Happy Saturday my friends!!! I’m Beth from Sawdust and Embryos stopping in to share the goods! Nick and I have been busy times a million… stenciling, putting up crown molding, and potty-training a couple toddlers. But not too busy to stop in here and throw down a tutorial for ya… woohoo!

Today I’m going to show you a little furniture project that we did using vinyl as a stencil! A friend of mine works at a health clinic, and they were getting new waiting room furniture, so she snatched up these MASSIVE cubes that were used as end tables for us for free! We looooove free!

'Before Picture' Chalkboard Cubes {Sawdust and Embryos}

They were hefty, but we had a vision for them! We started out by sanding them down to get rid of that glossy sheen so the primer would stick better.

Sanding Furniture to Prepare for Painting {Sawdust and Embryos}

We primed with Kilz and painted white and polyed with PolyCrylic.

Chalkboard Cubes {Sawdust and Embryos}

I found a design I liked, tweaked it a little… and had our girl Dana, cut some vinyl for us! If you’re fortunate enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette of your own, you can skip the step of suckering a friend!

Chalkboard Cubes Vinyl Design {Sawdust and Embryos}

After the poly had a good 24 hours to fully cure, we slapped on that vinyl! It’s pretty hard to see here, because the vinyl is white as well. I adjusted the contrast a little so you could see it better.

Using Vinyl as a Stencil {Sawdust and Embryos}

Once the vinyl was on, we polyed again  to seal down the vinyl and keep paint from seeping under the edges. Then we painted with chalkboard paint! (this pic is after the first coat… so it looks a little blotchy)


As soon as we finished painting, we pulled up a chair and started tediously picking away the pieces of vinyl to reveal a beautiful painted design below. This took FOREVER… but was so worth it!

Using Vinyl as a Stencil! {Sawdust and Embryos} Using Vinyl as a Stencil {Sawdust & Embryos}

THAT’S IT! We were done!!!

My favorite part of these pieces is that they can be put together as a coffee table, or flank a couch as end tables! Who doesn’t LOVE options?!

Chalkboard End Table Cubes {Sawdust & Embryos}

And you can write little love notes to your loved one.


I just love furniture that has a little flare and can be a conversation piece! And I love even more that we did it ourselves!

Chalkboard Cubes {Sawdust & Embryos}

Chalkboard Cubes using Vinyl as a Stencil {Sawdust and Embryos}

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and see our little furniture transformation! We’ve done quite a few projects using vinyl as a stencil, and they always turn out STUNNING. Click here to see them all!  And click here to see our furniture portfolio!

It’s always a pleasure to stop in here at ATT, and huge thanks to Brooke for having me each month! We hope you’ll come on over to our blog Sawdust and Embryos and snoop around for a bit. Especially since we’re having a giveaway for a RYOBI Sliding Compound Miter Saw RIGHT NOW! Hop over here to throw your name in the hat!Bethany {Sawdust and Embryos}

Miter Saw GIVEAWAY {by Sawdust and Embryos}


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