Hello friends! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and your week is off to a great start! For the past two weeks, I’ve been doing everything a little slower due to a rotator cuff injury. Thankfully I’m still able to work, I just have to be careful. No heavy lifting, and be sure to rest and ice my shoulder throughout the day. I’m working on finishing up a few client’s custom pieces, and I also found some gorgeous old furniture pieces over the weekend. I can’t wait to share them with you!
Today, let’s chat about how I created this raised stencil design. This Goodwill Cabinet was super sweet, but kind of plain. The two flat panels on either side were the perfect canvas for some detail.
If you ever come across a piece of furniture that has a plain flat surface like this – or lacks detail and character, I hope this sparks some ideas. Back in 2015 was the very first time I fancied-up furniture with a raised stencil technique, and even for a first timer, it’s really easy to do. I like the way it adds beautiful texture and interest to an otherwise plain looking piece.
Here’s what the cabinet looks like now. Only a blogger would scotch tape weeds to a wall and call it a day, right? 🙂 … but I couldn’t help myself. While I was working on this makeover, it kept reminding me of the field of Queen Anne’s Lace not far from my home.
I even ended up adding knobs that remind me of this wildflower!
If you’ve ever stencilled with paint, you can do this! If you’ve never stencilled – you can still do this! 🙂
The basic technique of creating a raised stencil design is applying a plaster or plaster type medium onto a stencil design. Once you remove the stencil, the medium is raised above the painted surface to show a relief. Then to add even more excitement to this detail, you can paint it, sand it, dry brush it in a contrasting color, wax or glaze it to really enhance and bring attention to it!
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SUPPLIES FOR RAISED STENCIL TECHNIQUE:
- Stencil ( I used this one here)
- Putty Knife
- Artisans Enhancements VP Antico
- Sandpaper (120, 220, 400)
- Licorice Acrylic Craft Paint
- Dixie Belle’s Fluff
- Paint Brush
- Dixie Belle’s White Wax
HOW TO – CREATE A RAISED STENCIL DESIGN ON FURNITURE
1:: PICK A STENCIL DESIGN YOU LIKE
The first step to creating a raised stencil design is picking a stencil design you like – and one that will fit nicely onto the flat surface of your furniture.
I’ve used this Flourish Stencil Design a number of times. You can see a few examples of it here and here. Love it! I do wish it was larger and covered more surface though. As you’ll see in some pics below, the stencil is only 6×6. I had to keep waiting for the first round of relief to dry before I could overlap and work my way down the panel. A pain in the you-know-what, but I’m really happy with the results so well worth the extra time.
Finding a great stencil design you love (regardless of size) is a great investment.
2:: ADD PAINT TO YOUR STENCIL MEDIUM
I used Artisan Enhancements VP Antico for my medium. You can also use Spackle, Joint Compound, Gel Medium, Embossing Cream, Decorative Cement Mix and Texture Paste just to name a few. I could have used it as is right out of the container but I didn’t want it to be the same color as my white painted cabinet. To fix this, I added this licorice craft paint. Not a lot of paint is needed. I mixed in about 1/2 tsp which was just enough to darken the plaster to a nice grey.
3:: PLACE AND SECURE YOUR STENCIL
Place your stencil down on the flat surface of the furniture. I made sure my pattern lined up and was centered.
4:: APPLY THE MEDIUM WITH A PUTTY KNIFE
Here’s where the fun starts. I applied the medium with a putty knife. I started top to bottom, then applied it side to side at about a 30 degree angle making sure all the areas of the stencil were filled and evenly spread.
5:: REMOVING THE STENCIL
I carefully removed the tape holding the stencil in place and gently lifted it off. Here’s where the magic happens! You’re left with a beautiful raised stencil effect! Mine didn’t turn out 100% perfect, but it’s no big deal. I cleaned up some of the excess with a toothpick and left the rest as is. Once it gets painted and sanded, you can’t see any of the imperfections anyway.
6:: LET DRY, SAND AND PAINT
I let the raised stencil medium dry and then gave it a sanding with 120 to knock down any unevenness. Then I painted 2 light coats of Dixie Belle Fluff to match the rest of the painted cabinet.
7:: SAND BACK AND TOPCOAT
For the final step I sanded back some of the Fluff with 220 grit to reveal the grey raised stencil relief and then top coated the entire piece with white wax. It really adds a lot of detail and interest to this cabinet!
FEEL FREE TO PIN THIS PROJECT AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, ASK AWAY. 🙂
What do you think of this cabinet makeover? I’m also curious if you’ve ever tried a raised stencil design and how it turned out for you? 🙂
Happy Painting and have a great day!