.  Make sure the furniture fits the personality of the color and image you are about to give it.  (Pretty much anything can work, just make sure you love it!)  There is something especially gratifying about saving an old, tired worn out piece of furniture from the junk pile, and transforming it into something new and beautiful. 

Step 3: Blow it up!

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If your image prints at the size you want, then you can skip this step.  I wanted a much larger image than one that would fit on an 8.5" x 11" sheet of printer paper, so I went to  This is a website that allows you to take any image on your computer and turn it into a poster using as many pieces of printer paper that you want so it is printable on your home printer.  I made mine with 7 pieces of paper.  
ferdi04352 years ago
working is perfect.... ı will make it :))))))))))

Very cool! I love that reverse stencil effect :)
The paint makes such a huge difference - love the way it looks now :D