How to Stencil Dot a Dresser

by Thistlewood
5 Materials
3 Hours

Some of my favorite befores and afters are furniture makeovers.

You know.

The ones where the furniture piece is sitting sad and lonely by itself in the corner of the thrift store.

And then?

It calls your name and you rescue it and take it home and make it your own with a makeover.

Here's one of the easiest ways to makeover a dresser using the stencil dot technique.

How to Stencil Dot a Dresser







paint pen

Step 1: Find a dresser that you like

This is the dresser I found at a flea market.

It's pretty bright, but I liked the lines of the piece.

Step 2: Prime the dresser

You don't want to skip this step. Truly. Primer is the foundation for the paint. It helps it to stick. You don't want your paint to peel when you go to stencil dot the top of it.

Step 3: Paint the dresser

If you are looking for a gray, SW Repose Gray is the prettiest color. You'll probably need two coats of paint if you are going from a brighter color like this yellow, to a neutral color like gray.

(and girl---that is some YELLOW).

Step 4: Find a stencil that you like

I found this stencil at Walmart.

It's so pretty with its flower pattern.

You will also need a paint pen in a bright color that contrasts with the gray, like this hot pink paint pen color.

Step 4: Dot around edges of stencilFollowing outline of the stencil, simply dot paint pen to create an outline.Do not let the paint pen touch the stencil.It turns blotchy and watery and totally messes up the dot rotation.

Step 5: Continue dotting the outline of the stencilRepeat step 4 until your stencil looks like this. Keep going until you have totally filled in the outline, creating your shape on the top of the dresser with dots.Let dry.Remove stencil.Repeat flower pattern all over the table top until you get the exact pattern you want.

Here's the finished project. It's such an easy way to add a simple design to a table top.The entire project took me only 3 hours from start to finish, including painting and stenciling (not including drying time).You could create a monogram or even dot a stencil on the front of the drawers.

You can see more of my furniture projects by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.Here are two of my favorites:

How to Add Tile to the Back of a BookcaseBefore and After Farmhouse Hutch

Suggested materials:
  • Paint   (Sherwin-Williams)
  • Brush   (Sherwin-Williams)
  • Primer   (Sherwin-Williams)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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