Custom DIY Stenciling & Staining furniture!

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Stencil and Stain furniture!
Here's some alarming before and afters...

I began with a nightstand that was in seriously bad shape.
Glue, dents, dings, water stains, sticker name it...
this thing was disgusting!
The redeeming feature is that they were REAL wood...
I knew we could work with it!
The stool was in comparable shape. Thankfully they were cheap at yard sales.
The crate I built from scrap wood from the garage...and spare casters.
I spent a lot of time sanding things down.
I am too cheap to buy a $40-50 stencil for a project I am going to use once...
so I improvise and make my own.
I inserted my thick plastic right into my silhouette cameo.
Once I tweaked the quatrefoil background I wanted...I had the cameo "cut" it.
This plastic is much too thick to have the cameo cut it out though.
It did score the lines though...and that's what I wanted!
Then I spent hours cutting it out.
Yeah, it was slow going...but my son and I listened to some of the Hobbit on cd, 
so that was fun.
I always put an x on the inside of where I am cutting...sometimes,
you (okay, me) are so close to something and you snap
 and start cutting out the wrong parts!
Done at last!
With no time to spare...I measure the surfaces of everything to
stencil and marked a tiny x on the center.
Then I lined up my stencil and started in the middle.
Here's the secret...repositionable spray.
Keep it in place while you work!
I used a parisian slightly off-white paint that I 
had sitting around and a stipple brush
One you do the wait until the paint is totally
dry before pressing it down again and painting the next piece.
But it worked pretty well, because I had so many surfaces that
needed to be I just went around until all the centers
were painted and then the first one was ready for part 2, and so on.
At first I wasn't going to stencil the sides of the nightstand...
besides I had run out of white paint! But it needed it, so I got out some
acrylic paint and did it.
Not a perfect paint match, but close enough.
Well, they still looked boring to me, so I edged them in aqua blue.
and let them dry over night.
Oh, ya, painted the inside of the drawers too!
And used up all my aqua paint as well!
Next day was the fun!
I used dark walnut stain. I wanted it I painted it on with a 
paintbrush and then rubbed off the excess with an old rag. 
Repeated over all the surfaces. I love how it makes the stencil pop out!
Gives it a rich look!
Once the staining was done...the knobs and handles needed replacing.
I had a ton of random knobs I got at a yard sale...none match.
and they were gold.
I just sprayed them all brassy copper and they match perfectly now!
See how perfectly they work with the stained wood?
And here's a bunch of finished product pictures!
Perfect little matching bedroom set! 

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Jen said…
I LOVE it! You are inspiring me to get a-workin on updating my bedroom set...okay, I don't have a matching bedroom set but once I finish painting everything then I'll have a matching bedroom set :) And you're out of aqua paint!? Now what color are you going to use for your go-to paint color? ;)
Katie said…
Oh WOW! This looks fabulous! I have so many ideas for how I want to redo so old furniture I have but I am chicken. Your pieces are a great inspiration! Beautiful!
Anonymous said…
I love the combination of colors, very very nice!
Unknown said…
Simply Amazing and looking beautiful you have really used these custom stencils very nicely, its seems hard to do it at home but as you explained very properly so it will be understand that how to do it.
I did a similar project. You can check it out here. I also put a link to your project as it was the inspiration to mine. Thanks.
Just Juls said…
I know this is an older post - but I am curious about what setting you used for your cameo blade and secondly where you got the heavy plastic that you cut to make your stencil. :) Any info you could share would be very helpful. Thanks.
Wow, cutting that stencil out looks like a lot of work, but you did a fabulous job! I love how the three pieces match now, and you'll have the stencil for a long, long, time.

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Wow, you have a lot of patience hand cutting the stencil. The results are beautiful, especially with the pop of turquoise. So pretty! Thank you for linking them to our Power Tool Reader Challenge :)
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