I am all about doing stuff on the cheap. Take this table I just repainted.
It started out as my old, scratched, heat marred, water ringed, dining room table that I had bought at Pier 1 years ago on close out for only $79.00. Over the years kids and grandkids had left their damage.
My original plan had been to strip it and then restain. A few months looking through Pinterest changed my mind.
First off I had all these cans of Oops! Paint that I had bought at Home Depot and Lowes on clearance.
I had used some of them already on various little projects so they have almost paid for themselves. I also had a partial can of sealing wax from refinishing an old buffet I bought off an online yard sale site. Then I found a Moroccan stencil and I downloaded it from this site: http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2011/08/window/
I printed out 4 copies of the stencil and used fabric adhesive to hold them in place while I traced around them with a sharpie.
I tried to keep about 1/2 inch space between each motif. I just eyeballed it. After the whole table was drawn out in sharpie I went in and started painting. I used one colour at a time and tried to be random. I didn't over saturate each space with the paint as I wanted the brush strokes to show. I was going for a very earthy, organic look. I also let a bit of the black of the sharpie peek out. It helped make each motif "pop". A coat of the sealing wax and it is done.