I have never made a Lazy Susan before but there is a first time for everything.
In the last few weeks while I was preparing for the Home for Christmas blog hop with Hometalk.com, I actually made more than one project for consideration. One of them was a painted Christmas themed Lazy Susan from a kit I found at our local Home Depot on Black Friday. So I can’t take full credit for this project, but can for giving it my own flare and sense of style.
The project at our local Home Depot had a painted snowman scene on their Lazy Susan,but for mine, I decided to go with a stained background and more modern theme. If you have been keeping up with my posts lately, I seem to be in a modern Christmas tree mind frame this holiday.
For this project you will need:
- A pre-cut 18″ round pine circle (found at Home Depot)
- Lazy Susan hardware kit complete with screws and plastic bumpers for the bottom
- Wood stain in your choice of color. I used Minwax in Early American 230
- Acrylic craft paints in your choice of colors.
- Craft brushes in various sizes
- Minwax water based Polycrylic Protective Finish in semi-gloss
- Drill to install the Lazy Susan hardware kit
- imagination and templates to design your own Christmas theme
The first thing I did was to sand down any rough areas on the wood circle. For the most part the circle was cut really well and already sanded down.
I then applied two layers of the Minwax Early American stain and allowed it to dry overnight. I also applied one layer of stain to the back side of the Lazy Susan for an overall consistent stain look.
To create the template for the tree design, I drew several sizes of modern shaped cone trees on white copy paper and cut them out. I then placed them on the Lazy Susan and moved them around until I decided how I wanted it all to look and come together.
I traced the templates with a pencil and painted in my design with metallic gold, green, and white craft paints. This step took a couple of days to complete as I worked on the design and allowed the layers of paint to dry between coats or added details as I went along. The design was free form and evolving the whole time as I worked on the project so there were some imperfections and mistakes to embrace along the way. Since I wasn’t making this as a gift I could deal with those.
I let all of the paints dry for 24 hours before applying the Minwax Polycrylic finish. I ended up using three coats for this as well.
Then I had my husband install the Lazy Susan hardware kit on the back. The hardware kit comes with easy to follow instructions.
And in the end, I have a unique Christmas decoration and a fabulous new Lazy Susan for my kitchen table.