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DIY Polka Dot Side Table

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#6605 Skill Level: Intermediate Time:
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This project features these great brands:


Waverly ® Inspirations Laser Stencils - Accent - Polka Dot, 6" x 6" - 60526E

Number Needed: 1 $0.00
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Waverly ® Inspirations Brushes - Basecoating - 60538E

Number Needed: 1 $0.00
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Waverly ® Inspirations Brushes - Stencil Set, 3 pc. - 60539E

Number Needed: 1 $0.00
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Other Supplies

Unfinished wood side table, Brush basin, Paper towels, Foam plates, Stencil tape, Ruler, Pencil, Medium- or fine-grit sandpaper, Screwdriver


  1. Create a smooth painting surface by removing all drawer-pull hardware using a screwdriver and set aside.
  2. Next, lightly sand smooth any rough areas of the unfinished wood side table. Wipe with a tack cloth to remove sanding dust.
  3. Pour a small amount of Bermuda into a foam bowl as a palette or load the basecoating brush directly from the paint bottle.
  4. Brush on a coat of Bermuda to the entire surface of the side table including all drawer fronts. Allow to dry one hour.
  5. If necessary, lightly sand smooth any rough areas where the wood grain may have been raised by the application of paint. Apply a second coat of Bermuda for opaque coverage. Clean the basecoating brush with soap and water, then allow both the brush and the painted side table time to dry thoroughly.
  6. Working with all drawers inserted, find the center and lightly mark with a pencil. Next, position the center of the stencil over the furniture center and secure in place with stencil tape.
  7. Pour a small amount of White onto a foam plate. Load a stencil brush with paint then offload excess paint onto a paper towel. Begin stenciling using a circular clockwise/counter-clockwise motion over the stencil design. Lift the stencil then reposition it to complete stenciling the entire drawer fronts and support dividers. Allow to dry.
  8. Replace all drawer-pull hardware.


  • When repeating a stencil design, always check the backside of the stencil for paint residue before realigning it to the next area. If necessary, wipe the backside of the stencil with a baby wipe or moist paper towel.
  • Keep stencils clean between uses by cleaning immediately with soap and water after each use or wiping down well with rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.

Disclaimer: The information found in each project is presented in good faith, but no warranty is given, nor results guaranteed, nor is freedom from any patent to be inferred. Since we have no control over physical conditions surrounding the application of information herein contained, Plaid Enterprises, Inc. disclaims any liability for untoward results.

Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

Copyright: All Rights Reserved. No part of this Project may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing, except for your personal use, except by reviewer, who may in reviewing this project, quote brief passages in a magazine or newspaper.