I have been asked numerous questions about the lace painting technique I use to paint perfect designs on a horizontal flat surface. The process is very simple and easy enough for anyone to do if you can push the spray nozzle on a spray paint can.
How To Paint A Horizontal Surface
Before you begin the project, locate or purchase a piece of lace that is large enough to cover the entire horizontal surface. Sample lace products include fabric or plastic lace tablecloths or lace fabric sold by the yard.
Create A Smooth Surface
The first step in the process is to create a smooth, flat surface that is free from surface imperfections such as deep scratches and knicks. Fill the scratches and knicks with sandable wood putty. Allow the putty to dry two to three hours before continuing.
The second step is to paint the surface the desired color. If you prefer to use the same finish, do not complete the following instructions for preparing the surface. Sand the entire piece to rough up the surface and remove the shine. I suggest using medium weight sandpaper, 80 to 120 grit. Medium grit sandpaper will remove minor scratches in the surface. Wipe the entire piece down with a damp cloth or tack cloth to remove the sanding dust. Spray paint the surface with the desired paint color. Hold the can approximately 12-inches from the surface during the process. Allow the paint to dry 30 minutes then repeat one time.
Cover The Surface
Step three in the process is to cover the horizontal surface completely with the desired piece of lace. Spray the lace with the desired color of spray paint. Start in the center and work your way out to the outside edges. I recommend working in a circular pattern to ensure all portions of the lace design are covered. By starting in the center, the wet spray paint holds the lace in place and keeps it from moving. Allow the spray paint to dry 30 minutes.
Lifting The Painted Lace
The final step is to lift the painted lace from the horizontal surface. Roll the lace into a long tube to store for future use. Seal the horizontal surface with an acrylic spray sealer if desired.