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How to Stencil Furniture

How to Stencil Furniture

, by Mary Kate King, 5 min reading time

Look at the detail on this piece... We took a thrifted vanity, painted it, and added the most gorgeous stenciled pattern. It's so easy, and we will teach you how to do it too!

Products Used:

    Additional Supplies Needed:

    • Lint free rags
    • Dust mask


    Step One
    Use Clean Slate with a lint free rag to clean the piece all over, wiping away any grease, dirt, old wax, and other particles you might not be able to see. Allow the Clean Slate 10-15 minutes to "flash off" (evaporate). 
    Step Two
    On her piece, Amy taped off around the drawers to keep the original burl design of the wood. If there are any areas or distinct characteristics about your piece that you would like to keep and not paint, tape off around those areas before beginning to paint.
    Using the Wedge Specialty Brush and the One Step Paint in Black, begin painting your piece with a thin coat. If the paint drags or feels too thick, you may add a tablespoon of water at a time making sure to mix thoroughly. 
    Step Three
    Take the Peony Pattern Mesh Stencil, unwrap from the plastic, remove the black mesh from the white backing, and adhere to your piece in the area you want to stencil. If using a repeating design like the Peony Pattern, be sure to map out where you want to start and finish the pattern on the piece, as you will need to match up the designs precisely for the best look. Burnish well so the stencil is adhered well all over. 
    Take the ChalkArt Spreader and apply a dime size of Can't Never Could Gel Art Ink to the end. Scrape the ink across the top of the stencil, pushing it down through the mesh. Cover all areas of the stencil quickly, then peel the stencil away from the piece. Before you lift the whole stencil, if you see any areas that you missed, you may lay it right back down and reapply ink to those areas. Once removed, immediately wash the Mesh Stencil in lukewarm water, rubbing the ink out of the mesh with your fingers. Place adhesive side up to air dry and repeat the process until the desired areas of your piece are stenciled. 
    Step Four
    Once fully dry, add Light Wax all over your piece to protect and give a slight sheen. You may use a clean lint free rag and apply in a circular motion or you may use a Natural Chip Brush to feather onto the piece. Allow to fully dry 25-30 minutes and then buff with a lint free rag.
    Step Five
    Amy applied Dust of Ages to the legs of the vanity to bring out the carving and complement the natural burl of the unpainted wood. Allow the wax on the legs to come to tack (15-20 minutes), and then use a clean Chip Brush to dip into the Dust of Ages and lightly tap to shake off the excess (wear a dust mask during this process if possible). Pounce the dust onto the legs, fully covering the area. Reload your brush as needed. Once fully covered, use a lint free rag to burnish and rub the Dust of Ages into the surface and wax underneath. 
    Step Six
    Load the Artist Brush with a small amount of the Black One Step Paint. Apply a light amount of paint to the hardware of your piece. It's not necessary to cover the whole piece of hardware, but allow some of the metal to show through on the edges. 
    Enjoy the Bragging Rights!
      Let your guests know the story of your piece and how you made it the unique treasure it is now.  
    Watch the tutorial to see the full process from start to finish.
    Want to see more stunning transformations? Join the Before and After Facebook Group to see how people just like you are flipping furniture, saving money, and Enjoying the Bragging Rights. You can also follow us on Facebook and get alerts when Amy goes live with her next project!


    • I have finally found the answer to refinishing my burled wood French twin beds and dresser. Thank you. I can’t wait to do this.


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