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Dear JoAnne,

I have just painted my kitchen table. My next plan is to stencil small leaves and flowers around the edges of the table.

My question is, once I have applied my stenciled flowers what type of coating should I put on the top of the table?  Someone suggested clear varnish. What do you think I should do?  

Hi Lydia, It sounds like a beautiful table.  You are smart to try and protect your hardwork.  You will want to use a satin polyurethane on your table to make sure the paint doesn't get scratched up. Apply 3-4 coats to truly protect the table. Make sure to use a satin sheen and not a high gloss.  Happy Decorating from the "Queen of Decorating, JoAnne Lenart-Weary

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JoAnne Lenart-Weary


I can answer anything that is decorating related. Wall and window treatments, color, furniture, placement, where to begin with a decorating plan, etc.


Almost 30 years as an interior decorator and 4 years of teaching professional workshops to other interior decorators/designers and interior redesigners. Board member for IRIS www.weredesign, founder of ODDAA (One Day Decorating Alumni Association) Weekly guest for ABC affiliate in Erie, Pa. Have also been on HGTV


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