Hi guys! Have you ever thought of stenciling an ENTIRE piece of furniture? Have you been seeing those drop-dead-gorgeous furniture stenciling ideas on Pinterest and in decor magazines lately? I’ve been admiring the pieces with bold contrast and strong design and I finally found the perfect piece to try a full frontal on (okay, that sounds a little odd…lol) with Prima ReDesign French Trellis pattern.
I’m in LOVE with this piece!!! If any of you are on the fence about painting a large design onto your furniture, I really hope this encourages you to give it a try!
To give you an extra friendly nudge (wink-wink), today I’m sharing 7 Furniture Stenciling Tips. Just a heads-up. I’m not a ‘furniture stenciling’ expert. But that just goes to show if I can do this, YOU can do this.
Here’s what I started with. This buffet was bought off Craigslist over a year ago and has been in storage ever since. You may remember the sister hutch I restyled in a blending paint technique with matching handles. I’ll include it in the “related posts” section if you’d like to take a peek.Here’s the restyled piece with the full frontal French Trellis pattern. What do you think?
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7 FURNITURE STENCILING TIPS::
1:: Stenciling a dark color over a lighter color is easier than stenciling a light color over a dark color.
2:: Using a spray adhesive helps keep down all the edges and keep your lines nice and crisp.
3:: Mark out the center of the stencil and the center of the furniture. Line it up for your first stencil positioning – work outwards from there.
4:: Use low tack painters tape to tape the stencil in place so it doesn’t pull up any paint when moving the stencil around.
5:: Lay the furniture flat on it’s back to stencil. I find this easier than stenciling while it’s upright.
6:: Use a foam roller to cover more area when using a large stencil for large areas and always offload excess paint before stenciling. Two light coats is much better than 1 heavy coat to prevent bleeding.
7:: Clean off your stencil before repositioning to continue the design OR wait for everything to dry and then reposition.
The base color is Dixie Belle’s NEW Coffee Bean. It’s a rich yet subtle black with dark brown espresso undertones. It’s been added to my-BEST-black-paint-list for sure… it’s right up there with DB Caviar.
This was my first time using a BIG stencil!
It covers a 22″ x 24″ area so painting the design went pretty quickly. The French Trellis has been painted in DB Cotton which is a stark clean white. They look amazing together and gave me the contrast I wanted. The top was protected with Gator Hide and the body with Spray on Wax.
DO YOU HAVE A PROJECT YOU WANT TO STENCIL? I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT IT IS AND WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS BUFFET MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy furniture stenciling my friends!