I wanted to make something with doilies, but I didn’t want to glue doilies on anything. So I had this great idea to use a doily as a paint resist, and I like this stool because the top was exactly the size I needed. Let me walk you through the steps to make my doily stool.
Gather These Supplies
- Unfinished wood stool
- FolkArt Acrylic Paint: Patina, Aqua, Jamaican Sea, Metallic Aquamarine, Turquoise
- Mod Podge Acrylic Sealer, Gloss
- Paper doily
- Spray stencil adhesive
- Stencil or painter’s tape, 3/4″
- A few paintbrushes including a stencil brush
Choose a color and paint your stool – but just the top. I used Jaimaican Sea for my base color. I’m going to tell you right now that you are best off using the LIGHTEST color as the base from your stripes. You’ll see what I’m talking about in just a minute. Allow to dry.
Measure your striping. I wanted to have four color striping, and my stool was 10.5″. I decided that I would have 12 stripes, each would be 7/8″ wide. It’s called “mathmagic” my friends. Make tick marks where each stripe will go on BOTH sides of the stool. This will help with tape placement.
Use the stencil tape to make your stripes. Remember, if you use four colors like I did, and you want twelve stripes, you are only going to paint three of each color. Secure the tape . . . securely. Ha!
Paint your stripes, remove the tape and then repeat with your final color – mine was Patina. Remember that the first color you painted is your fourth stripe. That’s the reason you used the lightest color – because all the darker colors went over it.
Use your fifth and final color to paint the doily. I chose Turquoise. Don’t load your brush with too much paint – you want your brush to have very little paint on it while you are stenciling. It will take some time, but it’s worth the wait. Remember to also paint around the edge of your doily. You’ll see why . . .
Peel the doily off and check it out! Cool, huh? Now fill around the edges with Turquoise, or whatever your fifth and final color was. You just want the stripes to show through the doily impression, not around the edges. Allow to dry.
Paint the bottom of the top of the stool with Turquoise. Use your five colors to decorate the legs of the stool in whatever way you would like. Check out my gel manicure – didn’t it hold up nicely during this process?
Once you are done with the stool, spray it several times with your Mod Podge Gloss sealer to finish. You’ve now fully contributed to the doily trend, and you can be proud.
What else can you do with doilies? Find out here: 25+ doily craft ideas!