How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Stenciling furniture can be an easy and fun way to give it a new look without spending much money. Here’s how to stencil your furniture like a BOSS.

 

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Let’s face it, most furniture is boring. Most of the time we invest so much money in it, it’s not something we want to buy if it’s super trendy. We choose to purchase as many used pieces as we can, then fill in with items from the store so we don’t feel guilty of making it our own.

The benefits of this recycling mindset, is that I am not afraid to change the look of things when they get boring. Take this dresser for example. It’s been in our garage for a while, just screaming for some decor help.

Recently I was browsing the Deco Art website and came across this adorable bird stencil. Love it!

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Right away I knew it was what this old dresser needed. The dresser was already white, so I didn’t repaint it except to touch up a few spots of the old white chalky paint here and there. For this stencil project I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primative.

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Distressing

The top and corners were sanded to reveal the wood tones beneath the paint. This little Ryobi Sander is the bomb for distressing! Don’t be too neat about it, you want it to look worn off and uneven. I used coarse sand paper for the top, and fine for the edges of the drawers and knobs. Don’t forget to wipe the dust off with a soft cloth before starting with the stencil.

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Stenciling Furniture

The great thing about purchasing the stencil, is that a lot of the art work is already done for you. Plan out where you want the birds and branches to fall on the drawers, draw them in lightly with a pencil. Flip the stencil over to get right and left images for an interesting design. Make sure each drawer has some birds, branches and leaves. It looks more interesting with the branches “growing” up the drawer fronts.

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Start painting with the stencil in place, you may have to remove it to paint areas underneath by hand.  It is easier to work on a flat surface, pull the drawers out and stencil or hand paint each design with a fine brush on the drawer fronts.

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Stenciling Boss Tips and Tricks

• Use colors that are close in value for a subtle design

•Flip the stencil over for mirror (right and left) images (you may have to do some hand painting)

•Let the branches “grow” from the bottom to the top of the drawers

•Seal the piece with clear furniture wax to protect your hard work

•Purchase stencils that you can re-use on different pieces to save money

 

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Love this project? Here are some more fun stenciling ideas:

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Kitchen Pantry Decor

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Urban Loft

 

Reed Stool Update

stool before

I found this little Reed Stool in the trash.  Some poor soul didn’t appreciate it’s fine charm and worn patina.

I loved it right away. Oddly enough, the home that threw it away was having a garage sale. I thought the things they were selling were not even worthy of being in the trash, yet they threw away this adorable stool.

I will never understand some people.

stool legs

The stool must have been stored in the basement. It had a bit of green mold on the legs when I brought it home. I scrubbed the legs with warm water and ammonia, then left it out in the sun for a couple of days to dry.

The finish on the legs was refreshed with a bit of Ebony Minwax gel stain. They are now as good as new.

paint hodgepodge

The top of the stool needed a bit of help too. I debated for quite a while as to whether or not I even wanted to cover the faded colors that the stool had. I am just not a big fan of orange, so I opted to paint it.

I pulled out some leftover paints from my stash of products. I used Yesteryear and White Chalky Finish paint by Americana Decor, and a bit of Folk Art Acrylic paint.

painting stripes

The painting part was easy. I love to use recycled containers for pallets, here I used a plastic jar lid for mixing paint and water until it was a smooth but watery consistency. I wanted the paint to soak into the reed material instead of sitting on top of it, I love the rough texture and didn’t want to cover it 100 percent.

The watered down paint allows the water to soak into the natural fiber and still leaves enough of the color without making it look painted.

I followed the design that was originally on the stool as I painted, it wasn’t hard to do with a small brush.

 

grey and red stripes

 

The next stripe was in the grey Yesteryear paint (it’s the shade on the left). I mixed the Chalky Finish paint with a bit of water before applying it as before. The darker shade in the middle was made by adding a bit of black acrylic to the light grey for a tonal effect.

The stool didn’t take long to dry. I debated about sealing the top of the paint somehow, but decided to leave it for now. Down the road I may try a spray matt polyurethane if it begins to look worn.

These are my happy colors! I am such a sucker for anything red or grey!

finished stool

I now have a comfy place to put my feet up while knitting. This is my happy place!

Our kitty loves to sit on the stool and play with my yarn while I knit. I love that! I tried to get her to hold still for a picture, but she would not comply. Darn critter!

