How To Paint A Compass Rose (the easy way!)
Learn how to paint a compass rose the ridiculously easy way!!
Hello, my wonderful friends!
Today is trash to treasure transformation day and I’m bringing a brand new makeover to ya! My friends are sharing their fun new makeovers too. So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page so you won’t miss them.
This is a little table I picked up not long ago. I knew exactly what I was going to do with it when I found it. Paint a COMPASS ROSE on it!
I’ve done many compass rose designs over the years. I’ll link them here so you can go check them out (and see the other ways I’ve painted them onto furniture)
- Compass Rose End Table
- Compass Rose Dresser Makeover
- Hand Painted Compass Rose Tables
- Gold and White Compass Rose
How To Paint A Compass Rose (the easy way!)
Here’s the little table in its “before” state…
I sanded down the top to reveal the pretty blonde wood.
Unfortunately, I sanded a bit too much on one edge…ugh!
Revealed the pressboard underneath. Boo.
I had planned to leave the entire top natural but had to switch gears once I realized this.
No worries, though, it all worked out just fine!
MATERIALS SOURCE LIST
- Ash Paint (a beautiful soft black)
- Natural Stain and Finishing Oil
Okay, let’s talk about how to paint a compass rose…
Luckily, part of the work was already done for me since the tabletop was made in such a way that it was perfectly sectioned off for a compass rose.
If you didn’t have that already, you would simply find the center and draw lines just like this.
In the center of each “pie slice”, find the center and then measure to a point. You can make it shorter or longer depending on the final look of the compass rose that you are after.
(see my other compass rose links above to see different sized/shaped/styles of compass rose)
The pencil point mark I made is under the brush below. Simply add tape going from point to point to create the area to paint.
One side of the compass rose point is painted, the other is not. Be careful to paint in the correct side as you go around.
This brush is amazing, by the way! It is the first time I’ve used it and I am in love. You can find them in my shop, here.
Move around taping each section as it dries and is safe to do so.
As you can see, it’s the left side which is painted on my particular compass rose.
Frogtape is the best! I definitely recommend on this type of project for no bleed.
And I decided to paint the ring around the outside to cover up the pressboard I sanded to.
Once dry, now it’s time to draw the thin lines to create the full compass rose.
Lay two pieces of tape together to create the line and paint it in.
Continue on around until you are done.
SO easy and this creates a perfectly looking compass rose.
Once it was dry, I finished it with my “Natural” Stain and Finishing Oil. (scroll up to find the links to all products in the gray box above)
As you can see, I also decided to sand and leave natural the side edges of the top.
I love how the natural “blonde” colored wood looks against the soft black.
Have you ever attempted a compass rose? Do you think you might now?
It really is much easier than it seems!
PIN it to save it!
Don’t go yet! Hop on over to visit my friends below:
I hope you enjoyed today’s makeover! It was fun to do, especially with the tape because it made it ridiculously easy.
Have a wonderful week and I’ll see you right back here on Thursday!
I absolutely LOVE this table. I think it’s one of the best things you’ve ever done. You know I have a very old table I was going to do something with – perhaps I will attempt this. Don’t know, I am lazy and am a big chicken. But you really have inspired me, Nancy!
Aw, really? Thanks so much, Michele!! So glad you are inspired!! You can do it!! xoxo
Girrrllll, you have serious taping skils. You rocked it! 🖤
Ha, thanks, Larissa!! xo
Beautiful! Love it!!
Thank you, Holly! xo
Nancy this is stunning! Even if you had not sanded to heavily in the one spot, I still think the black border would be great. Wonderful!!
Aw, thanks so much, my friend!! xoxo
I thought the table looked amazing once you sanded but the compass rose makes it that much better! Great tutorial my friend! XOXO
Thanks so much, Denise! xo
Love this! Thank you!
Thanks, Leigh! :)
This is gorgeous!! I love the black and blonde combination!! XOXO
Thanks, Christy! :)
Love this! Love the wood and light black look!
Thanks, Vicki!! Yes, I’m loving that contrast too! xoxo
Classy look! I love the outcome. Bravo!
Thanks so much, Rose!! xo
What a beautiful makeover! I love the compass rose on the top. The black and blond on the edges is just stunning! Thanks for shairing all the details about painting the compass rose. You make it look so easy! Have a great week.
It really was easy with the tape!! Thanks, Sue! xoxo
Nancy, this turned out perfect! The lines are so crisp, it looks like they were always there. xo
Thanks so much, Jen! xo
You make it look so easy, Nancy, but I think I’ll leave the fancy painting to you! I love the peek of natural wood around the side, in contrast to the black.