DIY Dresser Makeover Using Stencils

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by Dear Homey
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Makeover Time! I was super excited to update my childhood dresser. I have had this dresser for at least 20 years. So, it was definitely time for a change using Indian Inlay stencils!
After having this dresser for a number of years, I thought it would be a good idea to give it a fresh look!
Next, I found some inspiration and decided to use Indian Inlay stencils because of the beautiful detail and elegant appearance.
Before I got started, I opened several windows for ventilation since the fumes from the Zinsser Oil-Based primer were quite strong. I applied two coats of the oil based primer and I let dry for 48 hours. Then I chose a charcoal gray satin paint as the base color.
After all the paint was dry, it was time for the stencil….deep breath. 10 minutes into the project, I knew this was going to be a challenge. I carefully laid out how I wanted the pattern to appear. I quickly learned to apply just a small amount of paint to the brush. 2 weeks and a bottle of wine later the stencil work was done! Here's the final result:
Suggested materials:
  • Indian Inlay Stencils by Kim Miles   (Cutting Edge Stencils)
  • Zinsser Oil-Based Primer & Satin Paint   (Home Depot)
  • Stencil Brushes   (Micheals)
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  • Karen Karen on Jan 05, 2017
    I wonder....I've seen pearl hobby paint at my local craft store. If I were to use it to stencil the design would it look like the actual inlay? Or maybe look closer to it?

  • Angela P Angela P on Jan 07, 2017
    I hate sanding and noticed you didn't mention that you sanded the piece before priming. I have a dresser I'm planning on painting soon and am curious if you did in fact skip sanding?

  • Kimberly Darby Kimberly Darby on Jan 11, 2017
    Did you apply a top coat?

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