I have lots of big news in store for you all, can’t reveal it yet but there are some great things to come that you won’t want to miss!

Did I tell you I was voted out of the So You Think Your Crafty Competition?  It was a lot of fun, I am grateful for the opportunity to be in the competition and to have competed for 3 weeks! This project apparently didn’t go over so well! I liked it, to bad! Time to move on!

Have a wonderful day!

 

 

Mid Century Hutch Makeover

 

Hutch After

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. Any opinions expressed are completely my own.

 

I have had this Mid Century Hutch sitting in our garage for the last couple of weeks. I found it at the local thrift shop, and snapped it up immediately despite the fact that it was missing it’s legs.

hutch before

There were a lot of reasons I chose this Mid Century piece, mainly it’s compact size. It’s not to massive that it would be hard to move. I also liked it’s unique character, and rather George Jetson appearance. Something about Mid Century Pieces fascinates me. I don’t know what it is but I get suckered into buying them all the time.

An added plus, is that this piece closely matches our dining room table with it’s odd rectangular shapes on the doors.
unfinished hutch

Missing parts do not deter me from anything. In this case, I was able to go next door to the Ace Hardware and buy the perfect legs for $3.00 each. I had spent more than an hour online looking for just the right ones, and I was glad I stopped in at the local store before I ordered them. They were far cheaper at Ace than anywhere else online.

I started painting with Deco Art’s Chalky Finish paint. I used Everlasting white on the inside and Treasure blue on the outside. I got about 3/4 of the way finished with the piece and stopped.

I didn’t like it.

Not at all.

I wasn’t sure why, but it just wasn’t what I expected.

So, this piece sat in our garage for nearly two weeks while I figured out what to do with it.

It needed something else. I began to search everywhere, not knowing what I was looking for. But, I was sure that when I found it, it would speak to me.

hand made paper

Then I came across this stunning hand made wrapping paper at World Market. Yowza!

It’s Bohemian character and rich colors were just what I was looking for.

mod podge

 

I enthusiastically came home and got back to work. I pulled out my handy dandy Mod Podge and trimmed the paper to fit inside the back of the glass cabinet.

Using the Mod Podge as a glue to adhere the paper pieces, I fixed them to the back of the cabinet, then gave them a top coat of Mod Podge to protect it.

 

dark wax

 

I chose the Golden Brown color Creme Wax by Americana Decor to finish the outside of the hutch. This is really deepens the color of the paint and brings out the details in the wood. It is very easy to apply with this large waxing brush.

Note to self: don’t use this product out in the hot sun. It was drying so fast, I had trouble spreading it evenly over the surface before it dried on.

side view

However, I don’t think that the uneven antiquing takes away from the charm of this piece.

Not at all.

inside

 

Somewhere during this process, I decided it needed a little more color. So I mixed some Decor Art Chalky Finish Paint and created a contrasting flamingo pink paint to add to the front of the shelves.

My formula for flamingo pink is one container Delicate Yellow Chalky Finish paint, and one 1.5 oz. bottle of Watermelon Slice Americana Art Acrylic Paint. The two paints blended together easily and made this luscious color.

I found my vintage turquoise dishes and added them to the display. They were just the the thing for display in this piece.

inside lower hutch

The flamingo color is even more fun on the inside of the lower cabinet.

Hutch After-4

 

I had some leftover paper and decided to cut out a few decals and adhere them to the front of the cabinet doors with the Mod Podge.

appliques before

 

The paper is rather thick and worked well in this way. A thinner paper may not be as easy to work with. I cut these pieces out, spread a think layer of Mod Podge on the back and stuck them to the cabinet doors.

appliques

 

Then it was time for another layer of Mod Podge over the top.

 

mod podge technique

 

When working with decals, wipe off any excess Mod Podge with a paper towel before it dries. It will leave residue on the wood if you don’t. Also, try to keep your brush strokes as smooth as possible, the glue can dry in ugly lumps if you are not careful.

Hutch After

 

I am happy to say, she’s all done! Yeah! Sometimes things are worth waiting for.

This is the third piece I have completed with the Deco Art Chalky Finish Paint. Every time I use it, I learn something new. I am submitting this piece to the Chalky Finish Paint contest. If you would like to learn more about his product try my Red Chalky Finish Dresser post or the Bohemian Nightstand.

Have a lovely day!

