The backstory: I saved a bunch of naked vintage drawers from the demolished kitchen of my old adobe fixer-upper.
I've been daydreaming for a year about ways to use them, and these little side tables are the first project I've actually completed.
My favorite thing about them is the reverse-stencil effect, which shows some of the natural wood. The circles on the large drawer, and the stars on the skinny drawer, were created in the same way.
The DIY: find some big paper stencils, and pop out the center shapes. (Of course, you could easily make your own templates from cardstock. I just happened to have these big stencils handy.) Stick them to the natural wood surface, and spray paint around them. Here are my circles on the natural wood drawer back:
To adhere my shapes to the drawer backs, I used just a few bits of double-sided tape to loosely stick them down. Caveat: that wasn't a perfect method - some paint did get in around the edges. For these rustic l'il tables, I didn't mind! But for a crisper edge, I'd make sure to tape all the way along every edge. You could also use removable spray adhesive.
Then spray paint like mad, covering everything that isn't a paper stencil shape. For the little white table, that's all you need to do! Adorable, no?
For the two-tone blue table, there's one more step. I popped the stars out of a bunch more stencils, and laid them out on the surface to decide on placement.
After I marked the locations, I just used my star stencils and a pouncer (well, a piece of kitchen sponge, 'cause I couldn't find my official pouncer) to stencil my stars in blue.
Hope you enjoyed this one, let me know what you think!
I have seven drawers left, and a couple more ideas for later. Maybe, in a year or so, I will get around to one of 'em. For now, I must really try to talk myself into thinking about attending that meeting of Procrastinators Anonymous I've been putting off.