There’s so much creative inspiration online. Ever since I saw Kirsten Skovbon’s Danish bohemian style on Instagram (linked at end of post), I’ve been wanting to get creative with mandala stencils. They’re soooo beautiful in design, and also in meaning.
For those of you who have followed the SI Blog for some time, you know I don’t actively seek out Mid Century Modern (MCM) furniture. But when they fall in my lap, … well hey. I was blessed and honored to pick up a few retro pieces from my sister’s neighbor who’s moving to BC to live with her daughter. We’re sad to see her go. She’s such a wonderful woman and has lived on the street for over 50 years.
Wanting to do this piece justice, I must have looked at it for hours before deciding what to do. Here’s what I started with.
And here’s the new look. The MCM legs have been swapped out for more traditional looking bunt feet and the entire front has been stripped back to natural wood. Now it’s more my style and I love the new finish. What do you think?
THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS TO PRODUCTS I USE. YOU CAN SEE MY FULL DISCLOSURE HERE.
- Mid Century Modern Small Dresser (MCM) – SALVAGED!
- SW All Surface Enamel SW 6385 Dover White
- Mandala Stencil
- Tape or Spray Adhesive
- High-Density Foam Roller
- Paint Brush
- Palm Sander + Sandpaper
- Hobby Lobby Hardware
These stencils were purchased at Michaels but you can get the exact stencil I used here.
There was no particular pattern in stenciling this design. I placed it randomly and used a high-density foam roller to apply 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Dover White. The brush was dry loaded. I waited for the first coat to dry before applying the second coat.
Tip: The key to getting nice crisp stencil designs is to secure the stencil with tape or spray adhesive. When loading your brush or roller with paint, remove most of the paint before rolling on so excess paint doesn’t bleed under the stencil. Wait for the first coat to dry before applying the second. Then pull up the stencil and clean well before placing it down to stencil again.
On a past trip to Hobby Lobby, I bought the hardware for 50% off and 2 sets of bunt feet on sale for $3.49. I LOVE sales like this. Whenever I see an amazing deal on something I really like but don’t necessarily need right away – I pick it up anyway. If I like it, I always find a use for it down the road.
I styled and staged this piece in my bedroom. Now that it’s in my room, I’m loving it. I just might keep this one for myself. You can see the original night table I have here… then feel free to let me know which look you like better. 🙂
Have you noticed that for the month of April there was a wood theme going on? Neither did I until just now. HA! I hope you’re enjoying these pieces as much as I’m enjoying sharing them with you.
I’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS MCM DRESSER MAKEOVER. IF YOU HAVE ANY STENCILING TIPS YOU’D LIKE SHARE OR HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, FEEL FREE TO CHIME IN… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU.
Happy stenciling and have an inspiring day my friends,
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