Yesterday was “Valentime’s Day” at our house.
At least that’s what the twins have called it for the last seven years…..
And around here…..Valentime’s Day is a momentous occasion.
First, I surprised them with these painted dressers covered with pink dotted flowers.
Then we had a Valentime’s Day party with a Valentime’s Day cookie cake and streamers and heart marshmallows and gave each other Valentime’s candy in heart-shaped candy boxes and played Buzzword…..which has absolutely no association with any Valentime’s of any kind…..but is totally fun.
And each time they said it…..I smiled to myself…..
……and never corrected them.
Those tiny blue-eyed girls with their long blonde curly hair and smiles that would light up the darkest day….this was their day. I laughed as they giggled at their brother’s jokes and stuffed heart marshmallows in their mouth and clapped their hands with joy when they got a Buzzword right and tried to present the best argument I have ever heard for a second piece of cookie cake.
And I was so happy.
And my heart was full of joy.
That for one more year……
……”Valentime’s Day” reigned supreme.
How to Stencil Dot a Table Top
Step 1: Start with a bright yellow dresser
But really bright.
Step 2: Paint it another color that’s not so bright
I painted it Antique Blue.
My sweet friend Shannon gave me some paint samples to try….and I figured that Valentime’s Day was as good a day as any.
It took 2 1/2 coats and it is such a pretty color.
Step 3: Buy a flower stencil from Wal-Marts
You might have heard of it.
You can buy a lot of left-over Valentime’s Day decorations there.
And while you are there….pick up a paint pen, too.
Step 4: Dot around edges of stencil
Following outline of the stencil….simply dot paint pen to create an outline.
Do not let the paint pen touch the stencil.
It turns blotchy and watery and totally messes up the dot rotation.
Step 5: Continue dotting the outline of the stencil
Repeat step 4 until your stencil looks like this.
Repeat flower pattern all over the table top until you get the pattern you want.
With this chalk paint….I then distressed the dresser and then added a coat of wax to protect the surface.
It is such an easy way to add a simple design to a table top.
The entire project took me only 3 hours from start to finish, including painting, stenciling and waxing.
Which was a good thing.
I mean….I didn’t really have a lot of time….I was too busy reading Valentimes…..like this one…..
After I admired that amazing, incredibly life-like drawing of myself….
I told her I loved her…..
…..Efinity + one. :)
PS Thank you so much to Shannon for the paint samples!
If you want to see many more colors and paint ideas or have any questions about Maison Blanche Paint….be sure to visit her website.