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Lazy Susan Makeover Anyone Can Do (So Easy!)

Add a nautical touch to your kitchen with this easy IKEA lazy susan makeover! Use a stencil to create a unique design.

Skills Required: Beginner. You will mostly be painting and then sealing with Mod Podge. You will use a vinyl cut stencil to create the design. There are options if you don’t have a cut machine!

Nautical Ikea Lazy Susan Makeover with Chalk Finish Mod Podge

I went to IKEA last week and I found some AMAZING things there!! Who wouldn’t, right?!?! IKEA always has all sorts of good surfaces. One of my favorite finds was this lazy susan.

It was only $10, and I knew I wanted to give it a Mod Podge makeover – it was a perfect blank slate to do anything with. The wheels of my DIY lazy susan started turning!

I originally thought of covering it with scrapbook paper, but once I started looking through my Mod Podge stash, I found some Ultra Matte Chalk Finish (now known as Super Matte).

Then I decided to go in a whole new direction. I started looking through my Silhouette library to see what they had that was summer themed.

I was thinking of maybe adding a lobster or crab . . . but then I found a compass and thought that would be perfect. I decided to turn this lazy susan into DIY beach decor.

Here’s how I did it!

IKEA Lazy Susan Makeover


Getting Started

In addition to your other supplies, round up your paints. My local Wal-Mart got some new Plaid paints in and I was eager to try them out. Of course, you’re going to need Mod Podge.

Note: If you can’t find the Super Matte formula, use Hard Coat. That will work as well!

Bottles of paint and a bottle of Mod Podge sitting on top of a wood lazy susan

Step 1 – Paint First Coat

I painted on two coats of paint, letting each coat dry 20 minutes. Make sure to paint the top and bottom of the lazy susan. I think this blue is a beautiful color, don’t you?

Painting the wood lazy susan with blue chalk paint

Step 2 – Cut and Add Stencil

Next, I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut my stencil. BUT if you don’t have a cutting machine, craft stores have a lot of stencil options. You can use a regular stencil with stencil adhesive and apply any design you want.

You can also go on Etsy and get a custom vinyl stencil created with any design and any size. This is nice if you want to create something to fit your exact surface.

Note: If you have any questions about cutting a stencil with your Silhouette, just leave a comment and I will be happy to answer!!

Vinyl stencil cut on a Cameo and applied to the top of the blue painted surface

Step 3 – Add Final Coat of Paint

I pulled out some Martha Stewart Chalk Paint and painted over my stencil. I did a total of 2 coats for this step. Once my paint was dry I pulled off my stencil. It always turns out perfectly when I make a stencil using vinyl and my cutting machine!

Painting over the stencil on the lazy susan with white chalk paint

Step 4 – Distress

I love to distress my chalk painted projects. So I grabbed some light sandpaper and went to town!!!

Sanding the top of the painted surface with sandpaper

Step 5 – Add Layer of Chalk Finish

Finally I added a layer of the Super Matte Mod Podge and let dry an hour before use. It goes on really easy.

Painting over the top of the lazy susan with Mod Podge

Finishing Touches

You can’t tell in the picture, but it has a perfect chalky finish on it. This is a great alternative to waxing your furniture, especially with a piece like this.

Decorate a lazy susan with chalk paint and Mod Podge
DIY lazy susan makeover

This nautical DIY lazy susan will fit in perfectly with my new laundry room makeover. I can’t wait to try this chalk finish out on another project soon!!

How to paint a lazy susan with chalk paint

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