7 Furniture Stenciling Tips for Your Dixie Belle Paint Buffet Makeover

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Salvaged Inspirations walks you through stenciling furniture! Have you ever thought of stenciling an ENTIRE piece of furniture? With Prima ReDesign French Trellis pattern you can do just that.

Here’s what I started with. This buffet was bought off Craigslist over a year ago and has been in storage ever since. 

The base color is Dixie Belle's Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint. It’s a rich yet subtle black with dark brown espresso undertones. It’s been added to my "best black paint list" for sure; it’s right up there with Caviar.

This was my first time using a big stencil! It covers a 22″ x 24″ area so painting the design went pretty quickly. The French Trellis was painted in Cotton which is a stark clean white. They look amazing together and gave me the contrast I wanted. The top was protected with Gator Hide and the body with Easy Peasy Spray On Wax.

Here are my 7 furniture stenciling tips:

1: Stenciling a dark color over a lighter color is easier than stenciling a light color over a dark color.

2: Using a spray adhesive helps keep down all the edges and keep your lines nice and crisp.

3: Mark out the center of the stencil and the center of the furniture. Line it up for your first stencil positioning – work outwards from there.

4: Use low tack painters tape to tape the stencil in place so it doesn’t pull up any paint when moving the stencil around.

5: Lay the furniture flat on it’s back to stencil. I find this easier than stenciling while it’s upright.

6: Use a foam roller to cover more area when using a large stencil and always offload excess paint before stenciling. Two light coats is much better than 1 heavy coat to prevent bleeding.

7: Clean off your stencil before re-positioning to continue the design OR wait for everything to dry and then reposition.

Suggested materials:
  • Prima Re-Design Decor Stencil – French Trellis
  • Coffee Bean Chalk Mineral Paint   (https://dixiebellepaint.com/coffee-bean/)
  • Cotton Chalk Mineral Paint   (https://dixiebellepaint.com/cotton-chalk-mineral-paint/)
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