This was a leftover side table from Jonnyboy's college apartment. I have some mixed feelings about Spanish Cedar wood- it is a little too red for my taste... but we needed a table, so thank you Jonnyboy (:
First, you will want to make sure the table is clean. (Since I was not planning to paint the entire table I opt out of sanding and adding a primer.) I decided to paint a mandala. That was actually the last lesson I taught my students before summer & I thought the mandala design would make a perfect accent for the table top. Plus, I love a good bohemian look.
I used a ruler to draw two lines, forming an X, from corner to corner. Then, I lightly marked the center with a pencil. Now, I get impatient when it comes to getting out my ideas. And since I have drawn many mandalas before I decided to free hand my table. If you feel confident, I say: DO IT TOO! But if not, I found this site that allows you to print mandala designs. Use this site as a guide but honestly, try to create a pattern on your own!
Also, the beauty about acrylic paint from a bottle, is that while the paint is still in liquid form you could do a quick wipe on any mistake and it is gone!
Start creating your mandala from the center and move outward. I walked around the table to make sure I created each side as even as possible.
Lastly, I added a small design on the sides of the table & then painted on my sealant.
Ta-da! Let me know what you think! Also, share with me your mandala designs; I'd love to see them!!