So here's what I did:
- Clean wooden board to make sure it is dust free. If there is already some old paint on it you might want to sand it first.
- Prime table top with several coats of while acrylic paint. Let it completely dry after each coat.
- Trim paper doilies. (See that little edge from punching on the smallest doily in the picture? You want to remove those first!) Apply removable spray glue to the bottom of the paper doiles. Go outside for this work and use some old cardboard or some sheets of newspaper to protect the surface you are working on.
- Glue paper doilies to tabletop and press firmly onto the surface to avoid paint running under them.
- Masked edges with masking tape (if you like).
- Put some of your paint on a large plate or - even better - use a paint roller tray. Carefully dip one side of your paint roller into the paint and roll several times on your plate or tray to make sure your roller is evenly covered with paint. But: you just want a thin coat of paint on your roller. If the paint drips from your roller it is way too much and might run under the doilies! Start painting on a spot on your tabletop with no doily. After some stroke start carefully rolling over a doily - starting from the middle of a doily to the outside. If you roll completely over a doily it might stick onto your roller and coil itself up. Yup, this did happen to me.
- I used about 2 to 3 coats of paint until it covered the white base completely. This time I did NOT let each coat dry but tried to work as fast as I could because I wanted to remove the doilies while the paint is still wet.
- After I was done with painting I removed the doilies very, VERY carefully with some tweezers. However, at some spots the paint had already dried and I took some time and some fiddling around to remove all these teeny tiny paper scraps that were stuck to the surface. But eventually I removed all of them and I looooved the result.
Tools / Paint used:
- White acrylic paint
- Colored acrylic paint
- Spray glue (non-permanent!)
- Paint roller for working with acrylic paints
- Old plate or paint roller tray
- Lace Paper doilies in different sizes and shapes