How to Add Decorative Trim and Raised Stencil to Furniture

Pamela Field
by Pamela Field
I took a plain little cabinet and added a raised stencil and decorative trim to give it an updated look.
Started with this drab, outdated little cabinet.
1st step was I cleaned and took the doors off and removed the scalloped trim on door fronts
In this case I used scrapbook paper as the stencil and used spackling to create the texture in the door panels.
I painted a base coat of gray chalk paint. Craft store decorative trim was added to the panels. On the drawer front I taped it off and added the raised stencil before the decorative trim just because it was easier to work on a flat surface. I built the trim around it.
This was my 1st attempt at mitered corners. I little wood filler to compensate for my inexperience. :P
I painted the exterior in gray with a brown glaze. I finished it with a wash in antique white and top coat of polyacrylic. The interior was painted a turquoise with the same brown glaze and a wash of antique white.
Painted the drawers with the same turquoise and used decoupage to add coordinating fabric to the drawer.
New hardware on the drawers.
tada! Here she is!
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  • Sassysugarcreek Sassysugarcreek on Nov 23, 2015
    Fabulous just fabulous. is that spackling on the top drawer and around the top ? Was it difficult to remove the decorative piece on the fronts.. I cant remember what you called them??? LOL yup its getting late?? Smiles and Blessings
  • Kelley MacKay Kelley MacKay on Mar 09, 2016
    what is this that you used for stencil? the update in incredible! does not look like the same chest. WOW
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