Jazz Up An Old Dresser Using A Stencil

9 Materials
$50
2 Hours
Easy
Paint can do wonders for blah and bland furniture. But there are more things you can do besides just slapping on a fresh color. A furniture stencil is a great way to enhance a piece of furniture.
Other materials you will need:
  • Benjamin Moore Coral Reef 012   (Benjamin Moore Store)
  • Custom Paint Mix (Navajo White and Coral Reef)   (Benjamin Moore Store)
  • Modern Masters Metallic White Paint   (Paint Store)
  • Varethane Waterbased Polyurethane   (Paint Store)




Erika, our in-house craft guru, is known for her furniture makeover projects. A good friend of hers was about to toss this dresser but before she did she offered it to Erika. Erika scooped it. While it was plain, it had a ton of potential.
The dresser had been painted using Benjamin Moore's Coral Reef 012. Erika chose to keep the pretty coral color. The first thing she did was clean off the dresser using a cleaner. Then she lightly sanded to remove any debris. Now she was ready to start stenciling! Erika planned to add pattern to the drawer fronts so she taped off the surrounding area with blue painter's tape.
The Secret Garden Toile Stencil was inspired by the oriental chinoiserie design. It is particularly popular in wallpaper designs, and now is easy and affordable to replicate thanks to this repeating stencil.  It's also perfect for furniture projects just like this!
Erika applied spray adhesive to the back of the stencil. We like to use Sticky Note spray adhesive which can be purchased on Amazon. Then she placed the stencil on the front of the dresser. For the stencil color, Erika mixed a bit of Benjamin Moore Coral Reef with Navajo White to create a soft pink hue. She used a four inch dense foam roller to paint the pattern.
She made sure she rolled off any excess paint on a piece of paper towel.  Too much paint will cause the design to bleed. Then she painted the entire pattern on to the dresser. Once the entire design was painted, Erika lifted the stencil back to reveal the pattern.
Erika had to pick up the stencil and reposition it to complete the pattern across the front.
Here is the stenciled dresser before she removed the painter's tape.
The sides of the dressers had rectangle insets. Erika wanted to carry the pattern onto the sides. She taped off the sides of the inserts and then painted the Secret Garden Toile stencil.
Erika painted the pattern and removed it to reveal a stenciled inset.
The dresser came with white colored knobs.  Erika chose to paint the knobs in metallic white so they had a bit of a shimmer. She placed them back onto the dresser.  Something as simple as this can drastically change the look of the dresser.
Are you ready to see how Erika's stenciled dresser turned out? Here it is!
Erika managed to give this old piece of furniture a fresh new look with a pretty paint color and classic stencil pattern.

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  • Pilgrim Pilgrim on Dec 07, 2017
    Where can we buy the stencil at a store? I don’t have a computer

  • Meghashree Meghashree on Feb 05, 2019

    Is that good??

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