From BLAH to YAH! Raised Stencil Project

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3 Hours

Single dressers are my favorite project pieces. Their size lends them to many options for your home. Entryways, bathroom, or bedroom these smaller pieces with drawers offer a lot of function for very little space.
Also, they're quicker to do than a huge armoire or triple dresser. HA!
A friend of mine was moving and offered this little chest if I'd move it. You bet! I brought it home and repaired a drawer guide, and lightly sanded and cleaned it, preparing for painting.
I had this great little stencil with several different coordinating patterns I thought would be fun to use for the chest. Using an old credit card, I spread wall mud over the stencil and created a pattern. Allowed it to dry then lightly sanded the raised stencil, and removed all the dust.
I covered the whole drawer front with gold spray paint and a top coat of polyurethane.
Applied a thin coat of wall mud to body of the dresser. Rolled over it with a stencil roller with croc design and allowed it to dry before lightly sanding. Painted the body and over the gold on the drawer fronts. Using a wet chore boy sponge, I carefully wet sanded over the stencil to reveal the gold pattern.Brown glaze over the entire piece before finishing with a top coat of gloss poly.
A long way from the plain white chest, this new finish will brighten a room.
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  • JoeAnna Taylor
    on Jan 29, 2019

    Fantastic save! But what is WALL MUD? I really want to try this, too !

  • Trish Sykes
    on Jan 29, 2019

    For those of us in the UK - what IS 'wall mud' and what IS a 'chore boy sponge'? The result is absolutely stunning but, I fear, beyond my capabilities!

    • Sheryl
      on Feb 11, 2019

      You place the stencil, then use any type of wall spackle or mud to fill the open spaces of the stencil as opposed to paint. I lift immediately, wash off the stencil, then lay it again. Wall mud is a compound used for drywall seams, or to patch cracks in the wall. My personal favorite is the fast drying spackle, which comes in several brands. This is as easy as using paint with a stencil and will make you smile every time you see it. I used this technique for a border in our bathroom.

  • Shari
    on Feb 1, 2020

    Agreed - gorgeous! But I'm still confused! You lay a stencil on the dresser part, add mud with a credit card, lift stencil and immediately wash it off, then lay it AGAIN - WHERE!? Do you put it on top of the stencilled mud? Sorry to be so dense. But I really want to know - this is a magnificent piece. Thank you.


    • Pamela Field
      on Feb 14, 2020

      sorry I'm just seeing this post Shari.

      It's just like using paint with a stencil to follow the pattern. All of them have marks on the stencil to match and keep straight (mine usually are little triangles) Take a look, I bet you'll find it!

      Good luck!

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