stenciled side table with inset of leftover stencils
John Gruen (inset) Andrew McCaul Photo:
If you're searching for a unique pattern to bring to your next project, look no further than the extras from your last. Leftover materials can offer up playful graphics perfect for painted furniture—like this whimsical piece we stenciled using radiator screening.

To get the look, we primed and painted a vintage table in a punchy teal. Once dry, we set the screening in place and lightly pounced paint in the openings using a small artist's brush. Any material with a repeat will work for the task, including gutter guards and even orbital sanding pads (pictured in the inset). Forget casseroles—we can't think of a smarter way to use up leftovers.
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