I’m always on the lookout for inspiring ideas to fancy-up my salvaged furniture.
Embossed and raised stenciled furniture has been around for years. DIY’ers have now come up with a variety of easy and inexpensive ways to achieve this look. With these easy methods, a raised stencil can be used on furniture, cabinets, books, frames, walls, or pretty much anything you can apply a traditional paint stencil to.
This was my first time applying a raised stencil. It was a fun learning experience and easy to do. Through trial and error, I’m sure I’ll get better, faster and more adventurous with my future designs.
A big thank-you to Sausha at Sweet Pickin’s Furniture who’s beautiful work inspired me to give this a try! In true Denise fashion, I only glimpsed over her tutorial. I confess, I’m challenged when it comes to following instructions and prefer to dig in and learn as I go. I’m sure sometimes I could make things a lot easier for myself by learning from other’s experiences – something I could work on.
Sausha suggests Vinyl Spackle because it’s very durable. When I read the product I bought (non-vinyl Spackle), the instructions said “Do Not Use For Skimming”… well isn’t that kind of what I needed it for? This was a concern because when it first dried, it seemed crumbly-soft to me. Like if I was to touch it, it would fall off like sand. However, once I gave it sufficient drying time, the Spackle dried perfectly hard and durable. Yaaay! After posting this project on Facebook, many of you chimed in with various products to use for raised stencils. Spackle, Joint Compound, Gel Medium, Embossing Cream, Decorative Cement Mix, Texture Paste, and Fine Stone by Artisan Enhancements just to name a few. Thank you everyone!
Another thing I could have done differently is choose a more durable stencil. I used a Martha Stewart stencil because she has gorgeous designs, but her stencils are thin and flimsy – sorry Martha, I call’s it like I see’s’ it. 😉 The stencil would have been easier to work with if it was heavier and had a little more depth to it so the embossing would have been a slightly more raised off the dresser.
Here’s the supplies I used for this raised stencil technique:
:: Martha Stewart Stencil
:: Miss Mustard Seed’s “French Enamel” Milk Paint
:: Flexible Plastic Putty Knife
:: Dap DryDex Spackling Compound
:: Painter’s Tape
Here’s how I applied the raised stencil:
After cleaning and sanding my piece, I gave it a good wipe down with my enviro-friendly tack cloth. Then I positioned the stencil exactly where I wanted it. I taped it in place with painter’s tape (you could also use a spray adhesive). Holding the stencil perfectly flat against my drawer, I pushed the Spackle into the stencil area using a flexible putty knife making sure to fill all areas evenly.
Once the entire stencil design was filled in with Spackle, I gently removed the tape and pulled up the stencil to reveal the design. I did this while the Spackle was still wet.
After each stenciled drawer, I washed and dried both sides of the stencil because otherwise it made a mess. Here I’m cleaning my design up with a toothpick which worked really well.
This is the dresser all stenciled and ready for paint. It took me a while to decide on color. I went with Miss Mustard Seeds ‘French Enamel’.
After two coats of Milk Paint, I gave the paint and raised stencil a sanding. I really like how the white showed through and I’m guessing you can tint the Spackle to whatever color compliments your furniture.
All sanded and ready for dark waxing.
And here it is antiqued in a dark wax.
I really like the embossed effect (even more than the traditional painted on stencils) because it adds extra dimension and interest to a piece.
Feel free to let me know what you think of this piece and if you have any questions/tips on decorating furniture with a raised stencil technique, I’d love to hear from you!
Look forward to seeing you tomorrow for Q-T-T!
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