February 27, 2012

How To Paint Furniture: Stenciling

Today I'm showing you one of my favorite furniture makeovers and showing you how I stencil furniture.


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 This was an old wooden vanity table and stool that I found on Craigslist for $10. I painted it with my homemade chalk paint, changed the hardware, reupholstered it, stenciled it, and added a spray-painted mirror hung above it. This was the finished result: 

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

Basically, I did everything you could possibly do to turn an outdated thrify find into something snazzy. And all for under $20 total.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

This was the first piece of furniture I ever stenciled. I would usually just paint or refinish a piece, but with this small vanity table, I decided to try something different. 


How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!


I painted the entire table (using Behr Creamy White converted into chalk paint) and then stenciled a lattice design using gold metallic paint. I forgot to snap a before picture (this was done before my blogging days), so just imagine a knotty-pine-nightmare and you'll have a good idea of what this used to look like before a coat of white paint.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

And then there's the awesome rose-upholstery.
I decided to replace that with some neutral material.

Here's some details in case you'd like to try this at home.

Supplies:

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!


1. Upholstery fabric of your choice (I used about 1/3 of a yard.)
2. trim (optional)
3. Staple gun & staples
4. scissors
5. screw driver
6. hot glue gun & hot glue sticks
7. painter's tape
8. metallic paint for stencil (or color of your choice)
9. stencil
10. paintbrush or roller

(and of course the paint to paint the whole vanity & stool if yours is also a wooden monstrosity)

PART I: UPHOLSTERY

To reupholster the stool, you first have to remove the top cushion from the base of the stool. It's usually screwed on and a simple screwdriver will do the trick.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

 Next, separate the cushion from the base and place the cushion on your fabric. Make sure the side of the fabric you want to show is facing the floor. Like this:

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

 Make sure there is enough fabric on each side to wrap over the edge. Staple around all four sides, leaving just the four corners unstapled.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!
Once your cushion looks like the above picture, you are ready to finish the corners. To make the corners look as smooth as possible, I cut the majority of the fabric off of the corner and leave just a little strip of fabric remaining. Then, I pull the strip as far as I can towards the middle and staple it securely to the wooden bottom. It should look something like this once the corners are finished:

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

Now, you are ready to reattach the cushion to the base! I just poked around for the original holes and then matched them up with the holes on the base. Then simply screw the original screws back in.
Voila! Your stool is now upholstered with pretty new fabric!

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

Now, to make your stool look nice, I think it is best to use some trim to cover the gap between the base and cushion. I purchased 2 yards of trim from Hobby Lobby for $4 total. You simply start at one corner and hot glue it around the edges.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

and then you will have something that looks like this.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

PART II: STENCIL THE TABLE

I found this 'Iron Lattice' wall stencil at Hobby Lobby.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

Take the stencil and tape it where you want it on the first half of the table (with your blue painter's tape).

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

Next, dip your roller in your paint choice
 and paint over the the part covered by the stencil. Go light on the paint so that it doesn't seep under the stencil. I rolled my roller over a paper towel a few times before I started.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

While the paint is still wet, remove the tape and the stencil. It should look like this:

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

Next, match up the stencil and repeat on the opposite side. Again, remove the stencil and you will have this:

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

And you're done!

 If you want to add a mirror, you can be cheap like me and find a thrift store mirror with a decent frame and spray paint it. This one was originally dark wood and I simply painted it gold.

I think it looks so great in the bedroom. Almost everything in this bedroom came from a thrift store and has been repurposed.

How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!




How To Paint & Stencil Furniture: Great tutorial!

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23 comments:

  1. Man, you do good work, lady :) I'm gonna feature you on my blog even though it has nothing to do with DIY interior design-- just because everyone needs to see all your cool stuff!

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather!!!! That's AWESOME! You are such a sweetheart!!!!!! :)

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  2. I am going to have to host a home tour soon ( of your home) i love your decor and all the white. fab! would you be interested?

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    1. Chrissy that would totally make my day!!! How exciting! I will be happy to help in any way possible! :) Thank you so much!

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  3. I absolutely LOVE your master BR! I've been pondering what color to paint our thrift store nightstand in our master BR. We have a thrift store dresser in white and I thought maybe it would be too much white furniture. I'm TOTALLY convinced my first desire of painting the night stand is spot on after seeing your gorgeous room! THanks :-)

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  4. Connie, Thank you so much! Yes, it's easy to overdo the white furniture, and I gave this room a lot of thought and after painting the walls a warmer color, the white really started to work well! So glad you like it! :)

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  5. That is a beautiful makeover - excellent job! So much prettier!
    Please come by and link this up to my party happening NOW! I would love to have you there!
    Stacey of Embracing Change
    http://staceyembracingchange.blogspot.com

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  6. Pretty room and so spacious you lucky girl! That is a nice rug as well :o)
    Thanks for linking up - please come back Thursday for more!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  7. You did such a beautiful job on both pieces. Love the stencil pattern you chose!

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  8. You have just proven that all things become new with a bright mind like you. At first glance, these furniture don't look like old.
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  9. Love your blog! Just found it thru Betterafter I think. What an elegant, yet comfortable room. I am totally inspired---I've been eyeing that same stencil at HL for awhile. I feel the same way about that store, also. They rock. You rock, too!

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  10. So beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I had no idea that Hobby Lobby sold stencils like that. I've been reusing the same boring piece of patterned sheet metal. Thank you so much for the tutorial on reupholstering a stool too.

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  12. Wow, amazing! Great photos, thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thanks for sharing information. You did a great job. Both white as well as cream coloured furniture with matching room paint is fabulous. Love it ! Such a combination will give a visiting and cozy feeling to customers with this hotel furniture

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  14. That is a beautiful makeover - excellent job! So much prettier! thanks for sharing.
    Painters

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  15. Stunning info regarding my own hotel furniturework, keep it up..

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  16. I am SO EXCITED about your blog! I have been searching for a page like this FOR-EV-ER! I am employed full-time (but working for peanuts), attending graduate school full-time, and a mother to an awesome 11 year old girl. I don't have time or money for anything, but have a passion for home decor and fashion. Never in a million years did I think I would be able to make my first home (we recently purchased and moving in in 2 weeks!) as beautiful as something like yours...but you inspire me, and I know I can do it! Thank you!

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  17. I love the color of gold you used for the mirror, it's not too brassy... what color did you use?

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    1. I'm wondering the same thing! Love that gold. It's so soft. What color is it?

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  18. OMG! your bedroom is beautiful!
    I have the same color palette in my bedroom but unfortunately mine is so small because we live in a condo.
    I would like to own a big house but in Spain is not a easy job!
    I love your style so much, so I´m going to follow your blog, if you want you visit my blog, currently it´s focused on DIY projects but I´m planing to include my home decor.
    Regards from Spain!

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  19. What a beautiful job and a beautiful space! Can you tell me ... how did you 'convert the paint to chalk paint?' Thanks for sharing your work.

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