Make a Wood Stenciled Lazy Susan

DIY Home Decor Lazy Susan

I’ve been wanting to make a lazy susan for a while, but the thing is, I wasn’t quite sure what to do.

When I can’t seem to make a decision things are always placed on the back burner and this project was put on hold for months.

Then one afternoon while sorting through paint and stain an idea sparked; I knew it was time to put it all together.


Lazy Susan project supplies

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Supplies for Lazy Susan

Shopping for supplies is super easy because what you don’t have at home can be gathered online and delivered to your door.

If you’re not one to shop online then some of these supplies can be found at a local hardware store, the exceptions would be the stencil and paint.

Paint Staining Wood

Staining the Circular Board

The board was ready to use at the time of purchase which was nice and I covered with paint and gel stain immediately.

I absolutely love that voodoo gel stain and it comes in 7 different colors.

  1. Take the blue sponge to paint stain. Learn how to paint stain here.
  2. Paint stain the edges and backside with midnight sky.
  3. Tape off the front of the board and apply midnight sky on the ends and center.
  4. When dry remove tape, then tape again and stain with the voodoo gel using the blue sponge.
  5. Let it dry and remove tape again. For any missed areas fill those gaps with the gel stain.

Cutting Edge Stencil Transfer

Applying the Stencil

Once the base colors dry apply that sweet anemone from Cutting Edge Stencils using sand bar.

This transfer took less than a minute which was pretty fantastic. If you’re new to stenciling get my tips here.

Adding Hardware to the Lazy Susan


Attaching the Swivel

Before securing the swivel, let the board dry so we don’t risk smearing the surface while attaching hardware.

  1. Flip the board and center the swivel then attach the corners using 4 screws with a screw driver.
  2. I added a thin stained board to the bottom with two sided sticky squares.  You could also use felt.
  3. The point of the cover is to keep the metal from scratching a surface.  If that’s not a concern you can just leave it as is.

Lazy Susan project that easy to make

This lazy susan project was super easy and it didn’t require power tools which was an added bonus.

Once the colors were decided everything just fell into place and now I have a pretty addition for our Tiny Kitchen.

Now that would have been fun to teach at one of our Make and Take Workshops last year.

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I started teaching workshops 5 years ago and it was so much fun; the best part was standing back, watching others put their spin on one of my kits.

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Make a lazy susan using paint stain and stenciled techniques. This is a fun afternoon project anyone can make using basic steps. #LazySusan, #HomeDecor



  1. Christine says:

    I’m a huge fan of lazy susans! I have two in my kitchen and this project looks so simple I just might have three now! Love that you stained the wood such a dark rich color! Great tutorial as usual. I’m off to get back to a few of my own ‘back burner’ projects! Have a great day!

    1. Carole says:

      I seem to moving more towards staining these days, I just love the look. Have fun finishing up.

  2. Patti says:

    This is so pretty and practical. My daughter said I should make my recent round tray project into a lazy Susan. Now I just might. ?

    1. Carole says:

      Thank you – I love that tray you made it was so neat and the colors were amazing.

  3. june d erickson says:

    Nice job

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