Give an Outdoor Pouf an Easy Beachy Update

Easily give a plain-Jane outdoor ottoman a beachy upgrade with a nautically inspired stencil and exterior paint.

DIY Nautical Pouf

DIY Nautical Pouf

Upgrade a plain jane indoor/outdoor ottoman into something special with a nautically inspired stencil and some navy blue acrylic paint!

Photo by: Tomas Espinoza

Tomas Espinoza

Materials Needed

  • outdoor pouf
  • exterior acrylic paint
  • compass and alphabet stencils
  • stencil brush
  • plate or paint palette
  • painter's tape

Secure Compass Stencil

Once you determine where the compass design will be positioned, tape it into place.

DIY Nautical Pouf

DIY Nautical Pouf

Step 1- Secure Compass Stencil

Apply Paint

To avoid paint leaking under the edges of the stencil, lightly load the brush then "pounce" paint onto the stenciled design. Be sure to hold the brush perpendicular to the stencil and apply paint by touching the brush to the surface rather than dragging it along as you typically would when painting. (Image 1). Add paint along the edges and work toward the inside of the compass stencil (Images 2 and 3). Tip: If your design requires multiple stencils, be sure to allow the paint to fully dry between steps.

Remove Stencil

Allow to dry, then remove painter's tape and stencil (Images 1 and 2).

Paint Letters

Hold the letter stencil in place and fill in with navy paint using the same perpendicular, pouncing technique (Image 1). Repeat until north, south, east and west headings are complete. Allow paint to full dry before use (Image 2).

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