 

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Bohemian Nightstand

 

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I have been working on this project for several days.

Actually, I have been thinking about it for several days. I found this adorable night stand at a thrift store recently. It called to me. It was several days later that I started painting.

I have been wanting a new nightstand for a while, and this was just the right size.

I have also been looking for just the right piece for furniture painting contest by Decor Art. I loved this piece because of it’s unique character and unusual hardware.

For some reason it seems like it is an ethnic piece, perhaps of Mexican origin or maybe even Indian.

I decided to just call it “Bohemian”.

balls and bowl

 

The first thing I did was to give it two coats of “Everlasting” Chalky Finish Paint by Decor Art. I debated for a couple of days as to which color to choose, since there are so many beautiful shades of Chalky Finish Paint. Everlasting is a lovely shade of white, I loved it immediately when I started putting it on.

While I was haunting the thrift stores, I came across some other cool things, like this gold bowl and gnarly looking faux fruit.

They both seemed pretty “bohemian” to me (actually they are native to Wisconsin! Who knew?)

 

 

 

 

 

lantern topI spotted these Moroccan style lanterns at Pier One Imports, they made it home with me too. By this point I considered “bohemian” to be a general term for anything exotic and cool. Did I mention that I am now completely smitten?

All before I even finished painting.

 

 

doors

I gave the nightstand two coats of “Everlasting” Chalky Finish Paint by Decor Art. This brand has become one of my favorites, it’s so easy to work with. After it was dry, I distressed it a bit with a solution of 50% vinegar and 50% water, focusing on the edges and unique details of the wood to make them more obivious.

green balls, mirrors

 

 

 

Somehow, the paint and the distressing weren’t quite enough, so I added some castors to the piece. Nope, still needed something more.

finished

I found a couple little bags of mirrored tiles and glued them behind some of the openings in the doors.

A little shine was just what it needed!

After I was finished, I proudly showed it to my husband. His comment: “You painted it WHITE? White is so boring!”

I guess it’s back to the drawing board!

 

 

 

 

Chalk Painted TV Stand

 

 

before

 

I love this old Mid-Century TV stand. I bought it at a garage sale years ago and it has been so useful. It’s the perfect size and height for a larger TV, and has great storage for videos and such behind the doors.

I also love that it’s up on legs so we can store items underneath it.

I use wicker baskets to hold items like remotes, batteries, extra cords and the like. One of these days I will drill holes in the back so we can store the TV components behind closed doors.

The stand was black when I got it, which fit well with my decor at the time. I was going through a black phase for a while.

Now, it seems far to dark and dreary.

Not that the men in my life mind. They sit and watch TV in total darkness anyway.

I think it’s time for a change.

 

For this project, I decided to use the Decor Art Chalky Finish Paint in Escape (blue) and Relic Grey (for the stencil).

The stencil itself is also by Decor Art, in the Harlequin Pattern.

The folks over at Decor Art were very generous in suppling me with the items needed for this project.

blue

The first step was to remove the hardware and give the piece a fresh coat of paint. I decided to paint it in the basement where it sits rather than move it out of place. The Chalky Finish paint is an easy product to use and doesn’t drip much at all, but I added a couple of pieces of plastic underneath just in case.

This paint covers really well, I did not need to use a primer to cover the black color.

stencil

After the paint dried, I positioned the stencil over the doors and taped it in place.

I probably should have used a stencil adhesive, there were a few places where the paint seeped underneath and it had to be touched up.

Oh, well. Sometimes I am so stubborn.

in progress

I had a bit of a hard time choosing the alternate color for the stencil. I did a bit of experimenting to decide which I liked better, but in the end, the Relic Grey won.

I liked the darker color because it had the most contrast and seemed to tie in well with the dark TV.

I ended up re-using the old hardware and just painting it with the contrasting color. I have done this before and it works really well, plus it saves the cost of purchasing new hardware.

Why spend money when you don’t have to?

after

I finished the piece with a coat of clear varnish, also by Decor Art. I contemplated lots of other finishes with colored waxes and so forth, but I decided that liked the simplicity and color of the piece as it was without complicating matters.

I haven’t quite felt the need to jump on the colored wax trend just yet.  I am not so sure it’s for me even though I love the way other people do their work with it.

What about you? Have you jumped on the chippy painted furniture/colored wax trend?