May 4, 2010

Using lace as a paint stencil

Have you ever thought......... this table, shelf, lamp, basket, or picture mat just needs something?  Just a little extra to spark it up?  The next time you're thinking that try using lace as a stencil.  It is just a subtle effect, but oh what a difference it makes.

Here is a picture I used the lace technique on.  I had a white oval picture mat, but it just blended in with the picture.  Then I laid a piece of lace over the white mat and sprayed it with an Heirloom white satin paint.  


It is a simple technique, but here is a couple tips.
I am using a pink mat so it is easier to see.  Cut your lace a little larger than the mat, then spray the lace, not the picture, with a light coat of spray adhesive, the prepositional kind.  Now make sure your lace is tight to the mat.

As soon as you have sprayed the paint, rip the lace off quick, like a band aide (Ouch)!

Isn't that pretty?

It's a subtle effect, but goes oh so perfect with our Romantic Cottage homes.

I can tell your crafty minds are in high gear......What could I stencil?

No, not the CAT!

Happy Crafting!!


Cindy said...

Thanks for stopping by! I LOVE that! I was thinking about where I could do that!!!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Carol, thanks so much for visiting me! I love this lace mat, and you make it looks so easy...gorgeous. Hope you are having a lovely day, xo Lidy

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Oh...that's a wonderful idea Carol and I definitely plan to use it somewhere...somehow. And referring to your About Me.......the saying goes: Jack of all trades, Master of None...LOL and that would be me too.

Debby said...

HI Carol,
Thanks for stopping by my nest! I am glad you did and now I have found you. What a beautiful blog and the lace mat is awesome.

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh my GOSH Carol...where have you been all my life?
I've been lost in your blog here and read about chipping off flowers, adding bling to sconces, it's amazing what you can do with a can of spray paing AND chippy old frames!
I made a list and I'm out the door to get me some epoxy stuff, a chisel, and some jb weld.
Plus...I'm so jealous of you that you have the 'mac daddy' dremel! Mine's just a regular one but it does the trick! I swear, if anyone reads this, they'll think we're some guys with all of our tools! haha
You are fabulous Carol, I'm so glad you stopped by and found me...I'm in love!!!!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful effect! You are a very sharing artist. Thank you, Terri

Black Cat Cottage said...

Carol- What a great idea! Your blog is beautiful and I will be adding it to my blog list! Thanks for stopping by!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol ~ thanks so much for stopping by my blog today! I was so delighted to see your comment and to hear from you again. I remember our long telephone conversation when you were just getting started on your web site. Both your site and your blog look beautiful! Congrats to you! Also, I just LOVE this tutorial on the lace mat...what an excellent and easy idea! I am definitely going to try it! Thanks for the inspiration Carol...keep in touch! ~Stacy~ (*_*)

Vicki Boster said...

Holy cow - how crafty you are! I love the post about removing the porcelan flowers for other crafts! I think you are a whiz at crafting!

So glad you came to see me and so glad we met! We have a second home in Satellite Beach Florida - and we come over to Orlando frequently for dinners and such. Small world!

Oh - and I am a nurse also. 33 years in the NICU. We are kindred souls!


Lisa @ Perfectly Peculiar said...

very nice tutorials carol!

Ginger said...

Thanks for stopping by. I love your blog and you have some really good ideas. I will definitely be back. Love the lace stencil.


{oc cottage} said...

Love this!

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Andrea said...

Thanks for visiting me today! Your blog is sweet, I love the lace trick that is so clever!Will be back again!

icandy... said...

hi there, carol!!!
how sweet of you to stop by my place! :) thank you sooo much and i look forward to visiting with you often!
hugs and happy day!!!

Barbara Jean said...

Love it!!



barbara jean

Unknown said...

Thanks for coming by my blog! What a fabulous idea!!!! I have always wondered how you do thanks to you I know! You blog is very very pretty!

Melissa said...

I've used this technique before - it gives lovely results, doesn't it! :)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Thanks so much for stopping by and following my blog. That is such a great idea using lace as a stencil. I will have to try that. Looks great.

Pat Harris said...

I'm over here from junkblossoms. Thank you for the sweet comment.. I am so glad I found your blog. I can't wait to read the rest of you entries.

Debbiedoos said...

WOW I have never done anything like that before...your blog is so pretty and I am glad you found mine!~ Following you back now and look forward to seeing and reading more.

Sadie Lou said...

What a darling idea! That's so pretty. Thanks for visiting my blog, I will add you to my giant Cottage Style blog roll!

Stacey said...

Hi Carol! Thanks for visiting me and leaving such a sweet comment. I'm glad to meet you. :) Love your idea of painting the lace to make the stencil effect. It's so soft and pretty.

I'm glad to follow you!

Emily@JanDee Crafts said...

Hello Carol! Thanks for visiting me today at my blog! I am now a follower. I am new too! Isnt this super fun? I am excited to see where the blog world will take me!! Love the lace too btw!! Emily

EnchantedBella said...

Hi Carol, I just love your blog. Such wonderful tips and ideas. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I will be back for more tips. Have a great weekend.


Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

What a great ideal and what a great blog header....

Stop by and check out my Mother's Day Giveaway.

Clean Mama said...

Hi Carol - Thanks for stopping by my blog! Try the download again and if it doesn't work, email me at and I'll send you the pdfs. (I can't find an email address on your blog to send it to, so I'll need you to send me an email first :)

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

LOL oh Carol ! have we been around a long time or what? I found some plastic lace (is that an oxymoron?) place mats at a dollar store and use them, they work great too.

Cottage Rose said...

Hello Carol; Oh wow that is so beautiful on the oval matting... what a great idea you have,, and yes I am thinking of all the things I can use this on,, I do have some great lace too...


Unknown said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog Carol! I am loving all your 'how to' blog posts and spray painting over lace is a fabulous idea!

Sandy xox

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Carol~I've used this technique to create wrapping paper. It looks great applied to a table top.
I'm thinking about using this idea to decorate a serving tray. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Sweet wishes,

Lisa Macomber said...

I have heard of someone doing this on an old picnic table they had outside. She painted the top white and then did the lace stencil in some other color, l looked like it had a tablecloth on it. I need to try this at some point, problem is that I never want to ruin the lace to do it!