HOW TO APPLY STENCIL TEXTURE TO YOUR PAINTED FURNITURE MAKEOVERS ~ 12 EASY TIPS AND TRICKS!
From the first time I applied a textured stencil, it became a go-to technique for many of my projects. Applying a raised stencil can be intimidating though, right?! The first dresser I ever textured back in 2015, I was scared I’d mess up — so I started really small. [I’ve linked to my first try in the “Related Post” section at the end of this post if you’d like to take a look.]
If you’ve never tried a raised stencil before, I have 12 easy tips in hopes it will encourage you to give it a go!
I really hope you give it a try because it’s an amazing way to add pattern, color, and character when working with flat-faced furniture. Stencils can also be used over and over to create endless looks and designs, unlike appliques or molds.
Let’s get right into it… 🙂
I started with these chunky nightstands I bought at my local ReStore.
I lightened them up with a fabulous neutral and made them a lot more feminine… what do you think?
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12 TIPS FOR APPLYING STENCIL TEXTURE
1. Use a good quality raised stencil medium. I used ReDesign With Prima’s Stencil Fiber Paste.
2. A wider putty knife or applicator works for larger designs. It covers more area and is easier to smooth out.
3. Use a craft stick to apply the fiber paste to a wider putty knife or applicator.
4. Use green painters tape to tape off areas of the stencil you don’t want to appear on the design.
5. Use green tape to hold down your stencil while applying the fiber paste.
6. Clean off the stencil after each use to keep the details in the design crisp.
7. Wipe the water off with a towel before applying the next design.
8. Sand down the rough edges off after it is 100% dry.
9. Use a variety of finishes to get different looks. Gilding Wax, dry brushing, dark waxing, glaze just to name a few.
10. Use a stencil specific for a raised design. These stencils are thicker and have a few millimeters in height for the best results.
11. Measure your placement to be accurate.
12. Raised stencils are VERY forgiving. If you make a mistake, it can easily be wiped right off while still wet, so no worries.
MATCHING NIGHTSTAND MAKEOVER
I started by cleaning, sanding and applying BOSS primer to stop any bleed through.
For a flawless professional finish, I spray with Sawmill Gravy – a gorgeous soft beige neutral!
Between stenciling each drawer, I cleaned off the stencil so my design stayed crisp and clean… unlike my work area. I thank my lucky stars that I have a designated studio/workspace that I can paint splotch without worrying about cleaning up paint!
Here’s a close-up of what the texture looks like before sanding. Really rough! To sand it smooth, I started with a 120 grit and then smoothed it out with a 220 grit. I find wrapping the 120 sandpaper around a sanding block or small piece of wood really helpful. This way it’s stiff enough to only hit the raised areas and not touch the rest of the drawer.
For the ‘softer’ finish sanding with the 220 grit, I used this sanding pad.
My original thought was to leave the design in white, but after I picked the teardrop hardware, I thought this rich Chocolate Brown would tie in nicely.
To give it more texture, I sanded back so there are lighter and darker areas.
I’m guessing these nightstands will sell quickly with this pretty soft neutral beige. 🙂
And now for some FURNITURE FIXER UPPER FUN!
Below are our BEFORE photos – visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it! I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
2. Salvaged Inspirations (so happy you’re here!)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE STENCIL TEXTURED NIGHTSTANDS… OR FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting my friends!
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